A joint group of fourteen partners, coordinated by the Wageningen University & Research (WUR), planned to redesign picking, quality assessment and packaging operations on the food industry. Their concept allows the processing of different food products on the same production line. The final results of the project, called PicknPack, were recently presented in Holbeach, UK.
This system identifies each single product and packs it in trays. The system provides all the information to producers, retailers and consumers and can be different for each individual package. Producers don’t need to stock different packaging materials for different distribution networks, they can just print them with the most actual information about the product inside.
The project is focussed on tomatoes, grapes and prepared foods. As these products can be accurately handled, the movement of other fresh and processed food products. The concept should be applied to almost all products to be packed in trays with a top film, but can also be used for other packaging needs.
The whole system lets operate at low temperatures and could be used in a modified atmosphere environment, ensuring optimal quality of the end product.