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1 Dow.com Packaging Innovation Saving Food Around the Globe Jeff Wooster, Global Sustainability Director Packaging and Specialty Plastics

2 Food Loss & Waste (FLW) Globally, there are 2 very different issues regarding non-edibles: Loss – When food is not delivered to its intended recipients; occurs at the beginning to middle of the supply chain Waste – When food is delivered to its intended recipients, but not consumed; occur at the end of the supply chain 2

3 Food Loss & Waste (FLW) Globally, there are 2 very different issues regarding non-edibles: Developing Countries – Food Loss is the Problem Over 40% of losses at post harvest handling & processing. Developed Countries – Food Waste is the Problem Over 40% of losses at retail and consumer levels. 3

4 Per Capita Food Loss & Waste (FLW) by Region 4 ®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow

5 Value of Food Packaging Around the Globe “Appropriate packaging helps to reduce FLW at any stage in the food supply chain:” Ensures food security and safety Facilitates economic development & trade Enhances export competitiveness Enhances food loss prevention and protection Enhances logistics management and product identification Provides extended shelf-life for consumers 5

6 Example: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Problem: There are two kinds of losses that put rice to waste: physical and quality. Physical losses in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa reach up to 30%, while reduced quality decreases the price of milled rice by 10-30%. These losses put farmers on the losing end in terms of income, and negatively affect the supply of rice in the market. 6

7 Example: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Solution: An airtight, reusable plastic bag that protects stored rice from moisture, pests, rats, and keeps rice seeds viable. The IRRI Superbag is now available to Filipino farmers in selected retails stores. The IRRI Super Bag works by blocking the flow of both oxygen and water vapor from the outside to the grain. When the bag is properly sealed, farmers can safely store their seeds for 9-12 months without reducing germination rates. IRRI Super Bags also keep away insects and rats without using chemicals. Whole rice grain recovery after milling is 10-15%. 7

8 Example: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Value of the Savings for the Philippines: 485,000 hectares of land (1850 sq. miles) 3.3 billion m 3 of water/year 82,500 metric tonnes of methane/year, equivalent to 2.1 million metric tonnes of CO 2 * *As a GHG, the IPCC states that methane is about 25 times more potent than CO 2. Sources: FAO, UNESCO-IHE, IPCC 8

9 Example: Bone-In Ham Packaging Source: Ron Cotterman, Sealed Air: How Packaging Prevents Waste and Enhances Sustainability, g of packaging protects 3.6 kg of meat. Bone punctures caused rework and packaging failures. 70% of bone punctures occurred during retail display. Addition of 25% more packaging (a small patch) reduced damage during retail display by 73%. The result was a net reduction in total carbon footprint across the supply chain of nearly 6%. 9

10 Packaging Helps Save Food Food loss in developing countries tends to occur during post-harvest processing and storage while in developed countries food waste tends to occur after food is shipped to consumers Packaging can significantly help save food by increasing food security, safety, protection, logistics management and product identification. Packaging can offer leak resistance, tear resistance, hermetic seals, and modified atmosphere for extended shelf-life. The significant economic, social and environmental value provided by these packaging opportunities far outweigh the related costs of development, production, and use. 10

11 Speaker Contact Information Phone: Mobile: Mailing Address: 1254 Enclave Parkway Houston, TX 77077, USA Jeff Wooster

12 NOTICE: No freedom from any patent owned by Dow or others is to be inferred. Because use conditions and applicable laws may differ from one location to another and may change with time, Customer is responsible for determining whether products and the information contained in this document are appropriate for Customer’s use and for ensuring that Customer’s workplace and disposal practices are in compliance with applicable laws and other governmental enactments. Dow assumes no obligation or liability for the information in this document. NO WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN; ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED. All environmental marketing should be in compliance with FTC’s “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims”.

13 NOTICE: No freedom from any patent owned by Dow or others is to be inferred. Because use conditions and applicable laws may differ from one location to another and may change with time, Customer is responsible for determining whether products and the information contained in this document are appropriate for Customer’s use and for ensuring that Customer’s workplace and disposal practices are in compliance with applicable laws and other governmental enactments. Dow assumes no obligation or liability for the information in this document. NO WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN; ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED. All environmental marketing should be in compliance with FTC’s “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims”.


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