The partnership between one of Australia’s largest food manufacturers and the country’s leading indigenous food company is set to double the size of the fledgling bush foods industry and create jobs for Aboriginal Australians.
Ward McKenzie, one of Australia’s largest food manufacturers and exporters of herbs and spices, and Robins Foods, makers of Australia’s leading indigenous food range Outback Spi it, have joined forces to market the unique flavours of Australia’s native foods to the world.
The companies predicted the native foods industry, currently worth an estimated $10 million per annum, will double its turnover over the next five years as a direct result of their collaboration.
“We are very excited about bringing Aboriginal foods not just to a wider market at home but to the rest of the world,” said Helen Ward, Joint Managing Director of Ward McKenzie.
“We want to help Robins Foods create sustainable jobs for Aboriginal people through their partner Indigenous Australian Foods (IAF), an indigenous-owned supply chain.”
Ward McKenzie’s investment will strengthen the entire native foods value chain, said Juleigh Robins, Managing Director of Robins Foods.
“We are thrilled to have a company of the caliber of Ward McKenzie help us develop these new and delicious products. The partnership puts our aim of making native foods an everyday part of Australia’s diet within close reach.”
Ms Robins said the support her company has received from the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has strengthened the bush foods industry and facilitated its growth.
“The Desert Knowledge CRC’s support is critical for improving the efficiencies and capacities of indigenous people who harvest native foods from the desert and for introducing sustainable agricultural systems for these species.”
Dr Craig James, Desert Knowledge CRC Program Manager, expects the partnership to increase the production capacity of desert Australia, home of …