AIP's food waste training course offered in Thailand

Monday, 14 May, 2018

AIP's food waste training course offered in Thailand

Food waste is a global issue, with an estimated one-third of the food grown for human consumption lost or wasted between farm and fork, and one of the best ways to tackle this problem is through education. The Australian Institute of Packaging’s (AIP) half-day training course entitled ‘The Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste’ intends to raise global awareness and will be offered in Thailand in June.

The course marks the AIP’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12:3, which aims to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains by 2030.

First run in Melbourne, the course will be offered across Australia, New Zealand and Asia in 2018 and 2019, with the next stop in Thailand on 14 June as part of ProPak Asia 2018. It aims to inform participants — particularly packaging technologists, designers, engineers, marketers, production and procurement managers — about the seriousness of food waste and how it can be addressed.

Since packaging is a contributing factor to food waste, participants will learn about the how the packaging industry can make a difference. Part of the course will look at how packaging design can minimise food waste, covering criteria for best-practice Save Food Packaging Design developments that should be considered.

Other course objectives include: understanding where and why food loss and waste occurs; understanding the role of packaging in minimising loss through the supply chain and at the household level; and appreciation of the environmental life cycle profile of food, packaging and food waste.

As well as hands-on and practical case studies, the course presenter in Thailand will be Pierre Pienaar, Education Director at the AIP and President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

After studying pharmacy, Pienaar became concerned about packaging-related issues in the pharmaceutical world. He has developed his knowledge through multiple degrees, presents papers at international conferences and he is now a registered Certified Packaging Professional in 52 countries.

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