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Government inquiry into growth opportunities for food and beverage manufacturing

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources will inquire into opportunities for innovation and growth in the food and beverage manufacturing industry in Australia.

Food manufacturing is the largest sector in Australia’s manufacturing industry, employing more than 20 per cent of all manufacturing workers.

Parliament Australia stated governments have long recognised the sector’s export growth potential, given Australia’s established reputation and trade relationships as a top exporter of high-quality agricultural produce.

Committee Chair Rob Mitchell MP said the food industry was on the cusp of great opportunities as well as challenges.

‘Australian scientists and food manufacturers are making inroads into high-tech emerging sectors and developing new high value-added products built on our world-class agricultural sector,” Mitchell said.

“They are adopting process innovations to make traditional food and beverages tastier, safer, cleaner and more productive.”

He also added, “At the same time, the sector innovating and finding alternative sources for fossil fuel-based process heat, reducing water consumption and waste, and developing packaging solutions that keep plastic pollution out of landfill and our oceans.”

This inquiry is set to examine the state of innovation in the industry, Mitchell said, “the inquiry will examine the state of innovation in the industry, including new technologies for post-farmgate food and beverage manufacturing and packaging, and opportunities for growth in new product markets.”

The inquiry will also consider consumer trends, the role of research sector and future workforce needs.

The committee is sekeing opinions and voices from across the food and beverage industry.

‘We want to hear from large and small manufacturers about their experiences, hopes and fears for the future – whether you’re a Food and Drink Business top-10 firm, a third-generation family business, or in the start-up or venture capital sectors,” Mitchell said.

“We are also looking for the views of experts in food science, process engineering and packaging.”

The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the inquiry terms of reference by Wednesday 1 May 2024.

‘This is such a diverse and exciting part of our economy. We want to hear about how the Government can support the sector to thrive,” said Mitchell.

The terms of reference and additional information on the inquiry can be found on the Committee’s website.

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