Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for food packaging and waste in the UK - innovation, responsibilities and policy development

Morning, Tuesday, 10th July 2018

Central London


This seminar will discuss priorities and next steps for food waste management in the UK.

It is bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders as officials at Defra prepare to finalise the wide-ranging Resources and Waste Strategy expected later this year - and takes place in the context of the waste reduction targets set out in the 25-Year Environment Plan.

Delegates will discuss the way ahead for the food and packaging industry to meet the goals in the Plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and all avoidable waste by 2050.

They will also assess latest progress in packaging innovation, including reducing excess, developments in smart packaging and alternatives to plastics, and increasing the use of recyclable materials - whilst at the same time ensuring food safety and minimising waste from spoilage.

Further sessions will consider the roles and responsibilities of parties across the supply chain - including the part local partnerships, recycling providers and producers should play going forward, and priorities for engaging consumers.

Guest of Honour

Dr David Moon

Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP

Guest of Honour

Dr David Moon

Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP


Martin Kersh

Executive Director, Foodservice Packaging Association

Eric Giry

Agricultural Counsellor for the United Kingdom and Ireland, French Embassy

Dr Andy Rees

Head, Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government

Toby Park

Senior Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team

Elena Polisano

Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace UK