It is estimated that more than one-third of food produced today is lost or wasted. Once food is produced, its containers are the first line of defense against damage and spoilage resulting in costly waste. DuPont works with local packaging technologists around the world —including India, Africa, China and the U.S. — to develop custom resin applications for food protection that meet specific market needs, maximize freshness and stability and reduce waste.
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. Each year a panel awards honors based on excellence in one or all of three categories: Innovation; Sustainability; and Cost/Waste Reduction.
2013 DuPont Packaging Award winners
See all the 2013 Packaging Award Winners.
As part of its recent quarter-century celebration, DuPont highlighted past winners whose breakthrough projects ushered in significant societal change and looked ahead at how packaging can shape society’s future.
As we continue our look back at DuPont’s milestones in 2012, we are highlighting some of our notable blog posts.
The DuPont Food Security Hub launched in conjunction with the announcement of our food security goals last February:
- Innovating to feed the world.
- Engaging and educating youth.
- Improving rural communities.
Read more about the goals, the event and the Q & A with our panelists here.
Global Food Security Index Launch
DuPont, in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit, launched the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) at locations around the world starting in July 2012. DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman stated that the GFSI “will help us around the world measure the many aspects of food security, providing a common language to discuss what needs to be done. Our hope is that the Global Food Security Index will promote collaborations across the food value chain, generating insights and most importantly, stimulating action.” Read what other panelists and speakers from all of the launch events had to say about the GFSI.
Energy Innovations for Food Security
After attending the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Ethiopia in May of last year, DuPont President Ian Hudson shared his perspective on the relationship between energy innovations and food security.
AllAfrica reported that new projections from the Food and Agriculture Organization indicate yearly rice production from Nigeria and Ghana are expected to rise by 7%.
Bruce Campbell, CGIAR Director of the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), reflects on new and unique agricultural solutions for farmers in the dry lands across the world.
In November, Global Affairs Senior Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Roger Thurow participated in a Q&A session in which he discussed his hopes and ambition to work with others in creating a world free of hunger. Earlier this year, Thurow was also a featured moderator at the DuPont Food Goals Forum in Washington, D.C.
Last week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited the International Food Policy Research Institute to convey that the US government is committed to identifying and scaling up new agricultural technologies that will impact hunger and food security.