25eight

25eight

25eight is a certified B Corp, that builds innovative small to medium-sized businesses through training, mentoring and agency support services, with a goal of increasing the economic well-being and quality of life of local communities. They work directly with businesses in different formats for different budgets and in partnership with government agencies and organisations to deliver to their business community.

1300 171 363

phil@25eight.co

25eight.co

Advanced Business Manager

ABM offers powerful accounting software and optional modules designed specifically for the food industry. Featuring batch tracking, use by dates, buy and sell products by weight and/or volume, barcodes, different package sizes and comprehensive special pricing. Configured to your business, ABM fosters opportunity for growth.

1800 067 864

sales@advancedbusinessmanager.com.au

advancedbusinessmanager.com.au

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Align.me

Align.me is a leader in the development and implementation of go-to-market plans for Australian and international B2B organisations. Alongside a technically diverse team of marketing specialists, co-founders Hugh MacFarlane and Brett Bonser serve hundreds of businesses with their leading marketing and sales alignment strategies, training and marketing tactics.

0418 205 153

bbonser@align.me

align.me

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Bemco

Bemco Australia is one of Australia’s largest export consolidators, that assists Australian food manufacturers entering the Asian and Middle Eastern export markets through international retail and HORECA partnerships, marketing awareness and government relationships. Bemco Australia has products in 17 international markets and over 200 manufacturers with headquarters based in Melbourne.

(03) 9336 7188

bemcosales@bemco.com.au

bemco.com.au

Bite Size Education & Recruitment

Bite Size Sales Training: Elevate your team with tailored programs focusing on communication, lead generation, and more. In-person sessions and ongoing mentorship are available.
Bite Size Recruitment: Access top sales talent without upfront fees. Fixed-price offer at $9,999. Payment at a 3-month success point, with free replacements.

(03) 9336 7188

info@bitesizeeducation.com.au

bitesizeeducation.com.au

BlueRock

BlueRock is a growing team of business and wealth experts who work together to get the best outcomes for business owners with adventurous goals. They act as advisors, not just accountants, and bring together lawyers, finance brokers, digital specialists, insurance brokers, financial planners and grant consultants…basically everyone you need on your team to make life easy for you.

0402 264 918

vince.giovanniello@thebluerock.com.au

bluerock.com.au

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Bluesilver Promotions

Bluesilver Promotions provide quality promotional products that help businesses best represent their brand. They work with clients to deliver quality, economy and impact that elevates branding. Bluesilver products include food safe and fibre product, accessories, stationary, lifestyle products, gadgets, sanitiser and much more. Using Australian made items, Bluesilver also use sustainable product options.

0416 000 266

bluesilver@outlook.com.au

bluesilverpromo.com.au

Brimbank City Council

Brimbank City Council is pleased to be a founding partner of the Melbourne North Food Group. This partnership provides an exciting opportunity to build strong connections with food, beverage and fibre manufacturers in the municipality and contribute to building the capacity of an important industry sector in Brimbank.

(03) 9249 4000

ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au

brimbank.vic.gov.au

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Brite Pak

Based in Broadmeadows Brite Pak offers assembly, export labelling, container loading and form-/weigh-fill services under HACCP to local and interstate companies. With in-house food packaging manufacturing capabilities (HIPS/PET) and 3PL services (800 pallet spaces) Brite Pak can provide an end-to-end service with a strong commitment to delivery in full and on time.

0439 990 040

ggaine@brite.com.au

brite.com.au

By George Legal

By George Legal is a specialist intellectual property firm based in Brunswick. By George Legal was established in 2016 to offer high-quality, specialised and cost-effective IP advice to market-leading, brand-driven businesses. By George Legal acts for food and beverage brands, retailers and hospitality venues among others businesses.

0434 564 852

george@bygeorgelegal.com.au

bygeorgelegal.com.au

City of Whittlesea

City of Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea supports the region’s food and beverage sector. They have dedicated economic development specialists to case manage queries, fast track applications and link to suppliers and industry groups, education and training providers and other related industries. City of Whittlesea helps businesses with establishment and growth.

(03) 9217 2278

business@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

whittlesea.vic.gov.au

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Choice Energy

Choice Energy is an independent energy management company. They have helped more than 8,500 Australian businesses and consumers reduce their energy costs through their range of solutions across energy procurement and energy efficiency. Choice Energy help businesses lower the network demand for their power through tariff analysis and power factor correction.

1300 304 448

david@choiceenergy.com.au

choiceenergy.com.au

Clover Marketing

Clover Marketing is a digital marketing agency servicing foodservice suppliers and retailers. Clover Marketing offers digital marketing services such as social media management, email marketing, web design, marketing automation and SEO.

