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Small Training Provider in food sector wins at Vic Training Awards!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Vic T Awards Mike and Team smCongratulations to Michael Grogan and his team at FGM Consultants in Warragul for taking out the top award for Small Training Provider of the Year at last Friday night’s training awards function.

See all the winners here

This Victorian private training provider began in 1996 and currently has 168 trainees over nine sites. The staff has extensive industry experience and Mike  has been an active participant in MINTRAC, the national training and research body and other industry activities. He is also an active Victorian committee member for ACPET, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.

Another food sector finalist on the night was John Leontiades, apprentice baker from Louttit Bay Bakery in Lorne. Getting to the final four in the Apprentice of the Year category is an outstanding achievement. We wish him well with further endeavours, and he already has the national LA Judge Competition win on his resume.  Early in the evening John was warmly congratulated on being a finalist, by Andrew O’Hara, the Baking Industry Association of Victoria president and GM at Phillippa’s Bakery.

The VFITB would like to encourage all food processing sector employers and trainers to put forward their staff, training providers, companies, for the 2013 Victorian Training Awards. It is a wonderful way to recognise talent, commitment and innovation by all those involved in training.


Senate Committee Report on Food Processing Out

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Australia on globe

16 August 2012

35 Recommendations and 258 Pages….. covering the labour market; the taxation and regulatory environment; the retail environment; food labelling; biosecurity and food safety; innovation and research; exports and the committee’s conclusion.

Industry visits included:
• Campbell Arnott’s factory, near Shepparton, Victoria;
• SPC Ardmona factory, Shepparton, Victoria;
• Simplot factories, Quoiba and Ulverstone, Tasmania;
• Field Fresh, Forth, Tasmania;
• Vili’s Bakery, Adelaide;
• Haigh’s Chocolates, Adelaide;
• Standom Smallgoods, Adelaide, South Australia;
• Gawler River Cattle Company, Adelaide South Australia;
• Cooper’s Brewery, Adelaide, South Australia;
• Fremantle Octopus Company, Western Australia;
• Geraldton Fishermen’s Co‐operative, Western Australia;
• Kailis Bros, Canning Vale, Western Australia;
• Anchor Foods, Fremantle, Western Australia;
• Canon Foods, Canning Vale, Western Australia; and
• Mrs Mac’s, Morley, Western Australia.

Excerpts below:

1.10 The economic significance of Australia’s broader food industry was emphasised by submitters to the inquiry. Positioning the food manufacturing sector within Australia’s other manufacturing industries, the Australian Food and Grocery Council highlighted the sector’s scale:

Representing 28 per cent of total manufacturing turnover, the sector is comparable in size to the Australian mining sector and is more than four times larger than the automotive sector… The growing and sustainable industry is made up of 38,000 businesses…2

1.11 Similarly, the Australian Made Australian Grown Campaign highlighted the sector’s contribution to job growth:

The manufacturing sector is fundamentally important to the Australian economy, especially in terms of jobs, skills and training opportunities, exports and innovation. It is also critical to the fabric of Australian society because of the multiplier effect of the opportunities it creates and its strategic importance to Australia’s economic and national security. The food processing sector is a major part of that, with particular importance as a regional employer and for food security reasons.3

See the full Report on the Parliament website here

Costco looking to source new deals in the Australian market

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

frais farm spinach

From the Australian Food News website 6 August 2012,

With the opening of another Melbourne store set for late 2013, the retailing giant Costco’s commitment to using local Australian produce will see a demand for additional new suppliers. This is a welcome opportunity for Australian food businesses.

A substantial number of local producers are already benefitting from Costco’s arrival in Australia. For example, Costco’s highly commended beef is a grain-fed premium product coming out of Swift Australia’s Beef City feedlot in Toowoomba, Queensland. Meanwhile Baiada Poultry has been supplying its well-regarded Lilydale free-range chicken and Steggle’s fresh and crumbed poultry lines to Costco from the inception of the first Costco store opening in Melbourne in 2009.

The American supermarket giant has had a major impact in the Australian fresh produce market since opening its first store in Melbourne’s Docklands in 2009. This was followed by Canberra and Sydney stores opening in July 2011.

Frais Farm in East Gippsland is an example of a smaller producer who has developed with great success following big orders from Costco.

Costco has been sourcing breads and speciality baked products from a number of private bakeries, not only from Melbourne, but from regional cities such as Ballarat.

Read article here

Concerns over skyrocketing numbers for imports of processed vegetables and fruit

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

frozen veggies

From the Australian Food News website 1 August:

The ‘Composition of Trade Australia 2011’ statistics, compiled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), show that imports of processed fruit and vegetable products between 2009/10 to 2011/12 rose by as much as $119 million, which DFAT has partly attributed to the high Australian dollar.

“These figures demonstrate an alarming trend that is getting worse, year on year. The volume of processed vegetable imports in this country has reached worrying heights, and measures must be taken immediately to ensure that Australian vegetable producers are provided with a proper level playing field,” said AUSVEG Chief Executive Officer, Mr Richard Mulcahy.

Australia’s food imports were shown to have largely been sourced from New Zealand, with producers in the United States, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia also contributing to the rise in Australia’s imported food products.

Read the whole article here

Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

cake_icing_decoratingState Library of Victoria here

Friday 3 August 2012Sunday 28 April 2013


Gusto! explores Victoria’s historic and contemporary culinary landscape, covering subjects such as the history of viticulture, Indigenous foods, sustainable food practices, fine dining and food rationing, and also features the fascinating stories of significant Victorian culinary figures including Jacques Reymond, Rita Erlich, Guy Grossi and Stephanie Alexander.

The exhibition is complemented by a full program of events and activities.

Updated Meat and Food Processing Purchasing Guides now on TSN

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

tsn_main_logoPlease see the two new Purchasing Guides for Victoria – covering FDF10v3 and MTM11v2. Go to the TSN website to download.

FDF10 Food Processing Industry Training Package – Version 3 includes new qualifications and units for Sugar Milling Industry Operations as follows:

  • FDF11012 Certificate I in Sugar Milling Industry Operations
  • FDF21012 Certificate II in Sugar Milling Industry Operations
  • FDF31012 Certificate III in Sugar Milling Industry Operations

There are also new Units for:

  • Grains (Malting)  and
  • Operations (Brewing)

MTM11 Australian Meat Industry Training Package, Version 2.

Version 2 includes one new unit: MTMP3004A – Assess effective stunning and bleeding. This unit has been added to the elective banks of

  • MTM30511 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Slaughtering) and
  • MTM30611 Certificate III in Meat Processing (General).

The following units have been recoded and titles updated to reflect current industry nomenclature:

  • MTMP3001D – Stun Animal
  • MTMP3039D – Eviscerate wild game field shot carcase
  • MTMP411B – Inspect wild game meat.

Thank you to Trevor Lange, the Curriculum Maintenance Manager (pictured), and Philip Davey for their work on these two Guides. Please forward this to any relevant colleagues/trainers/employers.

trevor lange May 2011


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