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Investing in skills and building self-reliance the right focus for Australia

July 29, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the Albanese government’s commitment to building the resilience of Australian manufacturing and the broader economy in response to the unprecedented challenges now facing essential industries.  AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ focus on supply chains, skills and […]

Food, grocery manufacturing costs are key for June inflation

July 27, 2022

The peak industry body for Australia’s food and grocery manufacturers warns unrelenting cost pressures on the sector could drive annual inflation close to seven per cent in the June 2022 quarter. Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO Tanya Barden says the impacts of supply chain disruptions, COVID-19 and […]

Cost pressures affecting Australian food and grocery manufacturers

April 28, 2022

AFGC CEO Tanya Barden says Australian food and grocery manufacturers are facing cost pressures that are starting to flow through to supermarket shelves.  “All manufacturers of food and groceries are facing pressure and that is starting to flow through to supermarket shelves,” Ms Barden said.  “Over the past […]

Federal budget a welcome boost for regional food and grocery manufacturing

March 29, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the support for regional manufacturing delivered in tonight’s Federal Budget. The $2 billion Regional Accelerator Program (RAP) announced in the budget provides important support to regional food and grocery manufacturers, who employ 40 per cent of this $132 billion industry’s […]

Food and grocery manufacturers welcome new funds to build Australia’s advanced soft plastics recycling industry

March 21, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), the peak body for the nation’s food and grocery manufacturing industry, welcomes the federal government’s $60 million funding boost for advanced recycling of soft plastics as an important step in creating a true circular economy for plastic packaging in Australia.  The […]

Industry backs efforts to address obesity

March 7, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) is pleased to see the release of the Federal Government’s National Obesity Strategy today. Australia’s food manufacturers work closely with governments at both state and federal levels to ensure Australian consumers have access to a wide variety of food products with […]

Australian food and grocery manufacturing welcomes potential global plastic treaty

March 4, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the UN Environment Assembly passing a resolution to begin negotiations on a global treaty to end plastic pollution. AFGC CEO, Tanya Barden said the Australian food and grocery manufacturing sector has a keen interest in the UN EA resolution and […]

Qenos and Cleanaway advanced plastics recycling study a welcome step towards packaging circular economy

February 18, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the announcement by Cleanaway and Qenos that they will investigate developing new advanced plastics recycling capabilities for Australia. Plastics manufacturer Qenos and waste management company Cleanaway have announced a feasibility study to assess converting up to 100,000 tonnes per year […]

Federal budget an onshoring opportunity for Australian manufacturing

February 9, 2022

The upcoming federal budget is an opportunity to back advanced food and grocery manufacturing capacity in Australia and reverse a long trend of losing vital capabilities offshore, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) CEO Tanya Barden says.  In its submission to the 2022-23 Federal Budget the AFGC urges […]

Consistent national approach to COVID isolation for essential workers needed to keep supermarket shelves stocked

January 11, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), the peak body representing food and grocery manufacturers, says nationally consistent rules for managing COVID close contacts among essential workers are urgently needed as supply chains and supermarkets face their greatest challenge since the start of the pandemic. AFGC CEO Tanya […]