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agrofood & plastprintpack Conference
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Opportunities for sustainable packaging innovations along Nigeria’s food and beverages value chain - from field to fork
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Opportunities for sustainable packaging innovations along Nigeria’s food and beverages value chain - from field to fork
Focus:    identifying opportunities for innovation

Nigeria has a large and steady market for sustainably packaged food products and food packaging materials. This hugely flexible market is a fast-growing sector and continues to attract investors and is considered the largest in Africa. An emerging trend in Nigeria’s retail market suggests a growing sophistication of consumer habits tilting towards the improvement of packaged foods – particularly indigenous foods. The food and beverage industry faces even stiffer challenger in relation to sustainability, with packaging at its core.

For years, companies have relied on plastics (which carry a remarkably low recycling rate) to sufficiently protect their products. Now, however, consumers are increasingly shunning single-use plastics for packaging options that are recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. As more and more consumers seek out sustainable products, food and beverage brands must up their existing environmental values by establishing new packaging goals.

Nonetheless, making the shift to sustainable packaging does present obstacles—especially in Nigeria’s food and beverage sector where processing, distribution and shelf life all play critical roles in the success or failure of a product.

This panel discusses both challenges and opportunities here: key trends that could drive corporate commitments to and experimentation with reusable and refillable packaging. It furthermore looks at whether Nigerian consumers are ready to transition away from single-use behaviors.

Discussion points:
  • Why Packaging Matters – Consumers & The Planet: today’s drivers of sustainable packaging
  • Optimizing the Design – Efficiency in transportation, use, and retail
  • Design Strategies – Packaging features that protect products, extend shelf life, prevent food waste, and promote behavior change
  • Designing for Recovery – Holistic look at recovery options and limitations (distribution networks)
  • Sourcing Sustainably – Tradeoffs and certifications for various materials
  • Trends and Reuse Models – What’s driving interest in reusable packaging and how is reuse facilitated?
  • Planetary Boundaries – Packaging’s role in the fourth industrial revolution
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agrofood & plastprintpack Conference
Food Packaging Law Seminar: Protecting intellectual property in the food and drink industry vs EPR (Environment and Sustainability) law in Nigeria
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Food Packaging Law Seminar: Protecting intellectual property in the food and drink industry vs EPR (Environment and Sustainability) law in Nigeria
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