Tetra Pak to explore graphene as a ‘breakthrough’ application in the F&B industry

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Tetra Pak to explore graphene as an application in the F&B industry. Photo: Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak to explore graphene as an application in the F&B industry. Photo: Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak has joined the European Commission Graphene Flagship project to explore future applications of graphene in food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing.

Graphene is a carbon-based material, one atom thick, around 200 times stronger than steel. It is an excellent conductor of heat, electricity and has a range of light absorption abilities. 

Unlimited potential

Graphene material could bring breakthrough innovations with unlimited potential for integration in almost any industry.

Sara De Simoni, VP, Equipment Engineering, Tetra Pak said Tetra Pak’s involvement with the European Graphene Flagship is one example of its ambition to drive innovation to the next level. 

“It is a privilege to be the only representative from our industry in this research initiative and puts us at the cutting edge to address challenges through multidisciplinary research and development together with our industry partners​,” she said.

Tetra Pak to explore

Tetra Pak is leading R&D in the packaging sector, exploring the potential graphene holds to unlock innovations for the F&B industry, including: 

Packaging ​ – to see how graphene could offer coatings to reduce carbon footprint in packaging supply chain, graphene can also enhance the performance of current packaging materials, enable new functionality and increase recyclability.

Smart Packaging​ – with the development of smart packaging, graphene’s ultra-thin flexible sensors can be integrated to packages as data carriers for producers, retailers and consumers. Graphene sensors can also be smaller, lighter and less expensive than traditional sensors.

Next generation of equipment​ – exploring how graphene composites can be used to make equipment lighter and more energy efficient has the potential to reduce costs and energy consumption.  

According to Prof Konstantin Novoselov, physicist and Nobel Prize Winner graphene has the potential to revolutionise a range of processes and industries. 

Since Graphene’s first isolation in 2004, we have seen tremendous success and marketplace application of the material within electronics and automotive industries, I’m looking forward to the next phase of the Graphene Flagship and exploring potential innovations in the packaging industry​,” he said. 

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