The Australian food industry is one of the biggest employers in the country with over 312,000 people serving this sector in various capacities, half of whom reside outside of major cities.
Comprising of agriculture, fisheries, food processing and manufacturing, food service and catering, and food retail, the Australian food industry is worth an estimated $111 billion with food manufacturing alone constituting a sizeable 28 per cent of the total Australian manufacturing industry.
China has shown interest in investing in infrastructure in Australia, especially for sectors associated with agricultural production. The immense opportunities for Australia’s food industry are made more attractive by the nutritional demands of a projected one billion hungry Chinese city dwellers by 2025, and Australia’s reputation as a provider of sanitary, natural foods.
The food and beverage industry experiences changes in supply and demand due to seasonal changes, promotions and product launches. Businesses within the industry must therefore respond to these fluctuations with effective workforce management and labour planning, to remain productive and profitable.
Time and attendance solutions specialist Mitrefinch Australia provides the food industry with the tools to track employee attendance, reduce absenteeism, and improve productivity as well as plan for future work with budget costing and time allocation tools.
Using these tools, managers can track expenses against revenue, automate compliance with work rules and industry award entitlements, and ensure shifts align with machine time to maximise productivity.