(03) 8316 2408

contactus@clovermarketing.com.au

clovermarketing.com.au

City of Darebin

Darebin City Council

Darebin encompasses over 75 food and beverage manufacturers, employing over 5,000 people in the region. Darebin’s food and beverage industry ranges from coffee roasters to craft brewers, paleo porridge to packaged desserts, and everything in between. Darebin is pleased to be partnering with MNFG to connect businesses to the North and beyond.

(03) 8470 8602

business@darebin.vic.gov.au

darebin.vic.gov.au

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Emporia Marketing

Emporia Marketing assists businesses of all sizes in innovation and growth, with services tailored to specific business needs. Whether its 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

agatha@emporiamarketing.com.au

emporiamarketing.com.au

ePac Flexible Packaging

ePac Flexible Packaging is a digitally-based flexible packaging company driven by their mission to help brands of all sizes go from good to great. ePac leverages the latest in digital technology to print all packaging on site in 10-15 days in small volumes. ePac provide their customers with a quick and easy way to purchase custom printed stand up pouches, lay flat pouches and rewind.

1800 434 140

contactusaus@epacflexibles.com

www.epacflexibles.com.au

Esko Australia

Established in 1995, Esko works with major European food processing and packaging systems equipment suppliers to develop, promote and supply key quality solutions to their customer base. They offer solutions ranging from standalone machines through to turnkey end-to-end lines.

(03) 9464 5611

info@eskoaust.com

eskoaust.com

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Export Connect

Founded in 2017, Export Connect is an export advisory and consultancy service helping Australian food and agri-businesses develop the strategies and connections they need to export successfully and grow.

0448 054 234

service@exportconnect.com.au

exportconnect.com.au

Flexikitch

Flexikitch offers new, second-hand and rental equipment for restaurant, hospitality and retail businesses, as well as financing options if you need them and priority ongoing servicing of your rental equipment.

0412 899 784

meaghan@flexikitch.com.au

flexikitch.com.au

Food Process Engineering

Food Process Engineering designs and specifies equipment and systems for the food industry. With over 30 years experience, their staff are able to provide engineering solutions for projects ranging from single items of equipment through to fully automated turn-key plant. Commitment to advancing technology for the best client outcome is integral.

(03) 9433 9600

info@foodpro.com

foodpro.com.au

Forward Edge Freight

Forward Edge Freight provides a complete range of International Freight Forwarding services, including Air Freight, Sea Freight, Customs Clearance, and Transportation Services.

0484896865

amir@forwardedge.com.au

forwardedge.com.au

F. Wood & Son Pty Ltd

F. Wood & Son has over 35 years plumbing experience within the food and beverage sector providing specialist skills along with the latest technology and systems. Equipment installation is a specialty, from connection to commissioning. The company is also the plumber of choice for festivals and exhibitions.

(03) 9459 6628

admin@fwoodplumbing.com.au

fwoodplumbing.com.au

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Gagement

Gagement consultancy firm helps organisations develop a Continuous Improvement mindset and culture. This empowers everyone in the organisation to drive business outcomes by achieving Operations Excellence (through Lean Six Sigma), process improvement and capability development. Other services include Business Acumen training, Operations Strategies, Operational Leadership, and Quality & Safety Management Systems.

1300 851 046

alfred.ablaza@gagement.com.au

gagement.com.au

GEM Uniform Services

GEM Uniform Services is a family owned, medium sized industrial laundry. Operating for over 35 years, they specialise in providing laundry systems and apparel for food processing and manufacturing industries. GEM Uniform Services are HACCP accredited and work to provide a personalised service.

(03) 5447 7990

admin@gemlaundry.com.au

gemlaundry.com.au

HACCP Solutions

Expert in all aspects of food safety and quality management including development, implementation and management of modern, sensible and effective HACCP, supermarket and GFSI recognised systems, labelling, training, verification activities, technical support, employee mentoring/ holiday relief and audit. They possess broad industry experience and offer free CCP & wastage appraisals.

0425 700 140

lawrie@HACCPsolutions.online

haccpsolutions.online

Ho Finance - Finance Made Simple

Ho Finance- Finance Made Simple is a financial services firm that specialises in providing small to large businesses and individuals with the financial solutions they need to succeed. We understand that finance can be a complex and daunting process, and we are committed to making it easy and straightforward for our clients.

0457 451 107

keith.ho@financemadesimple.org

hofinancemadesimple.com.au

Hot Coals

Hot Coals Catering is a mobile event catering company supplying tasty, authentic wood fired catering. Their mobile catering team can provide tantalising finger foods, stunning buffets right through to sit-down meals at private events, corporate functions and more. A trailer-mounted wood-fired oven is available or venue facilities can be used.

1300 468 262

catering@hotcoals.com.au

hotcoals.com.au

Hume City Council

Hume City Council provides local businesses with the following opportunities:

  • free recruitment support with access to local talent pool
  • assistance with sustainability initiatives for recycling, resources and energy efficiency
  • B2B connections and other networks
  • access to government incentives for certain industries, particularly those focusing on export.

(03) 9205 2200

business@hume.vic.gov.au

hume.vic.gov.au

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ICAL

ICAL is an Australian owned international freight forwarding and customs brokerage company with strong connections across the world. With handpicked, highly trained and experienced staff, ICAL has a 30 year history of performing high quality freight forwarding, logistics and customs work specialising in food products.

0413 993 344

mark.coleman@ical.com.au

ical.com.au

Integra systems

Integra Systems

Established in 1991, Integra Systems is 100% Australian-owned. They support their customers with award-winning industrial product design and advanced manufacturing, both locally and globally. Integra empower their clients in key areas of industrial design and mechanical engineering, supported by highly efficient in-house advanced manufacturing systems and project management expertise.

(03) 9359 3133

enquiries@integrasystems.com.au

integrasystems.com.au

Independent Software Advisors

Independent Software Advisors can help you find the right ERP solution for your food process manufacturing or food service business. Generating sales through EDI, websites, telesales and mobility for reps on the road. They provide inventory management of ambient cool rooms and freezers. Also, production planning, scheduling, barcode scanning and labelling and much more. 

(03) 9846 6322 or 0412 612 704

bleacy@bigpond.net.au

Kangan Institute

Kangan Institute

Kangan Institute tailors training solutions to provide both hard and soft skills to support workforce development needs. Specialising in food and fibre, Kangan Institute can support the needs of a changing workforce, offering a raft of customised training programs from leadership and management to food processing and handling.

(03) 9094 3039

gperrott@kangan.edu.au

kangan.edu.au

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Kennedy Guy Lawyers

Kennedy Guy has a wealth of experience supporting businesses across the food and produce industries. The firm’s lawyers can help with intellectual property protection, regulatory and licensing compliance, employment advice, property sales and acquisitions, food import and export, equipment leasing and review of commercial contracts.

(03) 9311 8511

enquiries@kennedyguy.com.au

kennedyguy.com.au

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Labelhouse

Labelhouse works with food and beverage manufacturers to provide quality label and branding needs. Labelhouse employs local people who specialise in printing, artwork and design. The family owned business is dedicated to retaining local knowledge and supporting Australian businesses locally. Labelhouse continues to operate and support businesses during COVID-19.

0400 395 640

davew@labelhousevic.com.au

labelhousevic.com.au

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University’s leading researchers work collaboratively with businesses in the food, fibre and agribusiness sector to develop differentiated products, identify system and process improvements (including streamlining supply chains), utilise new technologies in animal and plant health, and provide advice to ensure businesses use market signals to inform decisions.

(03) 9479 8825

a.angleton@latrobe.edu.au

latrobe.edu.au

Mathews Steer

Matthews Steer

Matthews Steer are community-focused accountants and business advisors with a track record of growth, innovation and investment within Melbourne’s north west. Matthews Steer have assisted many SMEs, including food businesses, to achieve growth through focused strategic planning, financial management strengthening and accessing state and federal government grants.

(03) 9325 6300

info@matsteer.com.au

matthewssteer.com.au

Melbourne Innovation Centre

Melbourne Innovation Centre

Melbourne Innovation Centre offers business and support services to a range of industries including food and beverage SMEs and start-ups. MIC excels in assisting businesses to scale via its business incubation and accelerator programs, with a particular focus on digital business training.

(03) 9499 9100

info@melbourneinnovation.com.au

melbourneinnovation.com.au

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Melbourne Market

Melbourne Market is Victoria’s wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower trading centre. Operating from a purpose-built facility on a 60-hectare site at Epping, the Market provides critical links between growers, wholesalers, retailers and fresh produce supply chains. Over 4,000 businesses use the Market as a base, buying and selling fresh produce.

(03) 9258 6100

info@melbournemarkets.com.au

melbournemarket.com.au

Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to supporting the workforce development needs of the Melbourne’s North Food Group.  The Institute can identify current and future skill needs to assist in planning for the ongoing development of employees.  Melbourne Polytechnic also has numerous high-quality facilities perfect for product launches, seminars and professional development.

