Competitiviness and Growth

Australia’s food, beverage and grocery manufacturing sector provides a reliable and safe food supply, jobs and an economic contribution to Australia’s economy. As a national priority industry, the AFGC has a bold vision for the industry to prosper and deliver, founded on manufacturers and suppliers having fair and equitable access to local and global markets. This involves initiatives that promote mutually beneficial supply chain practices, fair and equitable commercial processes and practices, and access to global trade and investment markets.

Locally this requires a robust grocery supply chain built on trust, co-operation and transparency that delivers food and grocery products to all Australians through a marketplace that promotes competition between players, enabling suppliers and manufacturers to remain profitable and thrive.

The AFGC supports:

  • A stable, supportive, regulatory environment to stimulate business growth in the trading environment.
  • A transparent and competitive retail environment.
  • A strong and effective Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.
  • See related submissions


  1. Food and Grocery Code of Conduct
  2. Regional issues


Specifically, in regards to trade and investment policies growth of the sector relies upon stable and new export opportunities as well as efficient import channels.

The AFGC supports:

  • rules-based trading governed by the World Trade Organization
  • strong bilateral and strategic multilateral trade agreements
  • public and private investment, both domestic and foreign, in tertiary education and training, workforce skills development, strategic collaborative and company-level innovation are some examples that will help to increase the competitiveness of businesses in key export markets and particularly in Asia exploiting Australia’s comparative advantage.

Based on four key pillars:

  • Provenance – authenticity, and product traceability back to Australia’s pristine production systems
  • Sustainability – from advanced production and manufacturing processes designed and evolving for minimal environmental impact
  • Quality – premium products with a focus on wholesomeness, consistency, and convenience for consumers
  • Safety – certified through Australia’s world best food regulatory system.
  • See related submissions


See additional policy position statements for detail:

  1. Market information
    1. China
    2. Indonesia
    3. South Korea