The Sonoco FRESH initiative at Clemson University has awarded research grants to three professors who are addressing issues associated with a safe, secure and sustainable food value chain. With funding provided by Sonoco (a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial paper packaging, healthcare, protective and retail packaging and industrial plastic products), the project subjects include packaging innovation and the environmental and societal impacts of home vs. commercially prepared salads.
The faculty members receiving the research grants are:
Igor Luzinov, Ph.D.
Kentwool Distinguished Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
R. Andrew Hurley, Ph.D. and Robert M. Kimmel, Ph.D.
Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
“Sonoco is thrilled to sponsor these innovative research projects led by esteemed members of the Clemson faculty,” said Jeff Schuetz, Staff Vice President, Global Technology, Consumer Packaging at Sonoco and FRESH Advisory Board Chair. “The multi-disciplinary FRESH RFP program recognizes the importance of developing solutions for each step of the food value chain.”
Sonoco FRESH has formed an Advisory Board to guide its efforts in creating innovative sustainable solutions. Each organization represented on the Advisory Board plays a critical role in the food value chain. The FRESH Industry Advisory Board includes the following leaders from industry and government:
Jeff Schuetz – Board Chair
Staff Vice President, Global Technology, Consumer Packaging
Senior Product Stewardship Engineer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Charter Next Generation
Senior Project Manager, Global Business Development
South Carolina Department of Commerce
Owner/Chief Executive Officer
East Division Sales Lead Pepsico Foodservice
Assistant Director, Agribusiness Development
SC Department of Agriculture
Fresh Food Supply Chain Leader
Sustainability Manager, Higher Education
Aramark, Clemson University
General Manager, Blockchain Platforms
Managing Principal – Sports and Entertainment
Vice President, Marketing and Innovation
Global Sector Head Supply Chain
President, North American Transportation
The FRESH Advisory Board held its second meeting via Zoom on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The Advisory Board members listened to presentations from Clemson faculty and staff on research and initiatives relative to the food value chain and brainstormed on priorities and opportunities.
“Developing innovative, sustainable solutions for the food value chain requires the collective intellectual capital and purposeful collaboration of industry and academic experts, brands and thought leaders,” said Anne Barr, Executive of Sonoco FRESH. “Each of these outstanding industry leaders will bring their own unique perspectives and insights to turn the issues we all face into opportunities to problem-solve, innovate and deliver solutions that promote sustainability.”
The mission of the Sonoco FRESH initiative, which was established with a generous philanthropic donation from the Sonoco Foundation, is to develop innovative solutions by engaging the collective intellectual capital and purposeful collaboration of experts from academia, industry and thought leaders across the entire food value chain.
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