Biopack

Biopack, fruits for life.

Biopack is an edible coating that increases the shelf life of fruits, protecting them from the harvest until the consumer table.

Use Case

At least a third of the fruits production is wasted every year. Despite developments in the conservation of fruits, the technologies used are still expensive and not all the farmers have acces to them. In addition, the population keeps increasing and it is necessary to reduce these losses of aliments in order to supply the global food demand. A feasible way to do that in agriculture is to be more efficient in the post-harvest phase and in the protection in the shelf. In the case of Colombia 1,16 M tons of fruits are wasted every year in the post-harvest. At the same time, the fruits market keeps increasing approximately 8% each year and Colombia meaning that more fruits are going to be wasted. In this scenario, a product like Biopack could be useful, cheap and within reach of the farmer.

Potential

The challenge for Colombia is then to take advantage of the potential opened in the post-conflict phase. The replacement of illicit crops with agroindustry projects is a fact, and then we need to add value to the chain and export all these saved fruits all around the world. By doing that, Colombia would promote both its rural and its economic development. In order to achieve this goal, we need the resources to investigate and develop new solutions to the field. This project, enable us, as students, to connect with the agriculture world and allow us to do a retribution for the knowledge acquired during our studies. According to our mission, the potential of agro development in the country is a need in order to perform a great impact in the sustainability of the country.

Business Case

Biopack also is a technology that fulfill the needs of the farmer: easy to apply and economic, this new development was designed mainly to benefit the small and medium farmers increasing their profits. However, not only the farmers should acquire Biopack, retailers, industrial sellers and many other members of the supply chain. These stakeholders can find in Biopack a feasible way of enhance the Colombian economy, giving to the markets elaborated products, which will boost the agricultural development in the country.

Objectives:

  1. To develop a edible coating to protect fruit against bacteria, fungi, the weight loss and the chemical compounds that causes maturation.
  2. To develop a product with easily application, scalable production and accessible cost.
  3. To give a new option to the agroindustry and the farmers of packaging and post-harvest treatment for fruit.

Team Biopack

Bogotá, Colombia

Our Team

Preliminary research results in mangoes / Published May 7, 2018 by Ariel Vaca

Preliminary research results in mangoes

Mangoes with coatings showed inhibition in color change (from green to yellow) of the peels after three weeks.

Preliminary research results in papayas / Published May 7, 2018 by Ariel Vaca

Preliminary research results in papayas

The generation of anthracnose in papaya maradol, a disease caused by infection with colletotrichum gloeosporium, has been significantly reduced by significantly reducing the growth of this fungus with the application of a coating

Biopack Specs / Published May 7, 2018 by Juan Guatibonza

Biopack Specs

http://labs.tffchallenge.com/team/2018/2669-biopack/

"So then we invent a product that makes the fruits live longer ..."

The product consists of a biodegradable edible shell applied to fruits in a practical and low cost coating, which makes them increase their shelf life. Biopack has a solid particulate material and a special manual applicator. The product dissolves in water inside the applicator and is sprayed on the fruit. This solution impregnates the fruit and cover it after is dried, in a few minutes, a coating is generated on the fruit that protects it from microorganisms, oxidative atmospheres, reduces its moisture loss, enhances the flavor of the fruit and increases its shelf life.

Our Mission

Our team is dedicated to find new bio-technologies that promote the sustainable development in agriculture in order to supply the growing food demand and to help the small and medium farmers from agricultural countries.

Our Background

We are a team of enthusiastic chemical engineers from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. We agree that agriculture in Colombia is in crisis and requires all the human potential available. For this reason, we want to start contributing to this world by bringing to the real world the research of several years of one of us (Ariel, postdoctoral student).

Preliminary research results in mangoes / Published May 7, 2018 by Ariel Vaca

Preliminary research results in mangoes

Mangoes with coatings showed inhibition in color change (from green to yellow) of the peels after three weeks.

Preliminary research results in papayas / Published May 7, 2018 by Ariel Vaca

Preliminary research results in papayas

The generation of anthracnose in papaya maradol, a disease caused by infection with colletotrichum gloeosporium, has been significantly reduced by significantly reducing the growth of this fungus with the application of a coating

Biopack Specs / Published May 7, 2018 by Juan Guatibonza

Biopack Specs

http://labs.tffchallenge.com/team/2018/2669-biopack/

"So then we invent a product that makes the fruits live longer ..."

The product consists of a biodegradable edible shell applied to fruits in a practical and low cost coating, which makes them increase their shelf life. Biopack has a solid particulate material and a special manual applicator. The product dissolves in water inside the applicator and is sprayed on the fruit. This solution impregnates the fruit and cover it after is dried, in a few minutes, a coating is generated on the fruit that protects it from microorganisms, oxidative atmospheres, reduces its moisture loss, enhances the flavor of the fruit and increases its shelf life.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team is dedicated to find new bio-technologies that promote the sustainable development in agriculture in order to supply the growing food demand and to help the small ...Read More

Our Background

We are a team of enthusiastic chemical engineers from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. We agree that agriculture in Colombia is in crisis and requires ...Read More

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