The $127.4 billion food and grocery processing sector provides the essentials of life by taking the fresh produce from Australian farmers and turning it into the food and groceries you use every day.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) exists to represent this vital industry, to support its growth in the future, creating more jobs and income for Australia, supporting our farmers and regional communities and providing the highest quality products for Australians.
The AFGC achieves this by ensuring that political and policy decision makers and key stakeholders continue to recognise the importance of maintaining and growing a strong food and grocery manufacturing sector. Our sector is the lifeblood of many of our regional communities, and the backbone of the manufacturing sector continuing to go from strength to strength.
WHO WE ARE
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 the Australian fast moving consumer goods industry.
The AFGC promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives that increase productivity and profitable growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the consumer product supply through a commitment to scientific and supply chain excellence and industry best practices.
THE INDUSTRY WE REPRESENT
Australia’s $127.4 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 the provision of jobs and economic opportunities. In 2016-17, the food, beverage and grocery processing industry directly employed almost 320,302 people, with 40% of those jobs located in regional areas. One out of every three jobs in manufacturing in Australia are in the food and grocery sector, with 234,641 people employed in food and beverage processing; 29,948 employed in grocery manufacturing and 55,713 people employed in the fresh produce sector.
This diverse and sustainable industry is made up of over 30,748 businesses and accounts for over $67.9 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.
WHAT WE DO
AFGC promotes the role the industry plays in sustaining Australia, economic, community and environmental health. It advocates on issues of concern and interest to the industry, and acts as a forum to discuss and pursue those issues.
AFGC makes representations to the Government, the retailers and other relevant organisations and key stakeholders on matters that affect the industry. We liaise with government departments on food legislation, trade practices, and environmental issues, working 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: Trading Partner; Agribusiness; Breakfast Cereals; Quick Service Restaurants; and Legal forums.
- AFGC’s activities are conveyed to members in regular newsletters, circulars and the members section of the website.
- Members have the opportunity to meet throughout the year at a range of Conferences, Seminars, Briefing Groups, Meetings and other events.