DuPont Food Innovations Celebrate World Food Day

Published October 20th, 2009 - 01:51 GMT

DuPont, a leading market-driven science company commemorates World Food Day today as a moral imperative ensuring food security for a growing world population. DuPont is addressing key global mega trends, such as meeting the increasing demand for food, protecting people and the environment, decreasing global dependence on fossil fuels, and serving the needs of customers in emerging markets. 


DuPont investment in the science of food and nutrition extends from the fields where crops, fruits and vegetables are grown, to the tables where they are served. DuPont provides comprehensive food Industry solutions focusing on food ingredients, food packaging and food safety solutions. DuPont is committed to invest in advancing sustainable agriculture practices and developing more efficient ways of protecting crops and fresh produce. DuPont Crop Protection, Saudi Arabia is launching revolutionary new insect control product DuPont™ Coragen™ later this month. Powered by Rynaxypyr™, this breakthrough new chemistry from DuPont, Coragen™ has high efficacy and an excellent environmental profile, setting a new standard for insecticides in the Middle East.


DuPont works in partnership with food manufacturing industry, supporting it with innovative technology and expert advice in a large range of processes such as food safety, hygiene production environments, food preservation, and printing of high impact graphics for packaging and cost-effective waste management. As today’s consumers discover the health benefits of soy protein, DuPont is developing innovative products that are low in fat and have no cholesterol. DuPont is addressing food mega trend by investing in advanced plant breeding that are increasing food production today with innovations such as Y Series Soybeans from DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, which have 5-10 percent more yield. 



DuPont food solutions include innovative and integrated packaging that combine protection and durability with customer-friendly design, to help keep food in optimum condition during its journey from factory or field to the shop and into the home. DuPont recently participated at the Plastic & Packaging Conference held in Dubai presenting a paper on “DuPont Specialty Polymers for Improved Packaging Efficiency, Product Freshness, and Customer Convenience.”



“Today food industry is being challenged to develop sustainable solutions using innovation that involves novel approaches and techniques to meet future demands. DuPont is committed to bring comprehensive food industry solutions to address hygiene and safety issues in the burgeoning Middle East food services industry. We are focused to deliver safe food solutions at each link in the food value chain bringing to life its powerful philosophy of The miracles of science™ creating sustainable solutions for better, safer and healthier living for people everywhere,” said Abdul Waheed Shaikh, DuPont Food Industry Leader, Middle East.



“According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, agricultural output will need to double by 2050 to feed more than 9 billion people.  Hence, it is critical that we become more responsive to our customers needs in the changed global landscape and drive strategic imperatives as a part of our sustainable growth mission,” he stated.


DuPont has strategically focused on increasing food production, investing more than $500 million annually in research and development in this area with more than 200 germplasm patent applications filed in the first half of 2009.  DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors and provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.



DuPont also recently announced the addition of four new seed research centers in developing countries and expanded operations at three existing facilities to develop seed to meet local needs for food productivity. The new research operations extend the research leadership Pioneer Hi-Bred has built and bring the total number of research centers to nearly 100 worldwide. 


October 16 was declared World Food Day in 1979 by the Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. This day is intended to increase public awareness on the global food problem and to unify nations against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.


DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.


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