Bosch continues EIT Food sustainability venture with confectionery project

German-based Bosch Packaging group is continuing its EIT Food sustainability initiative with start-ups and innovation leaders to develop new concepts for a more sustainable food industry.

Among the EU-backed initiative’s latest elements of the project is an exploration of how supermarket departments displays of paper-based packaging has the potential of standing out from competing products.

The initiative is made up of a consortium of around 50 key industry players from across Europe. It is one of eight Innovation Communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

As Bosch explained, the company wished to engage with environmental improvement measures in light of an increasing global movement towards delivering urgent sustainable packaging measures. The company noted the urgency of such schemes given reports including one from Greenpeace that found that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic is still deposited in our oceans each year.

The EIT Food scheme “inPaper” led by Matthias Klauser is developing paper-based trays for confectionery and refrigerated products, which meet all barrier requirements while significantly reducing the use of fossil raw materials compared to conventional packaging solutions.

As Bosch noted, the concept phase has already been completed and the first consumer surveys have been carried out. Currently, the project partners are working on technically implementing the requirements of manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

In parallel, Bosch Packaging Technology is working on a machine for three-dimensional paper forming. Apart from the “inPaper” project, the company is involved in education and digitisation within EIT Food. According to Matthias Klauser, the combination of sustainability and industry 4.0 shows great potential.

He said: “Digitisation opens up completely new possibilities for making packaging production and processing more sustainable.

“For instance, various types of waste can be identified and eliminated more quickly along the value chain, or rejects can be reduced thanks to more efficient operator guidance and faster reaction times. In the long term, this will not only save costs, but also lower the environmental impact.”

 

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