Training course: the role of packaging in minimising food waste


Viewpoint Centre, St Kilda, Victoria

Start Date:

21 March 2018

End Date:

21 March 2018


Australian Institute of Packaging


07 3278 4490



Over one third of the food grown for human consumption is lost or wasted between farm and fork. In Australia, it is estimated to be valued at $20 billion per year, with half of this occurring in households.  There are many reasons why this loss is occurring.  There are also many opportunities to be more efficient with resources. This course will provide participants with an introduction to the seriousness of food waste in this country and globally and how we can all make a difference as team members of the product-packaging design process to this issue. It will cover packaging design criteria for Best-Practice Save Food Packaging Design developments that should be considered.  With hands-on and practical case studies participants will learn how designing packaging to save food actually saves food.

Course objectives:

  • Understanding of where and why food loss and waste occurs.
  • Understanding the role of packaging in minimising loss through the supply chain and at the household level.
  • Understanding of key packaging design criteria to minimise food loss/waste.
  • Appreciation of the environmental life cycle profile of food, packaging and food waste.