Insight reports for Save Food Packaging design

Australian Institute of Packaging

By Nerida Kelton MAIP Executive Director – Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) Vice President Sustainability & Save Food – World Packaging Organisation (WPO)
Tuesday, 13 April, 2021



Insight reports for Save Food Packaging design

Sadly, Australia is one of the worst offenders for food waste and loss in the world with a staggering 34% (2.5 million tonnes) of all food wasted in the household, followed very closely with 31% (2.3 million tonnes) in primary production. In economic terms, food waste in Australia has become a $20 billion problem that sees each person waste on average 298 kg of food a year. Add to that the environmental impacts that sit behind food production, including water, land, energy, labour, capital, and the fact that far too much food waste is heading to landfill and creating greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia needs to build a sustainable food system that delivers food security, considers social, economic and environmental impacts and no longer sees food waste heading to landfill. This is where innovative Save Food Packaging (SFP) design has a role to play within the food system.

What is Save Food Packaging (SFP)?

SFP uses innovative and intuitive design features that can contain and protect, preserve, extend shelf life, easily open and reseal, provide consumer convenience and portion control — all the while meeting global sustainable packaging targets.

To embed SFP design into businesses, we first need to understand whether manufacturers consider food waste and loss, how packaging technologists are designing food packaging; if marketers are ensuring that on-pack communication provides the best messaging to consumers; and what the barriers are to implement SFP strategies.

As a core participant of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) Save Food Packaging design project has released two stakeholder industry insight reports that will help to set a baseline for current design practice and enable a path forward for areas of improvement.

The Save Food Packaging Consortium is made up of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) as project lead; RMIT as the Research Partner; Project Contributors will be Zipform Packaging, Sealed Air, Multivac and APCO; Project Partners are Plantic Technologies, Result Group and Ulma Packaging. The Extension Network consists of Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC), Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). The consortium is made up of experts who work in Save Food Packaging design to ensure that the project develops practical guidelines that are suitable for the industries they will serve.

The two reports are called:

1. Industry Insights Report: Stakeholder Online Survey of Product-Packaging Design Processes

2. Industry Insights Report: Stakeholder Interviews of Product-Packaging Design Processes

As Australia’s first industry insight reports for Save Food Packaging, the reports represent the current landscape of the food and packaging industry regarding perceptions and practices of food waste and Save Food Packaging.

The AIP encourages everyone to access the reports and consider using some of the recommended Save Food Packaging design features in their packs.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/ricka_kinamoto

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