Gippsland’s vibrant food and fibre production and processing sector plays a major role in the region’s economy and the resilience of its communities. It also contributes significantly to the Victorian economy.
Gippsland’s abundant quality produce is enjoyed by consumers locally, in Melbourne, as well as across other parts of Victoria, Australia and the world.
Food & Fibre Gippsland aims to be an integral support and stakeholder in projects, initiatives and activities that make a positive impact on productivity, profitability, prosperity, people and in the bigger picture, the planet.
Burra Foods is an Australian dairy ingredient processor that for over two decades has been producing and marketing value-added dairy products to the global food manufacturing market. Specialising in creating products that deliver the functional and sensory characteristics of fresh milk, we have significant international market experience and a reputation for being a reliable supplier of high quality dairy products. These include natural cheese, fresh milk concentrates, food preparations, specialty milk powders and fresh dairy ingredients. Our manufacturing plant is located in the heart of South Gippsland at Korumburra, in south eastern Victoria, and we have offices in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Shaw's Quality Meats is a second generation family owned and run small business. David and Michelle Shaw purchased the business from Dave's parents in 2005 and continue the focus on locally grown and sourced premium produce.
Beef is grass fed and sourced from their own farm in Boisdale, Victoria and from Ray Smith's farm 'Glencliff' only 65 klms away in Bairnsdale. Pigs are from Trevor and Di Flint's farm 'Kullingral' only 50 klms away in Seaspray. From their top quality pigs we offer fresh pork and produce our award winning smallgoods. Chickens from Lionica are certified Free Range and chemical free. With a focus on maintaining the 100 mile principle, our lamb is sourced from various local suppliers for a delicious, premium product. Each week seafood and fish are sourced fresh out of Lakes Entrance. When available, there is also a great seasonal range of foods, including veal from various suppliers and goat from Toni Scicluna's farm 26 klms away in Munro.
A large number of Gippsland job seekers have been isolated and had their job search activities stalled or completely stopped during the COVID-19 crisis. The Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Program has been acutely aware of the impact that this has been having and created an activity to help called "Get Growing".
The Victorian Country Market kicks off this weekend. An e-commerce initiative to promote the best that regional Victoria has to offer, the Victorian Country Market will provide a digital space to promote food & fibre businesses and receive support from local communities. From this Sunday May 17 suppliers of the best produce, products and services from around regional Victoria will have the opportunity to sell products with the support of an online platform.
A high-profile industry Awards Presentation Gala Dinner to announce winners of the 2020 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards will be held on later in the year due to COVID-19. Our new date will be Friday November 20 at the Cobb & Co Stables in Sale. Tickets will go on sale in Spring and the evening will feature a feast of local produce and a whole lot of fun celebrating the quality and diversity of agribusiness in the region.