How the packaging industry can minimise food waste

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More than one third of the food grown for human consumption is lost or wasted between farm and fork.

In Australia, food waste is estimated to be valued at $20 billion per year, with half of this occurring in households.

There are many reasons why this loss is occurring. There are also many opportunities to be more efficient with resources.

As a part of the Australian Institute of Packaging’s commitment to the National Food Waste Strategy, the AIP has developed a new half-day training course on The Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste.

The first course will be held in Melbourne on March 21, with packaging industry professionals invited to attend.

The course will highlight the global problem of food waste and explain how the packaging industry can make a difference.

It covers packaging design criteria for Best-Practice Save Food Packaging Design developments that should be considered.

And with hands-on and practical case studies participants will learn how designing packaging to save food actually saves food.

Course objectives

  • Understanding of where and why food loss and waste occurs
  • Understanding the role of packaging in minimising loss through the supply chain and at the household level.
  • Understanding of key packaging design criteria to minimise food loss/waste.
  • Appreciation of the environmental life cycle profile of food, packaging and food waste

Who should attend?

This course is ideally suited to packaging technologists, designers, engineers, marketers, production and procurement managers and for industries across the food supply chain (farm to fork).

The course will be presented by Dr Karli Verghese FAIP, Principal Research Fellow, Industrial Design program RMIT University.

Her research projects have included the development of decision support tools for packaging, resource efficiency, food waste, eco-design and one currently being developed for Australia's Antarctic research station (Casey).

Research themes include the role of packaging, packaging sustainability, food loss/waste across supply chains, resource efficiency, waste management, and life cycle assessment. 

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