Western Australia Agrifood Bulletin, April 2022

Grants up to $750,000 available to food manufacturers to expand in or relocate to WA
AuManufacturing, 28 April 2022

Western Australian food and beverage manufacturers have been invited to apply for the $7 million second round of the state’s Value Add Investment Grants program. Grants under the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development program offer matched funding for agriculture, food and beverage companies under two project streams: (a) Feasibility stream grants are between $30,000 and $100,000, and support projects to plan and de-risk companies’ potential future capital investments; and (b) Capital investment stream grants are between $250,000 and $750,000 for assisting “expand, diversify or relocate value adding and processing operations to WA.”


CBH pulls out all stops to ship record crop
Grain Central, 22 April 2022

While early seeding is currently under way in parts of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, CBH Group is working hard to move the record 2021-22 harvest, with bulk exports taking precedent over containers. According to ABARES WA’s 2021-22 winter crop production reached 23.1 million tonnes, and the vast majority of it will be exported. WA’s 2021-22 winter crop is 52 per cent above the 10-year average to 2020–21, and 30 per cent higher than the previous record.


Australian producers expect another excellent harvest
Olive Oil Times, 11 April 2022

An expansion of the country’s olive groves and mostly favourable weather mean Australians expect an excellent harvest in 2022. “After the drought of the previous year, the worst I’d ever seen, last year we had a record harvest of 140,000 tons of olives,” Michael Southan, chief executive director at the Australian Olive Association, told Olive Oil Times. “We do not expect to replicate that in the incoming season, but we are off for a good harvest indeed.”


Brownes Dairy moves to renewable milk cartons
Food and Beverage Industry News, 24 March 2022

Brownes Dairy, a West Australian brand, will change its cartons to Tetra Pak’s unbleached renewable milk cartons in its latest step to lead sustainability in the dairy industry. Brownes Dairy’s fresh farm white milk will remain the same inside but will now come in an environmentally friendly craft board that requires less processing and less material. Brownes Dairy scoured the planet for the most sustainable milk carton packaging in the market, Brownes CEO Natalie Sarich-Dayton said.


Agrifood and Beverage Vouchers open opportunities in WA
Food and Beverage Industry News, 22 March 2022

Thirty Western Australian food and beverage businesses have received funding from the third round of the state government’s Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program. The businesses from the South-West, Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West, Peel, Wheatbelt and the Perth metropolitan area will share in $174,190, matched by recipient contributions. “This program has received great feedback from past recipients throughout the state who have used the investment to pursue new opportunities and develop new approaches,” WA Agriculture and Food minister Alannah MacTiernan said.


Methane-busting seaweed supplement greenlit in Australia
The Fish Site, 16 March 2022

Perth company SeaStock Pty Ltd has become Western Australia’s first licensee granted permission to commercially sell a native seaweed-based livestock feed supplement that drastically reduces methane. Awarding of the licence from global patent-holder FutureFeed gives the company market access to sell Asparagopsis, a naturally occurring red seaweed, for processing into a supplement which reduces methane from ruminant livestock by more than 90 percent. SeaStock Managing Director Mr Tom Puddy says the company’s research and commercialisation ambitions were strengthened by the licence agreement as interest in Asparagopsis grows globally.


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