South Australia’s premium food, wine and beer are being showcased this week in the Australian pavilion at SIAL, the Asia-Pacific region’s biggest food and beverage expo in Shanghai.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell is visiting Shanghai to support the South Australian delegation.
He said the Expo is an outstanding opportunity for our food, wine, and beer producers to profile their products to buyers who are increasingly seeking premium products from a clean environment.
“South Australia’s reputation for premium, clean and green produce is increasingly prized by growing markets throughout Asia,” he said.
“The State Government, through peak industry body Food SA, is proud to support the seven South Australian food and beverage producers exhibiting at SIAL this year.
“From fresh tuna and seafood to beverages, olive oil, hand-cut crackers, flour and fruit juice, there is a great diversity of South Australian produce being showcased to international buyers and other exhibitors from 61 countries.”
Minister Bignell said SIAL China is recognised as the leading Asian meeting point for the food and beverage industry, and is industry’s premium event to connect buyers with products.
“This year, the Expo is bigger than ever, with more than 2,400 exhibitors and an anticipated 45,000 professional visitors over the two days,” he said.
“Major market players from retail, catering, hotels, restaurants, food services, the import/export trade, and manufacturing are at the expo.”
Food SA CEO Catherine Barnett said that the Expo is completely sold out.
“There has been high demand for space for exhibitors, and this indicates the high interest all countries have in China,” Ms Barnett said.
“We all know there is a huge demand for clean and safe food in China. We expect that the South Australian exhibitors will do very well given the high quality food and beverages they produce.”