MLA works on a new packaging concept for the red meat industry
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is taking a new approach in the war against food waste and wants to embrace a new packaging concept for the red meat industry. MLA worked with an American start-up company, Corumat, to develop patented technology using food and meat waste to make a plastic-free, compostable meat tray. This project takes a ‘circular economy’ approach to upcycle resources (in this case, food waste) to extract value rather than discarding them. "Upcycling waste streams could potentially re-position our True Aussie Beef and Lamb to be clean, green and plastic-free,” MLA’s Group Manager – Science and Innovation Michael Lee said.
“This complete value-chain story of sustainability provides Australian red meat with a significant competitive advantage in the global protein market. Brand owners, producers and consumers are all set to benefit,” he added.
The Corumat meat tray is also approximately 20% cheaper than plastic meat trays. It’s still under development but shows promising signs of market adoption. MLA is currently working with Australian red meat brand owners to identify opportunities to use this technology. Currently, one-third of all food produced globally is thrown away every year across the value chain. Extending extend shelf life and going for plastic-free trays is a goal for the global meat industry.
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