Great Southern food and beverage products impress delegates on WA buyers’ tour

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Wendy Foo and Hideo Kikuchi.
Camera IconWendy Foo and Hideo Kikuchi. Credit: Steve Pontin

The best of the Great Southern’s food and beverage offerings was on the menu this week during a three-day visit by 17 international trade delegates.

The Taste WA Premium Food and Beverage Buyers’ Mission, believed to be the first buyers’ mission of its kind to visit Australia since international borders reopened, stopped in Albany on Saturday for three days.

It was the first major event under the new Great Southern Tourism and Trade Partnership, launched in Albany in April, by the Great Southern Development Commission, Austrade and tourism body Australia’s South West.

The delegation stopped by The Dam on Monday for an immersive buyers matching event, speaking directly with producers about export opportunities in the region.

GSDC chief executive Natasha Monks said bringing buyers to the region was the best way to understand the provenance and quality of the region’s premium products.

Richard Bunn introduces Bunn Wines to the trade delegation at the buyer matching event at The Dam.
Camera IconRichard Bunn introduces Bunn Wines to the trade delegation at the buyer matching event at The Dam. Credit: Steve Pontin

“As they begin to appreciate the Great Southern’s many advantages, we hope they will create mutually beneficial trade relationships with our producers and add to the region’s export growth, as we reconnect WA to the world,” she said.

Singaporean trader Wendy Foo said she had found at least five Great Southern companies to work with.

“The south coast is very beautiful and the producers are so proud of their products,” Ms Foo said.

“I could taste the passion for the product.”

Japanese buyer Hideo Kikuchi said he was excited to hear about regenerative agriculture happening in the region.

“Japanese people think we are part of nature and regenerative agriculture is about living together with nature,” he said.

“For Japanese people, this part of Australia is a hidden place, but everything has been fantastic.

“We import Wagyu and Angus beef and we are looking to extend our portfolio.”

After Albany, the delegation visited the South West before returning to Perth on Thursday.

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