As the peak professional body for packaging education & training in Australasia it is paramount that the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) offers professional designations that are internationally recognised and have the ability to raise the profession of packaging technologists and designers across the globe.
What I have seen and experienced in my global travels over recent years reinforces the fact that packaging plays a very important role in creating sustainable food chains. Packaging has a very simple role; it protects products from damage, spoilage and contamination. Sadly, the current conversations have shifted the focus off the fact that packaging is at the forefront in the development of global food systems and serves an important function to transport food from paddock to the plate.
The question of ‘What is the true role of packaging in minimising food waste?’ continues to be asked all the way around the world as consumers are having difficulty understanding the difference between food waste, packaging waste and the true purpose of packaging when talking about food. Consumers need to understand that packaging is fundamental in helping the prevention and reduction of food waste.
Unfortunately, so much of the current conversations are focused on managing the end-of-life disposal of food, instead of looking at ways of preventing the wastage in the first instance. When you shift the conversation to the food production end of the supply chain you can then focus on the reduction area of the food waste hierarchy. This discussion then focuses on reduction of physical food waste and also the role of packaging in minimising food waste.
It is important that consumers have a better understanding of the serious and health-related role that packaging actually plays in extending shelf life, keeping food protected and not contaminated, ensuring that the food can be transported across long distances, not spoil and so much more.
This is not to say that we can’t take a serious look at developing more sustainable packaging along the way and it is time that the brands stopped and looked at their packaging life cycle and the environmental issues that it may cause at end-of-life.
Unfortunately, packaging alone cannot fix the dire global issue of food waste. Packaging can, however, make a VERY big difference to how much more food makes it to those in need, rather than being wasted along the supply chain. The packaging industry can’t do this alone. Before we consider:
- Packaging design,
- Packaging materials,
- Innovative products,
- Technological advancements,
- Enhanced user experience,
- Smart packaging technologies, or
- Shelf life enhancement technologies,
We MUST understand and appreciate where packaging actually fits in the supply chain.
A third of all food produced in the world goes to waste. That amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year.
In our region, from start to finish of food production, approximately
• 30% of cereals/grains are wasted
• 45% of root foods, fruit and vegetables, and oil seeds are wasted
• 20% of meat and dairy go to waste.
The commodities that one would expect go to waste most easily — meat and dairy — have the lowest percentage waste. Why is this? I ask myself why these products have managed to reduce waste when half of all fruits and vegetables go to waste. Could this not become a major focus for the packaging industry? Packaging can not only extend shelf life, preventing wastage at retail and in homes, but it can also influence consumer behaviour through smaller portion sizes, disposal systems and re-use opportunities. While the value of packaging as a strategy to minimise food waste continues to gather attention, packaging remains an undervalued strategy in comparison to other approaches.
We require an in-depth analysis into packaging opportunities and shortfalls in the retail environment, as well as more comprehensive analysis into consumers’ relationship with packaging in the home. This data should provide much more meaningful insight into how packaging can support the fight to minimise and reduce food waste. I want to emphasise the need for education from a very early age to bring greater awareness that we CAN reduce food waste and thereby reduce global poverty.
The packaging industry places a very large emphasis on the importance of packaging education and all the associated elements to creating an effective pack. The ability to minimise food waste has enormous implications from a financial, environmental and a social perspective that could lead to significant benefits. The understanding and acceptance that packaging is a solution to food waste is emerging but there are still many negative perceptions that must be overcome before people understand the role that packaging can play in finding a long-term solution to this issue.
As a part of its commitment to the National Food Waste Strategy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12:3 Responsible Consumption & Production of Food, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is focused on providing long-term education and training on The Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste, Save Food Packaging, Sustainable Packaging and Lifecycle Analysis.
The AIP also has a representative on the Department of the Environment and Energy National Food Waste Steering Committee and is a core participant in the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.
- Professor Pierre Pienaar FAIP, CPP Education Director, Australian Institute of Packaging President, World Packaging Organization
All too often Accessible Packaging is not considered when designing products which in turn leads to unnecessary frustration when opening & closing packs, reading the ingredients and opening instructions on packaging. It is important that Packaging Technologists consider how their packaging design could affect someone’s ability to eat, drink and the flow on of wasting food.
Let’s be truthful about Sustainable Packaging Claims on-pack
With the 2025 National Packaging Targets significantly shifting the packaging design landscape in Australia, a critical element that is coming up short is truthful and accurate environmental claims on-pack. More than ever consumers are demanding brands to be honest about their sustainability journey including the choice of wording and logos on-pack.
