The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates food waste at between 30-40 percent of the food supply, which has far-reaching impacts on society.  In addition to implications for consumers in need of nutrition, food waste has implications in land, water, labor, energy and other inputs that are used to produce, prepare, transport and discard wasted food.  

As the meat industry continues to focus on sustainability initiatives, leaders and suppliers are looking at how food waste challenges can be impacted by the meat industry.  In 2015, the USDA joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set a goal to cut our nation’s food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030.  What role can the meat industry play in getting there?  

Join us for this thought-provoking session where we will discuss the overall implications of food waste and industry advances that can help make a difference, including advances in the packaging and recycling industries, and innovative ideas on how food producers, restaurants and retailers can work together for the greater good.

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About MULTIVAC, Inc.

MULTIVAC is a leading manufacturer of thermoform packaging equipment, vacuum chambers, traysealing, labeling, printing and inspection equipment for food, medical and consumer product applications. From its US headquarters, located in Kansas City, MO, the company provides package design consultation, engineering/technical support, sales, distribution, and service of MULTIVAC’s complete line of packaging, processing and automation systems and film solutions. MULTIVAC maintains a comprehensive, on-site parts inventory, and offers 24/7 technical assistance and certified machine training for its entire line of equipment. To date, the company has designed and implemented over 8,000 packaging equipment solutions throughout the US. For more information, visit us.multivac.com

Jean Buzby, PH.D.

USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison

Office of the Chief Economist 

Jean has worked either directly or indirectly for ERS for over 20 years. Prior to moving into management, her primary areas of work as an economist at ERS were food safety and food consumption research. Jean's food safety research included estimating the costs of foodborne illness, analyzing the legal incentives for firms to produce safer food, and exploring international trade and food safety issues. Her food consumption research was primarily centered on using information gleaned from the Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System. She has also conducted research on food loss in the United States for over a decade and continues to publish estimates of the amount and value of food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, using data from ERS's Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data Series.

Jean received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. She received a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.

 

Dan Felton

Executive Director

AMERIPEN

A well-known leader in the government affairs arena for nearly 20 years, Dan has worked within the bottled water, credit card, healthcare and information management industries. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and has lobbied extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He leads the efforts of AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment – to develop and advocate positions for the U.S. packaging industry on issues related to packaging and the environment, using sound science and a philosophy of material neutrality. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Dan has lived in the Washington, DC, area for nearly 30 years.

Christian Uebele

Director of Product Innovation and Technical Training

Multivac Inc

Christian has more than 34 years of experience in the packaging industry all with Multivac US.  He currently serves as the Director of Product Innovation and Technical Training for Multivac USA.  Christian joined the organization as a mechanical designer in the engineering department and later was promoted to Engineering Manager where he held that position for over 20 years.  During that time, he became the corporate subject matter expert for hygienic design specializing in Dairy 3A, WDA, USDA Dairy as well as USDA Meat and Poultry. He is an advocate of NAMI’s hygienic design principles and has been helping NAMI with their annual Listeria conference for many years.  

Christian transitioned into Product Management/Marketing in 2019 and brought with him this knowledge of packaging equipment to the Product Market Manager - Thermoforming role.  He is frequently cited in Dairy Foods and Meat and Poultry magazines.

About MULTIVAC, Inc.

MULTIVAC is a leading manufacturer of thermoform packaging equipment, vacuum chambers, traysealing, labeling, printing and inspection equipment for food, medical and consumer product applications. From its US headquarters, located in Kansas City, MO, the company provides package design consultation, engineering/technical support, sales, distribution, and service of MULTIVAC’s complete line of packaging, processing and automation systems and film solutions. MULTIVAC maintains a comprehensive, on-site parts inventory, and offers 24/7 technical assistance and certified machine training for its entire line of equipment. To date, the company has designed and implemented over 8,000 packaging equipment solutions throughout the US. For more information, visit us.multivac.com