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New equipment finance comparison site empowers SMEs

30 July, 2012 will empower small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with choice and trigger competition among lenders through total rate transparency, its founders say.

Program aims to make Kiwi beef as famous as Kiwi lamb

17 July, 2012

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.

Supermarket own-brand doing good for rural South Australia

12 July, 2012

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.

Applications open for small business advice funding

28 June, 2012

Small businesses can now apply for grants of up to $100,000 a year as part of the Small Business Advisory Services program.

Victorian Government to invest in $90m SPC plant upgrade

14 June, 2012

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.

Government announces $8m energy-efficiency grants for manufacturers

08 June, 2012

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 grants

07 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 industry receives $1m grant for energy-efficiency education

22 May, 2012

Dairy Australia has received a $1 million federal government grant for 900 dairy farm energy assessments across the country.

Government pledges $20m in grants for business energy efficiency

21 May, 2012

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.

Combet opens expanded bioplastics plant in Melbourne

21 May, 2012

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.

Scottish government funds A Future in Food for students

15 May, 2012

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.

"No appetite" for reform in Federal Budget, says AFGC

11 May, 2012

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.

Chris Evans: Investment in Australian science and research key to strong economy

10 March, 2012

Chris Evans: Investment in Australian science and research key to strong economy

AusIndustry hosts Clean Technology Investment Programs information sessions

02 March, 2012

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.

A million litres of milk for Australians in need

14 November, 2011

Foodbank and the Australian dairy industry have collaborated on a new program to provide one million litres of milk to people in need.

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