Media Release - Strengthening Queensland's Food Manufacturing Sector - 12 November 2021

The Morrison Government is securing Australia’s economic recovery by backing businesses to succeed and create jobs with a further $33 million to support Australian made food and beverage companies, including $22 million for Queensland businesses.
Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Assistant Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker said the funding is part of the latest round of the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative.
“The Morrison Government will continue to protect and grow manufacturing jobs to secure Queensland’s economic recovery, with three local companies set to benefit under the latest round,” Senator Stoker said.
The Queensland recipients are:
· Plenty Foods will use its $9 million in funding to transform Australian nuts into locally-made protein nut flour.
· Turbine Sunshine Coast will use its $8.7 million in funding to establish an R&D centre and large-scale contract beverage manufacturing facility.
· Mulgowie Fresh will use its $5.1 million in funding to expand its processing capability and capacity in sweet corn and beans, increasing its supplies both domestically and in South East Asia.
“More than one million Australians are once again employed in manufacturing and we want businesses to be successful and create even more jobs, particularly in Queensland,” she said.
“Under Labor, one in eight manufacturing jobs were lost and Australians can’t risk this sort of economic mismanagement.
“Food and beverage production is the largest manufacturing sector in Australia, employing one in four workers and contributing around $22.4 billion to our economy, and these grants will bolster our thriving food and beverage sector and unlock further significant investment.”
Seven Australian companies will share in the funding stream in total, which will drive new manufacturing opportunities, boost production, and create more jobs across the country.
The MMI is the centrepiece of the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, designed to position Australia as a globally recognised, high-quality and sustainable manufacturing nation.
Food and Beverage is the fourth stream of funding across priority areas identified under the MMI. For more information, visit www.industry.gov.au/manufacturing
Media Contacts:
Valeria Cheglov – 0438 494 351 Patrick Hannaford – 0424 625 518
Authorised by Senator The Hon Amanda Stoker, Liberal National Party, Queensland