Fresh Thinking - Food Packaging for the 21st Century
Since 2009 the Western Branch has been holding conferences on diverse subjects from Sustainability through to Food Additives. This year Packaging was the focus with the What’s in it for you? – Fresh Thinking (Food Packaging for the 21st Century) held at Eastwood Park on 13 June. The delegates’ feedback showed this was a resounding success. The speakers gave a fascinating insight into the ever changing demands on food packaging.
Our chairman, Dave Baines, chaired the morning session and our Hon. Secretary, Peter Sampson, the afternoon session. The conference was a held in conjunction with LINPAC Packaging who had the contacts to obtain a high quality of presenters who could speak with great knowledge on their subjects.
The first presentation by Joanna Stephenson (LINPAC Packaging) included 2 entertaining videos showing the effect of a world without packaging and then the exponential changes occurring on our planet and what it can mean for our packaging trends and the requirements for innovation. Paul Hunt (Sun Chemicals) followed showing the family tree of EU regulations on food contact packaging with particular reference to inks. Andrew Revel (Farraday) opened our eyes with the new developments on Active and Intelligent Packaging. Lunch was then enjoyed with the superb views on the terrace over the Gloucester countryside as well as a chance to look at the many trade stands.
The afternoon started with Jane Bickerstaffe (Incpen) looking at the whole packaging industry and including the consumers view with some interesting statistics on how less packaging can give more waste. Next Professor James Bradley (Liverpool University) came in with a powerful presentation on Plasma technology which highlighted the development working being carried out in Europe and in particular the UK. Mark Roberts ( Regain Polymers) explained the recycling route including the increasing use for recycled polymers outside of the Food Industry. Joanne Stephenson then rounded the day off looking at packaging in context including environment issues, waste, biodegradable plastic, renewable, carbon and weight of packaging and also recycled content.
The majority of the presentations can be listened to and viewed on the IFST website
With this successful conference behind them the Western Branch are now looking forward to their annual Auditing Conference on 16 October titled Horse Trading – Auditing the Food Chain.