Messe Düsseldorf brings public attention to food loss at PROCESS EXPO 2013 in Chicago
The SAVE FOOD exhibition, which was premiered at interpack 2011 and reported on the scale of food loss throughout the food value chain, is now also to be staged at PROCESS EXPO in the USA in 2013. Since interpack 2011, it has already been shown at the World Food Day at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome and at German packaging specialist MULTIVAC.
“I’m very pleased that the SAVE FOOD exhibition continues to stimulate interest even after interpack 2011. This underlines the importance of the subject for the companies of the food value chain and particularly for the packaging sector and related processing industries. With the SAVE FOOD initiative, we have succeeded in sensitising these stakeholders to a subject of global concern,” says Bernd Jablonowski, Director interpack and responsible for SAVE FOOD at Messe Düsseldorf.
According to FAO studies on global food loss, which were also presented at interpack 2011, in the USA a good deal of food is wasted particularly in the home. North American consumers are thus responsible for about a quarter of the total loss of cereal products, while loss in the home in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, accounts for only one per cent. According to the findings of the FAO, this pattern is typical of developed countries where food loss tends to occur more at the end of the value chain than in production. In addition to consumers planning their purchases better and a more sensible attitude to sell-by dates, intelligent packaging concepts could also help to prevent consumer-related food loss and thus conserve resources. For example, advanced packaging technology and the associated production processes not only reduce loss in production, but also extend the shelf life of end products. High-tech packaging materials with sensory functions, on the other hand, are capable of supplying information on the freshness of the packaged food.
As a corporate campaign, SAVE FOOD has set itself the goal of networking stakeholders in industry, government and research. It aims to foster constructive dialogue in the search for ways of reducing food loss along the food value chain. About 50 companies and associations have so far joined. In cooperation with the FAO as its partner, the focus will be on enhancing the still patchy knowledge of the scale of global food loss and thus creating a firm foundation for concrete action.
Before being staged at PROCESS EXPO in Chicago from 3 to 6 November 2013, the SAVE FOOD exhibition can be seen at the packaging fair Upakovka/UPAK Italia in Moscow from 29 January to 1 February 2013. Further showings on location are planne
About SAVE FOOD
The SAVE FOOD initiative is a joint campaign instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH to fight global food loss. SAVE FOOD aims at networking stakeholders in industry, politics and research, encouraging dialogue and helping to develop solutions along the food value chain. One of its aims is to enlist the support of industry in initiating and sponsoring its own SAVE FOOD projects. SAVE FOOD premiered in May 2011 with an international congress at interpack, the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging industry. Further details can be found at www.save-food.org.
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