March 15, 2017

VTT to reduce food loss with stand-up pouches

VTT's solution is an environmentally friendly option for the global food packaging industry.
VTT's solution is an environmentally friendly option for the global food packaging industry.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed bio-based stand-up pouches from renewable raw materials and nanocellulose.

Lightweight and completely bio-based pouches produced by VTT come with high technical performance in oxygen, grease and mineral oil barrier properties, which has been reached by using different bio-based coatings on paper substrate.

The pouches utilise VTT’s patent pending high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology. HefCel technology supplies an inexpensive mechanism for the production of nanocellulose. Consequently, it leads to an enormous increase in the solids content of nanocellulose.

“One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally,” says VTT senior scientist Jari Vartiainen. “Packaging with efficient barrier properties is a crucial factor in the reduction of the food loss. Our solution offers an environmentally friendly option for the global packaging industry.”

VTT is well experienced in several bio-based raw materials and their application technologies for producing bio-based coatings, films and multilayered structures.

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