October 27, 2015

27/10/2015: The Italian Tour: Ipack-Ima 2015 ignites a food revolution

by Olivia Holden, Milling and Grain

First published in Milling and Grain, July 2015

For how long can the world’s agroalimentary system be sustained? It is estimated that our global population is set to reach nine billion by 2050. Demand for food products will double by then, with an increased need for more animal proteins and processed foods. As a direct result, the food-processing sector is now gearing up to address how we are going to feed a population that is growing at a rate never experienced before by mankind.

The critical question as to how we should move forward in an increasingly resource-constrained era was the subject of this year’s IPACK-IMA International Conference, Designing a Resilient Future: Food, Technology, and Sustainable Development, held on May 20, 2015 at the Fieramilano, Milan. As one of the largest food plant and technology exhibitions in the world, IPACK-IMA has become an international instrument for the dissemination and integration of food technologies. Five years in the making, this year ’s IPACKIMA was described as the most important ever, to highlight a synergy and shared message with EXPO 2015 about ‘Feeding the Planet’.

The cultural conference about the future of the food supply chain, driven by the initiative of Professor Claudio Peri (Scientific Advisor of IPACK-IMA, Professor Emeritus, University of Milan) brought together four distinguished figures, representing prestigious institutions in their capacity as food experts and opinion makers: Michiel Bakker, Director of Google Foodservice International, Paolo Barilla, of the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), Philippe Scholtès of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Greg Drescher, Vice President of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).   

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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