New Alliance Bets for Sustainable Packaging for Foods

A coalition of non-profit industry and non-governmental organizations announced the formation of the Alliance for Sustainable Packaging for Foods (ASPF).

The ASPF brings together a diverse group of global stakeholders to engage with regulators and governments worldwide to encourage the adoption of a holistic and harmonized approach to food packaging regulation. It’s purpose is to achieve environmental sustainability without compromising on food safety and public health and without increasing the ecological footprint of the food supply chain.

The Alliance is focused on participating in the revision of packaging and packaging waste rules in the EU and tracking packaging-related regulations in Canada.

Sustainable packing

“When discussing the future of packaging, food safety and quality, and reducing food loss and waste are non-negotiable. Members of ASPF are clear: we are committed to significantly reducing packaging waste, just not at the expense of food safety. We will work hard with the regulators and policy makers around the world to do so,” said International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) Chief Science Officer and Chair of ASPF, Max Teplitski, PhD.

Reusable and 100% recyclable wooden pallets or promoting wooden transport packaging are examples of minimizing the environmental impact of packaging disposal.

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ASPF’s members agree that the food industry should aim to continue producing safe, high-quality, nutrient-dense foods while minimizing environmental impact.

“Sustainable packaging solutions for food, such as reusable packaging, can also lead to superior product protection and temperature management performance, ensuring food quality and safety and reducing waste,” said Todd Hoff, Executive Vice President at the Reusable Packaging Association and vice chair of the Alliance.

ASPF promotes global stakeholder partnerships for sustainable packaging regulations.

Hoff stated that the Reusable Packaging Association values member participation in the industry alliance to support circular reuse systems while maintaining high food standards. They look forward to working with other industry leaders to demonstrate that packaging can be sustainable, cost-effective, and high-performing without compromising.

ASPF will have working groups for government relations and packaging regulations. The organization also encourages ongoing consideration and consultation throughout value chains for extensive buy-in and sustainable success.    

ASPF’s founding members

The ASPF founding members, demonstrating the breadth of this global Alliance, include Aneberries; Canadian Produce Marketing Association; FMI – The Food Industry Association; Fruit South Africa; Frutas de Chile; International Fresh Produce Association; National Milk Producers Federation; National Council of Farmers Coops; National Wooden Pallet and Container Association; North American Meat Institute; Organic Trade Association, Reusable Packaging Association; STOP Foodborne Illness; U.S. Dairy Export Council; and Western Growers Association.

Those organizations interested in joining the Alliance can contact Max Teplitski to learn more.