Island flavours tickle palates at Fine Food

22/09/2013

For the third year running, a Pacific Islands branded stand with as many as 11 Pacific Island companies exhibiting their wares were featured at the high profile Fine Food 2013 show in Sydney, Australia earlier this month.<!--more-->

The show is the region’s premier food and beverage event that sees thousands of participants converge on the venue over four days as exhibitors and business visitors to sign up deals worth millions of dollars every year. It provides a global platform for exporters to find buyers from regional and international markets.

The branded Pacific stand was an initiative of the Sydney offices of <b>Pacific Islands Trade and Invest</b> (PT&amp;I) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) IACT (Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade) programme for exporters from around the islands region.

With more than 1000 exhibitors this year competition was fierce to attract visitors to the stand. The Pacific Islands branded space was a standout with coffee from Vanuatu, wraps from Fiji, chocolate produced from cocoa beans from the Solomon Islands and milkshakes flavoured with vanilla extract from Tonga, all being sampled ensured that there was a steady stream of visitors to the stand.

The Pacific Islands’ participation in the shows so far has been rewarding. “I found the Fine Food Australia 2013 to far exceed my expectations in terms of quality contacts with the food service industry. I have high expectations that we can now take our products to the next level and increase our exports,” says Michael Savins, General Manager of Teikabuti Fishing Company of Kiribati. Mr Savins’ innovative tuna sausages and tuna jerky were a hit at the show.

Jeremy Grennell, Export Services Manager for PT&amp;I said, “It is the third year that we have attended Fine Food, and momentum and focus builds every year. We are looking forward to a bigger and better show in Melbourne in 2014.”

For further information, please contact Jeremy Grennell on E: <a href="mailto:Jeremy.grennell@pacifictradeinvest.com">Jeremy.grennell@pacifictradeinvest.com</a> - PT&amp;I Export Services Manager or Paula Bjelanovic – PT&amp;I Administration and Events Coordinator on E: <a href="mailto:paula@pacifictradeinvest.com">paula@pacifictradeinvest.com</a> See <a href="http://pacifictradeinvest.com">www.pacifictradeinvest.com</a> or <a href="http://www.finefoodaustralia.com.au">www.finefoodaustralia.com.au</a>

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