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26 Jun 2019

Supporting Victorian Producers to Shine

Small-scale and craft producers across Victoria are now better equipped to grow their businesses and spread local produce more widely, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Nina Taylor today announced that Westside Ale Work is one almost 250 food, drink and produce companies from around the state to receive a grant as part of the first round of the Artisanal Sector Program.

Westside Ale Works is a local microbrewery. They brew in high-quality small batches and sell on-site with customers encouraged to explore the production process, taste different beers and meet the brewers.

A grant of $5000 from the Labor Government will allow the brewery to commercial grade keg-washing equipment that will speed up the washing process and improve hygiene practices.

Across Victoria, almost 250 small-scale and craft food and drink businesses have received grants to support them to grow by purchasing new equipment or infrastructure, completing training in specialist food and agricultural techniques or hiring consultancy services to build their marketing and business capability.

Victoria is renowned for its high-quality premium produce, and the Labor Government is proud to support the agricultural businesses that not only feed and clothe Victorians, but create jobs, attract tourism and make regional communities vibrant.

The Labor Government is now continuing its support for small-scale craft food, beer and spirit producers, with a commitment to provide an additional $10 million funded in the Victorian Budget 2019/20

The expansion of the program is part of a goal to keep Victoria as the nation’s number one food producer, support local economies, create local jobs and reach $20 billion in food and fibre exports by 2030.

The program has received a huge response and large number of applications in its first round, highlighting the important role of local produce, and the diversity of the sector across Victoria.

For more information please visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/artisanag

“We’re proud to back producers right across the state to improve their agricultural techniques and business skills, so they can increase their production and share their produce more widely.”

—Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Nina Taylor

“It’s so exciting to support local producers like Westside Ale Work – so they can spread their sustainable and delicious produce further and build their reputation as a premier small-scale Victorian producer.”

—Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Nina Taylor

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