WHEYLAYER is a 3 year R+D project that is being funded by the EC’s Seventh Framework Programme under “Research for SME Associations”.
WHEYLAYER aims to develop a whey protein-coated plastic films to replace expensive polymers and increase recyclability which will enable to replace currently used synthetic oxygen-barrier layers with whey protein. It would solve a multiple environmental and productivity problems at European level: finding a valid commercial use of currently discarded whey protein, and replacing harmful chemical based plastics with a natural by-product which would safeguard the performance and enhance the recyclability of substrate film, thus adding huge value for the European packaging and food industries.
The WHEYLAYER project officially started on 1st NOV. 2008. The Kick Off Meeting was held in Barcelona on 11th and 12th November and was hosted by PIMEC at their offices.