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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 […]

ReMade In Australia builds confidence in Australia’s future as a recycling powerhouse

December 7, 2021

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the federal government’s new “ReMade In Australia” campaign for focusing attention on the enormous potential for home-grown recycling and reuse to drive economic growth and environmental protection.  AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said the ReMade In Australia campaign will raise awareness of the initiatives industry is using to increase recycling, such as the National […]

Consumers encouraged to shop early for Christmas goodies and avoid supply chain pressures

November 30, 2021

The peak industry body for Australia’s food and grocery manufacturers says shoppers are encouraged to shop early for their Christmas goodies to avoid the impact of supply chain disruptions that are currently affecting some businesses.  With supply chains across Australia and around the world affected by a series of issues including a shortage of wooden pallets, Australian Food and […]

FSANZ partners with GS1 Australia to create the Branded Food Database

November 14, 2021

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has announced that they are working with GS1 Australia to develop a public online database of Australian branded food and beverage products, including private label products. The database will contain product information, which is accurate, comprehensive, and updated regularly. The information will assist health policy development for Government. Limited […]

Bringing nutrition and sustainability assessment together

November 12, 2021

Nutrition and sustainability are large, complex issues. They are interconnected through the food system. Food – production, distribution and consumption – impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, land and water use, and the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Consequently, there is a growing interest in the assessment methods that […]

Dairy reduces falls and fractures

A healthy old age – is it realistic or futile? Ageing is often accompanied with frailty, bone fragility, and increased risk of fractures, particularly the hip. However, there is good news. A 2-year Australian study has investigated how dairy foods served in aged care facilities impacts on the risk of fractures of the residents. Few studies […]

New funding highlights food and beverage manufacturing’s vital role in Australia’s economic future

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement today of $33 million in grants to the food and beverage manufacturing sector as part of the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). These grants will help bring innovation, export opportunities and jobs for this critical industry.