One third of all food is either wasted or lost – an amount that would be enough to meet global food needs.

SAVE FOOD is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Messe Düsseldorf, and interpack, the leading global trade fair for packaging and processes.

Together with our members from industry, politics and civil society, SAVE FOOD aims to drive innovations, promote interdisciplinary dialogue and spark off debates in order to generate solutions, across the entire value chain “from field to fork”. By involving all actors. And on a broad front.

IPACK-IMA 2018 brings this big initiative to Milan by hosting the International Conference Save Food that will be held on May 30th at 10:00 at Stella Polare Conference Centre, Fieramilano, Rho.

Outstanding international guests are awaited: speakers from important italian industrial companies and institutions, testimonials from international associations and startup from developing Countries, together with actors from IT industry will deal with this issue from different points of view.


Among the speaker participating in the Conference:


Riccardo Cavanna

Riccardo Cavanna is the CEO of Cavanna Packaging Group, an Italian company specializing in packaging systems flowpack allowing a small wrapper to wrap a single product or group of products with a plastic film. After his degree in Business Management and the Executive MBA, Riccardo Cavanna had the opportunity to experience working abroad as well as in Italy. Since the year 2000, Riccardo has been a member of the Board of Directors and in 2004, he has become theCEO of Cavanna, taking care of the business area and the market development. During his present tenor, Riccardo has grown Cavanna internationally by opening a Manufacturing Plant in Brazil and another one in the USA.
He is President of Ipack Ima.


Bernd Jablonowksi


Bernd Jablonowski is the Global Portoflio Director Processing and Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf and he is the founder of the SAVE FOOD initiative. Great communicator with more than 23 years of experience in the fair field, he is a deep expert  for fair-related decision making and he has a profound knowledge of russian trade fair market.



Stefan Glimm


Stefan Glimm is an economist with over 30 years of work experience in national, European and global organizations. He is the Senior Executive Adviser of  Flexible Packaging Europe and of the European Aluminium Foil Association and he also serves the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative as General Director. He has  started his career with a focus on sustainability, energy policy and public relation and he has worked on global environmental issues in Africa.




Sonja Mattfeld


Sonja Mattfeld is Partner at africon GmbH where she has been handling the SAVE FOOD partnership and the management of Mango-project in Kenya from the beginning in 2013. With more than 15 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa Sonja knows the people, the business and the culture very well which enables her not only to conduct the projects on ground, but also to consult other companies with their market entry to Africa in her daily work.




Robert van Otterdijk


Robert van Otterdijk is a food technologist  based in the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest – Hungary: his main responsibilities are agro-industrial development and the ‘Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction’- Save Food. He started his career in the dutch food industry in quality assurance and r&d, then  he joined the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN  on projects on post-harvest technology and food technology in Ghana (West Africa) and Tonga (South Pacific) and then a SIDA funded field project in Zambia. After some years in the private sector as a quality assurance manager, in 2002 joined the FAO again.



Rahel Moges


Rahel Moges is an Ethiopian born entrepreneur currently managing her own company – the Ethiogreen Production and Industry PLC. After her Diploma in Ethiopia, she moved to United States and she learned and developed most of her skills in finance and stock market during her experience at Linco Private Ledger and gained her effective communication skill while working at  Verizon Communications. In 2011 she moved back to Ethiopia, she founded her own company and began processing and exporting fresh 100 %Teff Injera (staple grain to make Ethiopian Bread). She is board member of African Women Entrepreneur Program.



The full agenda of the Conference will be online shortly.

Participation is free, online registration compulsory. Click here to register.

We remind you that, in order to attend the event, entry ticket to IPACK-IMA 2018 is required.

If you received an invitation code click here

Online tickets here


For more info:
Clio Zanon