A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Packaging Strategies That Save Food: A Research Agenda for 2030

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Wikström Fredrik, Verghese Karli, Auras Rafael, Olsson Annika, Williams Helén, Wever Renee, Grönman Kaisa, Kvalvåg Pettersen Marit, Møller Hanne, Soukka Risto
Publisher: Wiley: No OnlineOpen
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Journal of Industrial Ecology
ISSN: 1088-1980
eISSN: 1530-9290
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Thoroughly considering and optimizing packaging systems can avoid food loss and waste.
We suggest a number of issues that must be explored and review the associated challenges.
Five main issues were recognized through the extensive experience of the authors and
engagement of multiple stakeholders. The issues promoted are classified as follows:
(1) identify and obtain specific data of packaging functions that influence food waste;
(2) understand the total environmental burden of product/package by considering the
trade‐off between product protection and preservation and environmental footprint;
(3) develop understanding of how these functions should be treated in environmental
footprint evaluations; (4) improve packaging design processes to also consider reducing
food waste; and (5) analyze stakeholder incentives to reduce food loss and waste.
Packaging measures that save food will be important to fulfill the United Nations
Sustainable Development goal to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and
consumer levels and to reduce food losses along production and supply chains.

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