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SAVE FOOD Congress 2017


For its 3rd edition the SAVE FOOD Congress held on 4 May 2017 at Congress Center Sued of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre as part of interpack 2017 pursued a multi-dimensional approach for fighting food losses and waste. The speakers from political circles, the food and packaging industries, retail, research and civil society represented a global but also detailed perspective focusing on details and national conditions. The congress again provided participants with a forum for mutual exchange as well as for identifying and sharing Best Practices. In its sixth year, this Initiative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Messe Duesseldorf has more than 850 members from industry, associations, research institutes and NGOs.
The opening speeches for the one-day Congress were presented by Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Duesseldorf GmbH, and Kostas G. Stamoulis, Deputy Director
General of the Economic and Social Development Department of the FAO. In his talk he dealt with the challenges of global nutrition in the 21st century. After that, he and Dornscheidt signed
a Memorandum of Understanding about the further collaboration of FAO and Messe Duesseldorf as key partners of the SAVE FOOD Initiative.
Dr. Klaus Heider, Head of the “Nutrition Policy, Product Safety, Innovation” Department in the German Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture, presented the campaign “Too Good for the Bin”.
The Keynote speech of the conference was given by Vytenis Andriukaitis, as EU commissioner responsible for food security in Europe.
Then, the focus was on the Indian subcontinent. Smt. Gargi Kaul, Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Indian Ministry of Food Processing Industries spoke about chances for this
branch in her country. In the following conference session that addressed specific local conditions, Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division at the
FAO shared the results of a field study in India funded by the SAVE FOOD Initiative. This shed light on the mechanisms and root causes of the loss of specific basic foodstuffs on the Asian subcontinent. Marc Zander, CEO of africon GmbH and Tei Mukunya, CEO of Azuri Health Ltd. reported on the state of affairs in the mango project launched by the SAVE FOOD Initiative in Kenya. Christian Traumann, Managing Director and CFO at MULTIVAC looked at the role that innovative packaging concepts play in avoiding food losses across the supply chain and on the part of consumers.
In the second session of the Congress, the speakers looked beyond their own backyards and dealt with food waste and losses in the context of global issues of the future as well as of industry and retail. Dr. Prajal Pradhan from the Research Area Climate Impact and Vulnerability at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research highlighted the effects of food waste and losses with respect to global climate. Vinita Bali, Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition talked about global future issues and Dr. Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director at Amcor Flexibles presented the special involvement of his company. Dr. Johannes Bergmair of the World Packaging Organisation described the correlation between packaging design and SAVE FOOD.
Another focal theme of the SAVE FOOD Congress was the presentation of the SAVE FOOD School Awards to the winning projects. Regional Schools were called upon in the run-up to the
event to give some thought to the theme of SAVE FOOD and work out corresponding concepts. A total of 39 projects were submitted. The Awards were be presented by Burkhard Hintzsche, City Director of Duesseldorf and Werner M.Dornscheidt. Following this, the FAO presented its concept for optimising school cafeterias.
In the “Hands On” session the Congress focused on concrete, practical solutions. The companies delivering talks here included Tomato Jos, which supports local farmers in Nigeria, YourLocal,
an App against food waste as well as the commitment of Foodsharing e.V. This session closed with a lecture by Dr. Hélen Williams from the University of Karlstad, who introduced results from scientific studies on packaging and SAVE FOOD themes.
The Congress concluded with a summary discussion involving actors from political and business spheres and civil society. Participants included Arash Derambarsh, Councillor in the Paris
suburb of Courbevoie/France, Hélène Lanctuit, Nestlé Research Center, Selina Juul, founder of the Stop Wasting Food Movement from Denmark, James Lomax, Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Programme Office at UNEP and Thomas Pocher, E.Leclerc Branch Director in France.
For the entire duration of interpack from 4 to 10 May trade fair visitors can discover concrete solutions and approaches revolving around SAVE FOOD at the innovationparc.
Some 20 companies are exhibiting there on approximately 2,500 square metres in a high-quality marquee between Halls 2 and 3. A lecture forum complements the exhibitors’ ranges over all
days of the exhibition. > Congress 2017