Mid West Food Industry Cluster

Mid West Food Industry Cluster

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We have undertaken the development of an industry-lead food ‘cluster’ in partnership with the Mid West Development Commission and City of Greater Geraldton.

What is a 'food cluster'?

A food cluster is a coming-together of food producers, processors, retailers, wholesalers, transporters and educators to set and acheive strategic outcomes for the mutual benefit of those in the industry. 

Watch the video to learn more about industry clustering from cluster development expert Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Cluster Navigators.

"What is one thing you can't do by yourself?"

An initial meeting was held in late 2019 where a key question; “…what is one thing you can’t do by yourself?” was posed to the food industry participants:

Issues Highlighted

From theses responses, the MWFIC is now targeting four key issues:

  • Industry and TAFE are in initial consultation to align courses with Industry needs;
  • TAFE’s Marketing, Management and Sales lecturer, Wilna Fourie, has offered to work with MWFIC to develop a regional brand;
  • Two solutions have been proposed in response to transport issues. Rigters IGA Kyme Rigter and Stuart Bain have offered an opportunity for local producers (non refrigerated) to place produce in their freight truck which normally returns to Perth empty.
  • Western Independent Foods (Rod O’Bree) is assisting Robbie Garvey of Red Lime Jones with logistics involved in breaking into the Perth market.

Key responses

  • Recruiting and training quality employees;
  • Lack of regional branding;
  • Negotiating cost-effective transport and logistics solutions;
  • Getting Mid West businesses to support local businesses; and
  • Dealing with government.

Join the conversation

Are you in the food industry within the Mid West? Join our private Facebook group to stay ahead of the issues and be a part of something great for the region.

Mid West Food Industries Cluster - Local Dinner

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Join us at Cutler & Smith (one of the MWFIC’s initial members) on 19 March 2020 for the inaugrial Mid West Food Industries Forum. This “Local Dinner” will showcase the Mid West’s fine local produce whilst giving opportunity for those crucial conversations around the development of this important industry. 

This special event is designed to frame the Mid West Food Forum  due to run alongside the much anticipated 2020 Economic Summit, July.

Why is the MWCCI supporting a food cluster in the Mid West?

Our charter is to support our local businesses. We recognise that by supporting and developing this cluster with industry at the healm, we can bring together businesses experiencing similar barriers and needs. We are also looking to recognise and develop our region’s food culture and link industries including the burgeoning Mid West tourism industry (and food destination tourism).

The Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to the Mid West business community. We are pleased to advocate for this initiative and enable industry-lead solutions for a more robust food industry in the Mid West.

Interested in advancing your business and the Mid West region?

Want to know more?

Contact Joanne Fabling (MWCCI CEO) for more information on either (08) 9964 6767 or ceo@mwcci.com.au