optimisation of process and machinery for the production of new protein-based thermoformable material
There is a growing need and significant market opportunity for more sustainable packaging solutions. ThermoWhey will build on past projects that developed a biopolymer-coating based on more expensive pure whey protein isolates (WPI) for plastic films capable of replacing the expensive synthetic oxygen barrier layers currently used in food packaging such as Etylene vinyl alcohol copolymers (EVOH).
Within the Thermowhey project, bio-based trays, jars, cups and blisters will be delivered. Solutions will present high deformation rates, stable thermoforming behaviour, good barrier properties and be produced consistently at semi-industrial scale meeting a real industrial need.