(03) 9269 1970

kerrynLester-Smith@melbournedpolytechnic.edu.au

melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Mitchell Shire Council

Mitchell Shire Council

Mitchell Shire is situated 30kms north of Melbourne. It is strategically located offering urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes. Situated along the Hume Fwy, Mitchell Shire boast excellent transport connectivity. Significant population growth is projected, with most of the focus on Mitchell South in the new Urban Growth Zone.

(03) 5734 6200

ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Merri-bek

The Merri-bek Economic Development Branch provides support and initiatives to assist new and existing food, beverage and fibre businesses, including:

  • dedicated website with access to training and development programs, events and funding opportunities
  • monthly e-newsletter
  • promotion in the Moreland Made marketing campaign
  • priority for Planning Permit business applications
  • dedicated Investment Facilitation contact officer.

(03) 9240 1111

business@moreland.vic.gov.au

merri-bek.vic.gov.au

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Nillumbik Shire Council

Nillumbik’s Economic Development Unit supports food, beverage and fibre businesses to establish, grow and prosper on Melbourne’s fringe. We assist businesses through a comprehensive education and networking events calendar and provide direct support for navigating local government regulatory processes.

(03) 9433 3128

business@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

nillumbik.vic.gov.au

OFI Weigh & Inspection Solutions

OFI offer a wide range of standard weighing and inspection systems such as weighing scales, inline checkweighers, metal detectors and X-ray inspection to help streamline production processes. With over 20 years of experience, they supply customised service and system solutions to a range of industries, including food, packaging and logistics.

(03) 9394 8440

info@ofiinspection.com.au

ofiinspection.com.au

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Ontime Group

Ontime Group is a transport service company that specialises in permanent delivery services in all Australian capital cities. They have a fleet of vehicles that vary from one tonne to B-Double. Ontime also have specialised vehicles such as tailgates and cranes to ensure that all client needs are met.

(03) 9322 2400

nfernandes@ontimegroup.com.au

ontimegroup.com.au

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Options Consulting Group

Options Consulting Group is a client driven human resources solutions provider. Adopting a consultative approach, Options Consulting Group delivers sustainable competitive business advantage through the five key pillars of human resources – consulting, recruitment, leadership development, career transition and outplacement and behavioural and psychometric profiling.

(03) 9693 9300

contactus@optionsgroup.com.au

optionsgroup.com.au

Planet Protector Packaging

Planet Protector Packaging produces sustainable thermal packaging for the transport of temperature-sensitive food and beverages. Their packaging is made primarily from sheep waste wool and is manufactured in Australia and New Zealand. Planet Protector Packaging works with clients to understand their supply chain and develop a fit-for-purpose, cost competitive solution.

1300 9665 2665

enquiries@planetprotectorpackaging.com

planetprotectorpackaging.com.aus

Quest Bundoora

Quest Apartments Bundoora feature 76 multi-sized room serviced apartments including free wi-fi and free undercover parking. A complimentary corporate shuttle bus operates from 7am to 9am within the local area. Quest Bundoora is located 100m from local cafes, restaurants and a full shopping centre.

(03) 8306 0600

sales.bundoora@questapartments.com.au
questbundoora.com.au

Quest Epping

Quest Epping apartment hotel provides brand-new accommodation for corporate and leisure travellers. Located within the Pacific Epping Shopping Centre and the Urban Diner precinct and close to the Northern Hospital, Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, Northport Enterprise Park and MAB Alliance Business Park. It is just 33km from Melbourne’s CBD.

(03) 9133 5300

sales.epping@questapartments.com.au

questepping.com.au

Quest Preston

Quest Preston brings a stunning new accommodation experience for both the business traveller and leisure traveller to the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Perfectly positioned with easy and fast access to local businesses and amenities, Quest Preston is the optimal accommodation choice for business travellers.

(03) 9110 1300

preston@questapartments.com.au

questpreston.com.au

Range Workforce Solutions

At Range, our talented team has been empowered with the flexibility to create a recruitment solution that embodies their collective dedication to quality, nimbleness, respect, and a focus on people. The tailor-made solutions cater to your specific needs, whether you require skilled or unskilled labour, permanent or temporary staff.

(03) 4224 7040

matthew@rangeworkforcesolutions.com.au

rangeworkforcesolutions.com.au

Resilient Services

Resilient Services are professional risk managers with operational backgrounds, who make the economically complicated simple and easy to follow. COVID has drastically changed the food industry, creating a demand for pandemic safe practices, and risk and business continuity plans. Resilience Services ensure businesses can deliver during disasters, emergencies and business interruptions.

