IFT19 is an excellent opportunity to expand one’s knowledge of food packaging with sessions, posters, networking, and awards.
In session 113, “Packaging Solutions to Reduce Food Waste: Packaging Case Studies,” on Monday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Virpi Korhonen and Patrick McDavid will discuss how to measure the consumer value of reducing food waste and how to reduce food waste with distribution packaging. Reza Tahergorabi will discuss the use of edible coatings to reduce food waste, and I will give a presentation on the impact packaging solutions have on reducing food waste. The Food Packaging Division and Phi Tau Sigma are sponsoring this session.
In session 222, “Pack It In, Pack It Out: Real-Life Packaging Sensory Design You Can Take With You,” on Tuesday, June 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Peter Burgess, Jacqueline Beckley, and J. McLean will discuss consumer aspects of packaging design.
In session 303, “Recent Challenges and Advances in Migration From Packaging Materials Into Foods,” on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ziynet Boz, Yoonseok Song, and others will discuss the concerns surrounding the migration of packaging components into food, and the regulations, modeling, and safety validation processes to address the issue.
In session 326, “Emerging Food Processing and Packaging Technologies: Current Status and Future Prospects,” on Wednesday, June 5, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., the 2019 Reister-Davis-Brody Award recipient, Kit Yam, will give a presentation on emerging packaging technologies that will create value in the food supply chain. This session is sponsored by Phi Tau Sigma and three IFT divisions.
Another session that will include presentations on packaging is session 125, “Food Loss and Waste Minimization in Fruit and Vegetable Chains: Global Perspectives and Opportunities for Transformation Into High-Value Products and Ingredients,” on Monday, June 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., during which I will discuss packaging that reduces fruit and vegetable food waste. During session 231, “Utilizing Sustainability to Drive Value Across the Supply Chain,” on Tuesday, June 4, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., T. Black will discuss the development of sustainable packaging. And in session 330, “From Farm to Fork: A Systemic Approach to Reducing Post-Harvest Losses Throughout the Supply Chain,” on Wednesday, June 5, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Pramod Mahajan will explain the types of packaging that reduce post-harvest loss of fresh produce.
Posters and ePosters
A number of poster presentations will showcase the scientific research of academics, students, and industry professionals. Poster presentations, in print and digital formats, will highlight original research performed to advance the science of food. Poster presentations with packaging themes include the following (check the IFT19 online planner or the IFT19 mobile app for dates and times):
The IFT Food Packaging Network
An awards presentation and networking social for the Food Packaging Division will take place on Monday, June 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriott. The Food Packaging Division will also participate in the IFT division networking reception on Tuesday, June 4, from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Join food packaging professionals at these events and connect with the chair of the Food Packaging Division, Shyam Sablani, and the chair-elect, Maxine Roman. Food Packaging Division student representatives Juhi Patel and Chandrashekhar Ravindra Sonar will also be available for networking at food packaging events.
Claire Koelsch Sand, PhD, Contributing Editor
CEO, Packaging Technology and Research
Adjunct Professor, Michigan State Univ. and California Polytechnic State Univ.