29 November 2019

POSTPONED: Sustainable Food Packaging: Overcoming challenges through circular approaches

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SCI's Food Group

London, UK

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With the mounting public pressure to reduce plastic use and to increase recycling, food packaging design and function is under intense scrutiny. Industry is under pressure to maximise food shelf life to reduce waste, and risk-assessors are looking at a range of chemical contaminants that can migrate into food from recycled packaging materials. Within an industry that is incredibly price-competitive and operates on very low margins, solutions must not be high cost or at the expense of food quality and safety, and these different drivers can often conflict.


This conference will explore these trends, and possible solutions. These include the use of new packaging materials and Intelligent Packaging to extend the keeping quality of foods.

This event will be of interest to those working as food manufacturers and retailers, packaging manufacturers, contract-packers and those working in analytical laboratories, as well as NGOs – Environmental and Recycling Interest Groups, Kitemark and Certification Schemes. It would also be suitable for early and mid-career researchers and academics in the field of food packaging technology.

09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Setting the scene 
Keshavan Niranjan, Prof of Food Bioprocessing, University of Reading
10.30 The sustainability challenge: a retailer perspective
Laura Fernandez, Marks and Spencer
11.00 A packaging manufacturer perspective (fresh prepared produce)
Eric Duncan, Coveris
11.30 Lifecycle analysis
Eugene Mohareb, University of Reading
12.00 Panel Discussion
12.15 Lunch and Posters
13.15 Smart packaging case-study
Anil de Sequera, Bath Spa University
13.45 Migration from recycled materials: risks vs benefits
John Points, John Points Consulting Ltd
14.15 Refreshment break
14.45 Case study: Ellas Kitchen and plastic, working together to develop and promote circular economy solutions
Emma Cook, Ella’s Kitchen
15.15 The art of consumer inclusive pack designing
Halak Parikh, Britvic Plc
15.45 Showcasing the importance of integrating sensory learnings in the evolution of pack design
Adam Curtis, MMR Research Worldwide Ltd
16.15 Questions and answer session
16.30 Closing remarks and meeting close


Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square



Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Friday 1 November 2019

£65 SCI Member
£30 SCI Student Member
£45 Subsidised Members
£90 Non-Member

Standard fees after Friday 1 November 2019

£115 SCI Member
£55 SCI Student Member
£70 Subsidised Members
£140 Non-Member

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Organising committee

Keshavan Niranjan, Professor of Food Bioprocessing, University of Reading

John Points, Consultant Analytical Scientist

Exhibition and sponsorship

There is space alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit.

For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Call for posters

Poster contributions are invited from those working in all areas of packaging manufacture, research, development, commercialization and use. An abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words  indicating title and authors should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Friday 1 November2019 with the subject line Advances in food packaging - poster abstract. Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere.