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Agrifood and beverage voucher recipients announced

More than $470,700 in Agrifood and Beverage Vouchers have now been awarded under the Western Australian governments funding

69 applicants from the Mid West, Great Southern, South West, Peel, Wheatbelt, Gascoyne, Pilbara and Perth metropolitan area have received vouchers to grow their operations.

Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis said, “This voucher program has successfully helped hundreds of WA agrifood and beverage businesses to diversify and grow over the past six years.

The vouchers will also attract more than $741,600 in co-investment from the successful recipients to the benefit of the WA economy.

The vouchers will elevate a range of other WA value-adding businesses, spanning confectionary, dairy, specialty food, meat, pasta, seafood, baked products, coffee, tea, honey, oat products, meals, herbs and spices, beer, wine, spirits and other beverages.

Regional Development Minister Don Punch said,  “Interest in this valuable initiative continues to grow year-by-year, supporting innovative newcomers, as well as established operators, like those in our valuable wine industry, to achieve their business goals.

Innovative manufacturer Edible Cutlery, which creates food utensils out of wheat, corn and rice at its Osborne Park premises, will use its voucher for market analysis and audience profiling to increase sales and upscale production.

Denmark-based family business Stash Coffee will explore sustainable packaging options and upgrade its website, as part of its plan to double the output of its locally roasted product.

Since the voucher program began in 2018, more than $1.39 million has been distributed via 286 vouchers to small and medium sized food and beverage businesses, attracting almost $2 million in matching funding.

“This transformational program is helping drive growth and employment throughout the State, supporting regional communities and economies,” said Punch.

The program continues to assist with access to professional advice across business planning, manufacturing growth, sales and marketing, financial health and environmental sustainability and social responsibility to achieve business success.

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