Released as the fourth out of six key areas under the Australian Governments ‘Modern Manufacturing Strategy’ (MMS), the food and beverage roadmap looks to double the value of Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing by 2030 while increasing the sectors agility, scalability and resilience.
The ‘Modern Manufacturing Strategy’, released on Monday, identifies six key areas for both industry and government to focus and invest in.
“Now, driven by both imperative and opportunity, we are adopting a whole-of-government strategy that will see Australian manufacturers scale-up, become more competitive and more resilient,” said Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
The roadmap lists goals for the next two, five and ten years, stating that each goal is to be achieved through “a focus on smart food and beverage manufacturing, innovative foods and beverages; and food safety, origin and traceability system”.
Smart manufacturing will look at automation of control systems with use of robotics and monitoring systems for hygiene, temperature and other variables.
The map defined innovative foods as products with higher nutritional value and the ability to improve health. It stated that consumer preferences would shift to convenient pre-packaging meals and high value products, such as products with high proteins.
The use of digital labelling, such as QR codes and blockchain technologies, were listed as solutions to increase food safety and traceability systems.
Other visions for the industry include adoption of Industry 4.0 and a focus on collaboration between industry, government and research for both global and local development.
“By playing to our strengths, strategically investing and harnessing our world-class science and research, we can open up new markets and take more of our quality products to the world. Making us more prosperous,” said Andrews.
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