The second SAVE FOOD Meeting on 26 September at the Ateneo de Madrid enjoyed a particular privilege: Her majesty Queen Letizia of Spain attended the event jointly held by the SAVE FOOD Initiative, the Spanish Exporters’ and Investors’ Club, as well as the Spanish Commercial Coding Society AECOC/GS1. The monarch serves as a Special Envoy of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). The high-calibre speakers representing political, business, retail circles and NGOs shed some light on the different facets of this set of subjects revolving around food waste and losses during the 1-day meeting.
After the extremely successful first SAVE FOOD meeting at Nestlé in Vevey in Switzerland last year, the second edition of the event now followed on 26 September at the Ateneo de Madrid in Spain and was again received very well by all parties involved. “The SAVE FOOD Meeting 2016 was a resounding success. The visit Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain paid to us was a special honour and illustrates the importance of the issue of food losses and waste,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Düsseldorf, taking stock of the meeting.
In the non-interpack year 2016 the SAVE FOOD Meeting also served as a meeting point for the by now over 140 industry partners and several hundreds of NGOs and research institutes registered in the SAVE FOOD Network at the FAO.
The meeting kicked off with an official welcome by Isabel García Tejerina, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment, Balbino Prieto, President of the Spanish Exporters’ and Investors’ Club, and Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, as well as Marcela Villareal, Director Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development of the FAO.