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January 2016

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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The Xiamen Changsu Industrial Company is the first Chinese member to join the SAVE FOOD initiative. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of flexible packaging in the country, claiming to be the global leader in biaxially oriented polyamide films (BOPA). A BOPA film usually serves as a barrier in packaging to prevent interaction between the content and the environment and thus to ensure a longer shelf life. The Xiamen Changsu Industrial Company has state-of-the-art facilities in Xiamen, Fujian Province and will contribute its technical and material expertise to the SAVE FOOD initiative.

Food loss and waste are pressing issues in China. According to a study by the Institute of Agricultural Economics Research at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 35 million tons of food are lost each year before they reach the consumer. For rice alone the figure is as high as 7.5 million tons. Due to the banquet culture among wealthy Chinese and in business, the rate of food waste in the catering industry is approximately 19%. In 2013, the government therefore launched the TV advertising campaign “Clean your plate”.

With the limited water resources in China, such large amounts of food loss and waste are critical. China has 21% of the global population, but only 6% of the world’s water resources.

The SAVE FOOD initiative currently has 140 industry members. In addition, there are about 230 NGOs and research institutes registered with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).


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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