SAVE FOOD initiative
Klöckner Pentaplast actively contributes to reducing food waste and loss
As member of the SAVE FOOD initiative Klöckner Pentaplast is committed to
reducing food waste and loss. SAVE FOOD is a joint initiative of the Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP), Messe Düsseldorf, and Interpack, the leading
global trade fair for packaging and processes. The goal is to fight global food
waste and loss through a global alliance of above mentioned stakeholder.
According to the FAO one third of all food produced in the world for human
consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – is either wasted
or lost: An amount that would be enough to meet global food needs. Together
with partners from industry, politics and civil society, SAVE FOOD aims to drive
innovations, promote interdisciplinary dialogue and spark off debates in order
to generate solutions, across the entire value chain “from field to fork”. By
involving all actors. And on a broad front.
Global food waste and loss along the food distribution chain
Food is wasted throughout the food value chain, from initial agricultural
production down to final household consumption. In industrialized
nations food is to a high extent wasted, meaning that it is thrown away,
e.g. because the best-before date has expired or too much food has
been bought to be consumed in time. Significant food loss and waste
do, however, also occur earlier in the food supply chain. In developing
countries food is mostly lost during the production-to-processing stages
of the food distribution chain.
Packaging needs to effectively contain and protect food during the entire food
distribution chain, minimizing food loss and waste of both food and packaging
during (long) distance transportation. On average packaging accounts for only
10% of total energy used for food products in the US, but it plays a central role
in ensuring that the other 90% are not lost or wasted (Source: Industry council
for research on Packaging and the Environment, 2014).
“This membership is very important to our company”, explains Giles Peacock,
Head of Food and Consumer Packaging division, at Klöckner Pentaplast.
“With innovative packaging solutions that help to protect its content, avoid
transportation damages during distribution and increase shelf-life, among
others, we contribute to the SAVE FOOD initiative. Further development is
continuously ongoing on our sophisticated technologies and formulas, as well
as our sustainable production methods”, says Peacock.
Global food waste and loss per year
Along the food distribution chain about 40% of food losses in developing
countries happen at post-harvest and processing levels while in industrialized
countries approximately 40% of food wastage occur at retail and consumer
levels – according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Klöckner Pentaplast is committed to reducing food loss and food waste.
Therefore we continuously generate innovative solutions to effectively contain
and protect food along the entire food distribution chain – “from field to fork”.
The table below gives examples how we support minimizing food loss and
Detailed information about the SAVE FOOD initiative can be found here:
kp products which support the “SAVE FOOD” idea: