The industrial doctorate project between Noel Alimentaria and the UdG that redefines the sustainability of food packaging

Genís Bayés, is the industrial doctoral student who leads the collaborative research between Noel Alimentaria and the University of Girona | The aim of the project to revolutionize food packaging towards sustainable alternatives and definitively eliminate plastic | This initiative responds to the urgent need for ecological solutions in packaging | Collaboration between academia and business is presented as an exemplary model of knowledge transfer, promising not only technical advances, but also a positive impact on social and environmental awareness.
Diari de Girona

The need for sustainable solutions in the food industry, specifically in the field of packaging, has led to a strategic collaboration between the R+D department of the Garrotxa meat company Noel Alimentaria and the Research Group Laboratory of Sustainable Materials and Product Design of the University of Girona (UdG). 

Genís Bayés, chemical engineer and industrial doctorate student, is in charge of leading the research of an innovative project that seeks to develop sustainable packaging for the food industry; reducing environmental impact without compromising the quality or safety of products.

The industrial doctorate project was presented in 2021 under the title "Development and Implementation of Single-Use and Sustainable Food Packaging", in response to Directive (EU) 2019/904, known as the Single-Use Plastics Directive. The initial objective of this applied research project is not only to comply with current regulations, but also to anticipate future market and societal demands in terms of sustainability. The objective is clear, to replace millions of plastic trays with greener and more sustainable alternatives, starting with a pilot test that consists of an innovative paper tray with a plastic sheet, to market some of the products of the Garrotxa company.

But the project goes beyond a simple replacement of materials. New frontiers of research are being explored with the development of a completely plastic-free packaging, a challenge that tests the technical and creative capacities of the project members: Genís Bayés, Jaume Planella from the R+D department of Noel Alimentaria and Dr. Marc Delgado as principal investigator of the research group. This initiative not only has the potential to revolutionize the food industry, but also to promote greater social and environmental awareness about the use of packaging.

The collaboration between Noel Alimentaria and the UdG exemplifies the importance of knowledge transfer between the business and academic sectors, where the industrial doctorate student himself becomes a bridge between business and university, connecting theory with practice. 

While Genís Bayés is in the final stretch of his PhD, the future of the project and its impact are promising. What is indisputable is that this initiative represents a significant step towards a more sustainable future for the food industry, putting Noel Alimentaria and the UdG at the forefront of innovation and sustainability in the sector.

The Diari de Girona has echoed the project, you can read the news in this link.