Advanced food manufacturing and processing

Victoria is Australia's major food processor.  The state's extraordinarily diverse landscape, clean environment and mild climate allows it to export nearly a third of the nation's food from three per cent of the nation's land mass, making it the largest food exporter in the country.1

Around 70,000 people work in the industry to develop premium food and beverages. IBM international plant location benchmarking study says Victoria is the best quality location in the Asia Pacific for advanced food and beverage processing. 2

The state produces nearly:

  • 50 per cent of the country's processed food
  • 90 per cent of the country's dairy-product exports.3

Victoria's temperate climate, high quality soils and clean water allow us to source high-quality, clean and safe food ingredients used for advanced manufacturing and processing.

Efficient roads, ports and airports

To move efficient this high quality produce Victoria utilises world-class infrastructure, including the country's most efficient container port service and sophisticated cool-chain logistics from paddock to port.4 All major infrastructure is well connected with freeways, enabling easy access to and from the Port of Melbourne, airports, and regional Victoria.

Food safety and standards

Victoria operates a range of food quality systems to ensure food safety at every step of the production, processing and distribution chains:

PrimeSafe for meats:  All food businesses handling meat of any description in Victoria, require a licence issued by the state's comprehensive food quality assurance system, PrimeSafe, to operate. Each site must also develop its own food safety program.

Dairy Food Safety Victoria licences every dairy premises in Victoria to make sure they comply with the states strict food safety standards.

Research institutes working with the dairy sector

  • Dairy Innovation Australia, a member-owned innovation hub for dairy manufacturing R&D
  • Food Science Australia works with industry and university partners to turn scientific research into innovative solutions for the food industry, and its research portfolio includes the Innovative Foods Centre.

International investors already established in the food manufacturing sector

Victoria has a well-established food-processing sector, the largest in Australia.

  • The largest food-processing state in the country. About a third of all R&D for food processing is based in Victoria.
  • Victoria's landscape has a wide range of terrains, soils, and climate, and this is reflected in the diversity of the quality foods we grow across the state.
  • Victoria takes advantage of being able to produce and export out-of-season produce to trading partners in the northern hemisphere. It's one reason why food is one of Victoria's biggest export earners, worth A$8.7 billion in 2013-14.5

Victoria has a sizeable, experienced and well-trained food manufacturing workforce

  • Victoria's food industry employs over 133,000 people across a value chain linked by quality infrastructure. 70,000 people work in food processing alone.6

Recent sector investments

  • Mondelez International (formerly Kraft), establishes its Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence (2013)
  • VPlus Dairy sets up an infant formula canning plant (2013)
  • Mars further invests in their Ballarat facility (2013)
  • Olam Orchards Australia establishes an almond processing plant near Mildura (2012)
  • Chobani upgrade to a state-of-the-art yogurt facility (2012)


  1. State Government of Victoria – Department of Primary Industries' Food to Asia Action Plan
  2. IBM Plant Location survey
  3. State Government of Victoria – Department of Primary Industries: Food and Fibre Export Performance Report
  4. Lloyds's List
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), International Trade in Goods and Services Cat. 5368.0
  6. ABS, Business expenditure on R&D 2000/10 Cat. 8104.0