In addi­ti­on to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bay­reuth, Ger­ma­ny is home to various tech­ni­cal col­le­ges and com­pa­nies such as Genuss­hand­wer­ker GmbH & Co. KG which are invol­ved in a pro­ject for the deve­lo­p­ment of intel­li­gent pack­a­ging sys­tems. On Octo­ber 24, 2018, the Federal Minis­ter of Food and Agri­cul­tu­re, Julia Klöck­ner, per­so­nal­ly han­ded over the grant noti­ces total­ling more than 1.8 mil­li­on euros to the com­pa­ny in Bonn.

The aim of the pro­ject is to adapt the mini­mum shelf life of food indi­vi­du­al­ly to the cold chain. Alt­hough the best-befo­re date on food pack­a­ging pro­vi­des con­su­mers with good ori­en­ta­ti­on, the­re is often uncer­tain­ty as to whe­ther pro­ducts can still be con­su­med after the best befo­re date has expired.

Tog­e­ther with part­ners from sci­ence and indus­try, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bonn, which is lea­ding the pro­ject, has set its­elf the goal of deve­lo­ping intel­li­gent pack­a­ging sys­tems for ref­ri­gera­ted pro­ducts that indi­vi­du­al­ly indi­ca­te the shelf life of food­s­tuffs on the pack­a­ging. If, for examp­le, the cold chain is inter­rup­ted or the sto­rage tem­pe­ra­tu­re is not pro­per­ly main­tai­ned, the actu­al shelf life should always be dis­play­ed. Con­ver­se­ly, this can also pre­vent food that is still edi­ble from being thrown away.

Landpack’s task is to deve­lop an insu­la­ted pack­a­ging in which the sen­sor data can be read from the out­side by smart­pho­ne without ope­ning the packa­ge. A gre­at pro­ject, with gre­at impact — Land­pack is plea­sed about the rese­arch grant and the good cooperation!