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The Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC) was established at a meeting in Queensland on 7 August, 2017, attended by a cross section of senior figures in manufacturing, food transport, refrigeration and cold chain services.

That meeting unanimously formed Australia's first advocacy group to improve compliance and standards in the handling of food at all levels of the cold chain.

Against a mounting background of community pressure about the costs and environmental damage of food wastage, this new Council sees itself as an important part of the solution, encouraging innovation, compliance, waste reduction and safety across the Australian food cold chain.

'The new Council is not about promoting an industry – we want to change the industry for the better.' – Interim chair Mr Mark Mitchell

'One of our priorities will be to apply whatever pressure is needed in industry and in government to make sure the existing Australian standards for cold chain food handling are properly followed,' he added.

'There's lots of rhetoric in government programs, associations and among food handlers and suppliers about commitments to food waste reduction and cold chain compliance. Little, however, is being done at any level about improving the cold chain, and ensuring that standards are followed. Australia's track record in efficient cold food handling, from farm to plate, is far from perfect,' Mr Mitchell said.


The AFCCC wants to be seen as a high quality, industry-focused, extremely capable and responsible advisory and lobbying group at government, industry and consumer levels.

It will establish knowledge sharing and supporting relationships with:

  • Government both Commonwealth and State, including Ministers, heads of departments and senior executives, covering the areas of environment, food wastage and sustainability, food standards and innovation
  • Organisations, NGOs, industry bodies that share the AFCCC ideals in relation to cold chain standards and tackling food wastage
  • Universities, colleges and schools, where there is growing focus on food wastage and its economic and environmental effects
  • Local councils that would be a conduit to their communities with messages relating to food wastage and cold food management
  • The community at large, that needs to accept some responsibility for food waste – AFCCC will encourage better food management and provide consumers with knowledge and resources to help them achieve it
  • Media, both trade and consumer

AFCCC exists to help improve cold food management standards, and is committed to innovation and actions that can limit food wastage at all levels of the cold chain.

It proposes to be the go-to source for government, industry, consumers and media seeking independent news and information about cold chain issues in Australia and internationally.

Read AFCCC publicity



Stephen Elford
General Manager Australia New Zealand
Carrier Transicold
Mark Mitchell
Managing Director
SuperCool Australia Pacific Pty Ltd
Peter Lawrence
Technical Director ANZ
Thermo King
Adam Wade
National Cold Chain Compliance Leader
Kevin Manfield
General Manager Products & Markets
MaxiTRANS Australia Pty Ltd
Darren Nolan
Executive Director
Nolan's Interstate Transport


Louise McCann
Managing Director
A-Gas (Australia) Pty Limited
Mark Padwick
Managing Director
Sanden International (Australia) Pty Ltd
Stuart Kirkwood
Business Leader ANZ Region
Ingersoll Rand
Kelly Geddes
Marketing Manager
Carrier Transicold Australia
Jon Mitchell
General Manager
SuperCool Asia Pacific Pty Ltd


Greg Picker
Executive Director
Refrigerants Australia