MEDIA RELEASE: Cutting Energy Costs for Food and Beverage Manufacturers in the Nation's Capital

Small and medium food and beverage manufacturers across Canberra are receiving support from the Morrison Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more locals and get ahead. 

Through the food and beverage round of the Energy Efficient Communities program six food and beverage businesses across the nation’s capital have received grants of up to $25,000. 

The $134,760 in total funding for ACT businesses will help lower their energy bills and reduce emissions by upgrading to more energy efficient appliances including refrigeration, carrying out energy audits and installing energy monitoring equipment. 

This includes Bentspoke Brewing in Mitchell which will implement energy monitoring at their cannery, Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates in Fyshwick which will make upgrades to the sugar mill and water chiller and Mount Majura Wines which will make insulation upgrades to their wine tank.

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said a key part of supporting businesses to rebound from the pandemic is by reducing overheads like energy.

“Backing manufacturers in the ACT to get ahead is a key priority of the Morrison Government,” Minister Taylor said.   

“The food and beverage industry underpins a stronger Australian economy as the largest manufacturing sector, employing one in four manufacturing workers.

“This is why we are backing them to be more competitive through these grants to lower their power costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs across the Canberra region.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said only the Morrison Government has a plan to deliver a strong economy and support small businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and employ thousands of Canberrans.”

“Today we’re announcing grants to support six great Canberra businesses become more energy efficient, help lower their power costs and enable them to grow,” Senator Seselja said.

The Energy Efficient Communities Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants program opened in January 2022, for grants of between $10,000 and $25,000 available to food and beverage manufacturing businesses with under 200 employees.

A re-elected Morrison Government will continue to support small and medium businesses cut their energy costs through a new $60 million Powering Business grants program and a $17.9 million expansion to the Business Energy Advice Program.

Only the Morrison Government has a plan to create a strong economy and a stronger future for people across Canberra.

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THE HON ANGUS TAYLOR MP 
Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction 

SENATOR THE HON ZED SESELJA 
Senator for the ACT