Food Matters Live 2020, 13-14 October, Convention Centre, 02 InterContinental


As foodservice packaging looks for new innovations that will change the way the industry handles waste, this session showcases some of the latest sustainable packaging solutions being developed by food tech start-ups to transform the sector and deliver planet-friendly alternatives.

Chair: Felix Gummer, Director, Sancroft

15.45 - 16.05

What do the latest sustainability packaging solutions need to achieve to drive change?

Felix Gummer, Director, Sancroft

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16.05 - 16.30

Case study – Cuan Tec – using waste langoustine shells to disrupt the future of food packaging

UK biotech company CuanTec has developed a home compostable and anti-microbial form of packaging which includes chitin, a biopolymer found in the parts of shellfish that are usually discarded. After obtaining the chitin from the waste shells, CuanTec converts it to the soluble form chitosan, which is then combined with natural polymers to create a flexible film packaging. In a partnership with Waitrose, CuanTec is developing the packaging which will replace the plastic associated with a number of Waitrose seafood products from early 2021.

Andrew King, Head of Marketing, CuanTec

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16.30 - 16.55

Case study – Solublue – bio-friendly and ocean-safe sustainable packaging

Solublue products are made of plant based and fully biodegradable and bio-friendly material that is designed to replace single use plastics in such areas as single use cups and straws, food retail packaging and structural packaging. Solublue cups and straws start to biodegrade after use whether disposed of in the general environment, composted, or in prolonged contact with water. The Solublue food grade material leaves no harmful residues and is safe for marine life.

Damien Lee, Co-Founder, Solublue and Mr Lees Noodles

16.55 - 17.00

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