Western Australia’s (WA) agrifood products are valued at $20 billion at the retail and export levels. WA’s food manufacturing industry comprises around 1200 businesses, with two-thirds of WA agrifood products exported.
With the world food trade undergoing significant change, affluent Asian and Middle East countries are increasingly seeking to import quality, safe food to meet their needs. These changing market conditions present real opportunities for growth in the state’s agrifood sector.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is committed to growing WA’s world class agriculture and food industries through excellence and innovation. A key role of DAFWA is to support economic development across the wide range of agribusiness sectors in WA.
The Food Industry Innovation project will work with a range of partners throughout WA to transform agrifood businesses and the regions into preferred suppliers of premium quality products, which will generate flow-on benefits to other businesses throughout the state.
Food Industry Innovation, delivered by DAFWA will assist WA regional agrifood businesses to create a sustainable competitive advantage by providing confidence to collaborate, innovate and capitalise on premium market opportunities resulting in improved competitive growth.
The project aims to facilitate businesses working together to better market their products, reduce their costs and coordinate production. This will be through the establishment of:
- a Western Australian Premium Food Centre, located in Manjimup, that will identify markets for premium food products and assist businesses statewide to upscale and coordinate production and promotion of high value, low input products.
- Specialised Food Centre activities coordinated from the department’s Albany offices. These activities will support collaboration between a broad range of agriculture and food businesses from across the Great Southern and Wheatbelt to work together to reduce their costs by sharing knowledge, skills, technology and infrastructure.
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