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Sustainable food packaging solutions sought by Dutch meal kit supplier

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20210526001
Publication Date: 31 May 2021

Summary

A Dutch division of a multinational company that produces and delivers meal kit boxes to consumers at home wants to reduce the weight of plastics that are used to pack ingredients such as fresh herbs and meat.Therefore the company is looking for innovative sustainable food packaging solutions to set up a pilot including implementation with ingredient suppliers, within the framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance  This request is part of an open innovation challenge.

Description

A Dutch division of a multinational company that produces and delivers meal kit boxes to consumers at home wants to reduce the weight of plastics that are used to pack meal ingredients.  

Packaging plays a key role in the companies supply chain to keep food fresh and safe for their customers and also reduce food waste. Plastic is a valuable material for food packaging because it is light, strong, waterproof and relatively cheap. However, it is also largely difficult to recycle, non-renewable and potentially polluting, and has a negative customer perception.
Therefore the company wants to remove, reduce or replace the plastic packaging of their meal ingredients with sustainable alternatives. It concerns the plastic packaging of fresh herbs, meat, fish, vegetables, baked goods and dairy.

The packaging solutions should not negatively impact food safety and quality. It is also important that the packaging can be recycled. Packaging that is made from recycled material or from renewable resources are favoured. In addition the solution should also be suitable for implementation in cooperation with their ingredient suppliers.

Concluding: the company is looking for innovative sustainable food packaging solutions to set up a pilot including implementation with ingredient suppliers, within the framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance

This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an online open innovation platform till July 12, 2021. Organisations are invited to express their interest before the closing date. Interested parties can get additional information on the platform and browse free through other submissions. However to contribute to online discussions registration is necessary. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Besides open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand.
After closing of the challenge, the company will select some organisations for an online meeting to explore cooperation possibilities. In case there is still need for additional solutions after closing of the challenge, expressions of interest will be treated in the traditional way.
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Expertise sought

Partners are invited to contribute to a creative open innovation process and further technical development in order to reduce the weight of plastics in meal kit boxes reducing environmental impact.  
Specific expertise is sought in the field of: packaging design, logistical process optimisation, creative thinking, sustainability science/environmental impact, material science related to the field of food safety and quality.

Stage Of Development Comment

The company prefers a more mature packaging technology

Requested partner

Type of partner: company, research organisation, university or combination of previous organisations.  

Area of activity: packaging design, logistical process optimisation, creative thinking, sustainability science / environmental impact, material science, specifically with reference to food safety and quality

Task to be performed: set up and execute a pilot together with an ingredient supplier to prove the feasibility of the new packaging solution in the value chain from supplier to consumer, reducing plastic in the meal kit box.

Cooperation offer is closed for requests