I spoke at the 2nd Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit in São Paulo on June 30. The summit focused on sustainable ingredients, food traceability, and tackling food waste.
Taking on the challenge of food waste around the globe is key. This event provided a great venue to share what we are doing at Sealed Air to transform waste into value across the supply chain.
There are a limited number of examples of companies implementing solutions to tackle food loss objectively. This is where I believe Sealed Air stands out with our approach at looking at the full picture from farm to table—where we work to help our network of stakeholders involved in growing, processing, and selling the food that consumers eat.
Latin America has a big role to play as a key food supplier to the world, particularly in proteins and grains. Protein consumption is rising year after year along with the increase of per capita income. If we keep the pace, protein demand will double by 2050 in developing countries.
Purposeful innovation and developments in packaging and production improvements are key in replacing food loss and waste with value across the global supply chain. Awareness of this issue is growing, but we’re still not where we need to be. More partnerships, more collaboration globally and more education to consumers is needed.
One aspect to education and understanding is improved labeling on the foods we eat. We’re also working to study food waste at the retail level in order to better understand how we can help reduce food waste in stores.
At the end of the day, collaboration is needed on a broader scale. To truly prevent food waste, we have to build a multi-faceted network that is capable of having a big impact at every stop along the global food supply chain.
Through venues like the Sustainable Foods Summit, partnerships and in our every day jobs, we build a brighter future. At Sealed Air, we’re working to make a difference in many ways and I hope you will join us in this mission!