Discussions on COP21, reducing food losses, role of packaging

8th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit

The 8th European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will discuss the role of packaging in extending the lifetime of food products

The food industry generates a quarter of all greenhouse gases, with over half coming from livestock production. Taco Kingma from Friesland Campina will look at the solutions provided by sustainable dairy farming. Alpro, one of the plant-based food companies in Europe, will show how it is leading the way in reducing and offsetting carbon emissions. Its Provamel brand has been carbon neutral since 2010. The Marine Stewardship Council will give an update on sustainable seafood and its new seaweed standard.

Advances in sustainable ingredients will be featured. The Italian pasta firm Barilla will show it is adding sustainable value to raw materials. The Union for Ethical BioTrade will give details of its new sustainability programme for herbal teas. With most companies focussing on environmental footprints, Tradin Organic will highlight some of the issues when addressing social impacts of ingredients. Other topics include emerging natural sweeteners, formulating for transparency, and novel ingredients from food waste.

Summit participants will also discuss the future direction of sustainability labels. Is the way forward with the rising number of third-party labelling schemes, or with in-house sustainable sourcing programmes like those introduced by Starbucks, Nestlé and Mondelez Foods? An update will be given on leading certification schemes – organic, fair trade, as well as new initiatives such as Danube Soya and the Sustainable Rice Platform. Food companies involved in such schemes will share their experiences, whilst a research agency will give the consumer perspective.

Robert van Otterdijk will cast some solutions on how to reduce food losses at the grower, processing and distribution level. Krom Kommer will demonstrate how unwanted food can be the source of new enterprise. The role of packaging in extending the lifetime of food products will be discussed, as well as approaches to overcoming barriers to reducing waste at the consumer level.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.