Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced a NSW Food Expo will be held annually in India to showcase NSW food and beverage exporters to one of the world’s fastest growing markets.
Berejiklian made the announcement in New Delhi overnight, alongside Indian food industry representatives, chefs and food writers.
“The inaugural NSW Food Expo will help farmers and producers showcase their clean, safe and fresh produce to Indian buyers in a market where middle class numbers are tipped to swell from 250 million to 550 million people by 2025,” Berejiklian said.
“We will take a delegation of food and beverage exporters to Mumbai in September to take part in this new Expo to promote NSW products ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to meat, dairy and processed foods like jams, honey, pasta, and even ready meals.
“This will provide our producers with a major opportunity to showcase the fantastic quality and diversity of our State’s food and beverage industry and connect our best export companies with potential Indian buyers and growing markets.
“NSW agricultural exports to India, including vegetables, fruits, wheat, oils and much more, grew almost 200 per cent to reach $760 million in 2016-17 and there is massive potential for further growth.”
Berejiklian said NSW has a growing international reputation as a provider of clean and green produce with the State’s worldwide exports of food and beverage products growing 4.6 per cent in 2016-17 to top $5 billion for the first time.