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May 2017

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


Messe Düsseldorf and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed on continuing their cooperation for the coming years as part of the SAVE FOOD Initiative. Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, and Kostas G. Stamoulis, Assistant Director General of the Economic and Social Development Department at FAO, signed a corresponding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the SAVE FOOD Congress 2017 on May 4 at the interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is another partner of the initiative.

“The SAVE FOOD Initiative has developed very well over the past six years. Over 850 companies, associations, research institutes and NGOs are now our members. We are very pleased to be able to further expand this strong alliance together with the FAO to continue fighting the problem of global food loss and waste in a targeted manner and with joint forces,” stated Werner M. Dornscheidt.

“We can only counter the problem of the tremendous extent of food waste and loss, the latter especially affecting developing nations, by joining forces with the industry and other partners. The SAVE FOOD Initiative provides the industry with a platform to network and become involved in concrete projects. This way the problem can be addressed for the benefit of all,” added Kostas Stamoulis.

The SAVE FOOD Initiative pursues the aim of reducing global food loss and waste by successive measures that build upon each other. At first awareness is raised about the problem and then the expertise of both public and private organizations is pooled. The goal is to give members a forum for networking hoping that this will result in fundamental strategies and, in the final analysis, concrete involvement and investment possibilities.

For this, the initiative focuses on organizing periodic events in form of the SAVE FOOD Congress, which has been organized as part of interpack since 2011, as well as the SAVE FOOD Meetings in the years in-between interpack in cooperation with branded product manufacturers from the food industry. After the first meeting at Nestlé in Vevey/Switzerland last year, the second meeting took place in Madrid involving the Spanish industry associations “Exporters’ and Investors’ Club” and AECOC/GS1. In September 2016 Queen Letizia of Spain was among the participants.

The initiative funds studies in developing and threshold countries conducted by the FAO with a view to generate insights about food loss. The results of the latest field study in India were presented at the SAVE FOOD Congress 2017.

A best case example of a concrete cooperation is the mango project in Kenya. With donated equipment, expertise and initial funding by SAVE FOOD members, the local company Azuri Health processes mangos into dried fruit. In this Eastern African country some 300,000 tons of mangos are lost every year because they are either not harvested or processed in time. The project has developed very well – soon the products will even be exported as far away as Japan.

In addition, there is the special show about SAVE FOOD – the innovationparc at interpack 2017, with some 20 companies and organizations showcasing their products and ideas.

Two countries the initiative will focus on in the future are China and Thailand, where Messe Düsseldorf is already organizing events and therefore has excellent contacts there.

For more information on the SAVE FOOD Initiative and the Congress agenda:

The SAVE FOOD Initiative is a cooperative venture between the world food program of the United Nations, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), the United Nations’ Environment Program (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH launched to fight worldwide food loss and waste. SAVE FOOD is seeking to network the players from business, politics and research, stimulate dialogue and help to find solutions along the food value-added chain. A further aim is to help protagonists to initiate and promote their own SAVE FOOD projects with the support of the industry. In May 2011, SAVE FOOD was launched with an international congress and exhibition within the framework of interpack, the worlds’ leading trade fair for the packaging sector and associated processing industry. For more information:

Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .