Food Product Manufacturing in Melbourne's West
The food product manufacturing sector contributes 5,242 jobs (2.6 %) to total employment in Melbourne's west. The sector contributes $2.6 billion (4.2 %) of the total output from Melbourne's west, $1,3 billion (7.4 %) of total regional exports, and $544 million (2.2 %) of total value-added.
Melbourne's west is home to a large number of food processors and other food and beverage manufacturers and wholesale product suppliers.
Agrifood Technology, with laboratories in Werribee, is a major provider of physical and chemical testing servicing the Australian grain, food (including manufactured and processed foods and fresh foods), and feed industries.
Alligator Brand Fresh Pasta, with a retail shopfront at its factory in Yarraville, has been part of Melbourne and Victoria's vibrant restaurant and food scene for more than 20 years. HACCP and Halal accredited, chefs rely on Alligator Brand for consistently fresh quality pasta.
Auscol, a GrainCorp company within the Gardner Smith Group, is a specialist in the environmentally responsible collection and recycling of used cooking oils and fats. It has facilities at Laverton North.
Baiada Poultry, with a processing plant in Laverton North, is a privately owned Australian company which provides premium quality poultry products throughout Australia.
Ballantyne is a family owned company, which for more than 80 years has been serving a global market for fine foods from one of the world's richest food producing nations. Ballantyne's purpose built factory is located in Laverton North, which was chosen for its easy access to the Port of Melbourne, airport and interstate highways. Opened in May 1999, it houses all manufacturing operations, logistics, a research and development laboratory and quality assurance facilities.
Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. At its crush plant located in Brooklyn, Cargill crushes canola, soybeans, sunflower and cottonseed. From this, Cargill produces protein meal for animal feed and vegetable oils for foods such as margarine, salad dressings and frying. Cargill's Brooklyn crushing plant supplies some of the canola to its largest canola oil manufacturing plant in Australia, located in West Footscray.
Cavalier Brewing, operating from Derrimut, is one of Melbourne's excellent microbreweries. It is owned and operated by three friends who live, breathe, drink and create quality hand-crafted beer.
Cedar Meats Australia is an Australian owned and operated family business. It currently holds licences to export to all destinations worldwide, including European Union, Northern & South America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Cedar Meats operates a state-of-the-art fully integrated meat export premises in Brooklyn.
Clover Corporation provides nutritional and functional ingredients for use in infant and children’s products, foods, supplements and pharmaceuticals. The current primary activities of the company involve the manufacture and provision of Hi-DHA omega-3 tuna oil/powders, omega-3 and/or omega-6 marine and algal oil encapsulated powders. The primary constituent of Hi-DHA is the nutritionally essential Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) , a long-chain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in tuna fish oil which is processed at Clover's state-of-the-art Nu-Mega Ingredients facility at Altona North.
Conway Fish Trading is a well-established food service distributor located in Footscray. It is a major distributor of products sourced from companies such as Sealord, McCain Foods, Austrami Seafoods, GF Food Services and it is an agent for Petuna Seafoods for Salmon.
CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences has a food science and manufacturing site in the agriculture and food technology precinct of Werribee. It is is ideally placed for its close interaction with food manufacturing and the dairy industries.
Dairy Industry Association of Australia, a not-for-profit industry association for dairy product manufacturers and allied trades, is now located in Werribee.
Dairy Innovation Australia is the new innovation hub for dairy manufacturing research and development. Based at Werribee, Dairy Innovation Australia has state of the art facilities in starter culture production and leads teams of highly qualified scientific staff qualified in process engineering and design, food technology and applications, microbiology and ingredients sciences.
Devondale Murray Goulburn, Australia’s largest dairy foods company, located its seventh Victorian processing plant in Laverton North in Melbourne's west. The plant, which is capable of supplying up to 150 million packaged litres of milk annually, allows the company to meet its 10-year contract with Coles to supply fresh milk.
EatRite Australasia in Brooklyn is a family company wholly owned and staffed by Australians. It markets Nature’s Cuppa tea and coffee, which are 100% eco-organic and environmentally sustainable.
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is a family owned and operated business that is now in its 5th generation and has its office and bakehouse located in Keilor Park
Food Industry Products in Altona is one of Melbourne's leading food packaging, processing, preparation and ingredients specialists.
Fresh Select, based in the ‘salad bowl’ growers’ community of Melbourne’s Werribee South, supplies only the freshest, most carefully selected vegetables to local and overseas markets. Including cos lettuce, baby broccoli and cauliflower, the Fresh Select range can be found in Coles supermarkets across Australia.
Galli Estate was the vision of Tuscan born Lorenzo Galli who came to Australia in the 1950s. He carefully selected two vineyard sites in the Heathcote and Sunbury wine regions of Victoria. Each was planted with grape varieties that ideally suited their individual soils and climate. Galli Estate Winery, boasts an impressive Cellar Door & Restaurant complex, is located near the corner of Melton Highway and Leakes Road in Plumpton in Melbourne's west, which is part of the Sunbury wine region.
JBS Australia is the largest and most respected meat packer and exporter in Australia, supplying the finest Grain Fed and pasture fed meats to export and domestic customers. Its 20 hectare Brooklyn plant is the largest multi-species processing facility in the southern hemisphere and utilises state-of-the-art processing equipment and systems.
Mahendra Fine Foods manufactures samosas, murukku and mixtures for the wholesale and retail markets. The company is housed in a state-of-the art facility in East Keilor.
Manildra Group is the largest user of wheat for industrial purposes in Australia, processing some 1 million tonnes of wheat per annum. Altona North is the home of Manildra's starch and glue plant.
Moka Foods, based in Laverton, is an Australian owned family business that has been operating for close to 20 years. Today it produces over 100,000 potato cakes in one working shift as well as thousands of its other products - in all over 750 tonnes of frozen food product per annum.
Omnifoods in Laverton North is a distributor of frozen produce to the food service and food manufacturing industries. It trades in a wide range of delicious and nutritious frozen fruits, berries and vegetables - locally, nationally and internationally.
Oxford Cold Storage is one of Australia's leading providers of third party temperature controlled warehousing. Oxford’s main site in Laverton North is Australia’s largest cold storage complex.
Pampas is recognised as Australia's leading and trusted pastry brand. Goodman Fielder acquired Pampas in January 1988 and continue to deliver high quality innovative products. The extensive range of Pampas pastry products now include Puff, Shortcrust, Fillo, Tart Cases, Sweet and Savoury Flans and Asian pastry. All Pampas products are made in a specialised pastry factory in West Footscray.
Peerless Foods, headquartered in Braybrook, is Australia’s largest privately owned manufacturer of premium edible oils, fats and margarines, with more than 60 years experience in fats and oils production. Peerless Foods' world leading oil refinery and state of the art rendering plant cater to many food distribution channels including retail, food service, bakery, export and industrial.
Plantic Technologies Limited is a world leading innovator in bioplastics, with a track record of science and industry awards, an international network of corporate customers and distributors, and a growing list of premium quality multinational research and development partners. Plantic Technologies Ltd is based in Altona, where its head office, principal manufacturing and research and development facility is located.
Preshafood, established in 2006, is an innovative food company that utilises High Pressure Processing (HPP), a revolutionary natural technique of preserving foods using immense Hydrostatic pressure, to manufacture fruits and juices, contract process other foods and provide HPP R&D to the industry. Preshafood is located in Derrimut in Melbourne’s west in a purpose built state of the art HPP and food processing facility.
Prolife Foods, a privately owned NZ Food company that now operates in the New Zealand, Australian and increasingly international markets, has a product range that consists of nuts, dried fruits, muesli bars, cereals, grains, baking products, chocolates, confectionery and much more. The company has established an Australian headquarters, including opening a 6,637 square metre processing and distribution facility in Altona in Melbourne's west.
Rand Refrigerated Logistics is a leading national refrigerated transport, cold storage and distribution services provider in Australia. Based in Derrimut, Rand has an extensive fleet of purpose-built temperature controlled containers and pantechnicons providing interstate transport services to a vast range of customers.
Red Dot Brewhouse in Truganina ise the company's first brewery outside Singapore. Victorian-made RedDot beer will be sold to locally and, in time, exported to China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Red Rock Deli Chip Company, located in Laverton North, is a division of The Smith's Snackfood Company, the leading snack company in Australia. It is owned by the American multinational corporation PepsiCo.
Sakata Rice Snacks Australia produces a range of flavoured rice crackers for both the domestic and international consumer markets. The Sakata factory, located in Laverton North, has advanced packaging capability for a range of formats – flex bag, box, tray, multi pack and bulk crackers. The company has also undertaken ground breaking initiatives to become water efficient.
Shadowfax is a boutique winery located 30 minutes from Melbourne, in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating quality, handcrafted wines that express the characteristics of the vineyards in which they were grown, Shadowfax produces 11,000 cases of premium wines each year. Renowned varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines.
Sugar Australia is the leading supplier of quality refined sugar products. Its Yarraville Refinery is Australia's longest-established sugar refinery. Sugar refining has been conducted on the site since 1873. Many modifications have been made to the site and process over the years to provide efficient and highly-automated production and packaging of a broad range of refined sugar products. The Yarraville Refinery can produce up to 300,000 tonnes per annum.
Thiem Hoa Pty Ltd, trading under the names of Gold Star Food Processing and M.C Yee Noodles, specialises in the manufacture and distribution of fresh noodle and pastry products. Based in Tottenham, Thiem Hoa Pty Ltd manufactures products fresh daily and distributes products by a fleet of refridgerated trucks.
Two Birds Brewing began brewing beers at their Spotswood facility in June 2014 and opened the Tasting Room in July 2014. The site at 136 Hall Street in Spotswood houses their 18hL DME 3 vessel Brew-house , where they’ll brew their keg production for the East Coast of Australia.
Ward McKenzie, based in Altona, is a wholly Australian, family owned company supplying quality baking and cooking products.
West Side Brewing
Witchmount Winery in Plumpton produces award winning wines that are exported internationally. One of the closest wineries to Melbourne, Witchmount Winery is spread over 100 acres with 65 acres under vine, growing Shiraz, Cabernet, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Barbera and Tempranillo.