The Electrical Trades Union has slammed an opinion piece in The Australian which accuses SPC Ardmona workers of being overpaid and undercommitted to helping the company through its struggles.
Sugar Research Australia is inviting researchers and postgraduate students to apply for research funding and scholarships to help build the profitability, productivity and sustainability of the Australian sugarcane industry.
Once upon a time the food processors were the power brokers in the food industry and the supermarkets and grocery stores were just their retail outlets. But the balance of power has shifted dramatically since the retailers realised that, with 75% of food and beverage companies relying on them to actually sell the food, they could wrest the power from the processors and run the show.
Kevin Rudd has pledged $10 million to help Simplot's Tasmanian vegetable growers improve their competitiveness. AUSVEG has called on all political parties to consider the future of food manufacturing in their policies.
The NSW Government will support Simplot's struggling Bathurst vegetable processing plant with payroll tax rebates for three years through its NSW Regional Industries Investment Fund.
The Greens have announced a plan for $85 million in grants over four years for infrastructure and initiatives such as farmers markets, community food box schemes, producer cooperatives, local food hubs and marketing regional food brands.
Tasmania’s largest exporter by value, Cadbury, has announced an aspirational goal to increase its production from 42,000 to 70,000 tonnes/year. A recently announced $30 million investment into Cadbury’s Claremont facility in Hobart will help the company realise its goal.
Australian vegetables growers will have access to $100 million in energy-efficiency grants under a new policy announced by Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.
The Macadamia Processing Company (MPC) has secured a $1.484 million grant for major energy-efficiency upgrades and expansion to its factory macadamia nut drying system.
The SCLAA has received a $743,310 grant to develop and deliver a program called Energy Efficiency Solutions for Australian Transport and Logistics SMEs.
An energy-efficiency grant could help Australian fruit growers reduce their costs by up to 20%. APAL has received $636,970 in funding as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program.
Cold-pressed oil manufacturer Proteco Gold received a $51,400 grant to upgrade its filtration system, which will reduce its carbon emissions intensity by 13.4% and reduce its annual $150,000 electricity bill.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has committed $50 million in Energy Efficiency Loans (EELs) to help businesses improve their energy productivity.
Australia’s research and science community has joined together to urge Australia’s political leaders to back a strategic national research policy to build a stronger, smarter nation.
Applications are now open for Innovation Grants. Grants from $250,000 to $1.5 million are available for agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries.