Australian food and grocery manufacturing plays a vital role in the life of every Australian. The depth, diversity and ingenuity of this local industry will be on display in a new season of online series Sustaining Australia TV, launched on 21 July.
Sustaining Australia TV, produced by a partnership between the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and ASN Media, tells the stories of this vital industry and the 273,000 Australians employed in it.
Following the success of the inaugural season of Sustaining Australia TV in 2019, the longform news program explores the achievements, challenges and future for this $127 billion industry.
Hosted by news presenter Jo Pearson, the series features interviews with industry leaders and key stakeholders, news reports from the industry and sponsored editorial profiles of leading sector organisations.
This season will include four episodes:
- Innovation and Technology/Future of Food
- Regional Australia/Engaging Communities
- Traceability and Provenance.
The series was launched on 21 July in conjunction with the AFGC Symposium.
The new series comes at a time when the importance of the food and grocery manufacturing industry has been demonstrated by its agile responses to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a strong, dynamic and critically important industry for Australia as an essential provider keeping supermarket shelves stocked, a major employer and a driver of innovation,” AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said.
The series also highlights the importance of the industry in regional areas, exploring the key roles participants have in many regional communities and offering insights into the role food and grocery manufacturers play in the lives of all Australians, whether they are in regional towns or major metropolitan centres.
“We have a third of all food and grocery manufacturing based in regional communities and we have 108,000 jobs based in those areas, so the industry has a really important direct footprint in terms of employment and direct contribution,” Barden said.
The ASN team are delighted to have produced the second season of Sustaining Australia TV in partnership with the AFGC, ASN media director Jonathan Love said.
“We have seen the importance of the food and grocery industry come to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a crucial industry at the frontlines of sustainability, innovation and traceability initiatives,” Love said.
“We look forward to showcasing the best of the industry, provoking conversations on key issues and helping to promote best practices, learning and collaboration.”
To watch the series, please visit the AFGC Sustaining Australia TV page.
To learn more about ASN Media, please visit the ASN Media website.