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TRSG20190426001

Seeking fresh produce packaging technology with freshness indication

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ABSTRACT

A Singapore startup in high-tech farming is seeking a technology provider or collaborator to provide a packaging technology solution with freshness indication and food traceability features for its food produce. It hopes to provide innovative packaging with these value-added features will lead to increased consumer satisfaction and reduced food wastage.

The startup seeks licensing or research cooperation with SMEs of all sizes or MNEs.


FULL DESCRIPTION

Harvested fresh produce is one of the most challenging food product categories to be packaged. During the post-harvest period, biochemical processes such as respiration and ethylene production continue to shorten the shelf life of the produce. Spoilage is further accelerated by pathogenic microorganisms, exposure to light as well as damaged cells due to shock and vibration that lead to increased respiration and browning reactions to begin.

With changing consumer needs and behaviours of seeking healthier, fresher and sustainable produce, the role of packaging has evolved from simply containing and protecting fresh produce from physical damages during transportation and distribution to extending its shelf life. Innovations such as a freshness indication in fresh produce packaging will therefore contribute to increased consumer satisfaction and help to reduce food wastage.

Food traceability is also one of the biggest demands in today's consumer world. Customers would like to know where the food has come from and whether it is fresh enough to consume. If these two concerns are addressed with novel technology tools, tremendous value will be added for consumers.

The Singapore startup is seeking a technology provider or collaborator that could be an SME of any size or MNE to meet these demands with suitable packaging technologies for food traceability and indication of freshness.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: The company is seeking fresh produce packaging with a freshness indication and traceability device to the following specifications:

- To identify the miles it has travelled and where it has come from
- To show the elapsed time since leaving farm gate
- Required for individual package level
- Compliant with Singapore Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) regulations
- Total packaging cost should not exceed SGD0.35 per 100-300g package
- Other packaging ideas to extend the shelf life of each packet

The fresh produce to be packaged are:

- Western greens: Lettuce, Arugula, Kale
- Asian greens: Bok Choy, Mizuna, Spinach
- Herbs: Cilantro, Basil

The technology offered should be one that has at least a working prototype available.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The Singapore startup is seeking a technology provider or collaborator (SMEs of any sizes or MNEs) who can offer licensing of the required packaging technology with freshness indication and food traceability features or co-develop beyond a working prototype.

Potential business collaborations would be in the form of a licensing agreement or research cooperation.


Development Stage:

Prototype available for demonstration - Available in the market or at least a prototype available for demonstration.

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
SINGAPORE
Profile date
10/05/2019
Deadline
10/05/2020

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

License agreement Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Agriculture \ Food and Drink \ Packaging
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Technologies for the food industry / Food Packaging / Handling / AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Food quality and safety / Traceability of food
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Post-harvest crop activities / Manufacture of plastic packing goods
MARKET KEYWORDS
CONSUMER RELATED / Food and Beverages / Health food / OTHER / Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products

FIND OUT MORE

Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number TRSG20190426001