Food industry and trade


The role of Australian local governments in creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system

Despite much work on creating healthy food systems, local governments in New South Wales and Victoria struggle to prevent the sale and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks. This report details the issues and offers suggestions for improvement.

Evaluating the use of remote assessments by local authorities for regulating food businesses

This report presents the findings of an evaluation on the use of remote techniques by local authorities to carry out food hygiene and food standards assessments across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Policy report

Halving food waste: Australia’s progress on SDG 12.3

This policy brief outlines Australia’s progress on SDG Target 12.3 — halving food waste by 2030. The Australian government set and committed to this target. With less than nine years remaining, urgent action is required to halve food waste by 2030.

The origins and destinations of produce flows through Sydney Markets Limited Flemington site

The report provides detailed analysis of the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chains into Sydney markets at Flemington.

Building a food system that works for everyone

This report puts forward a series of recommendations for the UK and devolved governments, as well as local authorities, to start addressing the many challenges currently facing the UK food system. In particular, the authors hope to inform the government’s National Food Strategy, which is...
Discussion paper

Exploring the growth potential of Australia's food manufacturing sector

This paper has been developed using a synthesis of current key reports related to the future of Australia’s agricultural and food production system obtained through a literature review, and through a series of conversations with 26 industry leaders, scientists, and stakeholders.

Growing Australia: Inquiry into growing Australian agriculture to $100 billion by 2030

This inquiry report outlines how the Australian agriculture industry can grow into a $100 billion industry by 2030. The report considers where the prospects for rapid growth lie, and how Australian producers can ensure they are able to take full advantage of any opportunities.

Local and sustainable food program

The Surf Coast Shire has developed a Local Food Program which has explored issues and opportunities related to sustainable local food production, distribution and value-adding in the context of climate change.

Food precincts investigations: Melbourne laneways and Brisbane’s West End

Describing a recent investigation of 49 fast food, café and restaurant businesses in Melbourne’s Degraves Street and Hardware Lane and Brisbane’s West End, this report outlines the recovery of $1,212,727 in unpaid wages to potentially vulnerable young workers such as university students.

Fit for a better world: accelerating our economic potential

The food and fibres sector will be at the forefront of New Zealand's export-led recovery and can lead the way to a more sustainable economy. The actions set out in this document bring together opportunities that the Government considers will accelerate the productivity, sustainability and...

The COVID-19 pandemic draws attention to vulnerabilities in the global food system

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed several weaknesses in the modern, industrial food supply chain. The largest vulnerabilities exist in the growing and processing of food, mainly in relation to labour conditions and the lack of competition in key industries.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is two-thirds of Australia's food production reliant on bee pollination?

Fruit and vegetable magnate Robert Costa claims that two-thirds of Australia's food production relies on bee pollination.
Journal article

Discretionary food advertising on television in 2017: a descriptive study

From June 2019, all food and beverage advertising is subject to either food industry or advertising industry codes. The data presented in this article will form the baseline for future evaluation of whether the new arrangements reduce children’s exposure to food advertising.

Foodbank hunger report 2019

This report combines insights from two surveys, bringing together the perspectives of charities and community groups providing front-line food relief, as well as individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Weak governance and lack of investment hindering Australia’s fight against food waste

This paper argues that until the Australian government can provide better leadership and investment, it is unlikely that the country will make particularly strong progress towards reducing food loss and waste.

WA food relief framework report 2019

This framework report maps food insecurity, identifies gaps in Western Australia's food security systems, and outlines solutions for the state government to work with the food relief and community sector to develop policy to alleviate food insecurity.
Briefing paper

Australia’s place in global agriculture and food value chains

This paper discusses the challenges faced by Australian agriculture, and continued growth opportunities which require further opening of import markets, along with more open bilateral and multilateral trade in agriculture and food products.

Delivering sustainable food and land use systems: the role of international trade

This paper explores a set of core trade-related issues affecting the food and land use system, and proposes constructive ways forward in reconfiguring the global trading system towards delivering a more sustainable and healthy diet for all.
Briefing paper

Analysis of United States and Australian agriculture – a comparison

This report compares the Australian and U.S agricultural sectors, and briefly profiles U.S agricultural policy, to highlight Australia’s exposure to shifts in the global market resulting from the current trade war.

Meat the alternative: Australia's $3B opportunity

The paper demonstrates that by 2030, based on the moderate growth scenario, Australia’s plant-based meat sector is estimated to contribute $3 billion in domestic sales and generate over 6000 full-time equivalent jobs.