Thursday, November 17, 2022
From ‘carbon-neutral’ to ‘climate positive’ to ‘zero-waste,’ sustainability messaging is now de rigueur on food and beverage packaging. But what do these claims really mean, and how can the food industry stop being part of the problem, and become part of the solution, to the existential threat of climate change?
Join the FoodNavigator-USA team along with leading industry experts for two content specific sessions, as they explore the various options to moving to a more sustainable food supply chain
All times below are in Central Time, USA
Pretty much every food & beverage brand now makes some kind of appeal to the consumer about its green credentials, spanning everything from ‘carbon-neutral’ and ‘sustainably-sourced’ to ‘climate-friendly,’ ‘water-positive,’ ‘regeneratively-farmed’ and ‘zero-waste.’ But how do industry buyers – and consumers – assess these claims, make meaningful comparisons between products in the same category, and stay alert to the ever-present threat of greenwashing?
What progress is the industry making on reducing the environmental impact of food packaging, and what needs to change within the industry or at a regulatory level to make this happen?
Waste is generated at every level of the food supply chain, from produce that never makes it off the farm, to by-products of industrial food production from acid whey to sugary wastewater. So how can food companies reduce the waste they produce and divert waste from landfill to be reused, recycled, or composted?
From snacks made with coffee fruit, and pale ale made from surplus bread to nutrition bars made with spent grains, enterprising start-ups are exploring innovative ways to square the circle and create value-added products and aspirational brands using by-products from food processes or ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. We bring together CPG brands to explore how they built brands and supply chains using upcycled ingredients, how they communicate the benefits to consumers, and what new ingredients or opportunities they are exploring.