European researchers have come up with a solution that uses by-product waste from tomato food processing to create a packaging solution for tomatoes.
The BICOPAC (Development of bio-based coating from tomato processing wastes intended for metal packaging) project is developing a new range of alternative bio-based lacquers for the tinned food industry using tomato waste that could be used to coat canned tomatoes and other produce.
Led by Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari of Italy, the BICOPAC consortium is creating bio-based thermosetting lacquer. The partners are using environmentally friendly techniques to extract the bio-resins from tomato peel.
The lacquer for the metal packaging used for food products with chemico-physical properties will be entirely natural and similar those used traditionally in industrial can manufacture.