New training course explores packaging in the cold chain


The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have developed a new training course with the Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC) as an introduction to the role of packaging in the cold chain. 

To be held online on 15 September, industry is invited to attend. AIP education director and World Packaging Organisation (WPO) president, Professor Pierre Pienaar, will be the lecturer. 

It’s important to build a better reputation of managing fresh food supply and delivery, at all levels of the cold chain. Cold chain integrity is somewhat lacking and excessive food losses are common. Improving the cold supply chain can assist halving food loss and waste by 2030. Preliminary and conservative estimates put the cost of food loss and waste within the cold food chain at $3.8 billion at farm gate values. 

Gaining an understanding of the extent and the costs of food loss and waste in the cold chain is also vital, as well as setting up systems for opportunities for improvement. A lack of understanding around the importance of temperature is one of the main reasons for food loss and waste across the cold chain. The greatest risks for perishable food occur during transportation and handling between mobile and stationary refrigeration points. There are sometimes significant temperature variations between truck or trailer, loading docks and storage facilities. 

This training course will familiarise the industry with the causes of food loss and waste in the cold chain, to help improve Australia and New Zealand’s cold chain processes and standards. Those who are involved in packaging – primary, secondary and tertiary – must work towards a universally adopted code to help all cold chain practitioners lift their compliance record. 

Course objectives: 

  • Understand the mechanisms and need for a suitable cold supply chain; 
  • Understand the design and implementation of a good workable cold supply chain system; 
  • Gain insights as to why cold supply chain is important and how best to rectify current shortfalls; 
  • Obtain an understanding of the part that packaging people play in the cold supply chain; and 
  • Into the future you will need to have knowledge of the cold supply chain to make the right decision to avoid huge food loss and waste. 

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