On June 15th, Ignacio Gavilan, Sustainability Director at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), spoke on a panel discussion as part of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Food Waste Repackaged Learning Series. Ignacio, who oversees the CGF’s Coalition on Food Waste was invited to the panel to share his thoughts on the consumer goods industry’s role in solving the food waste problem.

Ignacio was joined in the discussion by Dr Liz Goodwin OBE from World Resources Institute, Anne Greven from Rabobank, Jennifer Ronk from Dow, and James Pronio from WWF. Moderated by Jim Giles from GreenBiz Group, the panel resulted in an engaging discussion around the key levers in the food system that can effectively reduce waste, as well as the role that design and innovation can play.  Ignacio presented the CGF’s work on Coalition of Action, including working implement harmonised reporting, and supporting the World Resources Institute on the scale up of their 10x20x30 initiative. The Coalition is also looking beyond its value chains to investigate food loss at post-harvest level, by engaging with suppliers on effective collaborative prevention strategies. Ignacio also spoke about the role of consumers and how they can shift their behaviours when they shop. The panel agreed that retailers can help to nudge consumer behaviours, such as dynamic pricing and standardised date labels.

For more details on the CGF’s work to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and halve food loss per capita worldwide, visit www.tcgffoodwaste.com.