NSW's best invited to Fine Food Australia Table

Media release | 5 April 2019

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,” Ms. 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.

Testimonials from last year’s NSW co-exhibitors

Dr Pia Winberg, CEO of Nowra seaweed food company Phycohealth: “Our business is expanding and we’re working with distributors to refine our packaging and tailor our range so we can deliver into three states to boost our sales and market presence. We’re also distributing products through co-exhibitors we met at the show.”

Sue Parsons, co-owner of Little Creek Cheese at Wyong: “Our interactions with distributors at the show have inspired us to work on ways to ship our cheeses interstate and further develop our same-day deliveries. For getting your brand out there and learning and networking with other businesses, the show is an absolute must.”

Max Schofield, founder of Fresh Fodder of Orange: “Through contact made during the show, we're now exploring opportunities with buyers from one of the big supermarket chains which is looking to roll out new concept stores stocking quality product lines.”

Julianne Lever, founder of Julianne’s Kitchen of Hornsby: “I really enjoyed the exposure the show gave to our brand and feel that ongoing exposure will help Julianne’s Kitchen to grow. As a small business you can’t afford not to have a presence at shows like this.”

NSW's best invited to Fine Food Australia Table