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Victorian Government highlights food manufacturing priorities

Victorian Government highlights state's food manufacturing priorities

The Victorian Government recently announced its vision for the future of the state’s manufacturing industry, for the first time highlighting alternative proteins as a priority sector within food manufacturing.

Victorian minister for Industry Support and Recovery Ben Carroll launched the Made in Victoria 2030: Manufacturing Statement, which outlines the Government’s ongoing plans for the state’s $31 billion manufacturing industry.

Victoria’s $36.9 billion food manufacturing sector accounts for a third of the state’s manufacturing output. It exports over $9 billion in manufactured food and beverage products annually and employs more than 74,000 people.

Within the food manufacturing sector, the statement included the following strategic priorities:

  • Advanced food manufacturing capability and food innovation
  • Growing Victoria’s sustainable food manufacturing capability
  • New high-growth sectors and value-add opportunities
  • Developing Melbourne’s north as a centre for Victoria’s world-class food innovation and value-adding ecosystem

The statement also highlighted Victoria’s achievements in the food manufacturing sector:

  • SVG Thrive agrifood accelerator located in Melbourne
  • $133 million investment by George Weston Foods in facilities across regional Victoria
  • $12 million investment in alternative protein innovation at the Grains Innovation Park in Horsham
  • $10 million investment in Morwell Food Manufacturing Precinct
  • Food Frontier inaugural alternative protein conference in Melbourne
  • Delivery of the Australian Food Innovation Centre business case

Within the new policy statement, the Victorian Government noted that the already strong agrifood sector still has room for significant innovation and growth, pointing to the work of existing R&D centres such as AgriBio research centre at La Trobe University and the National Food Innovation Centre at CSIRO in Werribee.

The statement cautions that in order to achieve its full growth potential, the sector needs to bolster connections between researchers and industry, strengthen capability (including data and digital technologies), and invest in skills development.

The Victorian Government’s plans to support the local food industry in capturing the emerging opportunities in alternative proteins aligns with calls from Cellular Agriculture Australia for more government investment in the sector to enable the Australian sector to reach its full potential as a leading hub of innovation.

“We’re supporting local manufacturers to succeed and create high-value jobs that deliver greater prosperity for Victorians – ensuring Victoria remains the manufacturing state in the future,” Carroll said.

Read the complete Made in Victoria statement here.

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