Victoria’s premium food and fibre will be on show to the world during this year’s Food and Beverage Trade Week, with local producers connecting with buyers and businesses from around the world.
The four day inbound trade mission brings together more than 160 international delegates from 19 countries to engage with 120 local businesses with support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Connecting key players from across the globe with Victorian food and beverage producers is crucial to building relationships that grow exports, strengthen the economy and create new jobs.
During their visit delegates will be exposed to the very best of Victoria’s food and beverage sector – participating in a bespoke trade exhibition, culinary tours of Melbourne’s laneways and tailored business matching sessions.
The international delegates will also participate in site tours across the state in regions including Gippsland, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.
E-commerce is a key focus of this year’s Food and Beverage Trade Week with major players visiting Victoria from Asia to connect with Victorian businesses and offer advice on taking advantage of the booming Asian e-commerce market.
Now in its fifth year, Food and Beverage Trade Week has a strong track record of attracting high-profile international businesses, and this year’s event includes five companies with an annual turnover of more than $1 billion.
Victoria’s food and fibre export sector is incredibly valuable to the state’s economy with a value of over $11.9 billion and employing more than 190,000 Victorians throughout the state.
The Labor Government is promoting increased trade and investment in Victoria and has also recently released Globally Connected, the state’s first official trade statement in more than a decade, to outline its plan and vision for trade in Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Luke Donnellan
”We’re giving local businesses every possible opportunity to connect with international markets that will boost our economy and create more local jobs.”
“We’re known around the world for our clean, green and high quality food, fibre and beverage sector – Food and Beverage Trade Week is a chance to promote this reputation and increase exports.”