Sustainability in Food

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Packaging’s Contribution to Reducing Food Waste

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.

Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging leader, at PAC Talk

Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging leader

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.

One Idea

IFilm Pouch Brings Shelf-Stable Milk to Indian 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

2015 Pack Awards IconDuPont 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.

 

Officials Drawn to DuPont Turkey Sustainable Agriculture and Food Summit

On Wednesday, May 28, leaders in food and agriculture gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the regions food security and reliability, the role of sustainable agriculture, and innovative food and nutrition solutions.

DuPont Turkey Food Security Summit image

A panel moderated by Özlem Dalga, Bloomberg HT Economy Coordinator, was held in the second part of the Summit. Included on the panel:

Nevzat Birişik, Ph.D Deputy General Manager, General Directorate of Food and Control Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock; Levent Dağaşan, Associate Prof. , CEO of SVL Food Biotechnology Consulting; Lucy Hurst, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Custom Research Director; Jeff Rowe, DuPont Pioneer Europe Regional Director; and Ayşegül Akın,PH.D. Assistant Representative of FAO Turkey.

To learn more about the event, visit the DuPont Turkey website.

The EIU launched the 2014 Global Food Security Index in conjunction with the Summit. To learn more about the Index visit, http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/.

 

2014 Index Overview: Overall Global Food Security Improved in the Last Year

Following a small dip in the 2013 index, which was partially driven by drought in key growing regions and falling national incomes in some developed countries, the average country score rose by more than one point, to 56 in the 2014 Global Food Security Index. Additionally, the range of scores narrowed by half a point as the lowest-scored countries improved more than the top performers. As the FAO reported in a separate analysis, the number of people suffering from chronic hunger dropped from 868m to 842m over the past year.

Read the complete findings of the the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Global Food Security Index, sponsored by DuPont, online.

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