The Victorian Government is supporting another local food producer to make new products, boost sales in international markets and respond to supply chain risks.
Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly visited Purearth Foods in Truganina, which has been awarded $485,000 from the $15 million Food to Market program.
The funding will help the company purchase and install new processing equipment to increase efficiency and reduce allergen risk between dairy and plant-based products.
The specialised equipment will also enable the development of new products while also increasing production volume of existing lines.
By increasing production capability, Purearth Foods will take its milk and plant-based products to new domestic and international markets.
The facility expansion will also allow for additional manufacturing capacity to support local independent brand owners.
Once complete, the $4 million upgrade will create an additional 15 full-time manufacturing jobs as well as support local supply chain partners and farmers in the longterm.
The $15 million Food to Market program is funded through the Victorian Government’s Agriculture Strategy.
Fifteen Victorian agri-food businesses have been awarded funding under the second tranche of the program for projects delivering on the strategy’s vision for a Victorian agriculture sector that is strong, innovative, and sustainable.
To learn more about the 10-year Agriculture Strategy, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/about/agriculture-strategy.
Source: Vic Government