Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre


To profit and protect Australia’s food industry.

About the CRC

The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) aims to tackle the growing international problem of food waste by reducing food waste throughout the supply chain, transforming unavoidable waste into innovative high-value co-products, and engaging with industry and consumers to deliver behavioural change. Winning this fight has a $20 billion annual prize by increasing industry profitability, tackling food insecurity and enhancing Australia’s reputation as a sustainable and trusted producer of premium food products.

The Fight Food Waste CRC directly supports the Federal Government's National Food  Waste Strategy as well as its science and research priorities in food, advanced manufacturing and health. It also directly 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 Fight Food Waste CRC will take a triple-bottom line approach to preventing and transforming food waste and developing the circular food economy.

What next

The Fight Food Waste CRC submitted its full business case to the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science CRC Programme on 13 December 2017.

The bid team, led by PIRSA was interviewed on February 8, 2018.

On April 12, 2018, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation, and Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, announced that the Fight Food Waste CRC had been successful in attracting $30 million in funding from the CRC Program to form an overall resource pool of $133 million over 10 years.

The CRC will commence on 1 July, 2018.

More information

Media release

Find out more

To find out more contact Dr Steve Lapidge, or 0401 990 367.

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