Consumer demand for plant-based meat substitutes grew exponentially over FY2019-2020 according to a report by think-tank Food Frontier.
Announced on 10 March 2021, the federal government’s new Commercialisation Fund offers dollar-matched grants of between $100,000 and $1m to small-scale, collaborative manufacturing projects.
Australian food and beverage manufacturing firms have just four weeks to apply for grants under Round 1 of the federal government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative to help them scale up, employ and export. So act fast!
Australia’s longest-running biscuit manufacturer is diversifying into the lucrative snack foods and cereals space, forging a deal to buy a 75 per cent interest in local health-food manufacturer Diver Foods just two months after its purchase of Freedom Foods.
Australia’s national science organisation has teamed with national vegie producer Fresh Select to launch new food manufacturing company, Nutri V, which plans to process surplus fresh vegetables into powders, snack foods and more.
The state’s 2020-21 Budget pledges $65m to ag-focused programs to incentivise on-farm innovation, infrastructure and energy-efficiency. support emerging food sectors and paths to export, and improve regional education and R&D.
F&F G’s annual awards recognised the diversity of the region’s agribusinesses, with gongs going to cider, beer, pork, beef, dairy, timber and horticultural producers as well as a local farmers’ market.
In this panel discussion hosted by Food&Beverage Industry News, keynote speakers from industry discuss COVID-19’s likely impact on food and beverage manufacturing going forward.
In an increasingly uncertain world, it’s important to be food self-sufficient. But if an Australian food-manufacturing revival is to succeed, we need to be smart about what we make and how we make it, says Ian Neubauer in The Farmer.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) believes the road to recovery post-pandemic ‘begins in the bush’ and outlines a multi-pronged plan of action in its Get Australia Growing document, launched on 14 July 2020.