Entries now open for PIDA awards 2020
Entries are now open until 14 February for the 2020 Australasian Packaging & Innovation Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The AIP, in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, have designed the PIDA awards to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
As the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is often asked to simply provide a list of the exact substrates and materials that should be selected for every product on the market to meet the sustainable packaging targets. The answer unfortunately is never that simple.
The AIP is pleased to advise that the Semester 1 intake is now open for 2020 Master of Food & Packaging Innovation with applications closing 30 November 2019. The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is an inter-disciplinary degree that explores food processing, entrepreneurship and innovation in product and packaging design at an advanced level.
Mindsets have shifted over the last few years and globally consumers are now actively driving brands and their packaging departments to align their Sustainable Packaging Design to incorporate the 5R’s and to redesign with environmental impacts in mind. Packaging Technologists are being asked to re-consider the outcomes of their packaging design all the way across the supply chain.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia; is pleased to once again be joining the official partner program for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 (Sept. 23-25, 2019; Las Vegas Convention Centre).
Pierre Pienaar, Education Director for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), recently received an appointment as Professor to the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is the fourth largest city in China with a population of 17 million and is the capital of Sichuan Province.
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards for 2019. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories, Beverage, Food and Domestic & Household.
On-pack date related label is one of the most direct information carriers used in food industry to communicate specific product attributes with consumers. On one hand, it is regarded as an effective tool which can help consumers to make informed consumption decisions. However, on the other hand, it has been identified as one of the major factors that contributes to the problem of consumer food waste.
Winners announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
The winners of the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand were announced at a gala dinner on the 30th of April at the SOFITEL Wentworth, Sydney. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the 2019 PIDA winners automatically eligible for entry into the 2020 international competition.
Finalists announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) which has been designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has announced the winner of the tenth annual APPMA Scholarship program that entitles one lucky person to receive entry into a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000. The winner is Janell Siek who sees that packaging is perhaps the most hard-working component of any product found in the retail space.
The use of life cycle assessment tools for sustainable packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has created a new training course on ‘The use of Life cycle Assessment Tools for Sustainable Packaging Design’. This is aimed at providing an introduction and learning framework for packaging industry professionals to apply lifecycle thinking to their working contexts and includes an understanding of the reasons why lifecycle thinking is critical.
AIP announces finalists for 2019 AOONA scholarship
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), are pleased to announce that there are three finalists for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised.
2019 AIP National Technical Forum Registrations are now open
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) confirms that on the 30th of April all of industry will have the opportunity to attend not one packaging educational event, but three. Starting the day with a Women in Packaging breakfast, followed by the biennial AIP National Technical Forum, then finishing with the gala Australasian Packaging & Innovation Design Awards dinner - this is a must-attend.
WPO Lifetime Achievement Award - Keith Chessell FAIP
The Australian Institute of Packaging is pleased to advise that one of its Life Members Keith Chessell FAIP has been recognised for his significant contribution to the packaging industry over the last 50 years with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Packaging Organisation.
2019 APPMA Scholarship now open: applications close 22 February 2019
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging, are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000.
PIDA awards introduce new special award category for accessible packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Packaging New Zealand are pleased to introduce a new Accessible Packaging Design category to the annual Packaging Innovation & Design Awards program. The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative and is in partnership with Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.
AIP helps educate Philippines packaging community
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) recently ran 3 new educational seminars on packaging for over 600 people at the inaugural ProPak Philippines trade show. Powered by ProPak Asia, ProPak Philippines was truly the first-of-its-kind food, drink and pharmaceutical focused international trade exhibition for the regions rapidly expanding processing & packaging industries.
One of the core objectives of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is to ensure that individuals are recognised for their significant contributions to the packaging industry. Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence PhD, FAIP, CPP, National President of the AIP had the opportunity at the gala awards night on the 2 May to present five AIP Special Awards. The AIP Special Awards are not given often and are designed to recognise inspirational individuals who have contributed significantly to the packaging industry over many years.
2019 Packaging New Zealand Scholarship now open
Packaging New Zealand are pleased to announce that entries are now open for their annual Scholarship program for 2019. The annual Packaging Scholarship enables one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in New Zealand the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma of Packaging Technology is offered through the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia.
Australia & NZ Packaging Innovations recognised in 2019 Worldstar Packaging Awards
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories.
- Molly Kennedy
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