Food Waste and Fraud Prevention Cooperative Research Centre

Consumers worldwide are increasingly looking for three key attributes when choosing to purchase food or wine products:

  • quality
  • safety/integrity
  • sustainability.

The quality of Australian food and wine is internationally regarded and second to none.

To continue to grow exports we must improve our sustainability, through reducing the $20 billion worth of food in Australia that is being lost in the food supply chain or wasted by consumers, and in safety and integrity. Our high standards are increasingly under threat due to becoming the target of unscrupulous traders that are substituting, mislabeling or outright counterfeiting Australian exports into Asian, European and American markets.

Only through protecting the integrity of the Australian food and wine supply chain from farm to fork or glass can we hope to prevent food waste and fraud, demonstrate our sustainability, and deliver products of the utmost integrity to the world.

About the CRC

The Food Waste & Fraud Prevention Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) aims to tackle the growing international concern around food waste and fraud by developing the circular food economy in Australia to valorise 'waste', and by protecting the integrity and provenance of our food and wine products, both domestically and abroad.

The proposed Food Waste & Fraud Prevention CRC (FW&FP CRC) directly supports the Federal Government's science and research priorities in food, advanced manufacturing and health, and aligns with the Food and Agribusiness Sector Competitiveness Plan prepared by Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL). Specifically, the proposed CRC aligns with the plan's four knowledge priorities:

  1. Food security and sustainability
  2. Enhanced production and value addition
  3. A global marketplace
  4. The future customer

The Food Waste and Fraud Prevention CRC will take a triple-bottom line approach to preventing and transforming food waste and developing the circular food economy, and a commercialisation focus to developing the next generation provenance confirmation tests, intelligent packaging and consumer diagnostics that are aimed at protecting 'Brand Australia'.

Bid workshop

An initial bid workshop will be held on Wednesday 26 April and Thursday 27 April, 2017, following the National Food Waste Strategy Roundtable.

The workshop will be held at the SARDI Plant Research Centre, 2b Hartley Grove, Urrbrae, South Australia, approximately 15 min south of the city of Adelaide.

How to get involved

  1. Contact Steve Lapidge to register your organisation's interest by no later than Friday 21 April.
  2. Attend the FL&FP CRC workshop in Adelaide on 26-27 April to help determine the scope of the national/international collaboration.
  3. Request a teleconference or presentation in May for your organisation to directly discuss the opportunity.
  4. Get involved in the bid preparations through the working group.
  5. Sign up for the non-binding Stage 1 Expression of Interest in June to lend your support for advancing the bid to Stage 2.

Find out more

Read the Food Waste and Fraud Prevention CRC prospectus (PDF 404.6 KB) to find out more or contact Dr Steve Lapidge, steven.lapidge@sa.gov.au or 0401 990 367.

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