Whilst the primary functions of packaging are to contain and protect the content, as well as providing information about the product, the role of packaging in reducing food waste needs to be better understood by food producers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and consumers. The connection between packaging design and food waste needs to be discussed more openly in the industry. From field to fork there are several possibilities for food loss and waste to occur. It has been approximated that up to 30% of the edible food produced, does not reach the fork. Packaging’s role in reducing food waste is the next big challenge for Packaging Technologists, Designers and Engineers.
- Sam Oakden, Manager Food Sustainability - Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)
- Alan Adams, APAC Sustainability Director - Sealed Air
- Mark Barthel, Special Advisor - Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre
- Nerida Kelton, Executive Director - Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)