$320,000 to help businesses find food waste solutions

food waste funding

Funding is available for Western Australian food and beverage businesses to explore opportunities to transform and reduce food waste.

The state’s $320,000 commitment to the Post Harvest Food Waste Transformation project will assist small to medium-sized businesses quantify their food waste and investigate value add opportunities to cut costs, boost income and reduce landfill.

The research will also identify waste hotspots within the state’s food and beverage manufacturing sector. By reducing the cost of doing business consumers may also benefit from more affordable products.

Jackie Jarvis, Western Australia’s Agriculture and Food Minister, said food waste costs the Australian economy about $36.6 billion each year.

“The funding will support businesses to improve environmental, social and governance credentials, which are an essential component of modern business operations,” Jarvis said.

Three businesses have already signed up to map their waste streams to identify and quantify new product development options, with further businesses expected to join in coming months.

Bassendean-based Fresh Frontier is a ready-made meal company, which is investigating how to extend existing product lines and the possibility of developing new products using what would usually be thrown away.

Carnarvon-based Sweeter Banana Co-Operative and Avena Mills in the Wheatbelt are also on board and mapping their waste streams.

The project is a collaboration between the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, End Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and its Western Australians delivery partner Curtin University. End Food Waste Cooperative has also committed $370,000 to the project.

The Western Australian Government recently hosted the Turning the Dial flagship sustainability event in Perth, bringing together leading innovators in food waste transformation and sustainable packaging to examine solutions for food and beverage manufacturers and build business resilience.

The event provided insights into the latest research on food waste transformation, how Australia is tracking towards 2030 food waste targets, as well as practical solutions to boost environmental, social and governance credentials and enhance the circular economy.

For more information, visit: www.agric.wa.gov.au/foodindustryinnovation

Related stories:

Moving the dial to end food waste

Food waste to power Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precinct

 

Send this to a friend