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Reducing plastics and including recycled content whilst limiting food waste

Achieving the Courtauld Commitments

The Challenge

As producers, packagers and retailers look to meet Courtauld commitments by 2025, many existing packaging solutions will no longer be acceptable. This will be particularly challenging for handling of perishable food products for which the response to the packaging environment is critical. There is a need to understand the response of produce to alternative packaging solutions, both those using recycled or compostable plastics or using alternative materials.

The Proposal

The PQC are coordinating a network of academic and commercial experts in materials science (recyclable and compostable plastics, biocomposites, edible coatings) supply chains and postharvest plant physiology. We are interested to hear from industry stakeholders, with an interest in the efficacy of films with varied recycled content and biodegradable films for fresh produce. If you would like more information, please contact Dr Lori Fisher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ros Fisher

Maintaining the quality of apples during long term storage is becoming increasingly important, to allow growers to effectively compete with imported fruit.  At the same time, developments such as Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (DCA) are making it easier than ever to monitor the condition of fresh produce during storage in real time.

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The worldwide demand for and the consumption of blueberries (Vaccinium species) have significantly increased over the past few years due to advances in fruit quality and, increased awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of eating blueberries. For consumers, blueberry fruit texture, and in particular fruit firmness, are considered, along with flavour, the key quality traits when describing fruit quality. However, blueberries are often subjected to long shipping distances from growing regions to consumer markets, which can have negative consequences for fruit texture and firmness.