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 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.