Victoria’s best food and beverage producers are showcasing their globally renowned products to thousands of international buyers at Gulfood – the world’s largest food and fibre trade show.
Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis formally opened the Victorian Government stand at this year’s Gulfood in Dubai, and is leading a trade mission that will strengthen ties and boost exports to fast growing markets in the region.
IMAGE: Minister Dalidakis is shown around the Gulfood trade show with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.
“By taking Victoria’s leading food and beverage companies to the largest annual trade show in the world, we’re helping to boost exports, strengthen the local economy and create jobs. Building strong international ties with key and emerging markets like the United Arab Emirates will ensure that Victoria remains one of the world’s leading destinations for trade and investment.”
Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis
The Middle East and North Africa are key markets for Victorian food and fibre products with exports to the region worth more than $900 million a year and the Andrews Labor Government is helping local producers make new connections and strike new export deals.
This year’s Gulfood event shows the diversity of Victoria’s food and beverage sector with 39 local companies participating in categories including ‘world food’, ‘dairy’ and ‘beverage’.
Gulfood attracts more than 90,000 visitors and more than 5,000 exhibitors each year, presenting a great opportunity for Victorian companies to break into a region with a population of 480 million where many countries import more than 90 per cent of their food and beverage products.
IMAGE: Minister Dalidakis greets company representatives from Della Rosa Traditional Fine Foods all the way from from Campbellfield in Victoria.
In addition to accompanying Victorian companies to Gulfood, Minister Dalidakis also met with key stakeholders, decision makers and government representatives from the UAE.
The Labor Government is driving growth in the food and fibre sector which employs more than 190,000 people across the state, and this work is delivering results with exports rising six per cent to A$12.8 billion in 2016/17.