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European Parliament vote on plastic bags confirms important contribution of compostable bags to enhance biowaste collection

Today the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe. European Bioplastics supports the outcome of the vote and the corresponding provisions for compostable plastic carrier bags.

François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, commented: "We are very glad that the European Parliament recognises the value compostable carrier bags can provide to enhance a separate biowaste collection across Europe.

Eurasia Packaging Fair prepares for 20th Anniversary Event


The 20th Eurasia Packaging Fair is preparing for a record breaking event to mark its  anniversary event, with the new Print Packaging Technology section leading to a  substantial boost in interest from both exhibitors and visitors, both within Turkey and across the world.

With over 1,200 companies from more than 40 countries exhibiting in Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul from the 18th - 21st September, the event will once again be the biggest annual packaging fair in Eurasia.

Top Beauty & Personal Care Packaging Competition Now Open

HBA IPDA--International Package Design Awards--Accepting Nominations

HBA Global Expo announces that it is now accepting nominations for its annual IPDA (International Package Design Awards). These awards are the only competition that honors the year's most innovative beauty packaging in several categories including cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, skin care and innovations in sustainability.  The best in Hair Care, Sampling/Travel Size, and At-Home Devices and Tools packaging are also recognized.

SAVE FOOD Congress 2014 brings together international organizations, industry, research and civil society

Highly distinguished speakers from the FAO and UNEP and from leading private sector companies show how to reduce food loss and waste

Three years after its establishment at the first SAVE FOOD Congress, the SAVE FOOD Initiative has already grown into a broad-based international alliance with over 110 members. The second SAVE FOOD Congress takes up this idea and provides a network of representatives from the field of politics, the food and packaging industry, business, research and civil society. In a wide-ranging programme with competent and distinguished speakers, diverse aspects of the problem will be highlighted and solution approaches outlined.

The Latest Updates, Trends and Developments on the Turkish Food Industry

As a result of its geostrategic position, Turkey is a natural bridge between East and West and grants access to 56 countries within a four-hour flight. Its consumer loans-to-GDP ratio is positive, as is its young population with rising spending power. This combined to a stable political and economic environment points to a bright future for the Turkish Food Industry.

The time to act is now - with new government health initiatives and consumers increasingly attracted by healthy and innovative products, the Turkish market rise as a huge opportunity for food and drink manufacturers and suppliers.

China and the Netherlands Build the First Food Security System


Co-built by Wageningen University and Yili Group, one of China's largest dairy producers

With Chinese President Xi Jinping and the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander in attendance serving as witnesses, China and the Netherlands signed several key cooperative agreements benefiting the agriculture sectors of both countries on March 23 (local Dutch time).

SAVE FOOD – Figure of the Month: March

4,909 pallets of food and beverages are distributed by more than 900 food banks in Germany each year, reaching needy people throughout the country – over one and a half million by now. This is the equivalent of about 150 truck loads. Most of these food items are products which are about to reach their best-before date.1

Almost no other information is misunderstood as often as this date. Most consumers believe that it tells them whether a food product is still edible. However, the best-before date is simply the date until when a product retains its original qualities under proper storage.

'Stretcher Print' - World-first Recycled Bottle Wall Art

Innovative Eco-company Co2nscience.com, based in Bradford, Yorkshire are passionate about the planet and dedicated to innovation. Stuart Jones started the business because he wanted to find a smart way of re-using some of the millions of plastic bottles that go into landfill each year. So, when they came up with the idea to re-use discarded plastic bottles and turn them into stunning wall art, they knew they'd hit on something unique and exciting!

The team at Co2nscience have rigorously researched, developed, tested, shown-off and waxed lyrical to everyone they've met about their unique Stretcher Prints to the point where they've refined and perfected this truly unique and first of its kind product. And, boy, are they worth showing off!!

Sustainable Foods Summit Calls for Greater Collaborations

Greater collaborations are required if the American food industry is to meet the challenges of sustainability. This was one of the key outcomes of the 4th North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, hosted in San Francisco at the end of January.

Over 160 senior executives debated key sustainability issues affecting the North American food industry over the 2-day summit. Major themes were ethical sourcing & biodiversity impacts, the role of sustainability metrics, and food ingredients for sustainability.

SAVE FOOD – Figure of the Month February

The carbon footprint of worldwide food losses and food waste amounts to the equivalent of 3.3 giga tons of CO2 emissions.1 Compared to the CO2 emissions of individual countries this volume ranks third among the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters after China and the USA. What this means in concrete terms is that the greenhouse gas associated with the production, processing, transport and storage of all non-consumed food corresponds to roughly half of what both China and the USA emit into the atmosphere each year.

Sustainable Foods Summit Latin America Launched

Following the success of previous editions in Europe and North America, Organic Monitor is taking its Sustainable Foods Summit to Latin America. The inaugural edition will be hosted in São Paulo on 27-28th March.

Green commodities and sustainable packaging are pivotal themes of the Latin American edition. Approaches to add value to agricultural commodities by sustainable production will be discussed, as well as methods to reduce the packaging impact of food and beverages. Like prior editions, the summit will bring together leading organizations involved in eco-labels and sustainability in the food industry.

Call for Papers Announced at 3rd Annual InnoPack Pharma 2014!


Last Date: Feb 10th 2014

In its 3rd edition, Team InnoPack has opened its doors with a Call for Papers and is looking forward to receiving submissions from innovators, packaging development heads, academicians and vendors. Besides technical sessions, submissions can also be in the form of case studies and workshops.

SAVE FOOD – Figure of the Month January

40% of all foods produced in the less developed countries spoil every day before they reach the consumers.1 This is a little less than half of all available foods in those countries, and it also has consequences for the scarce local resources, such as land, water and energy. These "investments" are thus also irretrievably lost.

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