Food & Beverage Agenda

Food & Beverage

Room Name: Satellit

Day1: June 27, 2019

Keynote Session
10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator:
Tristanne Davis
Senior Manager
GreenBlue
 

10:45 am

Plastic Packaging Stewardship Strategy at Nestlé Waters
Carlo C. Galli
Head of Sustainability
Nestlé Waters
We have a responsibility to our planet. For our generation and the future. The plastics used in food and drinks packaging are safe and durable – but this durability creates challenges of waste and pollution. Today, only one in two plastic bottles is collected for recycling. We know this has to change. At Nestlé Waters, we want to lead by example. In order to boost a circular economy for our beverage bottles, we’re working to minimise our environmental footprint through the way our packaging is made, recycled and the material re-used. We are also working on alternative delivery solutions to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used. And we also want to help our partners, stakeholders and consumers do their bit, too.
 

11:10 am

Breaking down the paradigm of flexible plastic packaging
Daphna Nissenbaum
CEO
TIPA
Inspired by nature’s already perfect packaging, the sustainable packaging specialist TIPA set out to create a fully compostable alternative to conventional flexible plastic. The company’s packaging concepts encourage a true circular economy with solutions that break down into pure compost in exactly the same biodegradation process as organic waste. Importantly, though, TIPA’s smart proprietary blend of compostable polymers emulate plastic in mechanical properties such as durability, flexibility, transparency, shelf life, sealing strength and more, while seamlessly fitting into existing manufacturing processes. TIPA’s proven, viable compostable alternatives to conventional plastic therefore represent a huge step on the pathway to ending plastic pollution.
 

11:35 am

The beverage cans are ready for a circular economy
Marcel Arsand
Sustainability Manager – UK and Nordics
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
Global resources are limited, but society’s demands are increasing. This makes managing resources efficiently a top priority. Public perception has markedly changed recently as the media coverage of plastics’ impact in particular on the environment, putting increasing pressure on business and governments to take further action. Beverage cans have long been leaders in recycling because the metal is a valuable permanent material that can be recycled again and again, without losing any quality of its structural integrity.
 
Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Reducing reliance on plastics through forward-thinking sustainable strategies
1:15 pm - 5:25 pm

Moderator:
Helen Bird
Strategic Engagement Manager
WRAP

1:15 pm

New Materials Institute research and development to commercialize an economically viable and fully biodegradable straw
Branson W. Ritchie
Director, Technology Development & Implementation
University of Georgia - New Materials Institute
Petroleum-based plastics and their toxins are increasingly contaminating our rivers, oceans and soil. Recent estimates suggest that 5.2 trillion pieces of plastic already contaminate the world’s oceans. As plastic degrades it micronizes resulting in food, water and air contamination of increasingly smaller fragments of plastic. We have increasing evidence of the health implications of micronizing petroleum-plastics on human and free-ranging animal health. Our recent findings in combination with some pertinent literature on the health risk of ingestion and inhalation of micronizing plastic will be discussed.

1:40 pm

Using plastic-free zones to deliver our purpose
Andrew  Thornton
Owner
Thornton's Budgens
This presentation will discuss how London’s much-publicized Thornton’s Budgens created a heartful culture to deliver its purpose ('We are the community supermarket that really cares') and introduced self-leadership and helped everybody realize more of their human potential. Importantly, delegates will hear how the retailer used this mantra to become the first supermarket in the UK (and only the second in the world) to deliver ‘Plastic Free Zones’, with more than 1,800 plastic-free products available to customers in +15 zones in-store – and Thornton’s Budgens achieved this in just 10 weeks! With a focus on its team, customers, suppliers, the community and the environment, this fascinating case study presented by Andrew will show going plastic-free is not just a conservationist’s pipedream, but a real-world possibility.

2:05 pm

Leading by example: sharing the experience of the first-ever single-use plastic-free flight in the world
Paulo Mirpuri
President of Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation
Hi Fly
This presentation will detail the frameworks applied to execute the world’s first single-use plastic-free flight, on 26 December 2018. With many people believing that the planet is approaching the verge of collapse, enterprises in all markets are being strongly urged to take immediate action and radically rethink the way they operate. This inaugural plastic-free flight saw Hi Fly replace plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives crafted from recycled material, all in the hope of adopting a plastic-free policy by the end of 2019. As a leader who believes in the power of example – and a desire to inspire other airlines and businesses to reduce their plastic footprint – Hi Fly’s CEO will address the core issues related to the world’s disposable way of living while also sharing his vision of how we can secure a better and greener planet for future generations.
Break
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm

Adapting to the plastic challenge in a complex retail world
Beth Simpson
Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability
Anthesis Group
Alan Spray
Head of Analytics
Anthesis Group
With plastic so integral to business operations and their supply chains, a one-size fits all approach isn’t a long-term answer. So what’s the best way for your food and beverage business to adapt? With real insights and case studies, Beth and Alan will discuss the key drivers across the markets and some of the real-life approaches being used to reduce plastic use altogether, increase recycled content and design better products for end-of-life considerations. Some of the technical tools that can be used will be demonstrated, such as the 'Green Design Tool' and 'Options Assessments', to support the decision-making process of your approach.

