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Antioxidant and antimicrobial active packaging for the agrofood industry

Since 2000, the GUIA group (I3A) works closely with ARTIBAL, a micro-SME located in Sabinanigo (Spain), and since 2002 with Repsol, a Spanish Company with different sites in Spain, for the development of new active food packaging. In both cases the active packaging systems developed are. able to protect the food against the growth of microorganisms and against oxidation. The results of this research, developed by GUIA and applied by the companies, have been three international patents for antioxidant and antimicrobial packaging solutions.

As a result of this investigation, the company ARTIBAL has been able to double its staff and its turnover and has restructured the company, directing his main goal to the manufacture of active solutions for food packaging. Repsol is also in the international market with the active packaging solution for paper and board. The new formulations for paper and board and for flexible packaging PE, PP, PET, PS and multilayer and semirigid packaging (trays) have been developed. The optimization and development of active coatings in order to bring to market active materials for food such as beef, pastries, cakes, processed products (jam, etc.) and raw materials such as fruit and vegetables, was also included in the research work.

The GUIA group also has a new international licensed patent for smart packaging, not only to preserve but also to detect infections caused by pathogenic microorganisms in food that at this moment is under industrial development.

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