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South Australia to lead the nation’s research fight against food waste

South Australia will be home to the headquarters of a new national research centre to tackle the growing problem of food waste.

The $133 million Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), announced by the Federal Government, and to be based in SA, will be a game-changer for reducing food waste.

“The Cooperative Research Centre will position South Australia as a national and global leader in food waste research and service provision,” said Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone.

“It’s a great to see South Australia take a leading role in tackling the growing problem of food waste.

“The CRC bid, led by PIRSA, brings together government, industry and research bodies to tackle this global problem, which is valued at a staggering $1.3 trillion a year.

“Australia’s share of this is estimated at $20 billion a year, which is the result of inefficient food supply chains and consumer behaviours.

“Having the CRC based in South Australia at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus is outstanding recognition of the state’s leadership and expertise in food and wine research.

“The Fight Food Waste CRC, which is a national program, will create jobs in South Australia and in partner states, in roles such as food science and technology, waste stream conversion and new product creation.

“It will also ensure this critical issue does not affect Australia’s reputation as a safe and sustainable food producer.”

Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer has welcomed the news that South Australia will be at the forefront in the research fight against food waste:

“Food waste is such a critical issue for our industry. It’s fantastic to see that this significant issue will be addressed through the research and programs to be undertaken by the CRC. It’s great to see so many South Australian producers and organisations become partners in this initiative and some great outcomes will be achieved.”

The CRC resources based in South Australia include: PIRSA, University of Adelaide, Food South Australia, Foodbank, Peats Soils & Garden Supplies, Potatoes SA, Mitolo Group, Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce, SA Potato Company, Zerella Fresh, Green Industries SA, Murraylands & Riverland RDA, Piper Alderman and Clean Seas Seafood.

The Fight Food Waste CRC operations will formally commence on 1 July 2018.