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NSW govt releases
food and beverage strategy
THE NSW Government has launched a new strategy to help boost export opportunities for NSW-based food and beverage manufacturers.
The NSW Food and Beverage Industry Development Strategy sets out targeted initiatives including accelerating growth in niche and emerging markets by
assisting SMEs to access and become established in new domestic and export markets.
It aims to help attract investment by
making international investors aware of the local sector and enabling businesses to access
international markets. The strategy will also
support coordination actions across
government, industry and research
institutions to ensure that NSW
food and beverage manufacturing
firms have all they need to stay at the cutting edge. It aims to help create
a fit-for- purpose workforce
by attracting
employees with the right skills; and provide a supportive business environment.
The Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the strategy is about supporting food and beverage manufacturers so they can make the most of enormous export opportunities.
“We want to help the businesses that are bold enough to take the best of NSW to the world.”
Around 3600 food and beverage manufacturers employ nearly 70,000 people in NSW, making it the largest manufacturing sector employer in the state, the minister said.
“A strong food and beverage manufacturing sector means jobs across the state and especially in regional NSW.” ✷
AUSPACK heads to Melbourne
MORE than 300 exhibitors will be packing into the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre when the AUSPACK processing and packaging show opens its doors on 26 March. AUSPACK 2019 is boasting the largest overseas contingent ever, with over 100 exhibitors from across the globe, and will for the first time include a dedicated Italian Pavilion.
See our preview on page 24. ✷
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