The Pratt Foundation provided seed funding for Australia’s first food-rescue organisation, One Umbrella, which morphed into FareShare Food Charity.

The Pratt Foundation provided seed funding for Australia’s first food-rescue organisation, One Umbrella, which morphed into FareShare Food Charity.

The philanthropic arm of the paper and recycling manufacturer Visy, the Pratt Foundation, is turning its attention to the food industry by sponsoring the sixth annual Global Food Forum in Sydney in March.

The conference will discuss key issues such as the rise of the home delivery business and commercial opportunities in Southeast Asia.

The event follows a busy year for the foundation, which included contributing to events commemorating the centenary of the Australian Light Horse charge at the Battle of Beersheba in World War I.

The Pratt Foundation’s CEO Sam Lipski says the food forum is an example of how, under the leadership of Visy’s executive chairman Anthony Pratt, the foundation has aligned its humanitarian and community priorities with the business priorities of Visy in Australia and Asia, as well as Pratt Industries in the US.

“Seventy percent of our customers in Australia and the US are food and beverage producers,” Lipski says. “Our strategic interest as a company is promoting the food industry because, in simple terms, when the food industry prospers,…

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