Hong Kong to taste Western Australian apples
Southern Forests apple grower Nick Markovski
Hong Kong consumers will soon be tasting Western Australian grown Granny Smith apples thanks to a WA food group.
The apples were sent upon request with WA’s Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC) fulfilling the order. SFFC was established in 2012 to promote the Southern Forests region in WA as a future Australian “food bowl” and culinary destination. Southern Forests currently supply 50 per cent of WA’s apples.
Executive Chairman of Southern Forests Food Council, Bevan Eatts, said the Council worked hard with its members to meet the order.
“We have been undertaking export development discussions for the past couple of years and through our export partnership with Allstates Farms coming to fruition, the Food Council now has the ability to export a variety of Southern Forests produce, including these apples, to international markets,” Eatts said.
Exporting relieves pressure of poor apple prices
Eatts said with domestic apple pricing currently at an unsustainable price point for growers the Hong Kong shipment is a significant achievement for the region.
“This order should give growers confidence in the fact that export opportunities do exist,” he said.
“The Food Council is in the unique position to have the ability to work with buyer requests as they are presented, and our partnership with Allstates Farms provides the avenue to supply these requests.”
Over 50 different types of fruit and vegetables are grown by members of the Southern Forests Food Council. Producers of other foods, such as honey, wine, green tea and sparkling juices are also members of the council.
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