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AFGC responds to Federal Budget 2024

May 14, 2024

14 May – Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) commends the Federal Government for the Budget’s twin focus of giving cost of living relief to Australians in the present while investing in a Future Made in Australia. AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said: “It is encouraging to see a […]

Senate supermarket report highlights need for stronger grocery code, AFGC says 

May 8, 2024

8 May – The peak body for food and grocery manufacturing in Australia notes the report by the Senate’s select committee on supermarket pricing. The Committee’s report highlighted the need to strengthen the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct through tougher penalties and the introduction of an independent […]

Metcash and 7-Eleven join industry-led soft plastics recycling scheme

March 1, 2024

March 1 – The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) applauds both Metcash and 7-Eleven for joining the industry’s collaborative effort to recycle soft plastics, making them the first retailers to support the initiative. The industry-led National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS), unprecedented in its scope and scale, aims […]

Industry welcomes a focus on food security outlined in recommendations of new report

December 8, 2023

The peak body for Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing industry has welcomed the report presented by the House Agriculture Committee ‘Australian Food Story: Feeding the Nation and Beyond’. “At a time when cost of living and inflation are running high, any focus on the food supply chain and […]

Food manufacturers welcome announcement on a collaborative, national approach to packaging regulation

November 13, 2023

The peak body for Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing industry has welcomed today’s announcement from Environment Ministers around design standards for packaging and a focus on traceability. Today’s announcement is fundamental for a closed loop on packaging, particularly soft plastics in Australia. Importantly, the fact we are talking […]

Food and grocery manufacturers welcome review of essential industry code

October 4, 2023

The peak body for Australia’s largest manufacturing sector has welcomed the announcement from Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Assistant Minister for Employment, Dr Andrew Leigh, of the second review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (the Code).   “Since its inception in 2015, the […]

Lessons of COVID will help guard supply chains as bushfire season looms: AFGC

September 28, 2023

Vital food and grocery supply chains will be better protected this bushfire season by manufacturers, transport providers, retailers and governments drawing on the experience of recent floods, bushfires and the COVID pandemic to plan for disruptions, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) says. AFGC CEO Tanya Barden […]

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 […]