Government inkjets funds to support Coffs co-op’s berry good traceability

10 September 2020
  • The Oz Group Co-op is enhancing supply chain traceability back to farm on their berry products.
  • The Australian Government is supporting this project and helping the local farming community thrive.
  • Enhanced supply chain traceability supports Australia’s status as one of the world’s most trusted sources of clean, green and safe produce.

Coffs Coast farmers’ co-op Oz Group has been awarded a grant to assure customer confidence in its premium berry supply chain through thermal labelling technology.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the Australian Government was backing the innovative project with $316,491 in Traceability Grants Program funding.

“This is a great example of a smart-thinking, farmer-owned co-operative ensuring safe, premium produce for Australians and the world to enjoy,” Minister Littleproud said.

“By installing inkjet printers and direct thermal labellers, they are enhancing traceability of their berries back to individual punnets and trays.

“This will streamline processes across the packing facility and allow the co-operative to trace all products back to the farm level.

“Aussies love their homegrown berries and the world does too, increasingly so.

“Farmers on the beautiful Coffs Coast of New South Wales produce some of the best blueberries, blackberries and raspberries in the world.

“Enhancing and promoting integrity of its supply chains will allow Oz Group to drive more export opportunities for its farmers.

“We are investing in projects like this because customers here and abroad want to know more about the origin of our fantastic produce.

“It is important as we recover from COVID-19 that we take all opportunities to reinforce Australia’s reputation as a producer of clean, green and safe food.”

For more information click on the Traceability Grants Program web page here

Fast Facts:

  • Production value of Australian berries in 2018/19 was $938.6m (105,090 tonnes)
  • $29.3m of berries (3894 tonnes) exported in 2018/19.
  • The Traceability Grants Program will invest $7 million in grants over two rounds until June 2023.
  • The program supports projects that enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems including technologies that digitise information flow.