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Imagining the Packaging of the Future: Sustainable Solutions Unwrapped 1.0

11 June | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Valley’s State of Play events bring together the Swiss food innovation ecosystem to explore the opportunities related to key Impact Platform topics. This time, together with Valley partners Nestlé and Tetra Pak, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the world of sustainable materials for packaging.

The issue

Since 2015, the global population has increased by 10%, while the global economy has consumed 70% more materials than what the planet can replenish. As little as 8.6% of materials abstracted are currently repurposed. A shift from the current model – “take-make-waste” – to a circular economy is needed to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution.

The opportunity

Sustainable packaging is a multifaceted opportunity for a more sustainable food system with various environmental, social, and economic dimensions. It involves knowledge sharing and collaboration among different stakeholders, including manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and policymakers, to work towards reducing the overall environmental impact of packaging materials and processes.

Why you should join us

This event will take a deep dive into the world of sustainable materials for packaging, exploring current innovations in alternatives to wood fibres for paper substrates and high-performing bio-based polymers, enabling knowledge sharing and networking, and identifying the most promising business opportunities and areas for collaboration between ecosystem actors. It will also bring together leading Swiss and EU experts and Swiss and international startups who will pitch during the event.

The agenda

09:30  Coffee & Networking

10:00   Welcome & Event objectives

Food packaging, planetary boundaries and the role of Switzerland
Christina Senn-Jakobsen, Managing Director – Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

10:10  State of Play of Sustainable Packaging Trends & Challenges
Felix Grünewald, Partner, McKinsey


10:50 Overview of Research & Innovation in Packaging & Sustainable Materials

Prof. Dr. Selçuk Yildirim, ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management, Centre for Food Production and Packaging

  • Focus on alternative fibres
  • Focus on alternative high-performing bio-based polymers


11:20 Break: Coffee to go

11:30 The EU Policy & Regulatory Context: the “Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation”: what implications?

    12:10 Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley Partners: “Sustainable Packaging: the way ahead”

    Ingemar Jacobsson, Director Material Solutions, Development & Technology, Tetra Pak
    Rob Hoitink, R&D Packaging Lead, Nestlé 

    12:30 Lunch & poster session for startups & academic innovation

    13:30 Focus on Solutions

    Introducing the next session: objectives & structure
    Marta Antonelli, Head of Impact Platforms – Swiss Food & Nutrition Valle

    13:35  3 Pitches from start-ups (focus on alternative fibres)

    13:50 3 Pitches from start-ups (focus on alternative high-performing bio-based polymers

    14:05  Interactive session 

    Group discussion

    14:45  Open mic discussion

    Final remarks & next steps
    Christina Senn-Jakobsen, Managing Director – Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

    15:00  End

    This event is for Valley partners and invited guests only. Valley partners and guests will receive an invite by email.


    11 June
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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