Each year, one third of the food the world produces is lost or wasted while one in every seven people go to bed hungry every night. Clearly food loss and waste is among the moral, political, economic imperatives laced within Food Security.
From her role as a DuPont Packaging leader, Yasmin Siddiqi offers the industry a provocation – Could we in the packaging industry challenge ourselves to ensure every piece of food packaged can be consumed? And can we do that in a way that is affordable and responsible?
Packaging offers tremendous potential to mitigate food loss and waste by protecting food, extending perishable shelf life and enabling portion control and efficient dosage, but the industry faces many challenges, including consumer perception of packaging and affordability/cost. Focusing on the positive contributions that packaging can make to mitigate this issue and collaborating to find new and affordable packaging solutions will go a long way to making a dent in this global issue.
In India, where 75 percent of milk is collected in an ‘unorganized’ fashion, the risk of buying contaminated or adulterated milk is high. Parakh Agro Industries in India saw an opportunity to develop a low-cost method to package ultra-high temperature (UHT) processed milk in aseptic flexible film pouches. This very affordable, five-layer EVOH solution that incorporates DuPont packaging materials, helps ensure milk stays fresh without refrigeration for 90 days.
This innovation earned a gold award in the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, and Vinay Nalawade, their director of the Packaging Business, said their aim is to ensure nutritious milk can be received in cities and in remote areas across the country.
DuPont Packaging Awards
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running global, independently judged competition highlighting innovative packaging and collaboration throughout the value chain. Packaging designs are evaluated by a prestigious independent panel of international judges. Initiated in 1986, the award is in its 26th installment. This year saw 200 entries from 31 countries, culminating in 16 winning package designs. Learn more about this award and this year’s winners by watching the following video.
Call for 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation
DuPont is now accepting entries for the 27th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program. This is the Packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged competition and it is designed to foster and celebrate packaging innovation around the world. The entry deadline is Feb. 2, 2015, and entry forms are available here.