Fight Food Waste CRC

The Fight Food Waste CRC Program aims to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

The Program fosters high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations.    

The Program aims to encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

The CRC and participants will deliver:

  • New sources of revenue and market growth for food companies
  • Less wasted resources through the supply chain from grower through to consumer
  • Less waste ending up in landfill
  • More donated food to feed hungry Australians

Our role

RMIT University leads the Reducing Supply Chain Losses program with the CRC through the leadership of Associate Professor Karli Verghese.

Program activities include:

  • Map resource flows, waste and root cause analysis
  • Review functions and consumer perceptions of packaging and processing
  • Investigate product specific supply chains and identify opportunities
  • Investigate methods to increase food donation and measure its social impact

Program impacts include:

  • More efficient supply chain management practice
  • Better understanding by the consumer of the role of packaging in reducing food waste.
  • Longer shelf life for food products
  • Lower volumes of food wastage
  • Ability to access new markets for Australian food
  • Less packaging in landfill
  • Additional 20M kg pa of rescued food distributed
  • 2,600 welfare agencies supported
  • Reduction in number of hungry people turned away from welfare agencies
  • $136M pa social return on investment
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and landfill costs

Our people

Centre partners

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer