Franchise Council of Australia

Sustainable Food Leadership Forum


PROGRAM  – 25 May 2021

8:30am – 8:45am AEST

Welcome to the FCA 2021 Sustainable Food Leadership Forum

Mary Aldred
Franchise Council of Australia

8:45am – 8:55am AEST

Ministerial Address TBC

8:55am – 9:35am AEST

Consumer trends and relevance to sustainability targets such as reduction of food waste and recycling

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community, Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Bernard will present his analysis of market directions and changing consumer behaviour, including the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change.

Bernard Salt AM


9:35am – 10:15am AEST

Centre for Global Food & Resources survey of consumer expectations of food & hospitality

Professor Wendy Umberger
Executive Director
Centre for Global Food & Resources

10:15am – 10:35am AEST


10:35am – 11:20am AEST

The clock’s ticking on sustainability. Meeting expectations and deadlines.

Kylie Freeland

Director of Supply Chain and Sustainability – Australia and New Zealand

McDonald’s Corporation

11:20am – 12:20pm AEST

Panel: The war on waste: food vs packaging

  • Michael Rogers, CEO, Australian Fresh Produce Alliance: Striking the balance – understanding the real cost of food waste
  • Richard Fine, Founder, Biopak: Implementing an end-to-end compostable packaging solution
  • Katy Barfield, CEO, Yume Food: Rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food


Michael Rogers, CEO, Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

Richard Fine, Founder, Biopak

Katy Barfield, CEO, Yume Food

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Katy Barfield

12:20pm – 1:05pm AEST


1:05pm – 1:40pm AEST

Making it simple to meet sustainability expectations

  • Learn how and why Coca Cola Amatil has implemented a new sustainability strategy, including a focus on closed-loop packaging and a goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
  • Understand how suppliers can help you close the loop and meet consumer expectations and compliance obligations
  • With a growing list of states introducing single-use plastic bans, understand just what a single-use plastic actually is and how you can support these changes

Mary Ann van Bodegraven
Group Manager Sustainability
Coca- Cola Amatil

1:40pm – 2:15pm AEST

Embedding sustainability into your business culture

Natalie will share how Muffin Break has made sustainability part of their culture and what the lessons they have learnt as part of the journey. She will explain the process Muffin Break went through to investigate options for sustainability and how the message was communicated both internally and externally. Most importantly for the Franchise Partners, she takes us through the question – Is sustainability just greenwashing or can profitability be maintained at the same time as minimising landfill?

Natalie Brennan
General Manager
Muffin Break

2:15pm – 2:50pm AEST

Cost effectively implementing sustainability in-store

Anna Hancock
Climate Change Strategy Principal

2:50pm – 3:10pm AEST


3:10pm – 4:10pm AEST

Panel: Collaborating to create sustainable solutions across the supply chain


Dr Angeline Achariya, Executive Director, Innovation & Growth, Simplot Australia

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4:10pm – 4:50pm AEST

Creating new standards in sustainability including innovation in packaging

Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate Affairs
Nestlé Oceania

4:50pm – 5:00pm AEST

Forum closing address

Mary Aldred
Franchise Council of Australia

5:00pm – 6:00pm AEST


Please note program is subject to change.

EVENT LOCATION: The Sustainable Food Leadership Forum will be held at Waterview, Bicentennial Drive, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney NSW 2127

CERTIFIED FRANCHISE EXECUTIVE (CFE): 150 CFE Education points toward the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) qualification are awarded for participation in this Forum.