REQUEST # 67278                   Aqueous Coatings on Corrugated Board for                 Preservation of Packaged Fruits...
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  1. 1. REQUEST # 67278 Aqueous Coatings on Corrugated Board for Preservation of Packaged Fruits and Vegetables RESPONSE DUE DATE: December 2, 2011 SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK EMAIL: PHONE: +1-216-283-3901 Opportunity The goal of this request is to identify key opportunities this year, and identify key partners to work with in early 2012. Funding and timing of partnership to be scoped during initial (click buttons above) introductions.REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION BACKGROUNDNineSigma, representing a global packaging Corrugated boxes in the form of opencompany invites proposals for aqueous package containers with vent and hand holes are acoatings for preservation of fruit and popular form of packaging fresh fruits andvegetables packaged in open corrugated vegetables. Corrugated containers arecontainers. Permanganate based sachets are economical, recyclable and renewableused today to scavenge volatiles such as ethylene packaging solutions. Strength and stabilitywithin produce transport. The goal of this request during transport and cold chain storage are keyis to identify alternative solutions (such as challenges met by specialized designs.coatings) that can be incorporated directly into theproduction of corrugated boxes (preferably at the Harvested fruit and vegetables generatecorrugator). volatiles such as ethylene that promote accelerated ripening during storage andCharacteristics of a successful coating technology transport, reducing their shelf life. Commoninclude the following: strategies for mitigating the generation of  Safe for food contact volatiles include reduced temperature,  Can be applied in aqueous form at the controlled or modified atmospheres and various corrugator for the production of boxes gas exchange or scavenging technologies for  Low cost removing these compounds. Many current  Shows capacity to absorb ethylene solutions for eliminating ethylene are based on comparable with permanganate sachets immobilizing permanganate salts on inert  Can be shown to measurably improve shelf mineral supports into a sachet format. life of post harvest fruit and vegetables (i.e., 20% improvement over existing shelf life Volatile or gaseous antagonists of ethylene which is variable depending on the species) biosynthesis, such as 1-methylcyclopopene,  Coating needs to be compatible with current nitric or nitrous oxides, are known to extend the recycling processes for corrugated containers shelf life of fresh produce. Volatile naturally Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium RFP format and graphics© Copyright 2011 NineSigma, Inc
  2. 2. NineSigma Request #67278 Aqueous Coatings on Corrugated Board for Page 2 Preservation of Packaged Fruits and Vegetablesoccurring essential oils have been shown toreduce spoilage through an antimicrobial  Other comments to include in the proposal:mechanism. ○ Additional details / overview of the proposed coating solutionWhat is needed is a delivery system that can be ○ Discuss the commercial readiness ofcoupled with the production of corrugated the solution (i.e., concept only andpackaging that is safe for food contact, and does needing development, proof of conceptnot require the use of plastics (i.e., NineSigma’s shown on a small scale, ready-to-client does not want the equivalent of modified commercialize, sample available foratmosphere packaging which requires sealing the testing/evaluation, etc.)box with plastic or using a bag in the box - the box ○ Discussion of potential hurdles or roadwill be a stand alone product made by an aqueous blocks to commercialization (especiallycoating on the corrugator). The system should be with respect to food contact)effective in increasing the post harvest shelf life of ○ Background / information on thefruit and vegetables from the farm to the market in proposer organizationopen containers. RESPONDING TO THIS REQUESTPOSSIBLE APPROACHES NON-CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSUREPossible approaches might include, but are not By submitting a Response you represent that thelimited to: Response does not and will not be deemed to contain  Coatings with ethylene oxidants, absorbents, any confidential information of any kind whatsoever. and ethylene reactive catalysts Your Response should be an executive summary (about  Micro/nano-encapsulation technologies to 3 pages). The Response should briefly describe the protect active agents for extended periods technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background, and description ofAPPROACHES NOT OF INTEREST the responding team and their related experience.  Modified atmosphere packaging solutions By submitting a Response, you acknowledge that calling for plastics to contain a specified NineSigma’s client reserves the sole and absolute right atmosphere are out of scope and discretion to select for award all, some, or none of the Responses received for this announcement.  Solutions that do not contain FDA NineSigma’s client also may choose to select only approved components specific tasks within a proposal for award. NineSigmas  Solutions which would chemically taint the client has the sole and absolute discretion to determine food product all award amounts.APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST RESPONSE EVALUATIONResponses from companies, academic NineSigma’s client will evaluate the Response using theresearchers, government labs or other research following criteria:institutes, consultants, venture capitalists,entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.  Overall scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach  Approach to proof of concept or performanceAppropriate responses will use the proposal  Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is thetemplate and address the following: technology novel or protectable)  Economic potential of concept  To be considered “interesting” for follow-up,  Respondent’s capabilities and related experience  Realism of the proposed plan and cost estimates proposers should at a minimum: ○ Outline how the solution / proposed The client will contact respondents with highly solution would be applied on the responsive proposals for next steps. corrugator ○ Describe efficiency in absorbing ethylene ○ Confirm that the solution / proposed solution is safe for food contact Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium