Manufacturing is the largest value add industry sector on the Central Coast, at an estimated value of $949 million in 2012/13 to the local economy. It is the second largest sector behind Health and represents 10.4% of the value add for the region.
Food and Beverage Manufacturing is the largest sub sector of Manufacturing on the Central Coast valued at $275 million to the local economy. Food and beverage companies employ 2614 people locally* .

The importance of the sector is such that the Board of CCMC decided to become a founding member of Food Innovation Australia together with the University of Newcastle. CCMC would act as the conduit for information, programs and research opportunities between FIAL , government , education/ research providers and industry.


Mapping the Connections
Central Coast NSW Food Industry 2014

The focus of this project is to facilitate clustering across the Central Coast food growing, processing and manufacturing industry. Delivered through a jointly developed process that helps these sectors understand their collective issues and strengths, the industry will be better placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities in both the domestic and export markets as a result.
The outcome of the process will provide the foundation for the development of an action plan that:
  • delivers a platform for continuing dialogue across the industry sectors, supply chain, research and education
  • identifies skilling and human resource development needs across the industry
  • fosters the establishment of a Central Coast regional food cluster
  • facilitates innovation and the sustainable growth of the food industry in the region
AusIndustry and CCMChave conducted a mapping exercise of 29Food and Beverage companies using a tool called Mapping the Connections.

Mapping the Connections (MTC) is an assessment tool developed by the Innovation Regions Centre in partnership with Deakin University to assist clustering initiatives and industry collaboration. It aims to assess existing linkages and levels of collaboration amongst selected groups of organisations.

The interview of businesses and collation of results is complete and was presented at an industry function on the 8th July 2014 at Six String Brewing Company.

Click here to view a copy of the report



The FIAL eCatalogue is an online searchable tool developed for registered international buyers and distributors to source Australian export ready suppliers across all food and beverage supermarket categories.

The FIAL eCatalogue is the sourcing tool that facilitates the highly successful FIAL Inbound and Outbound Trade Mission program. Buyers must register and suppliers must be profiled to be part of this program.

The FIAL eCatalogue is a˜livetool that provides buyer feedback to suppliers on their unique selling proposition, product range and website.

Click here to find out more or register.

Industry Growth Centre- Food and AgribusinessSector Competitiveness Plan

The Food and Agribusiness Sector Competitiveness Plan is a plan for industry that was developed in consultation with many industry stakeholders across Australia.It represents the strategic vision and key priority areas to be actioned to achieve industry-wide growth.

Our vision is:By 2025, the industry is working together to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace.

The plan provides a comprehensive road map to driving success in the Food and Agribusiness Sector.

Click here to review the plan.

The idea of a Precinct had its genesis in the report of the Food Processing Industry Strategy Group(FPISG) set up under the former Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Honourable Kim Carr. It was delivered to the Hon Greg Combet AM MP, Minister for Industry and Innovation in October 2012 and recommended that:

Industry, governments, research institutes and universities collaborate to create a Food Innovation Hub/Network,incorporating a strategic planning and intelligence function, and a virtual network.

The report of the non-government members of the Prime Minister. Taskforce on Manufacturing also recommended that a National Food Innovation Precinct and Network be progressed as the pathfinder project for the wider precincts and network proposal. Both this report and that of the FPISG were responded to through the abovementioned Industry and Innovation Policy Statement.

FIAL is industry lead. It is providing real insight and feedback from the industry gathered from meeting over 400 industry stakeholders.
They are offering programs that the industry want and have excellent feedback as to the value
They offer support programs to enterprise that deliver tangible benefits that companies can benefit from.
The programs are FREE, or supported by funding or scholarships.
FIAL has programs to overcome challenges and make connections that find new solutions

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The Joint UoN and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster brings together researchers from across multiple disciplines within the University of Newcastle as well as experts from within the Central Coast food and beverage industry and government members.

The cluster aims to use the diverse skills, backgrounds and expertise of its participants to ensure an innovative approach to solving issues relevant to the food and beverage industry. The cluster will also generate new ideas and create new opportunities for research breakthroughs which translate into practice.

Click here to read more about this group

*Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR)©2014. Compiled and presented in by .id

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