Celebrating our 1st birthday
Food and beverage businesses from across Melbourne’s north gathered together recently to celebrate the first birthday of Melbourne’s North Food Group.
Held at Melbourne Market in Epping, the event provided a great opportunity to reflect on MNFG’s successes over the last year. Thanks to everyone who attended and particularly to our partners for their continued support. We look forward to another year of helping the food and beverage industry in Melbourne’s north to grow.
Geographic Indicators: Where to from here?
The EU has requested that Australia protect 236 spirit names and 172 agricultural and other foodstuff names as Geographic Indicators in Australia. The names that may be affected come from a range of sectors including dairy, meat, smallgoods, confectionery and oils. In September, we expressed concern about the impact this would have on Australian businesses and obtained significant media coverage. Now we are putting together a formal objection letter from MNFG, working closely with our partners to ensure our objection is as strong and accurate as possible. The Australian Government will form their argument to the EU around the objection letters they receive. We will continue to update you throughout this process.
MNFG award winning partners
Over the last month a number of MNFG partners have received some impressive food awards. It’s great to see the quality products and hard work of our partners being recognised. We’d like to congratulate our partners on their achievements.
Floridia Cheese – named Champion Australian Large Producer/Manufacturer and won 6 gold medals at the 2019 Australian Food Awards
Melbourne Arancini – 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at the 2019 Australian Food Awards
AVS Organic Food – 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Official Great Aussie Pie Competition
Country Cooked – 1 silver medal at the 2019 Australian Food Awards
MNFG at Food Hotels China
MNFG and participating partners will be attending Food Hotels China in Shanghai from 12 to 16 November. This trade show attracts exhibitors from all over the world including England, Germany, France, Japan and Australia. Last year the event hosted 3000 exhibitors from the food and beverage, meat, seafood, dairy, chocolate and wine industries… just to name a few. This will be a great opportunity for MNFG to see what new trends are emerging in the food and beverage industry. We look forward to sharing the knowledge we gain with our partners when we return.
Welcome to our new partners
Emporia Marketing assists businesses of all sizes in innovation and growth, with services tailored to specific business needs. Whether it’s driving marketing and sales programs such as kick-starting a new product or idea development process, business development, marketing strategy initiatives or simply promotional campaigns, Emporia Marketing helps businesses shine.
0417 396 011
The Bakery Lab
The Bakery Lab offers Australian-made, gourmet savoury seeded crackers for every occasion. Made from gluten-free indigenous ingredients including teff, they are a vegan friendly food choice. From simple wattle-seed to more complex flavours of native thyme and basil, the crackers are tasty with dips, cheese or by themselves as a snack.
1300 565 580
Madison Cross Australia is a leading strategy and operations consulting firm, with deep experience helping clients deliver lasting results in their organisations. They specialise in business strategy, marketing and research, procurement and logistics/supply chain, technology and organisational
transformation – with specific experience in FMCG, food, beverage, distribution and grocery retail sectors.
Mariljohn is a family owned business that designs and builds commercial hospitality venues locally and nationwide. With over 30 years of experience and the expertise that comes from undertaking numerous projects, Mariljohn’s tailored design solutions create great hospitality spaces that are built to last.
Pronto Software are Australian developers of award-winning business management and analytics solutions. Pronto Xi, their ERP software, integrates accounting, operational and mobile features in a single system – optimising business processes and unlocking actionable insights. Over 1700 organisations have leveraged Pronto’s industry experience and innovation to increase growth and revenue.
0400 024 125
Textured Concept Foods
Textured Concept Foods is an Australian owned company specialising in the manufacture of texture modified foods for people with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). Supplying hospitals, aged care and healthcare services nationwide, TCF’s range includes meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and desserts snap frozen for locked in nutrition and easy handling.
(03) 5428 7589
Tuesday 29 October
Hume Export Forum
You can register here.
Tuesday 12–16 November
Food Hotels China
Wednesday 20 November
Macpherson Kelley Employment Law
Thursday 28 November
Melbourne Market Tour
Australia food pioneers
Australia is leading the way in food waste prevention, with our food tech industry working to develop products and initiatives that are producing substantial results. The industry is making strides in a number of areas including extending product life, sustainability and packaging.
Mixed prospects for winter crops
The latest crop report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics reveals mixed prospects for Australia’s winter crop. Different crops including wheat, canola and barley have been subjected to varying weather conditions across the states. This article includes statistics and information on the prospects of these crops in different states.
Export forum for manufacturers 29 October
To help manufacturers get into the export market or expand their current export market, Hume City Council is hosting an export forum. This free event will cover case studies, international agreements, government assistance and more. This is a fantastic opportunity for food businesses to gain a better understanding of exporting.
Not an MNFG partner?
You can become a partner of MNFG if you are a food, beverage or fibre business, or if you provide services that would add value to these businesses.
Call Margaret McLelland on 0417 293 570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Alternatively, follow the link below to submit an enquiry.