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February 2015

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
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Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


Following the second SAVE FOOD Congress held during the interpack trade fair in May 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, this joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf, has been further developed. Starting in 2015, SAVE FOOD meetings hosted by brand manufacturers in the food industry will be held in the years between the interpack stagings. The first meeting will take place on May 11 and 12, 2105 at the headquarters of Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland.

The SAVE FOOD Meeting 2015 with the topic “Private sector support for food loss and waste reduction projects” will be a gathering point for the more than 102 partners from industry and the approximately 230 NGOs and research institutions that are registered with the FAO. The Meeting is also open to representatives from all companies interested in the issue of food waste and loss. The goal of the Meeting is to stimulate dialogue between representatives from industry, science and research, policymakers and delegates from civil society, thereby providing impetus for launching (pilot) projects.

The speakers at the Meeting will present existing successful projects to fight food loss and waste which have been organized with private sector participation. Other presentations will discuss the general possibilities for public-private collaborative projects. Among the speakers will be representatives from Tetra Pak, McCain and the VDMA (German Engineering Federation). One of the lecture will provide an update on the Mango Project in Kenya. With the participation of several SAVE FOOD corporate members, this project focuses on the use of effective processing and packaging technologies to reduce mango losses. In addition to meeting rising domestic demand more efficiently, the aim is also to achieve a substantial increase in exports.

A new version of the SAVE FOOD exhibition will make its debut at the Meeting. In addition to illustrating in detail the extent of food losses and waste around the globe, it will offer an overview of the various projects by SAVE FOOD members and provide information about the engagement of individual member companies and associations. This exhibit will also be staged at Process Expo 2015 in Chicago and Scanpack 2015 in Gothenburg.

Free registration for the SAVE FOOD Meeting 2015 is available at The Meeting program will be posted soon.

The SAVE FOOD initiative is a cooperation between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH against worldwide food losses and food waste. SAVE FOOD seeks to network between the relevant players in business, government and research, encourage dialogue and help to find solutions along the food value chain. Another goal is to initiate and promote special SAVE FOOD projects with support from industry. SAVE FOOD was launched in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011 with an international congress and an exhibition as part of interpack, the world’s leading trade fair for the packaging industry and the related processing sectors. More information at

Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .