Victoria’s multi-billion-dollar food and fibre sector will be on show at this year’s Food and Beverage Trade Week, with local growers and producers set to connect with global buyers and key decision makers from today.
Over three days, more than 150 incoming delegates will get a first-hand look at Victoria’s diverse and vibrant food and fibre sector, seeing everything the state has to offer, from meat and seafood to grains, horticulture and value-added food and beverage products.
The delegates will travel all over Victoria meeting with farmers, processors and researchers, sampling produce and touring production facilities in Ballarat, Gippsland, the Yarra Valley, Horsham, the Goulburn Valley and King Valley.
Regarded as Australia's largest inbound food trade mission, FBTW will bring "the world to our doorstep," said the Minister for Trade and Investment at the official opening of the annual event today.
FBTW will showcase Victoria's premium quality food and beverages while "giving local companies the opportunity to make global connections, boost the economy and create jobs for Victoria," the Minister added.
The trade fair also helps local businesses up-skill their trade and export capabilities, get digital-ready and match their products with the right buyers.
In the last four years, the Victorian Government has delivered 129 trade missions, helping more than 4620 Victorian businesses achieve more than $266 million in actual export sales and $2 billion in projected sales.
The government is also strengthening Victoria’s global connections and has recently released strategies for India, China, Latin America as well as Globally Connected – an overall trade statement and blueprint for the future of Victorian trade.
Victorian food and fibre exports are incredibly valuable to the state, worth $12.8 billion in 2016-17, and employing more than 270,000 Victorians across the state.
Victoria is Australia’s largest exporter of food and fibre products, accounting for 81 per cent of Australia’s dairy exports, 48 per cent of horticultural exports and 39 per cent of prepared food exports.