3:25 pm

Can we move away from plastic packaging?
Pierre-Yves Paslier
Co-founder
Skipping Rocks Lab
Through his experience launching Ooho "the edible water bottle”, Pierre Paslier will share insights on how seaweed and plants can free us from our plastic addiction and why consumers are playing a key role in the current disruption inflicted on the packaging industry. Pushing towards a 100% circular business model, Pierre will discuss innovation, collaboration with big corps, legislation and funding from the perspective of a startup.

3:50 pm

Desirability and the blockchain: a means of re-valuing plastics
Johannes Meyer
Senior Strategist, Sustainability, Innovation, Design
Seymourpowell
Reduce, reuse, recycle: a message not only for consumers but for designers and manufacturers alike. A paradigm shift is needed, and what’s missing is concerted action. But behavior change isn’t achieved by exhortations to try harder, make sacrifices, think twice. Instead, the key is in re-focusing how people approach and appreciate a material. At Seymourpowell, desirability is employed to highlight what people would otherwise not think twice about, such as bringing attention to the commodities supply chain (and its devastating human and environmental cost) through a smartphone (the ‘Fairphone 2’). A new technology is on the cusp of changing how we perceive materials: the blockchain. Seymourpowell sees this as a potential game-changer when it comes to shifting the value we attach to plastics, and the ethical and environmental systems we inhabit. Based on this, thought experiment has been designed that asks: what would a world look like that’s designed around the real value of materials? And what would that mean for a plastics economy?

4:15 pm

The future(s) of plastic: navigating the swell of consumer activism, impending legislation and technological advancement in pursuit of sustainable growth
Mark Lancelott
Sustainability and Circular Economy Lead
PA Consulting
Plastic is a wonder material, but society has woken up to the consequences of our careless use and disposal. It is a ‘wicked’ problem – with a solution space involving changes in consumer behavior, the introduction of alternative materials, collecting, sorting, cleaning and recycling technologies and infrastructure, regulation and standards, commitments and transparent reporting, and trade-offs from unintended consequences. PA’s consulting work and research in the field would suggest that determining the future of plastics is impossible. We can, however, make sense of what the driving forces are as well as identify possible future scenarios that can guide what action we can take now.

4:40 pm

Panel Discussion: The role of citizens in tackling plastic waste
Helen Bird
Strategic Engagement Manager
WRAP
Simon Balderson
Director
Sirane
Andrew  Thornton
Owner
Thornton's Budgens
Paulo Mirpuri
President of Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation
Hi Fly
Alex Robinson
Managing Director
Hubbub Enterprise
How can manufacturers & retailers facilitate citizens to reduce, reuse and recycle?

Day2: June 28, 2019

Bio-based and non-plastic alternatives to traditional plastic packaging
9:00 am - 12:25 am

Moderator:
David Newman
Managing Director
BBIA
 

9:00 am

Plastics, bioplastics and waste management
David Newman
Managing Director
BBIA
Everything is connected – waste, water, soil, materials, air quality – and the lack of a holistic vision around how we treat our natural capital means we are continually missing the opportunity of reducing pollution, improving environmental quality and safeguarding our own futures, as well as the future of the biodiversity that we share the planet with. In this presentation, David will discuss how the use of bioplastics fits into this puzzle to reduce plastic waste, increase capture and treatment of food waste, improve soil, air and water quality while creating jobs in the European Union.
 

9:25 am

Fiber-based alternatives to overcome the plastic challenge
Trang Ly
Senior Consultant
Pöyry Management Consulting
Finding appropriate alternatives in packaging is key for a more sustainable future, hence fiber-based packaging solutions provide one of the most feasible options for industrial and consumer products. Companies that take the decision to switch from fossil-based plastics to utilizing more sustainable substitutes will contribute positively to reducing plastic waste and at the same time overcome reputational challenges. Importantly, those companies will be able to drive customer preferences and get ahead of their competition.
 

