The Melbourne’s North Food Group launched on 15 February 2018 at RMIT’s Bundoora campus.
A new Melbourne’s North Food Group will grow Food and Beverage Manufacturing in Melbourne’s North, with the support of the Victorian Government’s Sector Growth Program.
The Food Group is an initiative of NORTH Link – a regional partnership of industry, education and government established in 1995. NORTH Link is developing the North’s manufacturing sector and supply/value chain as traditional manufacturing is replaced by advanced manufacturing.
Melbourne’s North is home to a major Food and Beverage manufacturing cluster with 400 manufacturers turning over $1 million or more.
A 2014 Melbourne’s North Food and Growth Plan found that, with the right support, the food sector in the North could double output to $5 billion and add 7,000 jobs over the coming decade.
A key recommendation of that report was to form an industry group to support the manufacturers.
The Melbourne’s North Food Group will:
• Facilitate business capability reviews of Food and Beverage Manufacturers to ensure they improve their business processes and can become export ready
• Host inbound trade delegations as well as facilitate domestic and overseas trade shows
• Facilitate group buying deals for machinery, energy and other services
• Work with the Melbourne’s North universities and TAFEs on employee skills development, facilitating student placements into industry and connecting them with innovation and R&D facilities such as RMIT Bundoora.