Retail Pioneer Expands Victorian Operations

  • Minister for Agriculture

One of Australia’s most successful food and beverage exporters is set to expand in Victoria, with Lawand Trade opening a new facility.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today officially opened and toured Lawand Trade’s new warehouse facility in Westmeadows, which will create new local jobs for people in Melbourne’s north-west.

Lawand Trade has been instrumental in increasing the export of processed food products into the Middle East, exporting more than 200 brands including Heinz, Cadbury Schweppes, and Carman’s Muesli to supermarket shelves throughout the Middle East and East Asia.

Lawand Trade was established in Sydney in 1991, but moved its head office to Melbourne in 2017 with support from the Andrews Labor Government.

The new facility will be the second Melbourne warehouse for the company and will support the business as it expands into the south-east and north-east Asian market.

The Labor Government has an ambitious target to grow global food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030, and is creating new ways for Victoria’s food and fibre industries to deliver premium products to international markets through the Growing Food and Fibre Markets program.

Agriculture Victoria is working with industry and other stakeholders to strengthen Victoria’s biosecurity and food safety capability, with a focus on traceability and product assurance and integrity systems.

Victoria will also host the inaugural Global Table this September, a four-day agri-food business event for the Asia-Pacific region that is positioned to become Australia’s flagship food industry event.

As stated by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes

“For over 25 years, Lawand Trade has introduced Australia’s biggest retail brands to the rest of the world – and we’re proud to support them to continue expanding in Victoria.”

As stated by Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula

“Lawand Trade has made an enormous contribution to Australia’s reputation overseas and will help raise the profile of Victoria’s innovative and dynamic food and fibre industry internationally.”

As stated by Member for Sunbury Josh Bull

“The success of Victoria’s food and fibre industries depends on exporting to international markets, and we’re proud to showcase our thriving agri-food industry to the world.”

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