Supply Chain


Supply Chain in the GMID

supply chain in victoria's foodbowl

Many of Australia's best-known food processors, including Nestle, BEGA, Murray Goulburn, Unilever and SPC-Ardmona, have already reaped the rewards of establishing operations in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.

Underpinning these companies' success is the region's water security; range and supply of raw agricultural product; well-developed transport networks; up-to-date infrastructure; and extensive handling, warehousing and distribution facilities.

More than half the gross value of the Australian pear, nectarine, plum and peach crop is grown in the GMID.

The region's dairy farms produce almost 25% of the national milk supply; olive oil harvests across the district this year will make up half the Australian supply; and the west of the district boasts the biggest almond farms in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Apple, apricot, nut, grape and tomato crops; beef, wool and sheep production; and timber, quarry and concreting operations are also significant contributors to the region's economy.

Greater Shepparton is regional Victoria's largest truck service and sales centre and with about 25% of the state's trucks registered in the Goulburn Valley, it is also home to major trucking and transport companies. Swan Hill is another trucking hub, while major centres in Campaspe, Moira, Gannawarra and Loddon shires all have transport companies operating local, state and national routes.

State and federal government investment has seen many of the region's rail routes re-opened and upgraded, while major roads, including the Goulburn Valley, Murray Valley and Loddon Valley highways, run through the GMID and connect the area to major regional centres, capital cities and export terminals.

Greater Shepparton is well on the way to establishing a freight and logistics centre in Mooroopna, which has excellent access to the GMID's major rail and road routes. The facility will benefit industry and growers by improving the efficiency of existing freight logistics tasks.

GMID's primary producers and processors are well-serviced and supported by specialist engineering, metal and electrical firms, a number of large abattoirs, and packaging, warehousing, cool store and value-adding enterprises.

Each of the six municipalities that make up the GMID has serviced, affordable industrial estates ready for occupancy and the councils' pro-active Economic Development teams work closely with developers, businesses and all levels of government to investigate and facilitate investment opportunities in the region.

The substantial cost savings and production efficiencies to be gained by this proximity to raw materials, established delivery and distribution systems and extensive support services give GMID-based companies a recognised edge when competing for local, national and export market share.

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