Victorian food producers to showcase their wares in Indonesia

Posted by Editorial on 31st March 2009

Victoria’s produce will be promoted in Indonesia over the next two weeks in a bid to strengthen trade relationships with the state’s fifth most valuable food export market.

The State’s Agriculture Minister, Joe Helper, said some of Victoria’s finest producers of beef, lamb, seafood, fruit, vegetable and dairy produce would meet with Indonesian food service representatives, importers, distributors and executive chefs, to discuss expanding trade opportunities.

“Indonesia’s close proximity to Australia and growing affluence as a nation makes it a very important export market to Victoria,” Mr Helper noted. “By working closely with the key-decision makers in the Indonesian food service sector, we are able to gain their confidence in our processes and capitalise on new market opportunities.”

The Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Manager of Market Development South-East Asia, Tim Roache, said ongoing discussions between the two countries and local agricultural exporters was vital to enhance market access and develop the Indonesian market for Victorian food products.