The FoodyPlast project is the result of a cross-border collaboration between four French partners (University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, University of Perpignan Via Domitia, Centre des Matériaux des Mines d’Alès - Pôle RIME, Pyragena) and two Spanish partners (University of Zaragoza and Leartiker). The UPPA, the lead partner of the consortium, is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the whole partnership, in direct liaison with the Joint Secretariat of the POCTEFA Programme, based in Jaca. As such it is responsible for exchanges and information sharing between the partnership and the joint secretariat.

Each partner is responsible for a task group dedicated to the scientific and technical activities to be conducted throughout the project. The scientific consortium meets every three months to review the progress of the project in accordance with the pre-established, provisional timetable.


Partner Actions

Task Groups Activities Partners
GT0 : Preparation Set up of the technical, administrative and financial offer All partners
GT1 : Coordination and management of the project

Action 1.1. Management and coordination

Action 1.2. Project follows-up

Action 1.3. Administrative and financial management

Action 1.4. Project evaluation

All partners

(P1’s responsibility)


GT2 : Communication

Action 2.1. Creation of a visual identity : logo and graphic guide

Action 2.2. Creation and updating of website

Action 2.3. Planning of seminars for professionals

Action 2.4. General public conference on packaging and recycling (3R)

Action 2.5. Participation in international trade fairs

Action 2.6. Final conference on project

All partners

(P2’s responsibility)

GT3 : Materials selection and formulations

Action 3.1. Drawing up of specifications

Action 3.2. Selection of raw materials and input analysis

Action 3.3. Formulations

P1, P3, P4

(P3’s responsibility)

GT4 : Materials and Upscaling

Action 4.1. Low temperature extrusion

Action 4.2. Characterisation and suitability of the sheets for food contact

P1, P2, P3, P4

(P4’s responsibility)

GT5 : Industrial assessment of the demonstrator

Action 5.1. Manufacturing of a ton of plastic

Action 5.2. Assessment of packaging

P1, P2, P3, P6

(P6’s responsibility)

GT6 : Recycling and Life-cycle

Action 6.1. Recycling protocol

Action 6.2. Recycling of yoghurt pots

Action 6.3. Recycling UPPA et LKT sheets

Action 6.4. Recycling of packaging used in industries

Action 6.5. Environmental assessment

P1, P2, P3, P5

(P5’s responsibility)


University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA)


Multidisciplinary Institute for Research on the Environment and Materials (IPREM), UMR-CNRS 5254 University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, with the IPREM, in particular two teams: the EPCP and the LCABIE.

- EPCP’s expertise allows it to study synthetic or natural polymers, from their creation to their implementation, including their structural analysis and the study of their properties.

-LCABIE’s research in analytical chemistry is based on the development of instrumentation and analytical methods for the study of speciation (detection, identification and quantification), reactivity and localisation of metals and metalloids in living organisms and the environment.

These teams have collaborated in and/or coordinated several European projects: Elena, Biosource-Comp, Orque-SUDOE and Etablis.


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University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD)


The University of Perpignan Via Domitia has developed great competence in the field of antioxidants, the protection of the environment, interaction between societies, cultures and their territory. This expertise allows it to develop activities focusing on raising awareness on the value of research, to assist in the creation of companies linked to research units, as well as to assist in the implementation and monitoring of projects. The Management for Research and Development (DRV) is in charge of the administrative and financial management of research projects with partners from the private sector (major groups, ETIs, SMEs) or from the public sector (European Union, local and regional authorities, ministries, centralized government departments, etc). So, the DRV has come to be fully conversant with the management of FEDER grants, in particular for projects selected within the framework of POCTEFA UPVD participation in six projects over the period 2007-2013, including one as the lead partner). SUDOE (a project) or projects cofinanced by the Languedoc-Roussillon region (FEDER Objective Competitiveness 2007-2013) or by Oseo (now BPI France).

UPVD has taken part in EU cofinanced projects such as Transversalis, Cultur Pro Etfersaso, Eict (coordinator), Alarmtox amongst others.


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University of Zaragoza (UNIZA)


The University of Zaragoza was founded in 1542 and today comprises 11 faculties, 1 school of Engineering, 6 technical schools, 55 departments and 5 research institutes. The University Research Group in Analytical Chemistry (GUIA), partner in the FoodyPlast project, is part of Research Institute of Engineering in the Aragon region (I3A). I3A is the most important pluridisciplinary research institute in Aragon, with more than 300 researchers.


The GUIA group comprises 19 researchers of which 11 are PHD students, and began research in food packaging in the late 1980s. Since then, more than 200 research projects have been completed. Thus, 11 European projects, 2 Ibero-American projects, 28 nation research projects (PROFIT, CDTI, PETRI, AGL, INIA, INNPACTO, RETOS, CIEN, etc), have been financed by the Spanish ministry in collaboration with various companies, 4 projects have been financed by the government of Aragon, and multiple projects have been financed by private companies.


So, the GUIA, which specializes in analytical chemistry and the issues arising from the migration of compounds, from plastic packaging in contact with food, is a research group recognized by the government of Aragon. Contracts amounting to more than 13 million euros have been concluded through his director, Cristina Nerin.


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Located in the heart of the Basque Country, it is a technology centre whose research
activities are concentrated on 2 things:


1) Food products, with a department devoted to food innovation, with vast experience in the design and development of innovative products


2) Polymers, with a department devoted to research and development of materials (by compounding), and the physical chemical characterization of materials and their applications


Leartiker has collaborated in Interreg projects such as Biosource-comp (POCTEFA). Leartiker is currently involved in three European projects : FoodyPlast, INNOLACT and Health LSR projects for the POCTEFA program and AEROCAR for SUDOE.


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Materials Center of Mines of Alès (C2MA) – RIME center


The activities of the Materials Center of Mines of Alès (C2MA) are concerned with the development and study of polymeric materials (Advanced Polymers Materials Center (MPA)), minerals or mineral matrix materials for civil engineering (Materials and Structures of Civil Engineering center (MSGC)), as well as the study of the interactions of these materials with their environment (Research on Materials and their Environment Center (RIME)). The RIME center, located in Pau, concentrates its activities on 2 main themes: the environmental and health characteristics of materials, and the study of their physical sensory properties.


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Skills and experience in the agri-food sector.

Pyragena is the experimental technological platform of Bayonne ham Consortium, which offers services in research, experimentation, training and technical support in the agri-food sector.

Pyragena has collaborated in European projects such as TrueFood.


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