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Given current travel restrictions the decision has been made to hold the 2021 Fight Food Waste Ltd (FFWL) Annual Conference and Participant Meeting on November 17-18 virtually rather than at KPMG in Sydney. We are currently working with leading virtual conference providers to make the event as entertaining and impactful as possible. Further details will follow shortly.

As part of the event the FFWL Annual General Meeting will be held on November 18 with three Director positions becoming vacant with the incumbents (all inaugural directors), Sandra Hook, Geoff Starr & Christine Giuliano, retiring by rotation. All Directors are renominating for further terms of three years. Details regarding the nominations process can be accessed here.

We welcome our new Communications Manager, Ben Osborne, who commenced on September 6. Ben has extensive experience across the media, communication and marketing landscape, working in the higher education, defence and healthcare sectors. Previous roles include managing social media for the University of Adelaide and leading communications for one of Australia’s largest defence primes, ASC Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Submarine Corporation). Welcome Ben.

 

We also welcome two new participants to join the Fight Food Waste CRC – Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body (AFAB) and Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia (FSAA).  Both peak industry bodies are involved in the development of new multi-partner proposals focused on the hospitality and food service sectors that were initially highlighted in the 2021-28 Investment Framework.

Other recent highlights include the commencement of a new Meat & Livestock Australia-sponsored REDUCE project on understanding consumer fridge behaviour and waste reduction of red meat. In better understanding consumer fridge behaviour, this project has the potential to contribute directly to greenhouse gas savings as well as other societal and environmental benefits for a range of fresh foods.
 
We would also like to highlight that the Fight Food Waste SME Solutions Centre is still open for the Expressions of Interest, with Food Innovation Australia Ltd funding for 2 to 3 projects remaining. These grants offer matching cash funds up to a maximum of $50k, as well as access to Australia’s leading food waste researchers. Find all the details about the application process and eligibility here.
 
Each month an Industry Connection Hub Lunch Break session takes place, with the aim of bridging the gap between industry and research. These sessions are open to all hub members and FFW CRC participants. To get on the invite list, contact us.
In the August session, our REDUCE Program Leader, Associate Professor Karli Verghese gave an update on the REDUCE projects that she oversees in her portfolio and the impact they will have across the Australian food system. Find the recording and presentation slides on our website here.

 

In her presentation, Karli announced that the DIRECT Commercialisation project, which involves the development of a business-ready, digital, cloud-based food waste tool that can assist industry in reducing food loss and waste, is ready for launching. Learn more about this project in this video.

For the September Lunch Break Session, our TRANSFORM Program Leader Francesca Goodman-Smith, will be providing an update on the TRANSFORM projects, including industry case studies.
Latest Reports 

The report Opportunities and Barriers for the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Sector to Tackle Food Waste. Sector Landscape Study was recently launched by PKN News. The in-depth study examines the opportunities and barriers for the Australian packaging and processing machinery sector to tackle food waste, outlining food waste reduction ambitions and projects.



The August issue of Food & Beverage Industry News asked the question How is the industry tackling food waste? Within the issue Stop Food Waste Australia highlighted its role in uniting industry and governments to combat food waste. Read the article here.

Partner News

Food Innovation Australia Ltd

On September 2 FIAL launched the National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study through a well-attended webinar. The extensive study reports that the revised cost of food waste to the Australian economy is $36.6 billion a year. Importantly, the study reports that it is feasible to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030, but it will require unprecedented action by governments, industry and the community.


New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority

The release of the new Waste and Sustainable Material Strategy from the NSW government has outlined a six-year strategy for creating a circular economy, to address the issue of food waste. Read the article here.

Events
  • 9, 16 & 23 September (virtual) - Reducing Food Waste in Processing & Packaging.
    AusIndustry National Seminar Series.
  • 18-20 October 2021 (hybrid) - Collaborate Innovate 2021.
    Cooperative Research Centre Association Conference.
  • 19-20 October 2021 (virtual) - Nationwide Behaviour Change Workshop. Fight Food Waste Ltd
  • 21 October 2021 (virtual) - Launch of the Australian Food Pact from Parliament House, Canberra.
    Stop Food Waste Australia.
  • 11,12, 19 & 21 October 2021 (virtual) - Food Science - delivering in a changing world. Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Convention.
  • 17-18 November 2021 (virtual) - Fight Food Waste Ltd Annual Conference, Participant Meeting & AGM.
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