Tuesday, 18 December 2018 Sydney

Growing the food industry in Melbourne::

A new food manufacturing industry group in the norther regions of Melbourne, Australia, will strengthen food and beverage manufacturing and investment in Victoria.

As part of this exciting initiative, industry organisation NORTH Link will work with local councils, the Melbourne Market Authority, the Melbourne Innovation Centre, leading educational institutes and the Victorian Government’s Food Investment Team to support the growth of more than 400 local businesses.

And in a further boost to the credentials of Melbourne’s food, iconic smallgoods manufacturers D’Orsogna and Bertocchi recently announced significant expansions.

While D’Orsogna is establishing a greenfield manufacturing presence at the Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne’s north, Bertocchi is upgrading its facility in Melbourne’s inner north and building a new plant in western Melbourne.

Both projects will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs in premium foods processing and follow other recent expansions by confectionery, specialty coffee, dairy and bakery companies.

Food processing companies choose Victoria for its competitive operating environment, reputation in foods, access to key transport infrastructure and rapidly growing local and export markets.

For more information about the food and fibre industry and why companies choose to invest in Victoria, visit https://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/priority-industries-sectors/food-and-fibre and www.invest.vic.gov.au/why-melbourne.

The food and fibre sector is Victoria’s biggest goods export sector, with Melbourne’s North alone set to double its output to $5 billion and create 7,000 jobs in the sector in the next ten years.