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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries. The businesses which we represent employ more than 1 million people.

The Ai Group Confectionery Sector delivers confectionery advocacy, news and information and assistance with technical confectionery matters

Membership with the Ai Group Confectionery Sector makes good business sense.


Be treatwise® is an education initiative to help consumers recognise confectionery as an occasional treat product and one which can form part of a healthy balanced diet.

Be treatwise® was first launched in Australia in November 2006.  The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) now holds the Be treatwise® trade mark on behalf of the industry in Australia, in trust, and licences it to industry free of charge.  In New Zealand the trade mark is held by the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council.

Be treatwise® is evolving with industry updating its visual ‘on pack’ messaging.  The styled graphic representation on pack will include, as it is progressively transitioned into market, a new tagline "Enjoy a balanced diet".  This means that over the next few years the original style with "Get to know your %DI" and new style may both appear in the retail market.

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Australasia's confectionery and food industry technical conference

13 May 2015
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Click here to visit the ConTech2015 website

  • Your industry sector
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector has a Confectionery Committee made up of industry representatives to provide input and guidance on policy issues. The Technical and Regulatory Committee plays a vital role in the industry's development.
  • Confectionery news
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector will keep you informed on technical and regulatory updates, market developments and industry news through MediaScan, Confectionery Industry News, web-based information and briefings.
  • Members will also receive
    Ai Group's BIZassistUpdates, providing alerts on changes to awards, pay scales and allowances, rulings by Fair Work Australia and other business related issues.
  • Practical advice and assistance
    Members receive Ai Group's BIZassistManual full of practical information on legislative changes; tips on managing staff; OHS; training and skills development; and environment and energy.
  • The Australasian Confectionery Industry Directory
    The printed directory includes contact details and a comprehensive description of commodities manufactured by our member companies which is useful when buyers are sourcing products from the Australian and New Zealand industry. The directory also has details on companies who supply ingredients, packaging, machinery and services to the industry, as well as distributors of the product. The directory is mailed to all member companies, confectionery/seasonal buyers across the retail/wholesale sector, selected trade offices worldwide and state and regional government departments.
  • Technical support
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector offers technical and regulatory support, including assistance with labelling compliance.
  • Workplace relations
    Ai Group members have unlimited access to BIZassistInfoline, our national telephone advisory service for workplace related questions. Call BIZassistInfoline 1300 78 38 44, during business hours, Monday to Friday.
  • International and Business Advisory Services
    Covering everything from Certificates of Origin to market visits and trade missions, the Ai Group trade and export team can provide advice and consulting services to expand your business overseas. We offer the free TradeStart advisory program to eligible companies in Melbourne. We can also provide registration to companies wanting to apply for the APEC Business Travel Card.
  • Environment and Energy
    Ai Group provides members with expert advice and assistance on environment and energy matters including energy audits and assessments, energy tariff reviews, environment compliance and risk assessments and training. You also have access to the Sustainable Business Help Desk as well as a range of FREE Government assistance programs delivered by the team.
  • Safety and Workers Compensation services
    Ai Group has a representative on Safe Work Australia and provides practical tools to help you identify risks in your workplace to create a safe working environment for your business. A full range of accredited training courses are available.
  • Expanding member networks
    ConTech, the confectionery industry's premier event is held annually in Melbourne along with a range of other Ai Group member networking opportunities in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and New Zealand.
  • BIZassistBriefings are a time efficient means of getting up to speed on the current issues and assessing their likely impact on your business, as well as providing the practical tips and tools necessary for managing the issues back in the workplace.

    Our BIZassistBriefings are brought to you via webinar 3 times a year. During the scheduled webinars, you are able to ask questions of our experienced advisers who are online to answer your queries. Plus you can watch all BIZassistBriefing webinars at any time.
  • Training and Apprentices
    You can benefit from the large and diverse pool of apprentices and trainees available under Ai Group Training Services (AiGTS), a registered training organisation delivering Australian accredited on-the-job training for traineeships, and fee for service courses across a range of sectors including food and retail.
Be treatwise®

Be treatwise® is an education initiative to help consumers recognise confectionery as an occasional treat product and one which can form part of a healthy balanced diet.

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Member of the World Cocoa Foundation

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) Confectionery Sector is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) with the support of its SME members.   Our 2014 WCF membership is supported by:

Betta Foods Australia
Fyna Foods Australia
Haigh’s Chocolates
J H Whittaker & Sons
Koko Black
Vitality Brands
Zokoko – Eszencia International

The WCF is a membership organisation of over 100 companies from around the world, unique in its proven ability to benefit and empower cocoa farmers through holistic, partnership-driven programs focused on farm-level training and applied research.  WCF supports programs that benefit farmers in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Ai Group Confectionery and Food Sector Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities 2015 brochure which includes information on ConTech2015 including the Trade Exhibition, will be available soon.

Contact us
  • Jennifer Thompson
    Technical and Regulatory Manager - 03 9867 0181 
  • Julie Gerrard
    Member Relationship Executive - 03 9867 0147