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May 2015

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Messe Düsseldorf North America
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Chicago, IL 60601


  • 173 participants from 12 nations
  • Noticeable interest of industry to engage in fight against food loss and waste

The SAVE FOOD Meeting 2015, held on May 11 and 12 at Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland, was rated as a complete success by the partners - the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf. The response from international participants from industry, politics and science as well as the representatives of NGOs was also very good. The meeting was the first of its kind at the location of a brand manufacturer from the food industry and set the pattern for regular events to be held in the years between the interpack trade fair editions.

“The very lively interest shows that the SAVE FOOD initiative is succeeding in its aim to raise awareness among companies and institutions of the need to fight food loss and waste and to mobilize them for this cause. Organizing a meeting at the premises of a leading brand manufacturer like Nestlé proved to be a very successful move,” commented Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

“Only a holistic approach spanning the entire food value chain and involving farmers, industry, policy-makers and civil society can make significant progress in ensuring that food will be handled and utilized more efficiently in the future,” emphasized Marcela Villarreal, Director Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development at FAO.

Pascal Gréverath, Head of Environmental Sustainability at Nestlé, added: “We are delighted to have hosted the 2015 SAVE FOOD Meeting. Per ton of product, Nestlé reduced the amount of waste for disposal generated in its factories, including food waste, by more than half over the last 10 years. We are now formally strengthening our commitment to further playing our part in helping to reduce food loss and waste. In our factories and distribution centers, our goal is zero waste for disposal by 2020. We are committed to a proactive long term engagement and partnerships with stakeholders to define, implement and evaluate solutions to food loss and waste.”

Keynote speaker Gerda Verburg, former government minister, who represents The Netherlands at the FAO and is a leading member of the Committee on World Food Security, also called for all participants to join together in a broad-based approach in order to tackle the problem. With its motto “Private Sector support for food loss and waste reduction projects” the SAVE FOOD Meeting focused on industry engagement in the fight against food loss and waste. The speakers presented successful public-private collaborations, including projects by the FAO and UNEP and the Italian packaging group IMA in the Sub-Saharan region.

The afternoon of the first day was devoted to best case examples from the food and packaging industry and the retail sector. Hélène Lanctuit, Sustainability and Novel Packaging Senior Specialist at Nestlé, described the group’s efforts to achieve zero food waste and Hemant Krashak, Product Director at Tetra Pak, outlined the important role of food packaging in developing countries.

François Tasmowski, CSR & Communications Director McCain Foods Continental Europe, reported on ‘BON et Bien’, a concept that not only aims to reduce food waste but also has positive social effects. A member of the alliance running this project is the French retail chain E.Leclerc, whose other efforts to reduce food waste in the individual stores were presented by Thomas Pocher, the independent owner of several stores. A panel discussion with all speakers rounded off the second session, and the event closed with a summary and outlook delivered by Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the Food and Packaging Machinery organization of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation).

The SAVE FOOD exhibition was another highlight at the meeting. It illustrates in detail the extent of food loss and waste around the globe, offers an overview of the various projects by SAVE FOOD members and provides information about the engagement of individual member companies and associations.

Later this year, SAVE FOOD and industry engagement will be featured at the Food Processing & Packaging Exposyum (FPPE) in Kenya, Africa from November 3 - 5. A year from now, the second SAVE FOOD Meeting will take place at another major brand manufacturer. And in 2017, during the interpack 2017 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany (May 4 – 10) , the third large SAVE FOOD Congress will be on the agenda.

In-between, there will be numerous events with the participation of the FAO throughout the year. An overview of all events is online at

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
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