Bosch compact Information on the “Save Food” initiative Bosch Packaging Technology is actively involved

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  • October 16, 2013
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The initiative
Launch: Save Food is an alliance between the global Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. Save Food was launched in May 2011 with an international congress and exhibition as part of Interpack, the leading trade show in the packaging industry. Since the start of 2013, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has also been supporting the initiative.

Objective: Save Food looks for solutions that will combat global food losses and waste, and ensure less food is lost en route to customers and by customers themselves.

Background: In 1996, participants at the United Nations World Food Summit set themselves the target of halving the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015. The long-term aim is to end hunger on our planet by 2025. Worldwide, 842 million people, or 15 percent of the global population, are currently suffering from hunger. All their needs could be met using just a fraction of the food that is left unused.

The challenge: Each year, around one-third of foodstuffs is lost en route from field to table. There are various reasons for this. In the industrialized nations, up to 40 percent of foodstuffs (for example, North America) spoil in consumers' homes. In less developed countries, foodstuff losses result from inadequate harvesting conditions and a lack of infrastructure, such as inappropriate storage. In China, the proportion of the rice crop lost is 45 percent, while in Vietnam the figure is as high as 80 percent. These massive losses also mean a waste of resources such as agricultural land, energy, and, in particular, water.

First steps: The FAO has set up interdisciplinary working groups and launched studies. As well as surveys on causes of global food losses, studies in emerging markets have also looked at appropriate packaging solutions that will allow more effective use of locally available packaging materials, for example.

Field studies: An initial field study is already underway in Kenya. It is designed to identify solutions that will effectively tackle the loss of foodstuffs and examine how these can be put into practice and financed. The results are expected shortly (November 2013). Further studies are planned for Cameroon, India, Myanmar, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Bosch Packaging Technology
Packaging allows food be transported better over long distances, and also improves the preservation and storage of food. Appropriate technological solutions take account of local conditions in countries with inadequate food supplies. In many emerging markets, there are still forms of packaging that are inappropriate for end consumers. Foodstuffs are often packed in unsterile, large-volume bags weighing 25 kilograms or more. Using Bosch packaging machinery, perishable products such as flour, rice, salt, and sugar can be packed hygienically in one-kilogram bags. This ensures customers receive exactly the right amount of good-quality food.

As well as plants in Europe and North and South America, Bosch Packaging Technology now also has its own assembly locations and sales and service centers in China, Thailand, Singapore, India, South Africa, and Egypt.

Press contact:
Claudia Arnold (spokesperson for Industrial Technology), phone +49 711 811-6403
Dirk Haushalter (spokesperson for Packaging Technology) phone +49 711 811-58503

Further information:
Save Food initiative:

Food waste footprint (video):

UN report “The State of Food Insecurity in the World”:

Report of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK):

Report of the World Resources Institute:

More about Bosch Packaging Technology in emerging countries

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,200 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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