Fine Food Perth to showcase the best WA produce to the world

Posted by Isobel Drake on 23rd March 2009

Buyers from around the world will sample the very best of Western Australian produce – including a new crab mornay, marinated yabbies and fruit-flavoured vinegar – at this weekend’s Fine Food Perth trade exhibition.

West Australian Agriculture and Food Minister, Terry Redman, said more than 60 WA food companies would be showcased to domestic, national and international buyers.

“This event attracts up to 200 exhibitors from across Australia with WA produce recognised as a stand-out for its innovative products and high quality,” Mr Redman said. “WA industries represented this year include dairy, meat, processed food and beverage, wine and seafood.”

“The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) has been working with Austrade, the WA Global Network and the Food Industry Association to attract international buyers best suited to the WA products which are part of the exhibition,” Mr Redman reported. “These include buyers from Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and China.”

The Minister added that, while WA food products were exported all over the world, the State’s geographical location to Asia provided a competitive advantage and made it one of WA’s most important markets.

“During the three-day event, DAFWA will be organising meetings between the international buyers and local companies, raising the profile of WA as a supplier of safe, quality agrifood products,” he said.

Mr Redman said Fine Food Perth had an excellent record of achievement.

“The event in 2007 resulted in WA companies signing contracts to sell gourmet food products to Singapore, dairy products to China and seafood to Thailand,” he noted.

The Minister said aside from looking at export markets, Fine Food Perth also provided an occasion for international buyers to look at opportunities to participate in the WA food industry supply chain.

“Ongoing investment will provide the potential for the growth of large-scale food manufacturing here in WA. It will also have a direct flow-on effect for jobs, regional communities, primary production and the retail food sector,” he said.

The trade only event began yesterday and will conclude tomorrow (Tuesday March 24) at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.