Australian Food & Grocery Council

Our Business


The AFGC is an industry association which represents the manufacturers and suppliers behind Australia’s food, beverage, and grocery brands. Founded in 1995, it is the largest and most respected voice of Australia’s fast moving consumer goods industry.

We promote sound public policy, champion initiatives that increase productivity and profitable growth, and help protect the safety and security of the consumer product supply through a commitment to scientific and supply chain excellence and industry best practices.



Australia’s $131.3 billion food and grocery processing sector is a vital contributor to the wealth and health of our nation. The industry produces safe, nutritious food and other essentials of life for every Australian every day.

It’s also sustaining Australia through by creating jobs and economic opportunities. In 2016-17, the food, beverage and grocery processing industry directly employed 324,450 people, with nearly 39 per cent of those jobs located in regional areas. Almost 40 per cent of manufacturing jobs in Australia are in the food and grocery sector, with 244,222 people employed in food and beverage processing; 28,350 employed in grocery manufacturing and 51,878 people employed in the fresh produce sector.

This diverse and sustainable industry is made up of over 36,086 businesses and accounts for over $72.5 billion of the nation’s international trade. These businesses range from some of the largest globally significant multinational companies to small and medium enterprises, often family owned and run.

Read our latest State of the Industry Report.



AFGC promotes the role the industry plays in sustaining Australia’s economic, community and environmental health. We advocate on issues of concern and interest to the industry, and acts as a forum to discuss and pursue those issues.

We make representations to Government, retailers and other key stakeholders on matters that affect the industry. We liaise with government departments on food legislation, trade practices, environmental issues, and other areas where needed.

The AFGC office is in Canberra where close working relationships with relevant government departments are maintained.

    • AFGC’s activities are overseen by a Board of Directors.


    • Specific issues are addressed through standing Committees; Health Nutrition and Scientific Affairs; Sustainable Practices; Supply Chain and Corporate Affairs. All Full Member companies may nominate representatives to these Committees.


    • A series of Forums have been established to focus on specific needs of members, including Trading Partner; Breakfast Cereals; Allergen, Non-Food; Quick Service Restaurants and SME Forums.


    • AFGC’s activities are communicated to members in regular newsletters, briefs and on the members’ section of this website.


  • Members have the opportunity to meet throughout the year at a range of Conferences, Seminars, Briefing Groups, Meetings and other events.