Experts Identify Packaging Solutions to Address Food Waste
Food packaging experts from Nestlé, University of Guelph and Sealed Air explored packaging solutions that play a role in reducing food waste during a March 23 webinar sponsored by PAC FOOD WASTE, an initiative of PAC, the Packaging Consortium.
It didn’t take long for #AvocadoGate to come up in the food waste and packaging webinar. In fact, it was the first thing mentioned by lead-off speaker professor Keith Warriner of the University of Guelph’s food science department. In referencing the social-media-fanned over-packaging frenzy about a prepackaged, prepeeled avocado, Warriner pointed out that the packaging provides 50 days of shelf life to a product that typically only lasts 2 to 3 days.
“While the packaging does a tremendous job in reducing food waste, what people focused on was the amount of packaging,” opined Warriner. “It just goes to show [to what degree] consumers are confused about food waste and the role packaging plays.”