Should Australia revive onshore food manufacturing?

Writing in NSW Farmers’ The Farmer magazine, Ian Neubauer explores the case for bringing food manufacturing back to base and finds some pluses, but also challenges to doing so.

Obstacles range from lack of government support for SMEs in the food manufacturing space to a supermarket duopoly that makes profit-making unlikely, to our comparatively high costs for labour and energy.

Positives exist – those processing our fine primary produce onshore can often sell at a premium in overseas markets where quality and provenance are key; however, retail mark-ups locally make sustaining business on local sales unlikely – unless, as many farm businesses have done during the COVID-19 disruption, you pivot to direct farmgate and/or online sales.

Read the full story and case studies here.

Source: Could we (and should we) make more stuff here? I The Farmer