9:50 am

Non-Plastic alternatives for food packaging
Simon Balderson
Director
Sirane
The capability of sophisticated plastic packaging to extend shelf life has created a global food market with considerable economic, social and humanitarian benefits. Non-plastic alternatives are unlikely to succeed unless they provide similar or additional benefits. Furthermore, plastic is cheap, light, easy to process, transparent, flexible and available with a wide range of physical and chemical properties. As delegates will hear during Simon’s presentation, non-plastic alternatives have a tough act to follow.
 
Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am

The courage to be credible
Josie Morris
Managing Director
WoolCool
Credibility is a major challenge for any ‘new’ or ‘alternative’ solution. Often viewed with scepticism or perhaps even dismissed entirely, this is particularly the case for more environmentally responsible options. Drawing upon the journey of Woolcool – and reviewing the lessons learned along the way – this presentation will examine the challenges of credibility, working with the right materials and changing the status quo. It will not only address environmental responsibility but the social impact of a company on a community. Ultimately, it will highlight how by encouraging open minds and collaboration when searching for alternatives, the outcomes can be amazing.
 

11:10 am

Investigating the BioBarr project: the development of new bio-based food packaging materials with enhanced barrier properties
Marianna Faraldi
Project Manager
Tecnoalimenti
The BioBarr project was born under the auspices of the Horizon 2020 Program of the EC and the Bio-Based Industries Public-Private Partnership and involves seven partners from four European countries proactively seeking alternatives to fossil-based raw materials. The primary aim has been to develop new bio-based and biodegradable food packaging materials by improving the barrier functionality of biopolymer PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates). Currently, using PHAs for food packaging has some limitations, notably in transmitting oxygen and water. BioBarr aims to overcome this by improving vapor and gas-barrier properties through material functionalization. This involves compounding biodegradable materials in multi-layer structures specific for the food product category to be packed. It will also look at surface treatments as a further step. Ultimately, the BioBarr project should create a new bio-based value chain, from bio-plastic producer to food industry end-user. This presentation will go into detail about the objectives, expected impacts and reveal some of the preliminary outcomes that have emerged from the first 24 months of work.
 

11:35 am

Sulapac - On a mission to save our planet from the plastic waste
Antti Valtonen
Head of Marketing & Communications
Sulapac
Sulapac was founded in 2016 by two biochemists with a mission to save our planet from plastic waste. Last year Sulapac was selected among top-100 hottest startups in Europe by WIRED. Sulapac has innovated a biocomposite material which is safe by design, sustainable and biodegrades fast without leaving microplastics behind. Plastic manufacturers can use Sulapac recipes with their existing production lines. Material for mass producible and ocean-friendly straw was developed together with Stora Enso and will be available in Q2/2019. We believe materials should be divided into microplastic-free materials that can be digested by naturally occurring micro-organisms and microplastic releasing materials that remain in nature for hundreds of years.
 

12:00 pm

Building demand for sustainable packaging
Nicole Rycroft
Founder and Executive Director
Canopy
As companies move away from plastic packaging, let’s not forget that more than two billion trees are logged annually for paper-based packaging. Canopy’s success in working with hundreds of major brands (from fashion giants such as VF Corp and H&M to book publishers Penguin Random House and Scholastic) demonstrates how creating demand for ancient and endangered forest-friendly products can leverage transformative change down the viscose and print paper supply chains. It can (and will) do the same for paper packaging. In this fascinating discussion, Canopy founder Nicole Rycroft will deliver an engaging solutions-focused presentation about landmark brand commitments to not source from ancient and endangered forests, increasing recycled content in packaging, as well as the emergence of new fiber inputs from agricultural residues.
 
Lunch
12:25 pm - 1:15 pm
Closing the loop on a circular economy for food-grade packaging
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Moderator:
Simon Balderson
Director
Sirane

1:15 pm

The UK Plastics Pact: collaborative action to tackle plastic packaging waste
Helen Bird
Strategic Engagement Manager
WRAP
The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing and ambitious agreement between business, government and NGOs. The four targets are: to eliminate problematic plastic packaging; ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable; achieve a 70% recycling rate; and a 30% average recycled content – all by 2025. A year on from its launch, delegates attending this presentation will find out how this challenge has been approached and what The Pact has achieved. What challenges lay ahead? How can sustainable choices be made for packaging? And what are the opportunities for compostable plastic packaging in the UK?

