First US sponsor of "Save Food" initiative

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, November 14, 2011

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) has become the first United States based trade association to join the "Save Food" initiative.

FPSA joins the internationally recognized initiative with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf (producers of the interpack trade show) to fight global food loss.

"Save Food" brings together stakeholders in industry, politics, and research, facilitating dialogue to address the issue of the 1.3 bill. t per year of food that was lost on the way "from farm to fork".

Scott Scriven, President of Weber Inc. and the Chairman of FPSA, said that in the United States alone, food is wasted at an estimated 1400 calories a day per person which translates into over 150 trillion calories per year. If Europe and the United States could contain wasted food, the savings would be more than ample to feed the entire world, he added.

David Seckman, President and CEO of FPSA, remarked that 37% of the world's food is wasted. FPSA will be evaluating ways that the association and its membership can help bring that number down through education and collaboration with Messe Düsseldorf and the FAO.

FPSA will be seeking active participation from its membership and councils representing the bakery, beverage, dairy, meat, and prepared foods market segments in the "Save Food" initiative.

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries.

The Association's programs and services support member's success by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues. Programs and services to achieve these objectives include Process Expo (industry leading trade show), electronic media marketing, education, market intelligence, research, and advocation of critical industry issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade.

FPSA members are organised in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the bakery, beverage, dairy, prepared food and meat sectors.
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