Finnovate.com.au will empower small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with choice and trigger competition among lenders through total rate transparency, its founders say.
The NZ government’s Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) is committing NZ$23.7 million to encourage production of high-value marbled beef for the domestic and export markets.
While many bemoan the growth of supermarket own-branded products, Coles’ Great Ocean Road cheese range is reportedly set to do good things for South Australia.
Small businesses can now apply for grants of up to $100,000 a year as part of the Small Business Advisory Services program.
The Victorian Government will invest $4.4 million to support SPC Ardmona in upgrading its Shepparton plant. The $90 million upgrade will create 45 new jobs.
Greg Combet announced the first 13 grant recipients of the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs. Five grants from the Clean Technology Investment Program and eight from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program were announced, totalling $8.1 million.
Food manufacturers and packaging companies in first round of Clean Technology Investment Programs grants07 June, 2012
Eight grants from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program and five from the Clean Technology Investment Program comprise the first 13 grants from the federal government’s $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs. The initial grants, worth $8.1 million, will help businesses install over $23 million of energy-efficient equipment and will support energy-saving and low-pollution projects.
Dairy Australia has received a $1 million federal government grant for 900 dairy farm energy assessments across the country.
The Federal Government has pledged over $20 million in grants to help small and medium businesses and community groups improve energy efficiency. Greg Combet, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary, announced the 28 successful recipients of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) program on 17 May.
Plantic Technologies opened its upgraded bioplastics packaging factory at Altona late last week. The company, which produces plastics derived from corn, says it has increased its output by 400% as a result of the plant expansion.
The Scottish Government is funding a school program to foster a better understanding of the food and drink manufacturing sector in Scotland. The Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s (SFDF’s) schools program, A Future in Food, will receive £270,000 over three years from the government to help teachers, students and parents better understand the sector.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has expressed disappointment in the Federal Budget, claiming that “there was no appetite for major, bold reform” to improve policy for Australian food and grocery manufacturers.
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AusIndustry is hosting a series of information sessions to help manufacturers and business operators learn how to apply for assistance under the government’s Clean Technology Investment Programs.
Foodbank and the Australian dairy industry have collaborated on a new program to provide one million litres of milk to people in need.