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Grants to fund gourmet food production.

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DAFF07/067PM - 25 May 2007

Grants to fund gourmet food production

Gourmet food production in regional Australia has been further strengthened, with the Government announcing $2.3 million in grants for food processing projects.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, said the funding for 24 companies would build on rural Australia’s already strong food production capacity.

“These projects will add value to produce before it leaves rural areas, where 40 per cent of Australia’s food processing takes place,” Mr McGauran said.

“The 24 successful applicants represent a broad cross-section of food and agriculture industries, producing everything from gourmet cheese, to snail meat, jams, sauces and seafood.

“Tasmania’s Spring Bay Seafoods, for example, will install new packaging equipment to extend the shelf life of its mussels, and New South Wales Hunter Valley company Snails Bon Appetite’s project will upgrade its snail meat preparation facility.”

For further information on the grants and the Food Processing in Regional Australia Programme (FPRAP), visit or call 1300 794 550.

The grants provide up to $200,000 to small-to-medium-sized companies for projects that will benefit rural and regional communities.

Details of the 24 agribusinesses receiving funding are attached.

FPRAP Round Five Grant Recipients (amounts do not include GST)

NORTHERN TERRITORY Katherine Horticulture Association, Katherine — $118,150 Katherine Horticulture Association will use its FPRAP grant to upgrade its existing commercial food processing facility, providing the region’s small-scale food processors with the ability to increase their production capacities. Contact: Norma Higgins, ph: 08 8971 0372

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Over the Moon Organics Pty Ltd., Albany — $57,245 Albany-based Over the Moon Organics will use its funding to install hard and blue mould cheese production facilities and specialised packaging equipment. Contact: Juliet Bateman, ph: 08 9844 6441

Mundella Foods Pty Ltd., Mundijong — $93,795 Mundella Foods will purchase and install processing equipment for producing pot-set and drinking yoghurts. Contact: Sharon Beacham, ph: 08 9525 5754

The Loose Leaf Lettuce Company, Gingin — $131,000

The Loose Leaf Lettuce Company will use its FPRAP funding to purchase cool chain management equipment to improve the shelf life of its packaged baby leaf lettuce mixes. Contact: Maureen Dobra, ph: 08 9575 2086

Abacus Fisheries Company Pty Ltd., Carnarvon — $181,000 Abacus Fisheries Company will purchase and install post-harvest processing equipment to increase the yield of meat harvested from blue swimmer crabs in WA’s Shark Bay.

Contact: Peter Jecks, ph: 08 9941 2030

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Coorong Cockles Pty Ltd., Port Elliot — $54,400 Coorong Cockles will purchase and install a purging system for cockles sold as live or frozen product for domestic and export markets. Contact: Tom Robinson, ph: 08 8554 1977

Kinkawooka Shellfish Pty Ltd., Port Lincoln — $73,865 Kinkawooka Shellfish will purchase cooking, weighing and packaging equipment to produce a range of new, value-added mussel products. Contact: Andrew Puglisi, ph: 08 8682 3091

Tweedvale Milk, Lobethal — $148,215 Lobethal’s Tweedvale Milk will upgrade its milk processing facility enabling the business to increase production capacity and introduce skim milk and cream to its product range. Contact: Carlo Lorenzetti, ph: 08 8389 6681

TASMANIA Spring Bay Seafoods, Triabunna — $126,786 Spring Bay Seafoods will purchase and install Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) equipment to introduce trays of fresh, ready-to-use mussels. Contact: Phillip Lamb, ph: 03 6257 3614

VICTORIA Country Cuisine (Australia), Daylesford — $45,758 Country Cuisine will purchase and install automated bottling equipment, enabling increased production of the business’s jams, chutneys and sauces. Contact: Phillipa Wooller, ph: 03 5348 4141

Cofield Wines, Wahgunyah — $73,701 Cofield Wines will use its FPRAP grant to purchase and install equipment to be used in the production of ‘methode champenoise’ sparkling wine. Contact: Max Cofield, ph: 02 6033 3798

Goulburn Valley Walnuts, Violet Town — $116,900 Goulburn Valley Walnuts will purchase and install a walnut hulling, drying and cracking plant to provide a central processing and marketing facility for locally-grown walnuts. Contact: Ronald Williams, ph: 03 9817 1872

Lakes Entrance Fishermen’s Co-op Society Ltd, Lakes Entrance — $129,180 Lakes Entrance Fisherman’s Co-op Society will purchase equipment for processing, cooking and packaging of seafood products from fish currently taken as by-catch. Contact: Tom Davies, ph: 03 5155 1688

NEW SOUTH WALES Snails Bon Appetite, Congewai — $26,200 Snails Bon Appetite will upgrade its snail meat preparation facility to increase the capacity for purging, processing and packaging snails. Contact: Robert Dyball, ph: 02 4998 0030

Oz Tukka Australia, Redhead — $30,579 Oz Tukka Australia will purchase new processing equipment for producing value-added products made from Australian native spices and bush foods. Contact: Peter Faith, ph: 02 4942 6356

Plain Camp Pastoral Company, Gunnedah — $32,674 Plain Camp Pastoral Company will purchase machinery for grinding and packing linseed for wholesale and retail sale. Contact: Jacqueline Donoghue, ph: 02 6744 2351

Playing with Fire, Alstonville — $54,937 Alstonville-based Playing with Fire will purchase processing equipment for manufacturing a range of value-added products produced from locally grown Australian native foods. Contact: Rebecca Barnes, ph: 02 6687 9245

Hunter Boutique Olive Growers Pty Ltd., Cessnock — $71,610 Hunter Boutique Olive Grove will expand the business’s capacity to process and distribute olive oil and olive tapenade products using fruit harvested from groves in the Hunter Valley. Contact: Peter Herborn, ph: 02 4930 7473

Quality Walnut Producers Pty Ltd., Koraleigh — $88,085 Quality Walnut Producers will establish a processing facility for hulling and drying walnuts for domestic and export markets. Contact: John McLinden, ph: 03 5494 1204

Ben Furney Flour Mills, Dubbo — $200,000 Ben Furney Flour Mills will purchase and install a milling facility for processing various cereal health grains into wholegrain meals and flours. Contact: Wayne Siviour, ph: 02 6884 4399

Viapak Pty Ltd., Dareton — $200,000 Viapak Pty Ltd. will construct and install a citrus peeling, slicing and packaging facility. Contact: Lois Beckwith, ph: 03 5022 1859

QUEENSLAND Blushing Acres Pty Ltd., Dimbulah — $57,131 Blushing Acres will purchase and install a computerised weight-grading and traceability system, enabling the business to offer improved packing facilities for local avocado and mango growers. Contact: Sam Collins, ph: 07 4093 5155

UGP Holdings Pty Ltd., Charleville — $79,800 UGP Holdings will establish a kangaroo meat tagging/traceability system, enabling kangaroo products to be more accurately tracked from ‘paddock-to-plate’. Contact: John Burey, ph: 07 4654 7197

Sunshine Tropical Fruit Products Pty Ltd., Nambour — $178,025 Sunshine Tropical Fruit Products will purchase specialised fruit holding and ripening facilities to reduce wastage and increase production capacity, quality and consistency of supply of processed mango products. Contact: Michael Hughes, ph: 07 5441 1920

Further media inquiries:

Minister McGauran's office: Ben Houston 02 6277 7520