19-20 Jun 2025
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Session Information

8-Jul, 13:30 - 15:30

Save Food Packaging & Food Waste

Central room B

With Australia producing 7.3 million tonnes of food waste across the supply and consumption chain and a Federal Government National Food Waste Strategy to halve food waste that goes to landfill by 2030 now is the time for packaging technologists to review pack designs that could minimise food waste and losses.

According to the National Food Waste Baseline that was launched earlier this year in 2016-17 (the base year), 2.5 million tonnes (34 per cent) was created in our homes, 2.3 million tonnes (31 per cent) in primary production and 1.8 million tonnes (25 per cent) in the manufacturing sector. Australians recycled 1.2 million of food waste, recovered 2.9 million tonnes through alternative uses for food waste and disposed of 3.2 million tonnes.

So what role does packaging play in preventing and or minimising food waste? The primary purpose of packaging is to contain, protect, preserve, promote and communicate, handle and transport and provide convenience for a product; all the while ensuring the safe delivery of food to the consumer. Without adequate packaging design features and fit-for-purpose packaging food can potentially be wasted all the way through the supply chain to the consumer. By modifying packaging designs and ensuring that save food packaging guidelines are followed food waste and loss can be minimised

This session will bring together leading experts in Food Waste & Loss, Food Design and Food Packaging and will discuss the latest reports and statistics, the initiatives and programs making a difference and seeing what best practice examples look like for Save Food Packaging design.

1.30 – 1.35: Welcome and introduction to session - Session Chair: Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, Education Coordinator, AIP
• 1.35 – 2.05: Mark Barthel, Chief Operating Officer, Stop Food Waste Australia
• 2.05 – 3.05: Panel discussion
Mark Mitchell, Chairman, AFCCC
George Ganzenmuller FAIP, CPP, Innovation Manager, Opal Fibre Packaging
Warwick Armstrong MAIP, General Manager Business Development and Marketing, Kuraray
Nerida Kelton, Executive Director, AIP
• 3.05 – 3.30: Panel Q & A

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