Food & Agribusiness

BDO supports agribusiness, from paddock to processing.

Services agribusinesses need to succeed

Agriculture is a vital part of the Australian economy. Today’s primary producers need to navigate a host of changing variables - climate, commodity prices, worker shortages, trade deals with other countries and consumer sentiment around sustainability. BDO has long been a proud supporter of Australian agriculture, working with clients across all parts of the food and agribusiness value chain, from producers to retailers, and startups to successful established companies. 

How BDO can help

Each agribusiness faces a different set of challenges and opportunities. You may be focusing on fine-tuning your business model or supply chain, accessing government support initiatives, capitalising on key export markets or securing capital that will drive your growth. BDO can provide the support you need to unlock challenges and maximise growth. Talk to us about how we can help you.

What sets us apart is our agribusiness specialists have an extensive understanding and appreciation of the issues the food and agribusiness sector faces. We have long-standing relationships with national and local industry bodies and stakeholders, and are a proud partner of Agribusiness Australia. We also lead and participate in industry initiatives and provide expert commentary to the sector on an ongoing basis.

Our experienced team can help you:

  • Explore market entry and expansion opportunities
  • Seek investment opportunities and finance
  • Evaluate debt and equity levels
  • Review the economic viability of a business or project
  • Consider succession and ownership transition options
  • Identify government grants and concessions
  • Understand government climate change initiatives
  • Identify areas to improve performance
  • Respond to the tax reform agenda
  • Comply with reporting and regulatory obligations.

Sector spotlight: Agribusiness export support

As the global population grows, Australian primary producers are well placed to respond to a growing demand for food. Australia exports almost three-quarters of its agricultural production, worth billions of dollars to the Australian economy each year. 

Maximising the potential of your agribusiness though exporting or international expansion can be complex, with unfamiliar cultures, business landscapes, tax structures and regulatory regimes to navigate. Having the right plan and contacts in place to provide local knowledge and expertise is vital to successful international growth strategies.

By providing you with a tailored team of international experts we can help you identify the best market for your products and services, develop the right market entry strategies, gain access to government assistance and advise you through every step of structuring, pricing, HR practices, transaction services, taxation and compliance.

Our global focus on food and agribusiness enables us to provide practical advice through a network of BDO professionals around the world. Whether you’re planning to export or expand off-shore, our team can help.

Sector spotlight: Carbon farming

Carbon farming is one way the Food & Agribusiness industry can adapt to remain at the forefront of innovation. 

‘Carbon farming’ primarily describes the use of land to sequester carbon in vegetation and soils. It also extends to reducing emissions and alternative land and animal management practices. Participating in activities such as carbon credits, biodiversity banking, and more can benefit landowners, including through enhanced water quality, livestock welfare, and the overall productivity of the land. 

Here we share resources designed to inform and support primary producers in understanding the implications of these opportunities.

What our clients say

Mulgowie Farming Company

Mulgowie Farming Company

Mulgowie Farming Company's long relationship with BDO has enabled them to fully capitalise on emerging opportunities and find the right solutions to the challenges they've faced along their growth journey, while retaining their passion for sustainable farming practices and healthy produce.

BDO has joined us on a continuous improvement journey, we know we are receiving fit-for-purpose advice and are confident they can continue to serve our needs as the business grows.
Australian Bay Lobster Producers

Australian Bay Lobster Producers (ABLP) Limited

Australian Bay Lobster Producers (ABLP) were looking for the right partner to provide ongoing audit, tax and business services, while also maintaining the organisation's high standards of quality and sustainability. BDO has now been servicing ABLP since 2014.

Be it audit planning, tax review or issues we encounter being a start-up, BDO has consistently delivered a transparent, professional and ethical response each time their services have been required. They have delivered on a cost/value relationship all of the time and across all staff and divisions within the firm.

Meet our industry leader

Peter Toll

Peter Toll

National Leader, Food & Agribusiness; International Liaison Partner; Partner, Corporate Finance
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Meet our team

Peter Sheehan

Peter Sheehan

National Leader, Government & Public Sector
Partner, Advisory
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Peter Toll

Peter Toll

National Leader, Food & Agribusiness; International Liaison Partner; Partner, Corporate Finance
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Sharnie Mitchell

Sharnie Mitchell

National Leader, Tax
Partner, Corporate & International Tax
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