Media Releases

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 […]

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 […]

Essential manufacturers need energy price relief

December 8, 2022

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) is urging the federal and state governments to act on soaring energy prices and reduce pressure on food and grocery manufacturers facing energy cost rises of up to 300 percent. Businesses that make essential food and grocery items for Australia and […]