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2019 Salon 3: Packaging and Food Waste Intersections
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AMERIPEN Report

Packaging and Food Waste Intersections

Insights from an AMERIPEN-led Value Chain Stakeholder Dialogue

 

St. Paul Salon ReportThe 2019 AMERIPEN Salon Series is designed to bring together stakeholders from across the value chain to address current and emerging challenges to the continued success of the packaging industry. By bringing together leading experts on every aspect of packaging production and recovery, AMERIPEN members can come together to solve persistent problems and create new, promising opportunities.

This report summarizes insights from the June 2019 event held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in partnership with Food Waste Reduction Alliance and General Mills.

Summary:

As the public and private sectors grapple with the growing problem of waste (food and packaging), conversations that promote greater understanding of the interconnected nature of potential solutions are needed to avoid unintended consequences, and to ensure the most effective strategies are put in place. The perception by some that packaging is an environmental waste challenge has resulted in pressure to avoid or transition away from technologies proven effective in reducing food waste. Packaging should not be viewed in isolation from the product it preserves and protects. By having open dialogue around strategies for simultaneously reducing packaging and food waste, industry and government can establish priorities to reduce overall impact. A proactive approach, which seeks to prevent food waste, while also considering managing resources and mitigating climate impact, is needed.

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