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August 2016

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


Following the very successful first SAVE FOOD Meeting at Nestlé in Vevey/Switzerland last year, the second edition is scheduled for September 26, 2016 in Spain, at the Ateneo de Madrid. The co-organizers are the Spanish Exporters and Investors Club along with the business association AECOC/GS1 Spain. In a year without the interpack trade fair (held every three years in Düsseldorf, Germany), this meeting serves as a gathering point for more than 140 partners from industry and several hundred NGOs and research Institutes, who are registered at the FAO (UN Food and Agricultural Organization) in the SAVE FOOD Network. The event will be dedicated to the issues of food waste and loss in relation to the various stages of the food value-added chain. In addition, the corresponding political factors will also be examined.

The speakers at the SAVE FOOD Meeting will include the representatives of renowned companies from industry and retail, such as PepsiCo and the Spanish supermarket chain Eroski. In addition, high-ranking policy-makers from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment as well as the French government will also participate. The program will be rounded off by presentations from the FAO, companies from the primary sector and the packaging industry.

The individual lectures will be followed by a round-table discussion, dedicated to the issue of whether consumers are sufficiently informed about dealing with food. In this connection, the participants from food producers, the retail sector, policy makers along with (state) consumer protection organizations will be discuss issues such as the best-before date, methods of food preservation and responsible consumption.

The meeting will close with the “Leftover Cuisine Cocktail Lunch”, organized by the retail trade association Grupo IFA.

The interactive SAVE FOOD exhibition will also be part of the SAVE FOOD Meeting 2016. In addition to the detailed visualization of the scale of international food loss and waste, it will provide an overview of the various projects of the SAVE FOOD Initiative along with information about the involvement of individual member companies and associations.

More information about the SAVE FOOD Meeting 2016 is available at

The SAVE FOOD Initiative is a cooperation between the world food program of the United Nations, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), the United Nations’ Environment Program (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf launched to fight worldwide food loss and waste. SAVE FOOD seeks to network between the relevant players in business, politics and research, stimulating dialogue and help to find solutions along the food value-added chain. Another goal is to initiate and promote own SAVE FOOD projects with the support of the industry. In May 2011, SAVE FOOD was launched with an international congress and exhibition as part of interpack, the world’s leading trade fair for the packaging sector and associated processing industry. More information at:

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About the Spanish exporters and investors club:
The Spanish Exporters and Investors Club is a multisectorial, non-profit and independent association that has a consolidated position as a business reference for internationalization in Spain. Its main objectives are to promote the internationalization and competitiveness of Spanish companies in international markets and to represent and defend the members’ interests regarding their international activity.
About the AECOC/GS1 Spain:
AECOC (GS1 Spain) is an association in which more than 26,000 companies dedicated to manufacturing and distribution in various professional sectors work hand in hand for the benefit of the consumer. For more than 30 years since its creation, it has been committed to collaboration, innovation, technological development, efficiency and in general to all practices which, from joint effort, contribute to making Spanish companies more sustainable, modern and competitive at all levels.
Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .