Demand for food and Australian agricultural produce clearly highlights the potential of the food and fibre sector in Gippsland.
The Latrobe Valley Authority is working closely with Food & Fibre Gippsland and a range of industry, education, government and community partners to identify opportunities to further leverage food and fibre as one of Gippsland’s regional strengths.
Within the rapidly evolving global context there are some strong emergent trends that inform the potential for innovation in food and fibre production and manufacturing in Gippsland.
Given Gippsland's well established agriculture sector, there is opportunity for the region to develop products within market niches and become embedded in global value chains.
Advanced Vegetable Processing Hub
Food & Fibre Gippsland is leading the establishment of a regional Advanced Vegetable Processing Hub that would see underutilised regional horticultural produce turned into high-value ingredients and nutraceuticals.
Food & Fibre Gippsland are developing a carbon asset and liabilities register for the Gippsland region.
This register could allow corporates and other operators with high levels of carbon liabilities to enter into purchase/offset agreements with owners of carbon assets such as primary producers; Landcare organisations; water management organisations; and Traditional Owner groups.
Food & Fibre Gippsland are working on the Gippsland Circular economy – a Waste Trading Platform to enable the trade of currently unused/underutilised food and fibre produce, in favour of higher value applications.
Collective Craft Malting
The Collective Craft Malting facility will process local grain into malt to create beers and distilled beverages.
It will have significant benefits and cost savings for local grain producers, breweries and distillers as well as benefitting the broader Gippsland community through increased visitor attraction.
Sailors Grave Brewing have made space for a facility to be located within their Dune Town precinct - a brewery and experiential tourism destination located between Marlo and Cape Conran.
Work is currently underway to establish a pilot malting facility with a social enterprise structure that will contribute considerably more than just an important ingredient for the Gippsland region.
Gippsland Trusted Provenance Trademark
The Gippsland Provenance Trademark will be developed for use by food producers within the Gippsland region to brand their regional produce.
This initiative aims to build more awareness of Gippsland’s produce and region and create a trusted and recognised logo that validates the ‘Made in/Grown in’ Gippsland credentials to consumers.
Sustainable Emerging Commodities – Insects & Seaweed
The potential for commercial insect and seaweed farming industries in Gippsland is currently being explored by Food & Fibre Gippsland.
Known as ‘sustainable emerging commodities’, insects and seaweed are being used as alternative protein sources around the world, with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation predicting that the global population will expand to over 9 billion people by the year 2050.
This will create significant environmental, nutritional and food security challenges that traditional agricultural practice will have difficulty meeting, providing opportunity for Gippsland to export insect and seaweed supplement products globally