Victorian food processors hold talks about their future
Leaders of Victoria’s major food processors are to hold talks with Premier Ted Baillieu and senior state government ministers to address key challenges facing the multi-billion-dollar food processing industry.
Mr Baillieu said the Victorian Food Processing Forum on Monday will provide leaders of the industry, which is facing both global and domestic challenges, an opportunity to help shape the government’s policy decisions.
‘The Victorian coalition government understands the important role the food processing sector plays in supporting the economies of regional communities,’ the premier said.
‘Up to 28,000 people are employed in food processing in regional Victoria, which is around 30% of all of Victoria’s regional manufacturing jobs.
‘In fact, food product manufacturing is the largest employing manufacturing sub-sector in Victoria.’
The forum, will look at how government and industry can work together to increase productivity through improving transport and the efficient use of resources such as water and energy.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Rural and Regional Development Peter Ryan said the food and beverages sector also played a major part in Victoria’s trade performance, generating over $4.8 billion in exports in 2010-11.
Participants in the forum will include representatives of 16 of the state’s major food processors, the Victorian Farmers Federation and the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI).
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