Food means jobs in the Derwent Valley

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THE Derwent Valley municipality ranks in the top three Tasmanian local government areas based on the percentage of people employed in the food and grocery processing sector.

According to figures released by the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Derwent Valley municipality has 253 people employed in food and grocery manufacturing.

This represents 6.53% of the total workforce in the municipality, and 57.37% of the total manufacturing workforce in the area.

“The food and grocery manufacturing sector is a key employer in your local government area, employing a significantly higher than average number of workers in our sector,” Australian Food and Grocery Council chief executive officer Garry Dawson said in a letter to the Derwent Valley Council.

“Our members transform farm produce into food and the essentials of life, providing a wide range of high quality, safe produce for every Australian, every day,” Mr Dawson said.

In Tasmania, the Derwent Valley ranks behind only King Island (17.6%) and Circular Head (12.8%) in this regard. The food and grocery processing sector includes food product manufacturing, beverage and tobacco manufacturing, pulp and paper manufacturing, chemical product manufacturing, and polymer and rubber product manufacturing.

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