Specialised Food Centre

The Department of Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has established a Specialised Food Centre to support collaboration between a broad range of agriculture and food businesses from across the Great Southern and Wheatbelt. The centre is part of DPIRD’s Food Industry Innovation project, made possible through investment by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

Located in Albany with a focus on the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions, the Specialised Food Centre will assist agrifood businesses to work together to reduce their costs and enhance their viability. As a part of DPIRD’s Food Industry Innovation project, the centre will support the viability and growth of food and agribusiness with activities to:

  • develop a geographic inventory of agribusiness food processing production, capacity and capability via the Mapping food producing and processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia project
  • identify and support opportunities for collaborative agribusinesses to value add and cost share with partners in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions
  • pilot collaborative industry projects (if appropriate market demand is identified)
  • develop and disseminate case studies to allow for replication in other suitable regions.

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Mapping food production and processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia

The Mapping food production and processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia project is an initiative developed by DPIRD in conjunction with Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA Inc. It is the first activity of DPIRD’s Specialised Food Centre, part of the Food Industry Innovation project funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program, and will cover all 11 local government areas within the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.

The Specialised Food Centre seeks to enhance the viability and growth of the agrifood sector through the identification of value-adding opportunities, which requires a detailed understanding of the current and future capacity of regional food production and processing. Food production and processing information will be compiled from existing current reports and data sources, and surveys of producers and processors will complement this to obtain a comprehensive status of food production and processing for the region.

The information collected in the project will benefit the region through informing future investment, matching with market opportunity and creating confidence in decision making around food and food projects produced and processed in the region.

For more information on the Specialised Food Centre phone +61 (0)8 9892 8415.

Contact information

Food Industry Innovation
+61 (0)8 9368 3067
Page last updated: Friday, 3 November 2017 - 1:28pm

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