FIAL, Australia’s food and agribusiness industry growth centre, wants the programme to encourage businesses to work together and “align with public agencies and other institutions, for a common purpose to achieve a win-win outcome".
FIAL chairman Peter Schutz said the cluster model, pioneered in Europe, could drive growth in the Australian food industry and make it more competitive in the global arena.
“The commercial and social benefits of clustering are evident throughout other parts of the world; let’s embrace these learnings, let’s adapt them to our context and let’s zoom out and focus on the world—our competition is overseas, not in our neighbours,” said Schutz.
According to FIAL, clustering accelerates economic activity, productivity, innovative product development and new business formation.
FIAL general manager for marketing and communications Michaela Chanmugam added: “When looking at Europe, where clusters have been in existence for a number of years, we see that the benefits are great. Companies that work together under a cluster model accelerate their NPD (New Product Development) process, become more productive and efficient, and experience faster growth.
“A programme such as this can showcase the benefits of working together and encourage a more collaborative culture across our industry. We hope that these projects can pave the way for the development of more clusters across Australia.”