Upcoming PAC FOOD WASTE Meeting:
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 8:00am - 12:00pm
5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga

In This Issue:
Guest Columnist: Julie Hordowick, Project Manager, York Region

Guest Columnist:
Ian Ferguson, Vice President, Chantler Packaging

More News:
More plastic packaging can mean less waste, says experts

Food waste reduction goal gets industry praise

USDA takes aim at food waste

Meat waste is the worst waste

Strategies for saving money on food found to contribute to home food waste

Food waste emerges from the trash bin

Sainsbury’s seeks UK town for food-waste initiative trials

Tesco supply changes mean food will stay fresh 'for two extra days’

Prevention of Food Wastage at Food Supply Chain Levels

Trend Of Zero Food Waste & U.S. Companies

PAC FOOD WASTE's inaugural meeting in December 2013

Discussing packaging's role in
reducing food waste

Alan Blake, Executive Director

A Catalyst for Food Waste Packaging Solutions

Welcome to our second PAC Food Waste quarterly report. We started this journey almost two years ago in December 2013 with our roundtable workshop hosted by Molson Coors in Toronto and supported by 29 founding members (photo shown above). And, certainly it was our ambition to create a broad forum for discussion and collaboration on the role that packaging can play in reducing food waste.

We have grown to 46 members and we think it is time to re-group and organize another roundtable workshop to have you help us bring focus and priority to the program for the next two years through 2017. So, please SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 for the PAC Food Waste Strategic Workshop 2016-2017 to be held at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? As many of our PFW members as possible - especially those with a vested interest in exploring packaging solutions that can play a role in reducing food waste.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT? A dynamic day that will include keynote presentations to help set the scene, followed by roundtable discussions that will take a look at current trends, gaps and challenges and help us create a CALL TO ACTION for our program through 2017 and beyond.

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We invite you to visit our website here to learn more about the PAC FOOD WASTE initiative.

Working to bring value & resources to you!

Rachel Morier, Program Manager,
Packaging & Food Waste

Delivering results for our 3 inaugural projects was our key focus last year and we continue to build upon that foundation of work this year: (1) Who's Who of Packaging & Food Waste Reduction - 2nd edition aimed for release in Spring 2016, (2) Food Waste Reduction Case Studies - In addition in the initial 8 case studies, we have 6 more in progress including Insignia Technologies, Amcor and Sensor Spot, (3) Since releasing the full results serve-coffee LCA, we have also published a summary report with a centre spread infographic to help you share the single-serve coffee and food waste story with your peers!

We work to also keep you updated on the latest global food waste headlines and, of course, share great stories from our guest columnists. We welcome Ian Ferguson from Chantler Packaging who provides us with some food for thought, so to speak, on how we think about packaging as it relates to the food waste problem and Julie Hordowick from York Region about the municipality’s progressive Good Food program.

Fighting food wasteage starts on your desk

Ian Ferguson, Vice President,
Chantler Packaging

The PAC Food Waste team collected case studies on food waste. From the initial eight case studies, it is clear that packaging’s contribution to food wastage reduction is diverse.

Some packaging solutions reduce food spoilage by setting up or maintaining a beneficial atmosphere inside the package. My firm makes a packaging technology that reduces damaging ethylene levels inside fresh produce packages, for example.

Others reduce food waste by thoughtfully protecting food from the harsh environment it encounters during the global transportation and distribution chain, like a reflective cover to protect air cargo containers from the blazing sun on the airport tarmac.

Still more solutions are about right-sizing the amount of food that is being shipped in the package so it sells (or is used up) before it spoils. Both retail and distribution packaging can be right-sized.

I want to suggest a little idea: As links in the value chain, the decisions we as PAC members make about packaging have the potential to prevent food wastage. When a new food package lands on our desks at work, what if we ran through a little heuristic in our heads?

• Atmosphere
• Damage
• Right-size

If the package on your desk is effective on one or more of those criteria, you may be able to make a dent in the food wastage problem.

Good Food Program in York Region

Julie Hordowick, Program Manager,
Integrated Waste Management Plan,
York Region

In March 2015, The Regional Municipality of York launched the Good Food program to encourage families to plan, prepare and enjoy good food together, helping them save time and money and waste less food.

Program development included green bin food waste audits and focus groups to gain insight into habits and attitudes driving food waste. Results showed residents are reluctant to admit they waste food (although audits show approximately 15-20 per cent of the Green Bin is avoidable food waste). To inspire change, the program uses more positive, health-focused messaging and tools to encourage actions like meal planning, shopping from a list and proper food storage. The content and messaging was developed with help from experts in the Region’s Community and Health Services department.

Good Food is rolling out across York Region, through social media, community events, workshops and local media channels. Ongoing audits, surveys and research with the University of Guelph will track progress and further explore food waste behaviours and best practices for inspiring change.

York Region is working with other municipalities and food system stakeholders on a collaborative organization to expand the work to other communities.

For more information on the Good Food program, please visit

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