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How to save on costs through group buying

Melbourne’s North Buying Group Businesses that take part in group buying benefit from significant cost savings, reduced time sourcing suppliers and increased confidence that they are receiving value for money. Melbourne’s North Food Group and NORTH Link have partnered with Fulcrum Procurement to deliver group buying opportunities through the MN Buying Group. The Buying Group…

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Floridia Cheese to improve staff workload with new system

Melbourne’s North Food Group partner Floridia Cheese has developed a secure milk payment system thanks to a Melbourne Polytechnic student project facilitated through the North and West Melbourne Data Analytics Hub and the Northern Industry Student Placement Program. The project is planned to be implemented company-wide to better organise data and provide more accurate calculations,…

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Business reviews help MNFG companies grow

Business reviews conducted by MNFG highlight the different challenges faced by companies and identify ‘growth blockers’ that impede success. Results have been used to develop MNFG webinar workshop topics for the future. Analysis of business review results found common themes that were limiting the potential for business growth. They included low cash flow, lack of…

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MNFG success stories

Despite the significant impact of COVID-19 on our industry, a number of MNFG partner businesses have found new opportunities through collaboration while others continue to receive industry recognition for excellence. MNFG partners are collaborating on projects that demonstrate creativity and the benefits of supporting each other. For example, Il Nonno teamed up with That’s Amore Cheese and ITAL Biscuits to launch NONNO…

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Introducing the Melbourne’s North Buying Group

Businesses that take part in group buying benefit from significant cost savings, reduced time sourcing suppliers and increased confidence that they are receiving value for money. Melbourne’s North Food Group has partnered with Fulcrum Procurement to deliver group buying opportunities through the MN Buying Group.  The Buying Group is exclusive to MNFG partners and is reducing external…

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MNFG provides vital information for business

Melbourne’s North Food Group has initiated a weekly e-news bulletin to ensure partners receive up-to-the-minute information and advice on dealing with COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. The update draws on MNFG’s government, education and industry network to supply food and beverage businesses, partners and supporters with timely information. Its goal is to centralise COVID-19 information and…

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Geographic Indicators: Update

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade asked the public to submit objection letters to help identify Australian industry and stakeholder interests. These objections will be used by the Australian Government to form their arguments to the European Union. Submissions closed on 13 November 2019. MNFG worked closely with our partners to put together a…

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Bedford Group HiCity

Food and beverage producers eager to impress customers with quality packaging while making a positive social contribution have found the answer through their Bedford HiCity partnership. Bedford HiCity offers employment, training and accommodation to support a happy and fulfilling life for people with disabilities, while delivering a high quality service to its clients. Bedford’s involvement…

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Australian cheese industry threatened under new trade agreement

Australian cheese makers may be facing a re-branding nightmare if the European Union succeeds in including Geographic Indications in the new Free Trade Agreement with Australia. Under GI, Australian businesses are restricted from labelling their cheeses after regions the cheese originates from. This includes cheeses such as feta and parmesan. GIs could also extend as…

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AVS Organic Foods

MNFG partner AVS Organic Foods is taking advantage of a shift in public perception to bring their range of plant-based foods to the general public. Melissa Murphy-Webster is the proud director, chief cheese maker, accountant, marketer and founder of plant-based food manufacturer AVS Organic Foods. Located in Watsonia North, within Melbourne’s thriving food manufacturing region,…

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MNFG business briefing and networking event

Growth, diversification and the challenges faced by a successful family business over 50 years were the focus of a talk by University Food Group’s Managing Director Maurizio Marcocci at the most recent MNFG Business Briefing and Networking Forum, held at Uni Hill Conference Centre Bundoora in May. Over 40 businesses from the Melbourne’s North Food…

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Quest Bundoora, Quest Epping and Uni Hill Conference Centre

Quest Bundoora, Quest Epping and Uni Hill Conference Centre have been established to service business, hospital and leisure guests travelling to Melbourne’s north. The businesses have partnered together to provide premium accommodation and conferencing for the region. Melbourne’s north is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions with an annual population increase of 2.8 per cent,…

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Shearasun Brewing Co.

Travelling along Strath Creek Road through towering gumtrees and dried creek beds, the landscape is vastly different to the inner city. On the outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne, pushing into regional Victoria, a brewery is tucked into the countryside. Shearasun Brewing is located between Broadford and Strath Creek in Mitchell Shire, a region that’s gaining accolades…

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China Opportunity Program: Behind a successful business in China

Succeeding in the Chinese market was the premise behind the second in a series of China Opportunity seminars recently hosted by La Trobe University. The seminar consisted of three talks from prominent Chinese market experts and provided great networking opportunities for attendees. The China Opportunity Program comes following a delegation of SMEs from Melbourne’s north…

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Shape the future of food and beverage roundtable wrap up

Partners took a seat at the roundtable at Melbourne Polytechnic in Preston, to discuss the future of the food and beverage industry. Attended by tertiary education partners and food and beverage businesses, the roundtable gave education and business the opportunity to discuss and prioritise issues. Tertiary partners included: La Trobe University RMIT University Melbourne Polytechnic…

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MNFG partners listed among Australia’s most innovative food and agricultural businesses

Innovation has undeniably contributed to simple ways for us stay connected with friends, and to appliances that allows you to alter the physical state of sliced bread through heat activation (my personal favourite). Amongst these life pleasures, innovation is evolving Australian products and its manufacturing processes. As a result, Australian made products are becoming increasingly…

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MNFG business briefing and networking event

Networking and great food were on the menu at the MNFG Business Briefing on 4 October. Proudly supported by the City of Whittlesea, Hume City Council and Quest Epping, the event involved 30 people meeting at the Quest Epping Apartment Hotel to have input and learn about the services MNFG provides for businesses. Recommendations that…