The Columbia Press 4 February 18, 2022 Packaging: OSU team develops enviro-friendly material Continued from Page 1 across the food supply chain. “We thought why not turn it into an environmentally friendly product that meets an industry need.” Zhao envisions apple pom- ace being the main ingredi- ent for molded pulp packing products such as take-out containers, flower pots, bev- erage cartons and bottles and clamshell packaging used for fruits and vegetables. She is focused on apple pomace, in part, because it’s readily available in the Pacif- ic Northwest. When apples are processed for juice as much as 75 percent of the ap- ple goes into the juice, leav- ing the rest as pomace. One of the key problems to solve in creating pomace and paper-based packaging is im- proving water resistance so it can withstand high moisture, liquid food or nonfood items and products stored under high humidity conditions. Information about their re- search was just published in Food and Bioproducts Pro- cessing, an industry periodi- cal. They used two strategies: incorporating polymers and compounds with charac- teristics to improve water resistance into the pulp for- mulation and applying supe- rhydrophobic coatings on the product surface. Zhao’s team has a long his- tory of studying food coatings as a barrier to water and gas- es. The team had previously created a two-step prepa- ration of superhydrophobic coating that is heat, cold and water resistant. The research was supported by the Oregon Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Kerr Concentrates of Salem and Hood River Juice Company of Hood River provided fruit pomace for the research. Crab fest returns to fairgrounds The Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Fes- tival returns to an in-person celebration this year, April 22 to 24. The event has been held vir- tually for the past two years. The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Com- merce coordinates the event, which features 175 vendors of hand-crafted arts, coastal cuisine, Oregon wine and lo- cal brews. The festival is a major fundraiser for not only the chamber, but dozens of com- munity organizations that participate, as well as hun- dreds of small businesses from our vendors and per- formers to hotels, restaurants and shops in the region. “The virtual events in recent years were as fun as we could make them,”AWACC Execu- tive Director David Reid said. “However, we are excited to be planning to return to the festival format we have come to love and be among our friends – vendors, volunteers and attendees alike.” Vendor applications opened in early February. Tickets will be available online April 1. Bench: Zappone loved the water Continued from Page 1 of his family and friends. … The whole point of it is for us to have a place to come and have a quiet sit, a view of wa- ter, and think about him and how much he loved it.” The board unanimously ap- proved the Zappone family’s request. Those who request memo- rial benches must fill out an application, which can be found on the city’s website, seek approval from the parks board, and pay for the cost of the bench and installation.