Healthy Boost For Regional Jobs

02 March 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is helping regional health food manufacturer Australian Eatwell create jobs and double its production of tofu.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green today toured the company’s Donald facility and announced $231,000 from the Labor Government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program.

The funding is allowing the company to undertake a $926,000 expansion, which includes installing a new tofu production line, creating 10 new jobs and transitioning six workers to higher-skilled roles.

From veggie burgers to soy cheese, Australian Eatwell has carved out a market for its vegetarian and vegan food, supplying leading independent and Australian retailers such as Coles.

The business has continued to expand in recent years, acquiring leading health food brand Simply Better Foods in 2009, and launching the world’s first chickpea tofu in October 2016.

The Labor Government has committed over $100 million in manufacturing support, creating over 3,500 jobs and driving more than $1.2 billion in private investment.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, is made up of more than 13,000 businesses and employs more than 286,000 people, an increase of more than 20,000 over the last two years.

To further support Victorian manufacturers and food producers to innovate and grow export capabilities, the Labor Government has opened the first round of Boost Your Business vouchers.

To find out more about the Advanced Manufacturing and Food Innovation voucher streams, visit Link .

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green

“Our support for manufacturing companies like Australian Eatwell is creating jobs and boosting Victoria’s economy.”

“As a result of our Future Industries Manufacturing Program, Australian Eatwell’s production in Donald will double, creating ten new jobs for locals in the process.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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