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The Australian Food Industry: Sectors of the Australian Food Industry

Year 12 Food Tech

Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS...

CSIRO- Genetic Modification

CSIRO research programs use both conventional and genetic modification (GM) approaches, with careful consideration being given to the most appropriate technique, or combination of techniques, to achieve the desired goal.

NSW HSC Online



This video explores the impact of technology on food production and development of new and emerging foods. The content covers the changes in food products available and innovation in product development as result of consumer needs and expectations. Packaging will also be investigated as to its impact on food production and the environment.


This program presents 4 case studies of sustainable agriculture. * Whole form planning: inputs, outputs, erosion control, soil management, tree planting, water management, and salinity control. * Landcare: communities banding together. * Permaculture. * Inner city gardens.

You Tube

Adjacent to Cookabarra Restaurant and Function Centre you will find Tailor Made Fish Farm, a world leading Barramundi Farm and Hydoponic garden. For a great day out enjoy a tour of the Barramundi Farm and a meal at Cookabarra Restaurant.
Tailor Made Fish farm also provides and consulting and fish farming technology across the globe.


Costa meets a leading expert in the field of aquaponics and finds out how the system works. He also visits an inspiring woman who has gone to great lengths to conserve water.


This special looks at genetically modified food - will it help to feed the increasing number of hungry mouths into the future? Or is it a genetic time bomb threatening the health of crops, livestock and people? - GM Frankenfood or Famine Buster? - GM Sorting Wheat from Chaff.

What is organic farming?

Huon Sustainability Dashboard

Australian Government Department of Industry and Science

Food manufacturing in Australia is an important part of the Australian economy. The industry makes a significant contribution to the economies of regional areas through employment, business and service opportunities

Useful Links- Agriculture and Fisheries

The Agriculture and Fisheries sector is where all the raw ingredients for food products are grown and/or harvested.  For example; eggs from poultry farms, beef cattle from beef farms, fish from the ocean or from an aquaculture farm and wheat from a wheat farm.   Cage Eggs or Free Range

Useful Links- Food Processing/Manufacturing

The Food Processing / Manufacturing sector is where the raw foods go to be processed.  This can be referred to as value-adding.  In general, the value-adding is done, the greater the profit to be made.  For example; wheat grains can be processed into flour which then can be processed into bread.  Examples of companies involved in the food processing/manufacture sector include SPC Ardmona (external website), SaraLee (external website) and Cadbury chocolates. 

Useful Links Food Service/Catering

The Food Service and Catering sector is where food is prepared and served to consumers.  It includes cafes, restaurants, hospital canteens, airline catering companies etc.  Examples of companies involved in the food service and catering sector include McDonalds, Qantas Catering (external website) and Aria Restaurant (external website).

Useful Links- Retail Sector

The Food Retail sector is where the processed food products are sold to consumers.  The number of companies involved in this sector is quite extensive – virtually any business that sells a processed food product.  This includes 7 –Elevens, petrol stations, railway kiosks, cinema candy bars, as well as larger stores such as Woolworths, Coles and IGAs.