Sustainable Food and Beverage – Virtual Event 14 Nov

Can Food Systems Enable Sustainable and Resilient Food Value Chain for Tomorrow?

Food loss and waste (FLW) also account for 8-10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), contributing to an unstable climate and extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding. Prioritizing the reduction of food loss and waste is therefore critical for the transition to sustainable food systems that improve the efficient use of natural resources, lessen their impact on the planet and ensure food security and nutrition.

In this session, we discussed sustainable food and beverage systems problems and solutions from three different approaches by the following industry specialists:

The discussion was facilitated by Linda Nordin, SACC Sustainability Committee and Circular Economy Specialist at SMEC

See speaker presentations here:

ABB presentation

Alfa Laval presentation

Tetra Pak presentation

About the speakers:

Patrick Horner, Global Technology Lead, Waste Evaporation and Zero Liquid Discharge, Alfa Laval

With a background in chemical engineering, Patrick Horner works for Alfa Laval as a technology expert driving innovation in water management globally for circularity and corporate water stewardship. As a process specialist focused on industrial wastewater treatment, Patrick has worked extensively in a range of water intensive industries including Food and Beverage applications. Patrick is also a book author who has been working with and writing about the critical role of water for over 15 years. Originally from Canada, he’s currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark with a role of Global Technology Lead for Alfa Laval’s Zero Liquid Discharge, a new water treatment technology for zero waste.



Katie Carson, Director Corporate Affairs Food & Climate Policy of Tetra Pak Group

Katie Carson has over 20 years of policy and advocacy experience in the agri-food sector. She joined Tetra Pak in 2022 as Director Corporate Affairs Global Food & Climate Policy. She is responsible for leading the Tetra Pak Food and Climate advocacy agenda, as well as building out the company’s sustainable food systems strategy with a focus on the enabling role of food processing technologies and packaging solutions in the transition to more sustainable food systems.



John Rieusset, Sector Lead – Food and Beverage, ABB Australia 

ABB ( is a Swiss-Swedish global engineering and technology company. John’s scope of responsibility at ABB includes leading multidisciplinary teams in the supply of robotics, motion, process automation, electrification and digital technologies into the food and beverage manufacturing industry in Australia. A key focus is helping food and beverage manufacturers to achieve their sustainability goals, particularly in terms of maximising energy efficiency and eliminating food waste throughout their operations. John more than two decades of experience working across a broad range of technical, commercial and leadership positions within the technology industry throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. He is based in Melbourne.



Linda Nordin, Circular Economy Specialist, Senior Associate Engineer, Waste & Resource Recovery

Linda Nordin is a Senior Associate Environmental Engineer at SMEC with 18 years of experience in strategic planning, implementing and operating waste, organic and recycling services for waste service providers as well as Local Councils. She has long experience in planning and implementing actions that divert waste from landfill and delivers towards net zero and a circular economy system to commercial customers. Linda has worked with undertaken feasibility studies around modern technology for Wet and Dry Anaerobic digestion, MRF facilities in remote regions, IVC processing, renewable fuel production incl Hydrogen and vacuum technology using Optic sort.



This webinar was organised by the SACC Sustainability Committee