Food & Beverage Trade Week (FBTW) – the state’s premier inbound trade mission targeting the global food and beverage market – is in full swing with more than 150 leading international buyers and investors visiting more than 100 local companies at the Fine Food Australia trade show in Melbourne.
Delegates from across Asia, the Middle East and the Americas are taking the opportunity to meet with Victoria’s world class dairy, meat and processed food producers in the state’s prime agricultural regions including Gippsland, the Goulburn Valley, the Yarra Valley and greater Geelong.
The site tour program has been tailored to suit the interests of the visiting delegates and will allow them to experience first-hand the regions where Victoria’s food is grown, processed and manufactured.
They will meet with local industry leaders such as Burra Foods, Pactum, Tatura Milk, Coffee Mio, and Heritage Fine Chocolates.
The program also includes one-on-one business matching sessions and a range of networking events, supporting Victorian companies to establish and strengthen international trade relationships, secure new investments and grow their businesses.
With a global reputation for producing and exporting premium clean and green products, Victoria is Australia’s leading exporter of dairy, horticultural products, prepared foods and vegetables.
The state’s food and fiber sector now employs more than 190,000 Victorians and in 2014–15 food and fiber exports were valued at $11.6 billion, an increase of $282 million compared to the previous year.
Across the same period, the state accounted for 83 per cent of Australia’s dairy exports, 48 per cent of horticultural exports and 41 per cent of prepared food exports.
FBTW is part of a four-year $12 million Andrews Labor Government initiative to build a strong and sustainable inbound trade mission program that allows us to bring investors from key international markets to our doorstep.
“Our targeted inbound trade missions have proven to be hugely successful, with 2015 Victoria’s biggest export year yet and even more success stories coming out of this year’s programs,” said Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis.
“We’re bringing the world to our doorstep so that more Victorian businesses have more opportunities to form sustainable partnerships that will help them grow, create jobs and strengthen our local economies.”