Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund - successful recipients

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund, supported by State Government investment through the Royalties for Regions program, is designed to support investment in new projects or expansion opportunities by value adding agribusinesses.


The Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund (VAAIAF) aims to create jobs and drive productivity and capability of this growing industry sector.

There are two grant streams as part of the fund:

Program 1 - Capital expenditure

Sixteen grants totalling $2.68 million has been awarded to businesses towards capital expenditure to invest in expansion, relocation or new value adding processing and production facilities (grants up to 50% of the value of the total investment).

Program 2 - De-risking investment

Seven grants totalling $486 000 has been awarded to businesses to undertake pre-investment activities to support decision to expand, relocate or establish processing and production facilities in WA.

Congratulations to the below list of recipients.
Note. Grants are provisional and subject to a funding agreement between DPIRD and grant recipients.

Table 1. Grants for Capital Expenditure - successful recipients


Brief project description

Grant (ex-co-contribution)

Ocean Grown Abalone


Expansion of abalone processing facility in Augusta, including increased capabilities for value adding and live exports, focused primarily on abalone with ability to handle other seafood.


Ryan’s Meats

Expansion of Davenport facility to Tier One Export accreditation, and expansion of value added food service product.


Margaret River Eggs

Processing of older laying hens for premium whole meat poultry products.


West Australian Octopus

Refurbishment of Geraldton octopus processing and freezing facility.


Margaret River Kombucha Company

Purchase and commissioning of a bottling line and associated production equipment for scaled growth of rok Kombucha's premium and organic beverages.


Lucky Bay Brewery

Relocation and expansion of Esperance brewery, utilising local barley product, with increased cellar door and product development capacity.


The Lake House Denmark

Development of Vinofood. New food production and warehousing facility for premium value add wine-complimentary specialty condiments.


Ord River District Cooperative

Optical sorting technology to improve quality of high-value grains (chickpeas, culinary beans) and allow for value-added market expansion opportunities.


Albany Seafoods

Value added processing of sardines through automatic filleting machine, breading machine and vacuum packer for the wholesale, retail and food service sectors.


Red Range Stock Supplements

Stock supplement plant automation and expansion.


Linley Valley Pork

Equipment for new lines of portion controlled meat products and tray sealing equipment.  


Terra Temptations

New processing and retail facility for increased production of preserves, ice-cream, dried fruit and gourmet products including freezer room, coolroom, commercial kitchen and retail.


Simmos Ice Creamery 

Expansion of ice-cream factory for increased production and new product lines.


Handasyde Strawberries

Diversification of strawberry production including freeze drying and enhanced packaging of fruit products.


Manjimup Cider Company

Alternative option for Newton Orchards apples for premium juice and cider.



Grain malting plant and distillery expansion in Porongorup and Albany including local product sourcing and craft malting capacity.



Table 2. Grants for De-risking and feasibility study - successful recipients


Brief project description

Grant (ex-co-contribution)

Dandaragan Camel Dairies

Feasibility of high capacity dairy for the production and processing of premium quality camel milk and milk based products.



Avon Valley Beef

Northam Abattoir expansion and strategic business plan feasibility.

$100 000

Dardanup Butchering Company

Viability modelling of dedicated meat processing and value added products.


Kimberley Wild Gubinge

Infrastructure and planning research for processing of gubinge.


Yarrie Station

Feasibility study for the design, construction and operation of a mobile abattoir and processing facility.


Hall's Family Dairy

Feasibility study for dairy production facility for single origin cheeses.


Chestnut Grove Holdings

Feasibility for winery diversification for apple crushing, juicing and cider production.



Contact information

Susan Hall
Peter May