Fighting Food Waste, Save Food Packaging and Sustainable Packaging Design

Fighting Food Waste, Save Food Packaging and Sustainable Packaging Design

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in conjunction with the Packaging Council of New Zealand will be running a two-hour seminar on Fighting Food Waste, Save Food Packaging and Sustainable Packaging Design.


10.00 am to 11.00 am

Seminar – Part One: Fighting Food Waste & The Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste


Will solving New Zealand’s Food Waste problem help save hunger in the country?

122,547 tonnes of food waste, or the equivalent to $872 million worth of edible food, is thrown away every year in New Zealand. The avoidable food waste could feed 50,000 and 80,000 people a year. There is not only a social imperative to solve this problem, but also an economic one. Find out how you can play a role in minimising Food Waste in this country.

Speaker: Deborah Manning, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwi Harvest  


Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre: New Collaboration to tackle Australia’s Food Waste Issue.

In April 2018 the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) received a $30 million grant from the Australian Government’s CRC Program. The Fight Food Waste CRC involves 60 participants from around Australia and overseas, who collectively raised $103 million in addition to the $30 million from the CRC Program. This initiative will be an Australia-first bringing industry, government and research bodies collectively and collaboratively together to tackle the food waste problem in this country. Find out how NZ companies can get involved in the CRC program and how they can role out their own Fight Food Waste Strategy.

Speaker: Dr Karli Verghese, Reducing Supply Chain Losses Research Program Leader, Fight Food Waste CRC and Principal Research Fellow, Industrial Design program School of Design, RMIT University, Melbourne


The vital role that packaging plays in minimising food waste

While the primary function of packaging is to protect its contents, the function of packaging to reduce food waste is rarely discussed. The connection between packaging design and food waste needs to be discussed more

openly. Find out how packaging companies, food manufacturers and retailers can make a difference as team members of the product-packaging design process to this issue. Learn more about award-winning Save Food Packaging design innovations that have come from Australia and New Zealand and understand how designing packaging to save food actually saves food.

Speakers: PIDA and WorldStar Packaging Award Winners from ANZ


11.00 am to 12.00 noon

Seminar – Part Two: Moving towards Sustainable Packaging by 2025

Every day on the news there is a new article about banning single use plastic, multinational companies pledging to move towards 100% sustainable packaging, plastic free aisles and more. This discussion will help you to better understanding the curent conversations in the industry, changes to regulations, how it all relates to you and what tools are available to move towards sustainable packaging. Hear about the Australasian Recycling Label, the PREP tool and from award-winning packaging experts on how to incorporate Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle and the Circular Economy approach into all of your future packaging design.


Visit the AIP and Packaging Council of New Zealand stands to see all the 2018 Save Food Packaging & Sustainable Packaging Design PIDA award winners for both ANZ and the WorldStar Packaging Awards.