Following the success of the last edition of the 1st Sustainability Conference held on March 21st, this Wednesday 17th July, the Foodservice Cluster together with the Packaging Cluster, organized the 2nd edition of this contest held at the ACCIO building. This edition dealt with the difficulties and challenges in the use of plastic in the Foodservice sector. Attendees could attend talks and training given by companies such as Inèdit, Areas, and Lubrizol. This edition, similar to the 1st Conference, had the support of Ecoembes and the Agència de Residus de Catalunya.
The problematic of the plastic within the foodservice awakened much interest in the sector, and many companies and institutions joined us. The event was attended by companies associated with the cluster and others from the sector such as Cocacola, Duni, Aecoc, Gallina Blanca, La Fageda, Frit Ravich, Tupinamba, Uve, Caffe D’Autore, Idilia Foods, Ilda Town Beer, Cuinajusta, Retail Tech, Eat Out, Campos Estela, Promerca, and organizations such as Eurecat, IRTA and Fomento y Trabajo.
The day began with a set of three talks in sustainability and materials. Jordi Oliver (PhD), executive director and founding partner of Inèdit, started the day with training in the new European legislation on single-use plastics that recently came into effect (Directive (EU) 2019 / 904). Then, Manuela Santoyo, senior eco-innovation strategist of Inèdit, explained different alternatives to plastic, and the objective of this talk was to introduce the need to exercise a more holistic approach in all phases where the plastic acts, as we will be able to better deal the issue. Continuing with the subject, Mariana Filipe, eco-innovation strategist of Inèdit, exemplified the set of previous talks with a series of substitute materials. Additionally, the degree of sustainability between products was compared.
The company Areas together with Inèdit, took the opportunity to jointly present the conclusions and learnings obtained by the project Circular Journey—project promoted together with the Cluster Foodservice-, which had the objective of reducing the plastic consumption in their establishments. Mariana Filipe and Marta Álvarez, Areas Quality Manager, explained that the project evidenced three facts: (1) A reduction in the consumption of plastic, (2) a decrease in the carbon footprint and (3) the need to educate in the recycling culture. During the presentation, some of the actions carried out that resulted in the achievement of these objectives were described, such as the use of a straw dispenser or the importance of the staff training.
To conclude the day, Sergi Escuriet, Lubrizol’s global technical manager specialized in packaging, showed the reality towards packaging and plastics, and which new challenges exist in the market. He introduced what lines of work and new problems are emerging: the presence of polyethylene in paper cups or the use of multilayer in the manufacture of flexible packaging. From his industrial perspective, he initiated a debate among all the assistants where it was intended to find answers and solutions to the challenges posed by the plastic in the sector, where each assistant could take part.
Thanks to the success and the good acceptation of the sustainability conferences, the Foodservice Cluster intends to institutionalize the event, making it a sectorial reference for the next editions.
Presentations are available to those associated with the cluster and can be downloaded by clicking HERE.