The pandemic has seen a rise in the number of people putting spoon to bowl or flame to saucepan and creating their own food product.

Jane DelRosso the Director of The Business of Food has seen this grow. 

“People are stuck at home so they are finding that they do have time if they've lost their job or you know they've experienced a downturn in what they would normally be able to do, they suddenly have time to think about a new venture,” Jane DelRosso said.

In the Food and Beverage National Manufacturing Priority road map, one of the areas of opportunities there is for the Australian sector is in convenience meals and premium ready-to-eat products.

“We've seen that an increase in convenient foods so things like falafel mixers where you just add water or baking mixes,” Jane said

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Jane Delrosso - Director, The Business of Food

One of those people who was made redundant due to the pandemic was Mona Lumani, owner of Arabian Bites, who turned her background in science into a convenient just add water falafel mix

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Mona Lumani; owner of Arabian bites, just add water falafel mix

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“I've got a beetroot falafel mix and a lot of pumpkin mix. And I've also got so just original as well and healing garlic-free. They are gluten-free, they're vegan, there's no preservatives or anything like that,” Mona Lumani said.

Food Innovation Australia Limited highlights that Australia exports over 90% of what we produce.

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FIAL: "Australia exports over 90% of what we produce"

It is expected that the Australian food industry is maybe a 200-billion-dollar opportunity for Australia by 2030.

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FIAL: "The Australian food industry is maybe a 200-billion-dollar opportunity by 2030."

“During COVID times, we can't travel there was a high demand for the Australian products, in particular, dairy-related products. Meat, not just raw meat but you know packaged me you know, processed products that also health healthy products as well really varied meals and so forth,” Managing Director Dr. Mirjana Prica said.

“There's a real demand, particularly in Asia in the Middle East for these products,” Dr. Mirjana Prica said.

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Food Innovation Australia Limited, Managing Director, Dr. Mirjana Prica

“I'd like to say around as many retail shops as possible. And we're both in Victoria and interstates and overseas,” Mona Lumani said.

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Arabian Bites falafels

So now is the time for us all to put spoon to bowl or flame to saucepan and create our own food products

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