Food sector features heavily in export hub initiative

Using learnings and insights from Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) Cluster Programme, the government announced the Small and Medium Enterprises Export Hubs Initiative in 2018 – a $20m initiative to support cluster development across Australia. This week, the 10 successful applicants were revealed, seven of which have a strong focus on the food and agribusiness sector.

According to a recent media release from the government, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews was quoted as saying that the export hubs funding will boost the economy by getting more businesses access to new and bigger markets, to increase sales and create more Australian jobs. Export hubs are business clusters that help small and medium businesses harness opportunities in international markets, particularly where the Government has signed free trade agreements.

FIAL’s own cluster programme was a first-of-its-kind initiative launched in late 2017 to encourage businesses, researchers and government to unite and work together to solve problems that they otherwise couldn’t solve on their own. In doing so, clusters encourage greater connectivity and collaboration in regions and cities across the Australian food and agribusiness sector.

Dr Mirjana Prica, managing director of FIAL, said that she is particularly proud of the SME Export Hubs, an initiative that FIAL helped develop along with support from the other Industry Growth Centres.

“An exciting journey begins for the winners. We look forward to supporting them by sharing knowledge, building capability and creating connections to help them drive success for their regions,”  Prica said.

Here are the successful applicants focussed on the food and agribusiness industry:

  • Food South Australia Incorporated
  • Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers
  • Hunternet Co-operative Limited
  • TSBE Export and Investment Development Limited
  • East Gippsland Food Cluster Incorporated
  • Australian Wagyu Association Ltd
  • Agribusiness Regional Development Association


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