Victoria’s premium food and fibre was on show to the world during Food and Beverage Trade Week 2017, with local producers connecting with buyers and businesses from around the world.

The four-day inbound trade mission brought together more than 160 international delegates from 19 countries to engage with 120 local businesses.

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 were 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 also participated in site tours across the state in regions including Gippsland, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

E-commerce was 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 included 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.