Food packaging is one of the largest and most important market for the development of plastic films able to protect, preserve and prolong the duration of food products. At the same time, the constant increase in the production of plastics means high environmental impact and high management costs for the correct waste disposal.
The aim of the ABRIOPACK project is therefore to replace the traditional materials used in agroindustrial packaging with a biodegradable packaging suitable for the preservation of antibiotic-free chicken meat. Furthermore, the project aims to consider the effects of the scrap materials of this process (poultry manure and composted bioplastics) on the soils destined to the production of farming raw materials, in a circular economy perspective.
The project has a duration of 36 months (february 2019-february 2022) and it is funded by the Call for proposals “Support to the creation and functioning of Operational Groups of the EIP – Submeasure 16.1 Action 2” Year 2017 – RDP for Marche 2014/2020 (EAFRD funds – contribution granted € 324.766,73).
ARCA SRL BENEFIT
Application of a model of circular economy with low environmental impact to an agroindustrial system.
The ABRIOPACK project will lead to the achievement of a pack (bowl, label and film) for antibiotic-free white meat entirely made from biodegradable and compostable material. This innovation will enable the reduction of mixed waste and the recycling of organic material through a virtuous and economically sustainable end of life (composting).
Chicken breeding trials in antibiotic-free regime. Meat packaging tests with the use of biodegradable and compostable materials: film, label and tray are ecological and disposable as organic waste.
Sitomorphological and performance evaluations of antibiotic free chickens. Shelf life studies on food packaged with biodegradable material. Biopackaging degradation tests and agronomic tests to evaluate the effects of compost on soil quality.
Definition of an antibiotic free chicken breeding protocol with materials of biological origin. Creation of trays and bio-packaging films with a view to circular economy (rethinking the traditional production-consumption-disposal model).
Conferences and demonstration sessions at corporate and academic offices. Participation in fairs of national or international importance. Online and offline dissemination through various media.