The Andrews Labor Government has helped secure a major international trade event, in a coup that will boost investment, create jobs and cement Victoria’s place as the food and wine capital.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced last night that in September next year Melbourne will host Global Table – the largest food business event ever staged in Australia, with more than 5,000 participants.
Global Table will involve a series of internationally-focused business events that will promote Australia as the destination for investors and traders to connect with business leaders from across the Asia‑Pacific.
Attendees will enjoy a diverse program in Melbourne and across regional Victoria catering for a range of audiences including researchers, retailers, entrepreneurs, food buyers and investors.
It will position Australia as an exciting destination to discover innovation, technology and new food products.
Food + Wine Victoria will deliver the event – drawing on their expertise delivering the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival -- which is part of the Labor Government’s $15 million Taste Victoria initiative launched last night.
Organisers have already confirmed they will partner with Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit, the leading food innovation event worldwide.
Taste Victoria will bolster the state’s thriving food and fibre industry, and help Victoria grow its presence in the global food market and capture export opportunities.
The Growing Food and Fibre Markets program will be key to this initiative, which aims to grow and safeguard Victoria’s high quality, premium exports.
Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“Victoria is the food and wine capital of Australia and we’re proud to lead the way – not only in food and fibre exports but in bringing the largest food business and trade event right here to Victoria.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis
“As a government, we've set an ambitious target to grow our food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030. Key to achieving this goal is the investments outlined in Taste Victoria last night.”
Quote attributable to Food + Wine Victoria Chairman Radek Sali
"Melbourne – Australia's food and event capital – is the ideal destination for this globally important event. From our farms, wineries, breweries and laboratories to our cafes, markets, restaurants and bars, I've got no doubt international visitors will be impressed by what they experience during Global Table."
Reviewed 19 August 2020