A new food manufacturing industry group in the northern regions of Melbourne, Australia, will strengthen food and beverage manufacturing and investment in Victoria.

As part of this exciting initiative, industry organisation NORTH Link will work with local councils, the Melbourne Market Authority, the Melbourne Innovation Centre, leading educational institutes and the Victorian Government’s Food Investment Team to support the growth of more than 400 local businesses.

And in a further boost to the credentials of Melbourne’s food, iconic smallgoods manufacturers D’Orsogna and Bertocchi recently announced significant expansions.

While D’Orsogna is establishing a greenfield manufacturing presence at the Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne’s north, Bertocchi is upgrading its facility in Melbourne’s inner north and building a new plant in western Melbourne.

Both projects will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs in premium foods processing and follow other recent expansions by confectionery, specialty coffee, dairy and bakery companies.

Food processing companies choose Victoria for its competitive operating environment, reputation in foods, access to key transport infrastructure and rapidly growing local and export markets.

The Victorian Government actively facilitates investments in the food and beverages industry. If you have an expansion business plan and need information on the locational advantages of Melbourne's north and ways we can collaborate, please contact Mark Lobo at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources on 9935 0612 or at mark.lobo@invest.vic.gov.au