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Food & grocery manufacturing’s long COVID: jobs, investment remain challenged during pandemic recovery

August 22, 2023

Australia’s food and grocery manufacturers are feeling the effects of years of pandemic and supply chain disruptions with new analysis showing a drop in food product investment and a dip in job numbers. The latest AFGC State of Industry (SOI) data shows the food and grocery manufacturing industry […]

AFGC welcomes support for new Australian recycling capabilities

July 19, 2023

The Australian Food and Grocery Council welcomes the federal government funding to increase Australia’s recycling capabilities as important progress in developing a circular economy for packaging materials.  AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said $60 million in funding for hard-to-recycle plastics, including soft plastics, and consultation on a national framework […]

Food and grocery manufacturers welcome collective effort towards a circular economy

June 19, 2023

Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) CEO Tanya Barden has welcomed decisions by the nation’s environment ministers that support the food and grocery manufacturing sector’s efforts to reduce plastic packaging waste, including the development of the National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS).  “Food and beverage manufacturers have long supported […]

How packaging is cutting food waste and environmental impact

New series showcases Australia’s innovative food and grocery manufacturing industry   The environmental impact of food waste and the role of packaging in reducing that impact is just one of the informative and inspiring stories in the new season of Sustaining Australia TV, the online news series dedicated to […]

Budget delivers on responsible management and cost of living relief, says AFGC

May 10, 2023

Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) CEO Tanya Barden says the 2023 Federal Budget will help Australians facing soaring living costs and provides important support for small businesses in the transition to a clean energy future with the $310m Small Business Energy Incentive.  “We congratulate the government on […]

Kerbside trials win new recruits to soft plastics recycling

April 19, 2023

New data indicates a trial of kerbside soft plastics recycling has won new people over to making sure their used plastic packaging is sent for recycling and stays out of landfill.  A survey of residents taking part in trials for the National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS), a soft […]

Cleanaway and Qenos engage with the NPRS 

April 5, 2023

Cleanaway and Qenos are engaged in talks with the AFGC on becoming a partner in the National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS) project.  Cleanaway is Australia’s leading total waste management, industrial and environmental services company. Circular Plastics Australia, Cleanaway’s plastic recycling joint venture with PACT Group, Coke and Asahi, […]

Food & grocery manufacturers driving progress on solutions for plastic packaging recycling 

March 22, 2023

In response to a media report on Australia’s recycling performance, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) CEO Tanya Barden says the low rate of plastic packaging recycling is disappointing for industry but projections for future recycling capacity show important progress is being made.  “Australia’s food and grocery industry […]

Soft Plastics Taskforce supports industry-led recycling scheme as the way ahead for Australia

March 9, 2023

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the Soft Plastics Taskforce’s recognition of the industry-led National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS) as the model for the future of soft plastic packaging recycling in Australia.  AFGC CEO Tanya Barden congratulated the Soft Plastics Taskforce, comprising major supermarkets Coles, Woolworths […]

EU FTA must not trade away Australia’s valuable and vital food manufacturers

February 13, 2023

Australian food manufacturers are under threat from a controversial European Union free trade agreement demand that would ban local companies from using common names such as “feta”, “parmesan”, “balsamic” or even “kransky” on products – even if they have been making them for generations.  The EU wants Australian […]