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AMERIPEN Releases New White Paper

Tuesday, January 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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AMERIPEN is proud to announce the release of our new white paper, “Quantifying the Value of Packaging as a Strategy to Prevent Food Waste in America.” This new report delves deeper into the potential ways packaging can reduce food waste in America and notes where further investment, research and policy must integrate to realize this value.

In the past 50 years, the amount of food waste in America has doubled. Americans now waste almost ten times more food than those in less developed nations and almost one-third more than those in developed nations, costing over $200 billion each year. Food waste is the largest single material in landfills across the US and is a key contributor to global greenhouse gases.

By analyzing global data, AMERIPEN uncovered a surprising correlation between the foods with the highest percentage of wastage and those with the least amount of packaging. National-level data reinforced the link between packaging and food waste by demonstrating that the regions with the highest rates of food waste also have the least amount of packaged foods. Yet consumers frequently cite packaging over food waste as a top environmental concern, despite data suggesting otherwise.

While others have touted packaging as a cost-effective prevention strategy towards food waste, most have argued for further investment into emerging packaging technologies. AMERIPEN’s study suggests instead that simple optimization strategies to reduce damage and address consumer shifts in purchasing may be equally effective and more cost efficient in the fight against waste.

Download AMERIPEN’s exclusive white paper, “Quantifying the Value of Packaging as a Strategy to Prevent Food Waste in America” today! 

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