The food and fibre sector is one of Victoria's most internationally competitive industries. Victoria is Australia's largest producer of food and fibre products, accounting for 4.8 per cent of Gross State Product (GSP) and over a quarter of Australia's food and fibre exports.
Our global reputation as exporters and suppliers of some of the world's cleanest, greenest and safe food and fibre products is built on the highest quality biosecurity, safety and reliability standards, and strong environmental protection.
Victoria's world-class research and development facilities provide agribusinesses with key opportunities to be early adopters of cutting-edge technologies, most specifically in the areas of water management, food manufacturing and packaging.
Home to Australia's largest curfew-free airport and container port, Melbourne offers a world-class freight and logistics infrastructure, and with a long-standing trade relationship and shared time zones with Asia, proximity is a key driver for Victoria's competitive advantage in supply chain management.
Opportunities to experience Victoria's premium food and beverage products are available through a range of events, including our annual inbound trade mission Food and Beverage Trade Week and Victoria Invitation Program.
Video: Food & Beverage Trade Week 2017
- Victoria accounts for 30 per cent of Australia's total food processing output.
- In 2016-17, the food and fibre sector accounted for around half of the State's total goods exports, with total exports valued at A$14.1 billion.
- Victoria is home to more than 40 food research centres.
- Victoria exports the most dairy (79 per cent), fruit (57 per cent), nuts (54 per cent) and prepared foods (38 per cent) compared to any other state in Australia.
- In 2017-18, Victoria exported 121 million litres of wine worth A$363 million.
Discover how your business can import from Victoria
- Our network of Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) offices are located around the globe, providing tailored market intelligence, insights and guidance for your importing business. VGTI can also connect you with key Victorian exporters and industry partners.
- Discover more about the excellent opportunities available across Victoria’s agriculture and food processing sectors by visiting the Victorian Government's Invest in Victorian Agriculture website.
- Austrade provides information about investing in Australia's food and fibre industry, including detailed information on food safety.
- Agriculture Victoria, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Food Innovation Australia provide useful information and helpful advice about Australia's food and fibre sector.
- Download and read the Victorian 2018 Food and Fibre Export Performance Report PDF, 4.5 MB
The Australian Food and Agribusiness DirectoryFood and Innovation Australia (FIAL), the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in collaboration with Data61 have created an easy-to-use searchable map of Australia that will help you connect with other stakeholders from across the entire industry value chain.
Taste Victoria is the Victorian Government's roadmap for growing and investing in the State's food and fibre exports. It includes two initiatives:
Global Table is a new event to be held in 2019 delivered by Food + Wine Victoria comprising of internationally-focused business events pitched to an international audience. Visit the Global Table website to find out more information.
Growing Food and Fibre Markets is delivering targeted market access activities to strategically reposition Victoria's agriculture, food and fibre sector to better capture market opportunities. By partnering with industry, the Victorian Government is working to boost trade by continuously demonstrating the quality, safety and assurance systems for our food and fibre products. These include:
- growing export market intelligence
- leading the nation in traceability
- keeping ahead of the game with market access
- enabling use of next generation market access technology.
These initiatives are key to delivering on our export target market, managing risk and growing our global market share.
Find out more about Taste Victoria by visiting the Agriculture Victoria website,