The objective of the study was to ascertain the state of the art with regard to the applicability of biobased packaging materials to foods and to identify potential food applications for biobased materials. The study revealed relatively few examples of biobased materials used as primary, secondary or tertiary packaging materials for foods. This is due to the fact that published investigations on the use of biobased materials are still scarce, and results obtained remain unpublished because of commercial pressures. The scientific literature contains numerous reports on applications of edible films and coatings to food but novel commercial applications of these are scarce. Based on information currently available on the properties of biobased packaging materials the study identified products in the fresh meat, dairy, ready meal, beverage, fruit and vegetable, snack, frozen food and dry food categories where conventional packaging may be replaced by biobased packaging.
|Journal||Starch - Starke|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
Haugaard, V. K., Udsen, A. M., Mortensen, G., Høegh, L., Bergenholtz, K. P., & Monahan, F. (2001). Potential food applications of biobased materials. An EU- concerted action project. Starch - Starke, 53(5), 189-200. https://doi.org/10.1002/1521-379X(200105)53:5<189::AID-STAR189>3.0.CO;2-3