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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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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…

AVS Organic Foods product range

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,…

Maurizio Marcocci speaking at the Melbourne's North Food Group business briefing and networking forum

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,…

Glenn and Corey from Shearasun Brewing Co

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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Innovation in Food and Agribusiness Forum

Globally, food and agribusiness companies are facing technological disruptions across their operations. The current industry climate is seeing technology rapidly evolving, meaning businesses are increasingly pressured to remain updated or lose market competitiveness. This is particularly important to Australian industry. As other countries continue to innovate, Australia must follow, if not lead, to remain internationally…

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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…

MNFG energy group buying forum

Reduce your business’s energy costs

MNFG and NORTH Link partnered with Procurement Australia and the Victorian Government to host the Reduce Your Energy Cost: Energy Group Buying Forum. Over 30 attendees, MNFG partners included, were informed about collaborative group purchasing methods that could reduce operational costs. The past decade has seen electricity prices increase by 80 to 90 per cent,…

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Fine Food Australia expo a success for MNFG partners

Fine Food Australia trade show was a great success for all  involved. MNFG partners generated a range of international exporting, supermarket supply and brand recognition opportunities. Two of our partners won significant awards, including Best New Product. If you visited the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre early last week, you may have observed the absence…

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Melbourne’s North Food Group launches with great support

From state MPs and local council officials to food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers, Thursday night’s MNFG launch was an inspiring rally of community support. The Melbourne Market in Epping played host, accommodating over 150 attendees who have followed the MNFG journey, some as far back as the beginning. On arrival, attendees were greeted with…

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Establishing a food group in northern Melbourne

Melbourne’s North Food Group was created to support the local food, beverage and fibre industry, and to help local businesses meet the challenges of the local and global marketplaces. Comprehensive research (the 2014 Food and Beverage Growth Plan: Melbourne’s North) showed that a powerful regional industry body was needed to lead and provide vision for…