Top 3 Takeaways from PackAGE: Waste Reduction Panel Discussion

Posted by Admin on Mar 22, 2016 2:57:14 AM

Top 3 Takeaways from PackAGE: Waste Reduction Panel Discussion


During this year's PACK EXPO, Food Engineering Magazine and Haskell hosted, PackAGE, an expert panel discussion concerning packaging's future and role in waste reduction. Not only did attendees hear from notable authorities within the food and beverage industry, but they also learned about how food waste impacts manufacturers across the supply chain.

Now, here's a question. As an attendee, can you remember everything we spoke about? If your answer is no, then congratulations - you're human.

In such a fast moving world, sometimes, we just need the high points. This is precisely what this recap is for. In this blog, we'll highlight the top three takeaways from the event that provoked thought and stimulated discussion. Let's begin!


1. The majority of food losses occur at the consumer level.


Food Engineering, Editor-in-Chief, Joyce Fassl revealed that 47% of packaging professionals attending the 2014 PAC, Packaging Consortium believed that the top issue facing the packaging industry as it strives to reduce food waste is the consumer perception of packaging. 

Though this is a perception of packaging professionals, Dr. Dennis Heldman reported hard facts that support this. See the table below. 


DH Chart

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization 2011

2. Emerging technologies give consumers better information.

After presenting the significant losses on the consumer level, Dr. Heldman proposed manufacturers adapt a current technology - Temperature-Time-Integrators (TTIs). TTIs are sensors that detect and record the impact of temperature and time on product quality attributes. The output provides a continuous record of the product quality throughout the food supply chain. Although not a new technology, TTIs are not widely used. But why?

It's simple - consumer power.

3. Acceptance of information will be a major hurdle.

Some people were just raised to believe that milk is bad after the use-by date. It's a part of them - a learned behavior. Both Keith Perkey of Haskell and Michael Ballard of General Mills offered great anecdotal stories that support this.

Overall, as an industry, we know it will be hard to combat. However, if we can commit to educating consumers and employing innovative technologies, manufacturers can make the world a better place for generations to come.

Did we miss something? Let us know and we'll add it to the blog. Just email us at to submit your big takeaway.

Thanks again for attending PackAGE! Here's a short video from the Haskell team to express our appreciation.


Topics: Processing and Packaging, Innovation