MORE northern produce and wine could soon be hitting shelves across the world following talks last week between local companies and a delegate of Chinese investors.
More than 40 importers, distributors and buyers from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Huangzhou tasted produce from six northern business at a trade event at the Stretton Centre in Munno Para.
The representatives, whose cities have a combined population of more than 40 million, were in South Australia for three days to attend food, wine and trade events across the state.
Elizabeth South-based tuna wholesaler SAFCOL and Angle Vale winery Virgara Wines are in discussions to start exporting to China after making positive connections at the event.
SAFCOL financial and business manager Jed Lim was pleased with the early talks.
“We got some pretty good leads so we just need to follow them up now which is a good start, but it does take time,” Mr Lim said.
“We are just searching for the right partner in China so we can start exporting there.
“This event was not like other huge trade shows and was quite intimate so you can spend more time building your relationships with potential customers and they can get to know the product.”
Barossa Fine Foods, P’Petual Holdings, Zerella Fresh, Uleybury Wines, Golden North and Light’s View Group, who produce wine and olive oil, all gained interest from the investors and are in discussions to trade overseas.
Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said the meetings helped show off northern produce to the world.
“South Australia is home to some of the most iconic food and beverage producers, and these events help reinforce our international reputation for quality products, to international buyers,” he said.
“Our South Australian businesses are already having some success in China and our government is committed to continuing to help open doors for local businesses to access overseas markets.”
By James Gratton
Northern Weekly Messenger