Agribusiness, Food & Trade

DAFWA’s new Food Industry Innovation project

Regional food businesses operating on their own face a mammoth task competing against established international brands and identifying new markets, however that is all set to change with a project aimed at growing Western Australia’s premium food sector.

Investment in WA’s premium agrifood sector will enable regional producers become more competitive, innovative and profitable.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is delivering a new Food Industry Innovation project, with a $4.5 million investment through Royalties for Regions, to support agrifood businesses in capturing luxury domestic and international market opportunities.

Agribusiness expansion is one of the most promising sectors of the WA economy. This three-year investment aims to provide premium producers with opportunities to work together to become more competitive, innovative and profitable.

DAFWA intends to drive this through two new food centres where collaboration and innovation will help businesses better market their products, reduce costs, coordinate production and drive growth.

A Western Australian Premium Food Centre based in Manjimup will identify markets for premium food products from all corners of the state. The second, a Specialised Food Centre in Albany, is focusing on the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions assisting businesses in these areas to work together to reduce their costs and enhance their long-term viability.

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