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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) join forces at the Global Sustainability Summit to give companies the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.

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Thursday, August 11
From Food Waste to Public Health: Enhancing China’s Poultry Industry to Meet Future Consumer Demands
Featuring Dr. Ronald Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Sealed Air Corporation, with support from China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), are working together to address the Multi-dimensional global Effects of China’s Poultry Industry. In this session we will discuss what we learned and how food retailers and wholesalers, CPG manufacturers and suppliers, and food industry solutions providers can address the issues we have identified to meet future consumer demands. The story of Chinese poultry will serve as a tangible example of how changes in China will have a global ripple effect along grocery value chains. The speakers will use this forum to release new project results illustrating the multi-dimensional effects of China’s poultry industry and how it is changing over time. Experts from Sealed Air will present the business case and best practices for taking action on the food security, resource scarcity, food waste, environmental, and food safety issues related to Chinese poultry production and retail consumer demand. Experts from WWF will offer clear and concise guidance on what GMA and FMI stakeholders can do to take action to reduce business risk and improve the poultry value chain. Experts from the Wilson Center will tie these issues to global trends in other energy and environmental challenges.

Thursday, August 11
Recover Flexible Packaging! Optimizing Materials Recover Facilities to Sort & Recover Flexible Packaging
Featuring Vince Herran, Global Recycling Director at Sealed Air

The waste stream continues to evolve as consumer packaging trends towards lighter, more innovative formats. The Materials Recovery for the Future collaborative includes leading companies and trade associations from across the consumer goods industry to research the abilities of Materials Recover Facilities to sort and recover flexible packaging, like pouches, bags, and films. This leading collaborative, the first of its kind in the U.S., evaluated the effectiveness of existing MRF operations with specific equipment configurations to understand the baseline and upper performance bounds of existing equipment to sort flexible packaging. Using an applied research methodology, the collaborative and its MRF and technology partners analyzed the best technologies and conditions needed to successfully sort flexible packaging without compromising the quality of other systems, and provided insights as MRF operators look to upgrade systems in order to consider accepting a more diverse mix of material. Goals and conclusions of the material testing will be shared.


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