Tackling food waste across the supply chain 

Wednesday 5 April 2023
12pm-1pm AEST

Australia wastes 7.6 million tonnes of food every year, which is equivalent to 946 semi-trailers of food wasted every day. 42% of that comes directly from the commercial sector. This is waste that happens before food even reaches supermarket shelves, let alone our homes.

Australia is committed to halving food waste by 2030, and the manufacturing sector has an important role to play...

Hear from some of Australia’s top food-industry executives as they share the main activities their companies are taking to tackle food waste, both internally and across their supply chain. They will explore the challenges and opportunities they experience in their sustainability journeys and what their future state looks like. Yume’s Founder and food-waste expert, Katy Barfield, will also share her learnings and how Yume technology is helping these companies reduce food waste in their supply chain by ensuring excess food is sold or donated.

This members-only event will be an excellent opportunity to hear from colleagues, share experiences and come together with the collective purpose of driving forward the conversation of food waste prevention in Australia.

Katy Barfield, OAM
Founder & CEO | YUME

Katy is an award winning entrepreneur and food waste veteran. Before starting Yume, Katy was the founding CEO of one of Australia's largest food rescue organisations, SecondBite. As the Founder & CEO of Yume, Katy leads a team of passionate food waste fighters to put an end to commercial food waste through innovative technology, which has prevented over 4,5 million kilograms of food from going to waste to date.

          -Winner Banksia Sustainability Award 2020 

          -Winner Australian Financial Review Women of
          Influence for Business & Entrepreneur 2019 

          -Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2018 

          -Winner Telstra Victorian Business Women’s For  

          Purpose and Social Enterprise Award 2017 

Alicia Doherty
Senior Manager - Corporate Communications, Government Relations & Public Affairs | Kellogg Company

Alicia has been working in the FMCG industry for seven years, leading corporate affairs, environment, social and governance initiatives for Kellogg’s across Australia and NZ. 

In her current role she is responsible for supporting the business in meeting its Better Days commitments with a focus on sustainability and tackling food insecurity. 

Prior to joining Kellogg, Alicia spent six years working at global environment NGO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), leading communications for a number of transformational corporate partnerships including with Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, John West seafood and HSBC. 

With a strong communications and public affairs background, coupled with knowledge and expertise in sustainability from both her time at WWF and through the completion of a Cambridge Sustainable Business certificate, Alicia has passion for the role that business and industry can play in helping to tackle the environmental challenges we are facing.

Phoebe Dowling
Head of Sustainability | Simplot Australia Pty Ltd

Phoebe leads Simplot Australia’s sustainability agenda across people, planet and prosperity. This includes climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agricultural practices, environmental compliance, waste management including food waste, water efficiency, energy efficiency and procurement, ethical sourcing, responsible product design and packaging stewardship. She has enjoyed a 20+ year career with Simplot Australia, working across multiple roles and geographies.

Phoebe is a passionate believer in educating and empowering others to be a part of the much needed shifts around key sustainability topics and has a view that we must collaborate as a total industry in order to achieve our collective goals.

Andrew Borg
Supply Chain Director | Mars Food Australia

Andrew joined Mars in 2011 as a Shift Manager in its Mars Wrigley business and has held a number of roles across Demand and Supply. His broad business experience – which ranges from operations efficiency and capital investment to portfolio management, culture and business integration – has helped him to develop strong enterprise thinking and leadership perspective.

Andrew joined Mars Food in 2019 and moved to his current role in 2021, where he leads the Supply Chain team to deliver best-in-class service levels through strong collaboration with suppliers, hauliers and customers.

Outside of work, he is passionate about all things sport. He lives on the Central Coast with his wife, three children and dog.