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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 […]


December 22, 2021

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will hold a National Plastics Design Summit in February, further advancing collaboration with packaged goods manufacturers, retailers, the packaging and waste industries to achieve the National Packaging Targets. The first Plastics Summit in March 2020 […]

Jobs recovery must focus on skills for an Aussie-made future

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) released today makes a start on the essential task of upgrading manufacturing workforce skills to drive strong economic and jobs growth, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) says.   AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said the MYEFO’s upgraded projection for job creation will depend on sectors such as food and grocery manufacturing overcoming the current and projected shortage of highly skilled employees.    “We have been […]

Call for coordinated approach to Australia’s local food and grocery manufacturing future

December 13, 2021

The peak body for Australian food and grocery manufacturers has warned that the industry needs a more coordinated policy and funding approach to realise its potential as not only a provider of essential daily products but a high-skills growth sector and a major export earner.  Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) CEO Tanya Barden on Wednesday told a Senate inquiry into the state […]