Campden BRI Conference - Sustainable Packaging: smart choices & shelf life testing

Seminar: Tuesday 19 March 2019
Location: South Gallery, Room 3 & 4, ExCeL Centre, London 

Members of Campden BRI: £250 + VAT
Non–members: £350 + VAT

Group discounts available on request. To register please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This seminar is co-located with the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) and Pro2Pac Exhibition (17-20 March 2019). Registration is for the seminar only. To attend the free exhibition, register here.


Use of single use plastics in the food and drink industry is under scrutiny because of its impact on the environment. As a result, food manufacturers and retailers have made commitments to move to sustainable packaging where possible. Different packaging solutions have been proposed including reducing the amount of plastic used, recycling or reusing plastics, using alternative materials or a combination of the three. However, it is critically important that food safety and quality are not compromised. Shelf life is a key consideration when a new product is developed, or packaging is modified.

The aim of this seminar is to help industry make informed choices on the types of materials and design of packaging that reduce plastic use and increase recyclability. It will also focus on the challenges of shelf life and shelf life assessment when using sustainable packaging.

The event which will host speakers from academia, industry, retailers, industry schemes and membership bodies will cover:
•sustainable packaging options to maintain shelf life of foods - Lynneric Potter, Campden BRI
•reframing the plastics debate: a use phase approach - Emma Burlow, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM)
•On-Pack Recycling Label scheme - stepping up to the circular economy – Alice Harlock, OPRL
•packaging design for end of life - Richard McKinlay, Axion Group
•the effect of shelf life extension on household waste: the case of packaged fresh foods - Lara Manzocco, University of Udine, Italy

Key benefits of attending

•learn how to make informed choices on plastics and waste. This will include sustainable packaging design, use of recycled materials and the circular economy
•understand waste management infrastructure and how the packaging supply chain can work together to increase packaging reuse or recycling
•hear about the challenges the industry is facing to replace plastics or reduce their use
•gain insight into consumer behaviour and consumer understanding of recycling
•learn about what to consider when using sustainable packaging and the potential effects on product shelf life
•gain insight into the practical challenges of shelf life testing when using sustainable packaging

Who should attend?

This seminar is relevant to most of the food and drink industry, including retailers, SMEs, start-ups, those working in new product development, packaging manufacturers and technologists, food marketing experts, commercial and technical managers in food industry and anyone who is involved in shelf life testing.

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