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April 2017

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The 3rd edition of the SAVE FOOD Congress to be held on May 4, 2017 during interpack at in the Congress Center South at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre will pursue a multi-dimensional approach for fighting food loss and waste. The speakers from the political sector, the food and packaging industries, retail, research and civil society will present a global but also detailed perspective focusing on details and national conditions. This Initiative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf has more than 850 members from industry, associations, research institutes and NGOs.

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldor, and Kostas G. Stamoulis, Deputy Director General of the Economic and Social Development Department of the FAO, will deliver he opening speeches. Mr. Stamoulis will address the challenges of global nutrition in the 21st century. Afterward, he and Mr. Dornscheidt will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the further collaboration of FAO and Messe Düsseldorf as key partners of the SAVE FOOD Initiative.

Dr. Klaus Heider, Head of the “Nutrition Policy, Product Safety, Innovation” Department in the German Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture, will then present the campaign “Too Good for the Bin”. The Keynote speech of the conference will be given by Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner responsible for food security in Europe.

The focus will then be on the Indian subcontinent. Smt. Gargi Kaul, Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Indian Ministry of Food Processing Industries, will speak about the chances for this sector in her country. In the following conference session addressing specific local conditions, Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division at the FAO, will share the results of a field study in India funded by the SAVE FOOD Initiative. Marc Zander, CEO of africon GmbH and Tei Mukunya, CEO of Azuri Health Ltd., will report on the status of the mango project launched by the SAVE FOOD Initiative in Kenya. Christian Traumann, Managing Director and CFO at MULTIVAC, will then look at the role of innovative packaging concepts for avoiding food loss across the supply chain and on the part of consumers.

In the second session of the Congress, the speakers will look at food waste and loss in a global context as well as in industry and retail. Dr. Prajal Pradhan from the Research Area Climate Impact and Vulnerability at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research will highlight the effects of food waste and loss regarding the global climate. Vinita Bali, Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, will talk about global future issues and Dr. Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director at Amcor Flexibles, will present the special involvement of his company. Dr. Johannes Bergmair of the World Packaging Organisation will describe the correlation between packaging design and SAVE FOOD.

Another focal theme of the SAVE FOOD Congress will be the presentation of the SAVE FOOD School Awards. Regional schools were asked work on SAVE FOOD theme related concepts and 39 projects were submitted. The Awards will be presented by Burkhard Hintzsche, City Director of Düsseldorf and Werner M.Dornscheidt. Afterwards, the FAO will present its concept for optimizing school cafeterias.

In the “hands on” session, the congress will focus on concrete, practical solutions. Companies delivering talks will include Tomato Jos, who supports local farmers in Nigeria, YourLocal, an App against food waste as well as Foodsharing e.V. This session will close with a lecture by Dr. Hélen Williams from the University of Karlstad, introducing results from scientific studies on packaging and SAVE FOOD themes.

The Congress will conclude with a summary discussion involving participants from the political, business and civil society sectors. Participants will include Arash Derambarsh, Councilor in the Paris suburb Courbevoie/France, Hélène Lanctuit, Nestlé Research Center, Selina Juul, founder of the Stop Wasting Food Movement from Denmark, James Lomax, Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Program Office at UNEP and Thomas Pocher, E.Leclerc Branch Director in France.

During interpack 2017 visitors will be able to find concrete solutions and methods regarding SAVE FOOD at the innovationparc. Some 20 companies will display their ideas on about 27,000 square feet in a high-quality marquee between Halls 2 and 3. A lecture forum will complement the exhibits on all days of the exhibition.

The agenda of the SAVE FOOD Congress and the innovationparc lecture forum is online at, “Congress 2017” tab.

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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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