Local Tasmanian company Forager Foods has been announced as the recipient of a $1 million grant as part of the Morrison Coalition Government’s Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF).

Round two of the MMF is providing $55 million to 86 projects around Australia to increase competitiveness and productivity, and create jobs.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler congratulated Forager Foods on their success, and said the grant would help the business upgrade their manufacturing operations.

“Forager Foods is an innovative Tasmanian business, specialising in processing, freeze-drying and packaging a variety of foods to increase shelf-life,” Senator Chandler said.

“The grant will enable Forager Foods to further modernise its business by investing in new technologies to establish a world class freeze drying and processing facility.

“It’s important for Australia to maintain a strong manufacturing industry to increase our competitive advantage on the global market and support local jobs.”

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said the grants are a central element of the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy and will help drive growth in the Australian manufacturing sector.

“This new MMF funding round underlines the Government’s commitment to increasing the competitiveness and productivity of Australian manufacturers,” Minister Porter said.

“By encouraging businesses to enhance their operations through investment in cutting-edge technologies we’re also supporting them to create new job opportunities, boost economic growth and build a highly skilled manufacturing workforce.”

For a full list of successful recipients under the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund round two, visit https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/manufacturing-modernisation-fund/grant-recipients