0439 005 271

jgawne@resilientservices.com.au

resilientservices.com.au

RMR Process

RMR Process is your trusted partner in building and scaling, world-class, fit-for-purpose food facilities. Our scaling model enables manufacturers to cost-effectively grow their capability while managing risk and protecting cash flow. We’ll help you consider all options including facility expansion, process upgrade, automation opportunities, decarbonisation, factory decommissioning and relocation.

03 9023 9130

info@rmrprocess.com

rmrprocess.com.au

SalaryMasters

SalaryMasters is an award-winning specialist provider of salary packaging and novated leases. They ensure employees maximise their salaries, and at the same time takes away the administration pain from employers. A service which provides premium benefits and answers the need for employers to be able to become employers of choice

1300 303 357

info@salarymasters.com.au

salarymasters.com.au

SCF Container Solutions

SCF has been providing container solutions to customers in Australia for over 30 years. Working with some of the country’s largest logistics and supermarket companies, our range of refrigerated containers have delivered consistent cold storage for temperature sensitive freight under Australia’s harsh environment.

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james.raman@scf.com.au

scf.com.au

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Smart Start Consulting

Smart Start Consulting work with small and medium enterprises to set up and guide the management of IT projects. They work with business owners to understand the desired outcomes, determine what needs to be done and create the structures to avoid pitfalls and allow successful delivery of the project.

0435 810 566

richard.serpell@ssitc.com.au

smartstartconsulting.com.au

SME Finance Group

SME Finance Group is a finance broking firm which takes a “whole of business” to their clients’ borrowing requirements. Their services include Vehicle & Equipment Finance, Property Finance, Novated Leasing, Working Capital, and Commercial Insurance. They specialise in SMEs and their needs, using expert teams complimented by a diverse range of bank & non-bank funding to create customised solutions. Their know-how enables clients to access up-to-date financial solutions allowing them to focus on their core business.

0424 919 193

mpafumi@smefg.com.au

smefg.com.au

Stafford Engineering Australia

Stafford Engineering Australia

Established in 1986 to service the local precision engineering market, Stafford Engineering services clients involved in food processing, packaging and pharmaceutical industries. The multi-discipline engineering company delivers global engineering solutions for complex processing and packaging equipment. Stafford are a world class business built on enduring relationships and relentless innovation.

0422 239 733

leo.aspite@staffordaust.com.au

staffordaust.com.au

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The Drug Detection Agency

The Drug Detection Agency is a provider of workplace drug policy, education and testing needs. Their services give a level of comfort to businesses when creating a safer workplace. TDDA clients can be confident they are getting services that offer an adaptable attitude, motivated people and internationally recognised quality standards.

0410 158 474

michael.pivac@dda.com

tdda.com

University Hill Conference Centre

Uni Hill Conference Centre is a modern state-of-the-art venue hire located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. It offers four conference spaces and an auditorium that seats up to 500 with the latest audio-visual technology. Catering for all meetings, seminars, networking and events at the highest level.

1300 014 412

narelle@unihillconference.com.au

unihillconference.com.au

Web Force 5

Web Force 5

Web Force 5 provides a unique experience to businesses looking to take control of their website. Their website software provides clients with an easy to use system that is packed with functions that would normally make comparable solutions cost prohibitive. Web Force 5 also offers free locally based support.

1300 909 555

craigt@webforcefive.com.au

webforce5.com

Westpac

Whether you’re saving for their first big road trip or turned a side-hustle into a full-time gig. Or maybe you’re starting a family, downsizing so you can start a new adventure or getting financially literate. No matter what you need right now, or what you’re looking forward to— Westpac are here to help.

0403 752 876

dcolella@westpac.com.au

westpac.com.au

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Whittlesea Food Collective

Whittlesea Food Collective works to build a more equitable food system across the outer North by operating an emergency relief Food Distribution Centre and facilitating various other food growing/making initiatives. WFC is led by Whittlesea Community Connections on behalf of the Whittlesea Emergency Relief Network.

(03) 9401 6688

contact@foodcollective.org.au

http://foodcollective.org.au/

Yarra Valley Water

Yarra Valley Water is the largest of Melbourne’s three water corporations, servicing Melbourne’s north-east. Its service area covers 4000 square kilometres and network consists of around 20,000 kilometres of water and sewer mains. Yarra Valley Water manages $4 billion worth of infrastructure and assets, and employs nearly 600 people.

(03) 9872 1766

andrew.edney@yvw.com.au

yvw.com.au