Manufacturing is the second highest value add industry sector on the Central Coast, at an estimated value of $918 million in 2015/16 to the local economy. It is the second largest sector behind Health and represents 9.5% of the value add for the region.
Food and Beverage Manufacturing is the largest sub sector of Manufacturing on the Central Coast valued at $300 million to the local economy. Food and beverage companies employ 2899 people locally*

When you add in agriculture sector value add of $80M and the Food and Beverage service sector of a further $400M* of value add the total value add to the region attributed to all three sectors is $780M*

Apart from its Food and beverage manufacturing capability, it is home to a diverse sector covering smaller artisan food producers, high quality primary food producers together with food service companies in catering and hospitality.

The importance of the sector is such that in 2013 the Board of CCMC decided to become a founding member of Food Innovation Australia together with the University of Newcastle. CCMC would act as the conduit for information, programs and research opportunities between FIAL , government , education/ research providers and industry. As part of this membership the Food Central Coast was established to be a contact point for Food and Beverage Processing.

Today CCIC continues to be a member of FIAL and supports the delivery of its programs to the Central Coast and Hunter region.

Central Coast Food Alliance

*Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.
Data is based on 2015-16 constant prices for all years. NIEIR data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and new data releases normally adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.


The focus of this project is to facilitate clustering across the Central Coast food growing, processing and manufacturing industry. Delivered through a jointly developed process that helps these sectors understand their collective issues and strengths, the industry will be better placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities in both the domestic and export markets as a result.
The outcome of the process will provide the foundation for the development of an action plan that:

  • delivers a platform for continuing dialogue across the industry sectors, supply chain, research and education
  • identifies skilling and human resource development needs across the industry
  • fosters the establishment of a Central Coast regional food cluster
  • facilitates innovation and the sustainable growth of the food industry in the region

AusIndustry and CCMC have conducted a mapping exercise of 29Food and Beverage companies using a tool called Mapping the Connections.

Mapping the Connections (MTC) is an assessment tool developed by the Innovation Regions Centre in partnership with Deakin University to assist clustering initiatives and industry collaboration. It aims to assess existing linkages and levels of collaboration amongst selected groups of organisations.

The interview of businesses and collation of results was completed and was presented at an industry function on the 8th July 2014 at Six String Brewing Company.


At its core, the Central Coast Food Innovation Region Initiative is about leveraging the NSW Central Coast’s underlying existing strengths and realising economic benefit through growing and innovating the local food industry. The premium food, food security and food innovation movement is gaining momentum around the world and gradually being embraced on the Central Coast. International research has shown that innovating the food value chain is integral to enhancing regional economic development.

The overarching objective of this initiative is to grow jobs, build regional business competitiveness and encourage national and international trade. This will be achieved through a united vision, unprecedented collaboration, innovation, education and research.

Click here for more information on the Central Coast Food Initiative

Photo to the left, from Left to right: Nick Talley Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Research) & Laureate Professor, KevinHall  Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), John Mouland CEO RDACC,Frank Sammut EO CCIC, Alan Broadfoot Director NIER.