AFPA and PMA A-NZ create workshop on link between packaging and food waste

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) and the Produce Marketing Association Australia New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) are hosting a workshop to engage industry on the relationship between sustainable packaging design, food waste and recycling.

The workshop follows research commissioned by the AFPA on the role of packaging for Australian fresh produce, which highlighted the importance of packaging in reducing food waste and increasing product shelf life.

“What the RMIT research highlighted, was the importance of packaging working synergistically with the produce and the supply chain to better manage shelf life and quality, which in turn helps to reduce food waste” said AFPA CEO Michael Rogers.

AFPA members have previously committed to the APCO 2025 target of ensuring all packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. As part of this commitment, the AFPA has funded the development and publication of a Packaging Materials Selector that today will be made available to the fresh produce industry.

“At the workshop we are releasing a Packaging Materials Selector. The purpose of this tool is to help the fresh produce industry look at packaging types that match product and supply chain needs while considering end of life requirements” said Mr. Rogers.

Presenters at the workshop include Keith Chessell from Sustainable Packaging Design and a panel discussion facilitated by PMA A-NZ CEO Darren Keating featuring Adam Quinlan, National Produce Operations Manager, Woolworths; apple and pear producer Rowan Little, General Manager, Montague; and Michael Rogers, AFPA CEO.

“The AFPA and our members acknowledge that packaging solutions cannot be developed in isolation. All industry stakeholders including manufacturers, growers, recyclers and retailers must work together to better manage sustainable packaging solutions that reduce food waste and enable the delivery of nutritious food to all Australians” said Mr. Rogers.

For more information: 
Michael Rogers
Australian Fresh Produce Alliance
Tel: +61 0409 648 911

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