1:40 pm

Innovate, Collaborate, Accelerate. Community and the role of standards in packaging
Joanna Griffiths
Global Food Community Director
BSI Group
Packaging is everyone’s favourite villain. Perceived as wasteful, unnecessary, and insidious, its role in global supply chains is misunderstood and ignored until consumers have to deal with it. So how can standards help? This session will outline the current landscape of standards, how they impact on and benefit the industry, how and what future standards can support the packaging value chain, and brands and retailers in their goals.

2:05 pm

Certification of compostable products: what is it and how does it work?
Oliver Ehlert
Product Manager
DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH
As the public demand for materials and products that do not exploit fossil resources such as gas, oil, coal, etc, grows, sustainability is increasingly a focal point for the industry, the market and consumers. Consequently, more and more it is becoming necessary for producers to prove that these fossil carbon sources have been replaced by bio-based carbon sources or to prove the respective end-of-life options, respectively. As consumers/users cannot easily identify these properties just by looking at them, independent proof and labeling is a necessity. In this presentation, the various standards and the possible ways for the certification of bioplastics or biocomposites – either biobased and/or biodegradable – will be introduced. Delegates will, therefore, be able to familiarize themselves with the most up-to-date standards and the latest bases of assessment in the world of certification. These include biobased products (ASTM D 6866, CEN/TS 16137, ISO 16620, EN 16785-1); products made of compostable materials (DIN EN 13432, ASTM D 6400, and others); products made of compostable materials for home and garden composting (AS 5810, NF T 51-800); biodegradability in soil (EN 17033); additives for biodegradable products; the BPI Certification Program (ASTM D 6400, ASTM D 6868); and ABA Certification (AS 4736, AS 5810). Additionally, a brief overview on legislation in Europe will be discussed.
Break
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm

Avoiding the biodegradation minefield
Bruno Pereira
VP, Sustainability Sciences
BioLogiQ
Biodegradation, fragmentation and disintegration. Do you know what these terms mean and how they impact both biodegradation test results and the environment? Even more important, do your customers understand these terms and know how to properly communicate their sustainability, compostability and marine biodegradability messages to their customers as well as to consumers? By attending this presentation, Bruno will help you form a better understanding of the biodegradation testing process and learn how best to promote the results. Most importantly, you will also discover that biodegradation may not lead to the positive results expected by both consumers and regulators.

3:10 pm

Sustainable packaging design for recycling: challenge or opportunity?
Anette Kaeding-Koppers
Owner & Senior Consultant
AKK Innovation & CEFLEX
Something in the region of 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated in Europe each year, of which 60% (15.2 million tonnes) are the result of plastic packaging – and less than 30% of that is collected/used for recycling. The EU Plastics Strategy and the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) are pushing towards circular economy in packaging, with set targets and consequences defined as part of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme in order to advance to the next level of sustainable business growth and resource efficiency globally. But what does this mean for current and future sustainable packaging design? How can you combine plastic packaging waste management and food safety requirements with regulations and the diverse needs of the whole food packaging supply chain? In this presentation, delegates will learn about a representative business case for fresh food packaging that will spotlight the challenges and opportunities for sustainable packaging design and importantly you will discover how new materials sciences and innovative engineering technologies can play a role.

3:35 pm

The role of drop-in bio-based plastics in the circular economy
Martin Clemesha
Technical sales – Renewable Chemicals
Braskem
Bioplastics are widely recognized as playing a crucial role in delivering a more sustainable future and Braskem, a world-leading biopolymer producer, has a global vision on circular economy by creating solutions for it. This presentation intends to introduce the company’s sugar cane-based polyethylene, a drop-in bioplastic that is produced in the central southern region of Brazil. The material has a negative carbon footprint, meaning that from cradle to the factory gate it captures more carbon from the atmosphere than its production chain releases. The development of a traditional polymer that is sustainably sourced and recyclable represents a step forward toward a bio-circular economy.

4:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Chemical recycling of plastics – what are these technologies and what is the potential?
Henry le Fleming
Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Sophie Tuviahu
VP Business Development and Sales
UBQ Materials
Caroline Frery
VP, Global Business Development
TerraCycle
Richard Daley
Managing Director
ReNew ELP
What approaches have been tried to recycle materials at the molecular level? How successful have they been? In this panel, we will hear from companies involved in these technologies and the progress made to date. We will also consider how soon these technologies can move from demonstration plants to significant volume. What are the challenges moving from pilot scale to production scale facilities? How and when can these be overcome? How material might be recovered through chemical recycling? There are also questions over the impact of chemical recycling on the rest of the system for reuse and recycling of materials. Is the wide-scale adoption of chemical recycling compatible with reuse systems? When is mechanical recycling a better option than chemical recycling?

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