Dow Drives Collaborative Value Chain Innovation to Address China’s Packaging Needs from Farm-to-Table

Guangzhou, China - May 19, 2015 - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is participating at Chinaplas 2015, located at Hall 10.2, Booth G-41 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Pazhou, Guangzhou. Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business will showcase its leading innovation and collaboration on packaging technologies and solutions that address China’s packaging needs at all points of the farm-to-table value chain.

Market trends like population growth, rising middle class incomes, and on-the-go lifestyles in China continue to drive demand for high performance plastic packaging that extends food freshness, improves product safety, is both lighter and brighter, and provides user-friendly functionality.

Dow’s product portfolio of resins and adhesives is the broadest in the industry and can deliver a “total package” that is more sustainable, safe, cost efficient, and meets consumer preferences across China.

“By taking a holistic approach across agriculture, harvesting, manufacturing and packaging, Dow is creating solutions for the entire value chain,” said Mark Saurin, Asia Pacific Commercial Vice President, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “Dow is working at the intersections of the sciences to create innovations that will support the growth in food production and conservation needed to feed China’s population.”

Keeping Food Safe, Secure and Sustainable

Dow’s comprehensive packaging solutions meet high food safety standards and U.S. FDA requirements, offering converters, brand owners and end-users the peace of mind in ensuring convenience and functionality, especially when it comes to keeping food items safe, secure and sustainable. These solutions also meet the demand for reduced weight, increased strength, faster processing and improved downgauging.

Keeping food safe starts at the origin of the food supply chain in farms. Dow’s innovations increase yields and solutions such as greenhouse films protect crops against adverse weather conditions and support better crop growth. Bale silage and silo bag films can prevent the contamination of silage from mould, leading to better productivity from land and animals.

As food gets transported from farms to packaging locations and retailers, secondary and tertiary packaging solutions from Dow ensure consumer packaged goods are well-protected without leakage due to good puncture resistance and toughness against wear-and-tear.

For consumer packaged goods, Dow offers innovations for flexible and sustainable packaging applications such as liquid food, snack food, and meat and cheese to keep food fresh longer and reduce food waste. Food spoilage is a major contributor to the food waste problem in China. The WorldWatch Institute found that in China, US$32 billion worth of food is thrown away every year, with food scraps comprising 70 percent of all waste nationwide.¹ Keeping packaged food fresh and secure from outside invaders by delaying spoilage is one of the obvious consumer benefits of Dow’s packaging solutions for the food supply chain.

Food security is further enhanced through Dow’s water-based and solventless laminating adhesives with full regulatory compliance with U.S. FDA, and no solvent residues, meeting continued local requirements for environmental controls.

Dow continues to bring awareness to the reality of the global food crisis and remains committed to developing solutions that reduce packaging leakage in order to reduce food wastage. Dow’s concept of value chain collaboration ensures sustainability and innovation along the entire food supply chain and involves all key players along the entire value chain to tackle the challenge of food waste.

The use of flexible packaging over rigid containers can reduce the carbon footprint of packaging, with significant reduction in packaging material, transportation and overall cost. One of Dow’s solutions which supports this direction is PacXpert™ Packaging Technology. The technologically advanced packaging solution, introduces a new dimension to storage with its distinctive flexibility and extensive functionality. The packaging material technology facilitates the conversion of large plastics containers into portable packages, improving packing density for shipping, logistics, and warehouse efficiency. This enables producers to create food packaging products that allow for easier handling, greater productivity, superior sanitation and processing energy savings.

¹ http://www.worldwatch.org/food-waste-and-recycling-china-growing-trend-1



For editorial information:

Jolynn Yeo
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
+ 65 6830 4608 / + 65 8518 3780
j.yeo@dow.com

Agnes Gao
ICW China
+86 21 6027 6725
agnes.gao@icwchina.com