With lockdowns imposed on several Australian states we do hope that everyone is keeping safe and healthy. The current situation is likely affecting your plans and goals, as it is ours, however let's keep positive and focus on the year ahead. Talking about changed plans, the Stop Food Waste Australia launch of the Australian Food Pact has been delayed until 21 October, 2021, hopefully by which time we can travel to Canberra.

July ended up on a great note at Fight Food Waste Ltd, with the Industry Connection Hub Lunch Break Session featuring Sam Oakden, the Voluntary Commitment Manager at Stop Food Waste Australia who presented on the Australian Food Pact. You can find the presentation slides and recording on the Industry Connections Hub page on the Fight Food Waste CRC website.
Sam Oakden, VC Manager Stop Food Waste

The Australian Food Pact: Reducing food waste, driving change

The Industry Connection Hub lunch break seminars aim to help bridge the gap between industry and research, where Fight Food Waste CRC researchers share their findings and the impact that the research has had on industry.  

We recently surveyed hub members who reported that they find it very valuable to connect with other members from research and industry. We also received some suggestions for improvement, so we are working towards providing insights directly from industry regarding opportunities to further extend the research, as well as identifying new opportunities to collaborate on addressing industry food waste challenges. 

A six-month calendar will be published shortly so if you have any ideas for speakers, please get in touch.  The Industry Connection Hub Lunch Break Seminars are held once a month and are open to all hub members and all FFW CRC participants.  To get on the invite list contact us.

In other news we would like to congratulate our TRANSFORM Program Leader, Francesca Goodman-Smith, for winning a prestigious New Zealand Impact Award for Climate for her leadership and action on food waste in NZ and globally.

We would also like to promote our recent media release with Goterra and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland. Surely the idea of maggot robots managing food waste should be enough to grab everyone’s attention!

Finally, Stop Food Waste Australia is still taking applications for a Technical Specialist position to manage the development and delivery of the Australian Food Pact signatories’ food waste action plans, with a particular focus on manufacturing and food processing industry signatories.
Latest Reports 

Consumer perceptions of the role of packaging in reducing food waste. Industry Think Tank Results

A new report from the FFW CRC project Consumer perceptions of the role of packaging in reducing food waste” is now available. It presents the findings from a series of Industry Think Tanks whereby input from industry was sought using an online qualitative survey and a seminar discussing the results and implications of the findings from the previous consumer research modules. The concept of consumer education and communication of food packaging benefits and food waste was dominant throughout the participants’ responses. Detailed findings are presented.

Consumer Perceptions of the Role of Packaging in Reducing Food Waste. Pack Information Interviews. Insights Report
A report from the FFW CRC project Consumer perceptions of the role of packaging in reducing food waste” is now available. The report presents the findings from the Packaging Design and Information Research which was conducted via online interviews in households. The results show that there are highly complex issues and many contributing factors to food waste in the household. Improved packaging and labelling can play a role in reducing household food waste. Detailed findings are presented.

Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction

FAO has developed the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction (CoC).  The CoC presents the actions and measures that countries, authorities, food producers, supply chains and other relevant stakeholders should take in order to contribute to food loss and waste reduction. The CoC also presents guiding principles that should be followed in implementing these actions and measures, as well as the role that FAO and other stakeholders will be expected to play in supporting its implementation.
Tax reform: a smart way to drive reductions in food waste
The September issue of food australia, produced by supporting participant the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, is now out. Within, the article Tax reform: a smart way to drive reductions in food waste details the potential impact of our recent project with Foodbank Australia, KPMG and Woolworths. According to KMPG modelling, this project alone has the potential to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits of approximately $2B p.a. A short video on how the tax incentive would work can be viewed here.
Partner News
2021 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference Program now available

The Australian Institute of Packaging is hosting the 2021 Australasian Packaging mini conference virtually on the 17th and 18th of August.  Everyone from industry is invited including packaging technologists, designers, engineers, sales, marketing, business development, procurement, sustainability and more.
The two-day conference will involve 28 speakers from companies such as Zero Co, Coles, Nestle, La Manna Premier Group, Simplot, Southern Fresh Foods, Brookfarm, Lovekins, Colgate-Palmolive, Telstra, Pana Organic and others. Speakers will discuss their challenges and learnings through the packaging design journey.
Find more information and registration link here.
Key Lessons on embedding Safe Food Packaging Design into businesses

Packaging Europe recently featured an article by Nerida Kelton from the AIP outlining the key lessons from the recent FFW CRC reports on consumer perceptions of the role of packaging in reducing food waste. 

As Nerida points out in the article, “to embed Save Food Packaging Design into businesses, we first need to understand whether manufacturers consider food waste and loss, how packaging technologists are designing food packaging, if marketing is ensuring that on-pack communication provides the best messaging to consumers, and what the barriers are to implement SFP strategies”.
Read the full article here.
  • 17-18 November 2021 - Sydney Fight Food Waste CRC Annual Conference. Hold the dates for our annual conference, participant meeting and AGM, which will be held at KMPG at Barangaroo in Sydney or virtually if required.
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