The Australian Food and Grocery Council is the leading national organisation representing packaged food, drink and grocery products manufacturers in Australia.
The processed food and beverage industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Australia, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stating that in 2005-06, the industry generated a turnover or more than $71.4 billion.
Members of the Australian Food and Grocery Council make a substantial contribution to the economic and social welfare of all Australians, and their products can be found in every Australian household,
The Australian Food and Grocery Council states that its role is to "help shape a business environment that encourages the food and grocery products industry to grow and remain profitable."
To this end, its mandate is to ensure that the industry has a cohesive and credible voice, and to advance policies and manage issues to assist member companies in growing their businesses in a socially responsible way.
More specifically, current priorities for the council include:
- promoting the profile of the industry, leading to a government supported national Food and Grocery Agenda
- positioning the industry as an influential player in preventative health and other government initiatives
- developing guidelines for sustainable practices set across industry for carbon, water and waste streams
- ensuring voluntary codes are widely accepted and implemented as alternatives to regulation
- promoting supply chain efficiencies and fostering productive retailer relationships; and
- revamping member services for better value proposition and expanded membership.