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12-12-2016

Global Bioplastics Award 2016

Candybar-wrapper made from (waste potato) starch based film (© Mars)

Candybar-wrapper made from (waste potato) starch based film (© Mars)

The US-based global food corporation Mars, Dutch potatostarch processor Rodenburg, and film producer Taghleef Industries have been announced as the winner of this year's Global Bioplastics Award for their bio-based film made from potato waste starch. The innovative packaging solution is a joint development by Mars, Rodenburg Biopolymers, and Taghleef Industries. Mondi’s Consumer Goods Packaging plant Solec in Poland was also involved as converter of the wrapper. This innovative packaging meets the ever-increasing trend for sustainable packaging solutions. The international jury found it an outstanding example of research to develop a complex packaging fulfilling demanding requirements.

The bio-based packaging for Mars and Snickers bars avoids fossil resources by using starch derived from the waste water of the potato processing industry. The joint project, which started in 2012, involves Rodenburg Biopolymers, which produced the raw material, Taghleef Industries, which manufactured the film, Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging, which printed the final packaging, and Mars, which packed its chocolate bars using the film. This new material has not in any way compromised the efficiency of Mars’ packaging lines – the running speed is equivalent to that achieved with standard polypropylene films.

Michael Thielen (Bioplastics magazine) hands over the award to Emanuela Bardi (Taghleef Industries) and Thijs Rodenburg (Rodenburg Biopolymers) for the bio-based packaging for Mars chocolate bars (© Karen Laird)

Michael Thielen (Bioplastics magazine) hands over the award to Emanuela Bardi (Taghleef Industries) and Thijs Rodenburg (Rodenburg Biopolymers) for the bio-based packaging for Mars chocolate bars (© Karen Laird)

Rodenburg Biopolymers developed a tailor-made compound based on second generation starch derived from waste water of the potato processing industry. Taghleef Industries then extruded Rodenburg’s compound on their BoPLA line at their Italian plant in San Giorgio di Nogaro into a biaxially oriented white voided film: Nativia Ness. This new generation of bi-oriented and bio-based films fulfils all product protection requirements for chocolate packaging, is food approved and is able to meet the same speed of BOPP films on packaging lines. Mondi Solec in Poland converted the film through rotogravure printing and application of cold seal and release lacquer. The printing process was more challenging than for standard OPP films due to the distinctive behavior of the new film on the printing line, (e.g. film shrinkage caused by the heat generated during printing).

Thijs Rodenburg, CEO of the family-owned company emphasizes: “The unique cooperation is a best-practice example for the whole bioplastics industry. Without a joint effort, this success could not have been realized.”

The Global Bioplastics Awards recognize innovation, success and achievement by manufacturers, processors and users of bioplastic materials. Mars, Rodenburg and Taghleef Industries were selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges representing the press, academic world and trade associations in Europe, Asia and America. The award ceremony was held on November 29, 2016 during the 11th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, Germany.

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AT 1030 Wien
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