Some of New South Wales’ favourite food and beverage offerings will be on display at the Southern Hemisphere’s leading trade show for food and beverage manufacturers, Fine Food Australia 2022.
The NSW government is supporting 13 emerging local companies with subsidies of up to $5,000 to enable them to attend the event, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on 5-8 September.
“This is a chance to share a flavour of NSW with people right around the country and build opportunities to get them on more shelves – from garlic grown near Braidwood to specialty flours from Wakool and spirits that capture a taste of the Snowies and the Central West,” acting premier and minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said.
“Food and beverage manufacturing is the biggest manufacturing sector in NSW and a huge economic driver, so I’m thrilled to see the majority of the businesses are from regional NSW.”
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Stuart Ayres, said the event would help boost local food and beverage producers in NSW.
“Our local food and beverage producers have been hit hard by a combination of COVID-19, floods and bushfires in recent years. We are proud to support them as part of efforts to encourage a strong economic recovery for the sector,” Ayres said.
“This support will enable producers to drive new business opportunities, broaden their customer base and learn new skills to help drive this recovery.”
Goodradigbee Distillers CEO, John O’Connor, said exhibiting at Fine Food Australia would give the business valuable exposure to showcase its unique native Australian spirits.
“We’re proud to use native Australian hardwoods to produce some of Australia’s most unique and exciting beverages. Fine Food Australia will give our business a big boost and opportunity to expand our customer base,” O’Connor said.
Supported businesses received exhibition and marketing training via an in-person workshop and will continue to be supported with expert business and specialist export advice from Investment NSW and the Department of Regional NSW.
The NSW businesses being supported to exhibit are:
- The Other Chef Makers & Providores – produces natural gourmet condiments including jam, relish, mustard, infused oil, flavoured balsamic vinegar and sauces using locally grown ingredients, located in Port Macquarie;
- Goodradigbee Distillers – produces uniquely Australian single malt spirits and gins using Snowy River springs and Australian hardwood to craft unique flavour profiles, located on the Northern Beaches;
- Ananda Food – produces 100 per cent Australian grown hemp to be used in hemp oil, flour and protein powder, located in Beresfield;
- Alka Power – manufactures 100 per cent natural alkaline water sourced from the Southern Highlands of NSW, located in Bowral;
- Seadrift Distillery – produces handmade non-alcoholic vegan spirits using natural botanical ingredients, located in Brookvale;
- Cooks Confectionery – Australia’s largest Nut Brittle producer specialising in nostalgic products and brands for the independent, P&C and grocery trade, located in Albion Park Rail;
- The Vinegar Factory – manufactures premium quality, award winning balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oil, located in Yenda;
- Bathurst Grange Distillery – a craft distillery on a family farm producing gin and whisky using naturally sourced ingredients and operating cellar door, located in Brewongle;
- Outback Harvest – is Australia’s first paddock-to-plate Teff producer, manufacturing teff flour, seeds, rice, pasta and breads, located in Wakool;
- Violet & Gold – produces natural syrups from Australian natives using botanicals like lemon myrtle, strawberry gum and wattle seed, located in Thornleigh;
- Gaia Tree – produces vegan sweet treats with intriguing flavour, located in Bella Vista;
- Garlicious Grown – grows and manufactures black garlic products in the Southern Tablelands from their base at Braidwood; and
- Plus Hemp – produces Australian made hemp water to enhance hydration and health, located in Queens Park.