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Why reduce food waste?

Australia’s annual food waste volume is estimated at  7.6 million tonnes, costing our economy $36.6 billion a year.

Beyond these numbers is the human cost. The Foodbank Hunger Report 2021 shows one in six adults haven’t had enough to eat in the last year, while 1.2 million children have gone hungry. 

Australian food businesses have a vital role to play as the country progresses towards its target of halving food waste by 2030.


Reducing Australia’s food waste is not just the right thing to do. With all of the challenges facing Australian food businesses, we would not expect them to sign up if it wasn’t a genuine opportunity, and this is. There are business and leadership opportunities involved with reducing food waste such as:

“… you can have it all financial, societal, reputational and environmental benefits.”

The reasons why you should reduce food waste, save money, fight hunger, curb climate change, improve reputation, conserve resources, comply with laws and uphold ethics

Source: Champions 12.3 – The business case for reducing food loss and waste (2017)

Roadmap to reduce Australia’s food waste 

As part of implementing the National Food Waste Strategy, Australia launched its roadmap to reduce food waste in 2020. Food Innovation Australia Ltd developed this roadmap to provide a clear path forward to halve food waste in Australia by 2030. The roadmap documents the main steps and initiatives required and recognises governments and private sectors significant contributions. The establishment of Stop Food Waste Australia is a key step in the delivery of this roadmap.

What we do

We are an independent long-term partnership that reduces food waste and food insecurity, drives innovation, and improves the Australian food system’s productivity and resilience. As a vital part of the National Food Waste Strategy, Stop Food Waste Australia’s establishment brings together the people and programs needed to halve food waste in Australia by 2030. 

We will create real, practical changes like improved packaging and product design and more precise product labelling. We will work to transform surplus food and food processing wastes into new upcycled food products and ingredients, unlocking new value for the industry.

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

Our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan shows how we will partner with governments, peak industry bodies and food rescue organisations to combat Australia’s $36.6 billion annual food waste challenge. It details how we will:


Implement a voluntary agreement


Develop new, and implement existing, sector action plans


Communicate, engage and partner for impact


Evaluate and report our progress

Meet the Team

The Board of Directors from Fight Food Waste Ltd governs Stop Food Waste Australia. Our founding partners make up our partnership committee. These people are already committed to reducing Australia’s food waste.

We are a team of full-time, part-time, Australian, UK and European based people who are both funded, and supported in-kind. We have over 15 years of experience in tackling food waste around the world.

We are working together to achieve an Australia without food waste

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Steven Lapidge

As the CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, Steve leads the Fight Food Waste CRC and the powerful Stop Food Waste Australia partnership towards an Australia without food waste.

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Barthel

Since 2004, Mark has developed the evidence and business case for action on food waste in 17 countries. Mark brings 30 years’ experience in the food and agri-business industry and is a passionate advocate for the role that reducing food waste can have in addressing climate change, improving food security and food chain resilience and the delivery of a more sustainable and equitable food system.

Head of Voluntary Agreement Partnerships

Claire Kneller

With over five years’ experience in running food waste voluntary agreements around the world, Claire heads up the SFWA team from the Adelaide HQ.

Head of the Australian Food Pact

Sam Oakden

Sam has been involved in the implementation of the Australian National Food Waste Strategy since 2018 and currently leads the team delivering the Australian Food Pact. Sam is passionate about using collaboration to drive a more sustainable and profitable food system.

Technical Specialist

Leanne Singleton

Leanne has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry working across all sectors in risk management and best practice in food safety management systems. She brings a comprehensive knowledge of food industry systems and process analysis to the SFWA team. 

Technical Account Manager

Nick Cork

With a passion for simplifying complex technical information to help improve business decision making, Nick brings more than 25 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to the Technical Account Manager role.

Technical Specialist

Emil Kroell

Emil has extensive experience throughout the food value chain, from working as a chef to co-founding two food-tech startups in Denmark. With a background in engineering and food science, Emil wields a broad range of tools for creating solutions and innovations towards an Australia without food waste.

Technical Account Manager

Melissa Smith

With over 20 years’ experience in agriculture, both as a farmer and in industry, Melissa is a passionate advocate for positive sector growth.

SAP Program Leader

Carolyn Cameron

Continuing FIAL’s work in reducing food waste, Carolyn joined Stop Food Waste Australia to lead the sector action program and get the right people around the table.

Sector Action Plan Project Coordinator

Sarah Hughes

From Yorkshire vet to Sydney pastry chef, Sarah brings more than 10 years of food industry experience to the role of Sector Action Plan Project Coordinator.

Food Rescue SAP Lead

Carolyn Eggart

Having previously worked at OzHarvest, Carolyn manages the office for the Fight Food Waste CRC and is also the lead for the food rescue sector action plan.

VCP Advisor

Michael Jones

With considerable global experience in voluntary commitment programs, Michael shares his WRAP insights with the Stop Food Waste Australia team.

Impact & Reporting Manager

Dr Melanie Hand

In addition to monitoring the impact of the Fight Food Waste CRC’s research projects, Melanie manages the impact and reporting framework for Stop Food Waste Australia.

Project Manager

Claire Turner

Claire facilitates the use of WRAP resources in the Stop Food Waste Australia partnership, as a Project Manager at WRAP Claire manages projects tackling food waste in the UK and Internationally.

Communications Coordinator

Amelia Mitchell

Amelia is an experienced communications professional passionate about leading engaging communications activities for meaningful impact.

Program Coordinator

Kristina Delis

Kristina has worked in the food industry in new product development and tourism hospitality across varying roles. She brings strong organisational skills and a passion for sustainability to support the Stop Food Waste Australia team in the program coordinator role.

Research and Resources

In Australia, the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre brings together industry, research and the community to develop solutions to reduce food waste

National Food Waste Baseline project

The National Food Waste Baseline project is the first detailed quantification of food waste in Australia at the country scale and across the full food supply and consumption chain.

National Food Waste Strategy 

The National Food Waste Strategy provides a framework to support collective action towards halving Australia’s food waste by  2030.

A Roadmap for reducing Australia’s food waste by half by 2030

Australia’s roadmap to reducing food waste provides a clear path forward to halve food waste in Australia by 2030.

Courtauld Commitment 2025 Annual Report 2020

Our friends at WRAP have released the Courtauld Commitment 2025 Annual Report 2020 

Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda

WRI’s Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda calls on governments, companies, farmers, consumers, and everyone in between to “Target-Measure-Act” 

Goal #12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

As part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, #12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns there is a specific target dedicated to food loss and waste; 12.3 reduce food waste by half by 2030.

Food management during COVID19

The NSW Government’s Food Waste in Covid study showed how the pandemic helped us adopt more food waste avoidance behaviours, value food and the food supply chain more and appreciate living in a country like Australia that grows its own food.

The Path to Half 

The Path to Half explains the true cost of food waste in Victoria and gives us the first ever Australian perspective on the impacts of food waste and food production on climate change, water loss and economic costs.

South Australia’s Food Waste Strategy – Valuing our Food Waste

The state’s first comprehensive strategy for reducing and preventing food waste being sent to landfill. 

Mapping horticultural food loss

CSIRO produced Australia's largest study of food loss across the horticultural value chain to quantify the amount of human-grade edible food lost throughout the production value chain.

European research project: REFRESH 

Refresh is an EU research project taking action against food waste. 26 partners from 12 European countries and China work towards the project's goal to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.


Identifying comprehensive food waste recycling solutions for businesses of all sizes in the United States.

International network of food waste voluntary agreements

WRAP work with global brands, governments, delivery partners and directly with individuals to reduce food waste across the global food system.