Smart packaging solutions
Type. Direct funding
Funding. This project is funded by the Coop Sustainability Fund.
Duration. 2 years (2019-2021).
Collaborations. Empa & Coop
Contact. Thijs Defraeye (principal investigator).
Staff. Seraina Schudel (project collaborator)
Project background (background info can be found in Taten Statt Worte)
Optimising cold chains of fruits and vegetables across all unit operations is of key importance to maintain fresh food quality and to reduce food losses. Temperature and the gas composition in the air (H2O, O2, CO2, C2H4) are affecting decay and food quality, so need to be controlled during precooling, refrigerated transport and cold storage. By optimizing these environmental parameters, shelf life can be maximised. Currently extensive monitoring is performed of the environmental conditions in food supply chains (air temperature and humidity). However, often, such sensing only covers a part of the cold chain and not the entire journey from farm to fork. Taking into account the entire journey is essential to quantify how the fresh-food quality evolves, and what the final quality and shelf life is that the retailers, and thus the consumer, receive. The key objective is to better use this sensor data to identify when and where quality loss occurs, and how commercial cold chains can be improved. This project is performed in collaboration with the Swiss retailer Coop.
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