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2024 National Food Waste Summit speaker line-up revealed

The 2024 National Food Waste Summit is scheduled to take place in Melbourne on July 24th and 25th and the speaker line-up has been revealed. 

This year’s pivotal event in the fight against food waste boasts an impressive line-up of international speakers and experts dedicated to addressing one of the critical environmental challenges. 

Leading the charge is Craig Reucassel, the dynamic host of ABC’s War on Waste, who will set the tone for the summit with a keynote address focused on mobilising consumers to reduce food waste. 

“Craig Reucassel’s presence underscores our commitment to igniting awareness and driving meaningful change. His insights will inspire attendees to take action in their own communities,” said Steven Lapidge, CEO of End Food Waste Australia. 

Joining Reucassel are a diverse array of international speakers, including Dana Gunders, executive director of ReFED in the US, Jolanda Dings, director of sustainability at Lamb Weston EMEA in the Netherlands, and Kaitlin Dawson, executive director of NZ Champions 12.3 in New Zealand. 

“The inclusion of such esteemed global leaders underscores the Summit’s commitment to fostering international collaboration and sharing best practices in the fight against food waste,” Lapidge added. 

Lapidge said expertise from Dr Lisa Johnson, an on-farm food waste measurement expert from the US, and Toine Timmermans, Director at Food Waste Free United in the Netherlands, will also be shared.

“The contributions of Dr. Johnson and Mr. Timmermans highlight the Summit’s dedication to showcasing innovative approaches and strategies from around the world,” said Lapidge. 

Lapidge said that in addition to international perspectives, the Summit will feature prominent Australian experts from across the food loss and waste sector.

Attendees can expect to gain insights into various aspects of the food supply chain, from measurement and regulation to consumer behaviour and packaging innovations. 

“The participation of Australian experts underscores our commitment to addressing food waste challenges at a national level and driving tangible outcomes.

Guiding participants through this year’s Summit will be Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s Gardening Australia, serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Lapidge stated, “Costa Georgiadis’s passion for sustainability aligns perfectly with the Summit’s objectives. His presence will ensure that the event remains engaging and impactful throughout,” said Lapidge.

The 2024 National Food Waste Summit promises to be a must-attend event for industry leaders and organisations committed to creating a more productive and sustainable Australian food system.

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