PAC FOOD Projects

PAC FOOD members have collectively created the following 3 inaugural PAC FOOD projects to help identify packaging solutions to reduce food waste:

Food Waste Reduction Case Studies
Goal: To identify and build an inventory of global packaging case studies for food waste reduction.
• Case studies identify six food chain areas where packaging can play a key role to help reduce food waste - refer to initial Eight Case Studies (September 2014)
• Packaging solution presented in each case study impacts one or more food chain area with the majority (10 of 19 case studies) affecting Point of purchase, followed by Consumer - refer to Executive Summary of Food Waste Reduction Case Studies (January 2017)
• Individual case studies can be accessed in the Publications section.

Life Cycle Assessment of Single Serve
Goal: To initiate a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study on single serve coffee to create synergy with PAC NEXT and for better understanding of the relationships between North American packaging and causes of food waste along the food value chain.
• Single serve coffee uses an exact serving of fresh coffee in a controlled process - leading to minimal coffee wastage
• Drip brewed coffee is consumer controlled - consumers are more likely to prepare more coffee than needed with the leftover coffee going down the sink
• Bulk brewing systems typically use a hot plate to keep the coffee warm and can use more energy than single serve systems
• Documents available here:
Life Cycle Assessment of Coffee Consumption
LCA Executive Summary
LCA Peer Review Letter
PAC FOOD Summary - Packaging, Food Waste, and the Environment: A Coffee Case Study (July 2015)

Who's Who of Food Waste Reduction Initiatives
Goal: To develop a who's who of companies, organizations, associations engaged in packaging and food waste.
• Identifies 77 food waste reduction initiatives from across the globe, expanding from the original 62 listed from the first edition
• 18 of the 77 initiatives address packaging solutions that prevent and help reduce food waste
• Refer to Who's Who of Food Waste Reduction Initiatives - first edition (September 2014) and Who's Who of Food Waste Reduction Initiatives - second edition (April 2017)