With 50 international trade fairs in Düsseldorf, 23 of them No. 1 worldwide, and over 120 events and participations abroad, the Messe Düsseldorf Group is one of the leading export platforms worldwide. Distinctively, “Interpack” is the world's most important trade fair for the packaging industry and related process industries.
As an internationally operating trade fair group, we are participants in a globalized world. That sharpens our awareness that globalized trading does not always permit all of the players involved to achieve their fair share in the value chain. By way of SAVE FOOD, our aim is to actively assume responsibility and – quite apart from any business cases – use our core expertise as trade fair organizers for the common good. The central issue here is that the sheer amount of crops that spoil on farms or food that we throw away would be enough to feed those people who presently go hungry. In both of these scenarios, packaging can help. And that is something we, as official organizers of Interpack, know all about. This prompted the idea of joining forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to use our capacity and contacts to contribute to the fight against global food losses.
Initiative to combat global food losses and waste (international congress with the presentation of two studies and an accompanying exhibition)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH.
16 and 17 May 2011
Congress Center East, Messe Düsseldorf
Food security, urbanization, food development and marketing, logistics, recycling and agriculture
International experts and decision-makers from agriculture, industry, retail, administration, politics, research and NGOs
Key notes, debates, panel discussions and best practices
Online at www.save-food.org
12 to 18 May 2011
SAVE FOOD pavilion, ‘Interpack’ site
Presentation of the two FAO studies and congress topics; best practices from companies and associations against food wastage; Food Court catering area