Innovation and sustainability in food packaging

PDIT Conference in Mumbai set to be an eye-opener

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At the PDIT Conference in Mumbai, where the key area of focus is food safety and SAVE FOOD, a global initiative of FAO and Messe Dusseldorf, speakers will deliberate on a number critical areas of India’s food economy and why sustainable packaging solution is the need of the hour

Demand for sustainable packaging, especially food packaging, keeps growing all over India as well as around the world. At the same time, there is now a global movement to save food and eliminate, or at least decrease, food waste throughout the food supply chain from farm to fork (in our case, from post-harvest to thali). There are, in addition, serious concerns on food safety and the inability of an economy to handle the sorting and processing of food and the packaging that comes along with it.

Processing, packaging and logistics are part and parcel of optimizing the food supply chain. However, in spite of having an economy that is still a very small user of food processing and packaging, we have managed to fill the country with litter from edge to edge. Solid waste is clogging all urban systems and public spaces, and packaging has achieved the dubious status of being the biggest and most insoluble components of landfills.

At the first ever PDIT Conference in Mumbai on 16 and 17 December 2016, the main focus of deliberations will be on sustainability and innovation in packaging that can lead to much improved food safety and reduced food wastage. The objective is to discuss how packaging innovation can help to create a sustainable food supply chain; and the role that technology and design can play in optimizing packaging. The conference is being jointly organized by IPP Star, a printing and packaging advisory, research, training and consulting firm and Messe Dusseldorf India.

The packaging industry in India is expected to grow to US$ 70 billion or Rs. 4.8 lakh crore in the next 3 to 4 years and the food producers will account for a huge chunk of this multi-billion dollar industry. The Indian packaged food industry is expected to grow to US$ 50 billion by 2017.  Other consumer product segments such as eCommerce are also growing at a rapid pace, from US$ 30 billion at the end of 2016 to about US$ 100 billion in another four years.

logoAt the PDIT Conference in Mumbai, where the key area of focus is food safety and SAVE FOOD, a global initiative of FAO and Messe Dusseldorf, speakers will deliberate on a number critical areas of India’s food economy and why sustainable packaging solution is the need of the hour. Discussion topics like New post-harvest technologies for preventing food waste; Why India needs intelligent and active packaging; Appropriate technology and automation for food packaging in emerging markets; Customer-driven sustainable innovations in packaging; and panel discussions such as Packaging design, sustainability, safe food and Save Food indicate the trend that the conference is going to set for the packaging industry in India. Presenters and panelists will also discuss new sustainable technologies and breakthroughs in packaging and marketing paradigms. Last but not the least, the conference will bring brand owners, packaging and product managers, and packaging technologist and converters face to face in a conversation with packaging designers.

To register for the conference please go to www.ippstar.org or contact Harmandeep Kaur at harmandeep@ippstar.org

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