East Africa Seminar: Potential for Packaging Innovations to Reduce Food Waste
Trade seminar underlines DuPont initiatives, collaborations and commitment to packaging performance and environmental sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa
As a world leader in market-driven innovation, DuPont hosted a food packaging seminar in Nairobi, Kenya, in November. Key players participated in the event, providing region-specific customers, as well as new prospects across the food and packaging industry, the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest issues regarding the development of food packaging in the East African market.
East African economies now number among the fastest growing in the world, with Kenya enjoying a five percent growth in GDP each year. Such wealth translates into a growing middle class, which in turn, alters lifestyle and purchasing habits. In terms of packaged food, this has resulted in double-digit growth in 2013, as this new middle class moves away from traditional, unpackaged food. This evolving, increasingly sophisticated market brings with it new challenges and opportunities – particularly in the field of food packaging.
At the seminar, Lukas Bartek, Sales and Marketing Manager of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers for Eastern and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, noted that one third of all global food production is lost or wasted. With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, this is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. He noted that the improvement of packaging quality in particular, can play a significant role in preventing the alarmingly high quantity of global food waste.
The seminar gave participants a chance to exchange opinions about the future of the packaging industry and to have a closer look at the most updated technologies. Watch a video clip featuring the seminar, here.
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The Economist Intelligence Unit published a special report in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Global Food Security Index, Food loss and its intersection with food security. Find the full report, here.