Bio-based multilayer barrier films for food packaging

Mika Vähä-Nissi (Corresponding author), Jari Vartiainen, Hanna M. Koivula, Heidi M. Räisänen, Pietro Ragni, Eija Kenttä, Timo Kaljunen, Tero Malm, Hannu Minkkinen, Ali Harlin

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The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate totally bio-based multilayer barrier packaging films. These films were prepared with a thin coating of fibrillated cellulose as an effective barrier against oxygen and/or mineral oil residues. It is shown that such films are feasible for packing of dry foods in formats such as bag-in-box, flexible pouches, and most recently in paper-based stand-up pouches. The cellulose fibrils can provide the films with a barrier suitable even for demanding products and for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). For example, the bio-based MAP pouches containing ground hazelnuts were able to retain both their shape and internal atmosphere, while maintaining the original product quality. However, processes such as irradiation and aggressive compounds from the food product were found to impair the oxygen barrier provided by the fibrillated cellulose.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th TAPPI European PLACE Conference 2017
PublisherTAPPI Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-5088-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event2017 TAPPI European PLACE Conference - Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 22 May 201724 May 2017


Conference2017 TAPPI European PLACE Conference


  • barrier
  • bio-based
  • cellulose
  • film
  • nanofibril
  • packaging

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