FDBusiness.com

BPF: Food waste report highlights important role of plastic packaging

 Breaking News
  • KK Foods Plans £5.5 Million Expansion KK Fine Foods, a leading frozen food manufacturer based at Deeside in Wales, is set to expand and diversify with support from the Welsh Government, creating an additional 40 new...
  • Nestlé Launches Fund to Boost Packaging Innovation Nestlé has announced that it will invest up to SFr2 billion (€1.86 billion) to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of...
  • Bosch Packaging Technology is Now Syntegon Syntegon Technology is the new name for Bosch Packaging Technology, following the sale of the former Bosch division. Headquartered in Waiblingen, Germany, Syntegon Technology’s business focus is on intelligent and...
  • Nestlé Launches New KitKat Gold in the UK Nestlé has unveiled a unique addition to its biggest confectionery brand – the new KitKat Gold. KitKat Gold is a combination of trademark crispy wafer on a smooth milk chocolate...
  • 789 Food and Drink Acquisitions in 2019 2019 broke records again for the number of food and drink transactions around the world, with 789 registered on the Zenith Global mergers and acquisitions database, an average of 15...

BPF: Food waste report highlights important role of plastic packaging

January 12
10:54 2013

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ report on food waste has highlighted the important role plastics packaging plays in preventing food waste, according to the British Plastics Federation

Last week, the IMechE report entitled ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ suggested that half of all the food produced in the world is being thrown away every year.

According to the BPF, this report points out the significant overseas business opportunities for UK plastics packaging manufacturers.

The report emphasizes the fundamental need for innovative new technology in developing countries to help decrease food wastage. The BPF stated that it was “clear that current packaging and storage solutions in developing nations leave much to be desired”.

The IMechE report stated that in “India, for example, 21 million tonnes of wheat annually perishes due to inadequate storage and distribution, equivalent to the entire production of Australia. In neighbouring Pakistan, losses amount to about 16% of production”.

Packaging currently accounts for the largest consumption of plastics in India, at 24% of overall consumption, according to the BPF.

Packaging technology

The Indian government has signalled a willingness to open up its market to major foreign retailer investment highlighting the need for external parties to bring in new technology such as cold chain logistics systems, warehousing facilities and packaging technology.

According to the trade body, this will assist in reducing the rate at which food perishes before it reaches the market – currently at around 40% per annum. This could lead to huge opportunities for UK plastics packaging manufacturers wishing to enter the market, the BPF said.

BPF senior executive industrial issues Jonathan Bloom said: “UK plastics packaging manufacturers are well placed to export ideas, technology and products to the global market. At the same time they are well positioned to help resolve a global crisis. The BPF continues to showcase the UK’s plastics industry overseas and exhibited, most recently at Arabplast in Dubai.”


Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/fdbusiness/public_html/wp-content/themes/legatus-theme/includes/single/post-tags.php on line 5
Share

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles

Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

[eventlist]

Jobs: Food Packaging

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here



Advertisements