Upcoming PAC FOOD WASTE Webinar:
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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In This Issue:
Guest Columnist: Meena Hassanali, Industry Program Manager, Provision Coalition

More News:
World Economic Forum - Champions Call to Reduce Global Food Loss and Waste

Reducing food waste to reduce emissions and hunger

EU drops food waste and marine litter reduction targets, leak reveals

Dana Gunders of NRDC on her guide, "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook”

National Geographic's "Waste Not Want Not" story out Feb 15th

Page 39 - Getting a Handle on Food Waste - Feature on PAC case studies

Workshop results

Alan Blake, Executive Director

A Catalyst for Food Waste Packaging Solutions

Welcome to our first PAC Food Waste quarterly report of 2016. I wanted to take this opportunity to share the headlines from our roundtable workshop held in Toronto last December.

The purpose of the workshop was to create a CALL TO ACTION across the packaging and food value chains to address the huge challenge of reducing food waste AND to empower our 50 member companies to transparently collaborate in identifying and promoting packaging solutions that can mitigate and reduce food waste.

Over 30 people attended the workshop. We had 3 keynote speakers - Dr. Keith Warriner (University of Guelph), Ron Cotterman (Sealed Air) and Angela Dennis (Nestlé) talking about the value of packaging and technology to reduce food waste.

Key recommendations were as follows:

1) Communications Effort

PFW should facilitate collaborative and informed discussion across the food value chain to highlight: (a) The positive role that packaging can play in reducing food waste, (b) Solutions that work for brand owners, retailers, municipalities AND critically, consumers.

2) Close the Data Gap

Canadian food waste data is based upon estimates only. PFW should encourage and support studies that investigate all sources of food waste across the entire supply chain and the setting of standards that will allow measurement and quantification.

3) Expand Current Work

• Solicit more packaging and food waste case studies
• Update report - Who’s Who of Food Waste Reduction Initiatives
• Prepare a white paper on date labeling
• Explore opportunities for new LCA studies (cf coffee study)

Let us know what you think and how you would like to get involved in our program. Contact us at or

Ten New Food Waste Reduction Case Studies!

Rachel Morier, Program Manager,
Packaging & Food Waste

We are excited to announce the release of ten new case studies that demonstrate packaging’s ability to facilitate the reduction of food waste: Insignia Technologies Ltd., Chantler Packaging Inc., Sensor Spot, Bemis, Polymer Logistics, Amcor, LiquiGlide™, Tempo Plastics, Sunset®, and Mother Parkers. These new additions make a total of 18 case studies now featured in our Food Waste Reduction Case Studies database.

Case studies cover six areas of the food value chain from raw material transportation to consumer. There are a range of solutions presented, including modified atmosphere packaging that extends shelf life, shown in the examples from Chantler Packaging, Sunset®, Amcor and Tempo Plastics. Resealable technology is also featured from Bemis, as well as smart labels from Insignia Technologies, a dispensing solution from LiquiGlide™, and portion control packaging from Mother Parkers.

Showcase your packaging solutions for food waste by submitting your case study here.

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

Mobilizing Action through Collaboration to Combat Food Waste in Canada

Meena Hassanali, Industry Program Manager,
Provision Coalition

In Canada, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of food produced is lost along the value chain, with much of it finding its ways to landfill or composting.  Research indicates significant opportunities exist for businesses to streamline operations, reduce food waste, and increase profit, while making better use of resources and reducing their environmental impact.

Provision Coalition has developed practical tools within its online portal that support manufacturers in taking a holistic sustainable approach to their operations. Provision’s Food Waste Toolkit, an innovative new tool, allows business to quantify food waste, calculate and understand its annual cost, and conduct a root cause analysis to create an action plan for reducing process based food waste.

Realizing that the manufacturing sector alone cannot tackle the food waste challenge - Provision is taking a leadership role, backed with evidence from its commissioned report, Developing an Industry Led Approach to Addressing Food Waste in Canada, in mobilizing the collaborative efforts of the entire value chain into action.

In fact, to address the $31 billion in food wasted annually in Canada, Provision established a food waste collaborative that is connecting leaders with food waste reduction mandates across the value chain, including PAC FOOD WASTE, and providing a forum to share initiatives. With solution-focused discussions specific to particular stakeholder issues, we are working towards developing practical methods of addressing food waste with cross-sector input.

Funding for these initiatives has been provided by Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

For more information on Provision’s leadership role in the food waste reduction agenda, visit our website or contact me.

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