Food Waste Reduction

 This is the Supply Change.™

Eliminating the greatest waste. 

The opportunity

The greatest waste in the supply chain is food waste.

Each year, about 1.2 trillion kg of food is lost or wasted globally. That’s nearly a half a kilogram a day for every person on the planet.

In Australia alone, wasted food is equal to a complete three course dinner for every person in the country each week.

This is a huge loss for Australia and the world, negatively impacting the millions of people who don’t get enough to eat each day as well as the environment.

The good news is that much of the food waste is preventable by using targeted solutions. You may reduce food going to landfills simply by switching from cardboard to reusable containers through lower product damage. Shipping on higher quality pallets also reduces product damage. You may bring in experts to help you identify gaps in your current processes where waste occurs. And, you may collaborate with your trading partners to redistribute unsaleable products to those in need through our relationships with food rescue groups.

Food waste is a fact of life today. But by understanding why it occurs and efficiently addressing those causes, we can work toward a future where there is enough food for everyone. 

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What we do

The best way to get to the cause of food waste is to find the weakest links in the supply chain, including places where food is lost, damaged or spoiled.

Our technical experts will review your internal and external supply chain to find those weak links. We’ll systematically evaluate all of your food handling processes, packaging components and material handling systems to figure out where the waste is happening. We’ll also examine logistics processes, environmental impacts and transportation.

Our team will then ensure a comprehensive evaluation. We’ll consider your product type, packaging, handling equipment, product load confi gurations, geographic locations, seasonal fluctuations and much more. Then we’ll develop a Value Chain Map to help you avoid food waste, or at least divert it to food rescue groups where it can be put to good use.

When the initial assessment is complete, we’ll work with you to implement a plan of action that will systemically address possible food waste issues. Then we’ll measure our effectiveness to ensure we’re working towards maximising food waste efforts.

Using RPCs to reduce waste in the fresh supply chain

One of our customers converted to CHEP Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) and is seeing many notable benefi ts as a result, including better stock rotation and handling leading to less food waste going to landfi lls. The company also lowered its CO2 emission impact.

Finding and eliminating the causes of food waste.

Food waste happens. We know where to find it and how to eliminate it.

How we'll work together

We’ve developed simple and actionable processes that will help you avoid and divert food waste. Here’s how we’ll help you keep food waste from occurring:

Simple and actionable processes

How you'll benefit

We have visibility into all segments of the supply chain and expertise across your organisation, plus decades of experience. We’ll help you:

+ Gain a holistic view of your supply chain

+ Reduce food waste and lower disposal costs

+ Identify hot spots where product damage is happening

+ Get detailed information on the performance of product loads

+ Receive customised data on the impact of the supply chain on new products and packaging


Our knowledge of how your entire supply chain works makes us uniquely positioned to help reduce food waste wherever and whenever it occurs. Our pallet and container solutions play a critical role in containing, protecting, preserving and distributing product from point of production to point of sale.

Global Good: Food isn’t the only thing wasted when it’s not consumed. There is lost packaging, energy, water, soil and man-hours. We’ll work with you to reduce this waste, by seeking to optimise the processing, storage, handling and merchandising of your products. It’s all part of our Better Planet initiative, as we work to minimise waste in the supply chain.

Reducing Food Waste

We are committed to reducing the human, environmental, operational and financial impact of food waste.

We contribute to Foodbank, the largest food collection organisation in the country, by providing in-kind support and giving our employees opportunities to volunteer.

We support OzHarvest, the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia, by providing containers for food collection and distribution.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
We commissioned RMIT’s Centre for Design to investigate where waste is being generated in Australia’s food supply chains and what role packaging can play in reducing it.

We’ve joined with several of our biggest FMCG and retail clients to inspire students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action via our support of Enactus.

Consumer Goods Forum.
We support the Consumer Good Forum in its effort to halve the amount of food wasted at its 400 retailer and manufacturer members by 2025.


When supply chains share and reuse CHEP pallets, trays and containers, higher quality platforms become economically feasible. The sharing and reuse of higher quality platforms reduces product damage and improves the efficiency of the food supply chain.