NSW’s best invited to Fine Food Australia table

NSW food and beverage companies are being offered a chance to expand their business in national and global markets with a subsidised place on the NSW Government’s stand at Fine Food Australia.

Executive Director Industry Trade and Investment, Kylie Bell, said a dozen spots are up for grabs on the NSW stand at the southern hemisphere’s largest food and beverage show.

“Over 1,000 exhibitors and 26,000 visitors from 50 countries attend Fine Food Australia, providing a huge opportunity for NSW companies to win new business.

“We’re calling on regional and metropolitan companies that can showcase the great depth and innovation that is occurring right across our food and beverage industry.

“For exhibitors, Fine Food Australia will be a massive chance to meet leading suppliers, negotiate deals, expand networks, and learn the latest ideas and trends,” Ms. Bell said.

NSW’s food and beverage manufacturing industry has 3,600 businesses that employ nearly 70,000 people – almost a third of the national industry – with exports growing 9.6 per cent in 2017-18 to reach $5.6 billion.

“Fast-growing middle classes in emerging countries, particularly in Asia, are clamouring for our clean, green and safe food and beverage products,” Bell said.

“To capitalise on this demand we’ve launched the NSW Food and Beverage Industry Development Strategy to grow the industry, build business capability, improve collaboration among key stakeholders and drive job creation, skills development and investment.”

“By participating in Fine Food Australia and implementing this strategy, we’re backing the industry to tackle the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies, the availability of skilled labour, diversifying consumer tastes, growing global demand, and access to markets,” Ms. Bell said.

Fine Food Australia 2019 will be held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour from 9-12 September.

Innovative food and beverage companies can apply from now until 26 April for a spot on the NSW stand by visiting Fine Food Australia 2019 with successful companies to be notified in May.

Melbourne food trade expo attracts a dozen producers from NSW

The Fine Food Australia trade expo in Melbourne in September attracts thousands of producers, including gourmet producers from NSW.

Prodcuers come from places small and large, including Sydney, Snowy Mountains and Illawarra-Shoalhaven.

NSW government minister for trade and industry Niall Blair said the “Flavours of NSW” stand at the event will feature stunning gourmet food and niche beverages from locations such as Riverina-Murray, Central Coast and Hunter.

“Fine Food Australia is our annual olympics for food, bringing together 1,000 plus exhibitors from over 60 countries to compete for the attention of more than 20,000 food industry buyers and importers,” he said.

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“The event gives NSW food and beverage producers a chance to market their brands to a who’s who of the industry and sell their products to the nation and the world. This year’s event is in Melbourne and we’ve assembled a diverse list of our best and most innovative producers to showcase what we’re made of here in NSW,” said Blair.

“Our products will include mouth-watering artisan cheeses, gourmet coffee, native bush food, award winning condiments, sugar free chocolate, seaweed infused creations, and niche beverages including craft ginger beer and Snowy Mountains schnapps,” he said.

Fine Food Australia, to be held from 10-13 September, is a trade-only event targeted at professionals working in the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries.

NSW has more than 50,000 agricultural, aquaculture, fishing and food and beverage processing companies that contribute to a food and agriculture export industry worth more than $7 billion a year.

Fine Food Australia will also allow the NSW exhibitors to learn from industry leaders about the latest industry trends, and for restauranteurs to source the best and newest NSW products for their menus to keep diners walking through the door.

Exhibitors from NSW include Blushing Blueberries of Macksville, Julianne’s Kitchen from Hornsby, Little Creek Cheese from Wyong, and White Horse Coffee from Sutherland.

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