Food for Thought

The food and beverage industry is a vital component of Australia’s economy, representing the largest manufacturing sector in the country and making significant contributions both financially and in terms of employment.

Recent events, such as the troubles facing SPC Ardmona, have illuminated the immense stress this industry is under to optimise production and keep costs low in order to remain economically viable. Local cost pressures have been amplified by the relative cost of cheap imports and overseas labour.