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FOOD AND GROCERY MANUFACTURING ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT 2018-19. BRINGING MELBOURNE’S FOODIE CULTURE INTO THE FACTORY
BUILDING on Melbourne’s reputation as the foodie capital of Australia, South East Melbourne has emerged as the food worker capital, with a quarter of all manufacturing jobs in the region now being in the food manufacturing industry.

According to new research released today by the Australian Food and Grocery Council, South East Melbourne food and grocery processing is now the fifth largest economic contributor across the five Federal Victorian electorates of Aston, Chisholm, Deakin, Hotham and Issacs.

Australian Food & Grocery Council CEO, Tanya Barden, said that workers in South East Melbourne are lucky to be able to combine a love of food with a long-term, secure career in an industry which has exciting jobs, lots of innovation and is teeming with opportunity.

“Food and grocery manufacturing employers in South East Melbourne range from major global companies like Chobani in Dandenong or Simplot in Pakenham, through to strong Australian brands like Carman’s Fine Food in Cheltenham.”

“All these operations are dedicated to ensuring that workers in South East Melbourne can access long-term, secure careers and continue to invest, innovate and employ locals into exciting careers.” Ms Barden said.

Key points in the report:

  • Wages – Wages and salaries pump $1.29 billion into the South East Melbourne economy annually, worth an average $79,000 for every full-time equivalent worker.
  • Jobs – South East Melbourne food & grocery manufacturing businesses employ 16,190 workers. It is the eleventh largest jobs provider after Manufacturing, Construction, Real Estate, Care & Social Assistance and Education & Training.
  • Economics – The sector contributes $11.10 billion in annual output and fifth largest in terms of outputs.

Workers in South East Melbourne are generating $11.10 billion per year, with the sector employing 16,190 people across a range of industries including dairy, meat, fruit, cereal and vegetables.

Ms Barden said Australians should be excited about the job opportunities available in their food manufacturing sector and look at the industry as not only a huge contributor to the economy, but an exciting sector to build a career.

“Jobs can range from the factory floor right through to the highly technical. This is a manufacturing sector which is growing, and it will continue to grow as the appetite for high-quality Australian products continues to expand.” Ms Barden said.

 

Table 1-1 Summary – South East Melbourne Food, Beverage and Grocery Manufacturing, 2018

Commonwealth ElectorateOutput
($B)
Employment
(No.Jobs)
Wages & Salaries
($B)
Local Expenditure
($B)
Net Taxes
($M)
Aston$2.442,988$0.26$0.55$15.40
Hotham$3.144,200$0.34$0.73$20.10
Deakin$0.831,351$0.12$0.21$8.20
Isaacs $4.577,244$0.55$1.22$36.50
Chisholm $0.12407$0.02$0.02$1.18
TOTAL SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE$11.1016,190$1.29$2.73$81.38

 

Table 2: Table 1-2 Summary – South East Melbourne Food, Beverage and Grocery Manufacturing, 2018

Commonwealth ElectorateFood and Grocery Manufacturing Output
($B)
Total Output
($B)
% of Total Output
Ashton$2.44$23.5110.4%
Hotham$3.14$37.658.4%
Deakin$0.83$18.994.4%
Isaacs$4.57$49.489.2%
Chisholm$0.12$19.650.6%
SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE$11.10$149.297.4%

 

The five South East Melbourne electorates:

  • Aston
  • Hotham
  • Deakin
  • Isaacs
  • Chisholm

Example – South East Melbourne Food and Grocery Manufacturers

  • Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Carman’s Fine Food Australia
  • General Mills
  • Fonterra
  • Mondelez
  • Yakult Australia
  • Chobani
  • Australian Blending Co
  • Simplot
  • Lactalis

ENDS

Contact: Brad Emery – 0419 297 004

 

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