News & Media

The AFGC is committed to providing up-to-date and accurate information to the media on behalf of the food and grocery manufacturing industry.

Australian Food and Grocery Council supports net zero 2050 target

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) supports the federal government’s commitment of net zero emissions by 2050 and will work with government to achieve this target and meaningful progress on emissions in the interim. The AFGC is the peak industry body for Australia’s food and grocery manufacturers – businesses […]

Food industry joins forces to fight food waste with Australian Food Pact

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the launch of the Australian Food Pact today and congratulates the manufacturers and retailers who have joined as inaugural signatories in this important step towards halving food waste in Australia by 2030.  The Australian Food Pact is a voluntary agreement bringing organisations from […]

The National Obesity Prevention Strategy 2022-2032 – Draft Release

Overweight and obesity is an urgent and complex public health issue. At last, the long-awaited draft National Obesity Prevention Strategy 2022-2032 has been released for consultation. The idea of developing an obesity strategy was agreed back in 2018 by Australian and State and Territory health ministers being led by the […]

New dairy research shows not all saturated fats are the same

The AFGC keeps a watching brief on research publications across scientific and technical disciplines of importance to the food industry.  Dietary guidelines around the globe recommend limiting dairy fats, which are high in saturated fat, to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).  However, emerging evidence is showing […]

Can processed foods play an important role in the healthy diets of Australians?

The AFGC keeps a watching brief on research publications across scientific and technical disciplines of importance to the food industry.  One of the barriers to selecting food choices is cost. This is especially true for low socioeconomic status (SES) households which regularly choose processed foods. Additionally, lower and […]

FSANZ recommends a proposal for added sugar labelling

The issue of added sugar has been brewing for some time. It was mooted in the late 1990s when the [then] new ANZ Food Standards Code (FSC) was being developed. And it was raised again in 2011 in the recommendations of the Blewett food labelling review. More recently in 2017 in response to […]

Christmas demands need workers to keep supply chains going and supermarket shelves stocked

Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing industry keeps the supermarket shelves stocked.  The industry is working around the clock with Aussies in nearly every corner of the country needed to turn up to work to ensure supply. The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has said that as cases […]

Vital food and grocery manufacturing stays strong but action needed for COVID economic recovery

The value of Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing industry has grown by four per cent to almost $133 billion, according to new data from the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), with a rise in the value of exports driving the performance. Releasing the latest State of the […]

Healthy Food Partnership – Opportunities and Challenges

It’s  almost six years since the Healthy Food Partnership (HFP) began when Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash announced a new partnership of preventive health groups, food industry bodies and government to cooperatively tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating. To date there has been active participation of the AFGC and wider […]

Ultra-processed foods in national dietary guidelines

The AFGC keeps a watching brief on research publications across scientific and technical disciplines of importance to the food industry.   Public health researchers claim there is a growing body of evidence indicating that processing techniques used in food manufacture may be as harmful to health as consuming excessive […]