- Up to $15,000 available per business for regional and metropolitan food and beverage businesses to grow and thrive
- Voucher program generating jobs and benefits for communities and the economy
The McGowan Government is supporting Western Australian food and beverage manufacturing and processing with $600,000 to enable businesses to access expert advice.
Round 4 of the successful Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program is now open, with up to $15,000 available to food and beverage businesses to improve competitiveness, scale, export preparedness, resilience, and sustainability.
Businesses looking to become 'future ready' and pursue carbon assessments and emissions reduction strategies are encouraged to apply under the environmental sustainability and social responsibility category.
Other categories include business planning, manufacturing for business growth, sales and marketing, and financial health.
Over the past five years, 134 small and medium sized regional and metropolitan businesses from the Kimberley to the South Coast have received 207 agrifood and beverage vouchers, valued at more than $950,000.
The matching dollar-for-dollar vouchers have helped recipients to expand, diversify, value add and capture new market opportunities - generating flow-on benefits to the community and the State economy.
Previous recipients have used the vouchers for advice on reducing their carbon footprint, developing new e-commerce capabilities, succession planning to ensure continued local ownership, and strategic marketing planning for national expansion.
For more information and to apply for an agrifood and beverage voucher, visit www.agric.wa.gov.au/AFBvoucherprogram. Applications close 5pm Monday, 27 March 2023.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food and Small Business Minister Jackie Jarvis:
"The Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program is a great initiative for WA businesses to overcome barriers to growth, capture efficiencies, progress sustainability credentials and access new market opportunities.
"A recent independent review of the program has shown that vouchers have assisted recipients to create jobs, undertake new capital investment and increase revenue.
"WA's agrifood and beverage sector continues to thrive, backed by a range of programs, including our Value Add Investment Grants and the Buy West Eat Best program."
Minister's office - 6552 6200