Worldwide, around one third of all produced foodstuffs are not consumed but thrown away – a huge waste of resources. Agriculture, processing, retail and consumers: the entire value added chain is responsible for this wasteful behaviour.
To underline the topicality of this global theme and to highlight its implications the first day of this year’s interpack sees the holding of the third international SAVE FOOD Congress. This means Messe Düsseldorf will, on 4 May 2017, once again become a hotspot for all those involved in the value added chain committed to combatting food losses and waste.
In an interview Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director of Processing and Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf, illustrates the key role played here by the SAVE FOOD Initiative and highlights the new solutions in the packaging industry.
We approached the FAO before founding SAVE FOOD in the run-up to interpack 2011 because we were sure that their international contacts and sectoral knowledge would be ideal for this issue. After all, the packaging sector and the related processing industry can make a great contribution to reducing food waste and losses. In western industrial nations where waste is particularly prevalent smart packaging can, for instance, do this using freshness sensors that complement the sell-by-date. However, registration is necessary by 4 May as only a limited number of tickets are available. These can be obtained from www.save-food.de/ticket.However, processing and packaging technology that extends food shelf life can also ensure less food goes to waste. In developing countries suitable basic solutions are necessary to counter the high levels of food losses. Due to scant infrastructure and lacking (transport) packaging a large proportion is wasted before it even reaches consumers. And this is often the case in spite of already very scarce resources.