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October 2016

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Her majesty Queen Letizia of Spain attended the second SAVE FOOD Meeting on September 26, 2016 at the Ateneo de Madrid. The event was jointly organized by the SAVE FOOD Initiative, the Spanish Exporters’ and Investors’ Club and the Spanish Commercial Coding Society AECOC/GS1. The monarch serves as a Special Envoy of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The high-caliber speakers representing political, business and retail groups and NGOs addressed the different aspects of food waste and losses during the 1-day meeting.

“The SAVE FOOD Meeting 2016 was a resounding success. The visit Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain paid to us was a special honor and illustrates the importance of the issue of food losses and waste,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Düsseldorf.

In the non-interpack year 2016 the SAVE FOOD Meeting also served as a meeting point for the by now over 140 industry partners and several hundreds of NGOs and research institutes registered in the SAVE FOOD Network at the FAO.

The meeting started with an official welcome by Isabel García Tejerina, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment, Balbino Prieto, President of the Spanish Exporters’ and Investors’ Club, Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf as well as Marcela Villareal, Director Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development of the FAO.

In their lectures Mireia Barba, Project Manager at the socially committed company Espigoladors and Jesús González, Director of PepsiCo’s plant in Burgos, explained their approaches to avoid food waste. Christian Traumann, CEO at Multivac, analyzed the role of packaging to avoid food waste. From the retail sector, Artur Molinero Sanchez, Director of HR and External Relations at Carrefour Spain, and Alejandro Martinez Berriochoa, CSR Direktor at Eroski, shared their expertise.

Vincent Giz, Deputy Director for Food Policy of the relevant directorate general of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, explained his political position and analyzed the effects of the recently passed law in France that requires supermarkets to conclude agreements with food banks for any foodstuffs not sold.

The centre-piece of the SAVE FOOD meeting was a panel discussion on the question whether consumers are sufficiently informed about food waste. Panelists included the Director General of Industria Alimentaria, Fernando Burgaz, the Director of the Catalonian Waste Authority, Pilar Chiva, the representative in charge of the Hispacoop consumer organization, Carmen Redondo, the person responsible for institutional relations in the field of consumption in Catalonia, Núria Riba, and the President of the Madrid food bank, Francisco García González. They discussed the difference between “best-before” and “expiration dates”, the general appreciation of food and its responsible consumption. Queen Letizia took part in the succeeding Q&A session.

For lunch, the retail association Grupo IFA served a “Leftover Cuisine Cocktail Lunch” made from saved foods.

The interactive SAVE FOOD exhibition was also part of the SAVE FOOD Meetings 2016. In addition to a detailed illustration of the magnitude of international food losses and waste it also featured an overview of the various projects of the SAVE FOOD Initiative as well as information on the involvement of individual member companies and associations.

Next year the third international SAVE FOOD Congress will be held on May 4, the first day of the interpack 2017 trade fair at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center.

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:

About the Spanish Exporters’ and Investors’ Club
The Spanish Exporters’ and Investors’ Club is a cross-sector, non-profit association and has become an authority in Spain as a contact for companies in globalization issues. Its principal aims are the promotion of globalization and competitiveness of Spanish companies on international markets and the representation of their interests in international activities.

About AECOC/GS1 Spain
AECOC (GS1 Spain) is an association with over 26,000 companies from the areas of production and distribution in several sectors of industry that work hand in hand for the benefit of the consumer. For more than 30 years since its inception it has promoted cooperation, innovation, technical development, efficiency and all practices that contribute in general to making Spanish companies more sustainable, modern and competitive by joint efforts.

Photos of SAVE FOOD events are available at:

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