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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.