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Dutch company seeking material innovation for oven-safe, reusable food container

Status: Idea
Creation date: 20-01-2023

Project objectives:

Short summary The SME from the Netherlands is a circular economy company active in food packaging. The company replaces disposable food containers with reusables. In the transition to a zero waste economy, the company is looking for an invention or presentation of a material that can replace the disposable ready-to-consume food containers found in grocery stores.

Full description Millions of ready-to-consume meals are sold through grocery stores in the Netherlands and beyond every year. These meals are often cooked in the same containers in which they are sold to customers. Of course there are oven-proof reusable containers, like aluminum, stainless steel, and borosilicate glass, but they are not gastronomy-compatible, meaning, it need containers that are oven proof, but also nest and stackable. The containers need to be ready-to-consume and/or made-to-order for takeaway, grab ‘n’ go, and delivery. The food containers that this company is looking for need to be able to: 1. Repeatedly tolerate oven temperatures up to 220 degrees C 2. Have a transparent film that can be repeatedy reapplied to the top, or that come with a transparent lid 3. Be microwave safe 4. Be able to nest and stack 5. Tolerate repeated high pressure, high temperature dishwashing 6. Be stain, odor, and bacteria resistant The company is looking for a material that meets all the requirements. They can offer support and test environment and the probability of a follow-up order, scaling up or lasting cooperation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from the 9th of January and will close on the 6th of February 2023. If an organization does express interest in collaboration with this company before closing date, it will be guided through this open innovation platform and will be introduced to its moderator and the company’s experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Next step is that the company will select the SMEs with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of the solution.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought Technology Readiness Level: The challenger is open for all kinds of ideas . (TRL 1-9) The requested solution comprises an creative and sustainable approach and can be a mix of a variety of expertise's: • Knowledge of materials • Packaging design • Circular economy
Contact / source: NEXT EEN Widgets (europa.eu)

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