Saving food

There is a global need to manage food waste.

Steel packaging’s unique preservation qualities play an important part in preventing food waste at all stages in the supply chain

  • Time spent between harvesting, transport & canning is generally less than 3 hours, minimising product loss at processing
  • Misshapen or “ugly” food can be canned and processed as normal, minimising product loss at retail
  • Steel’s strength and 100% barrier against light, water and air protects food, minimising product loss during all transport and storage
  • Portion sized packaging allows consumers to buy the precise quantity needed, minimising product loss at consumption

No other packaging material equals steel’s strength, total barrier properties or shelf life (up to 5 years).

As a result, food packed in steel stays fresh for longer, retains its flavour and is less likely to be damaged, spoiled, or unnecessarily wasted.

FOOD WASTE FACTS

Over 100 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU

Without action, food waste is expected to rise to about 126 million tonnes by 2020

More than 25% of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted

 

Source: EU estimate 2012

Preparatory study on food waste across EU 27, BIO Intelligence Service, a report commissioned by the European Commission, October 2010

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)