PT&I helps showcase Pacific foods at high profile show


Fine Foods Australia has cemented its reputation as Australia’s only truly international event for the food and beverage industry. <!--more-->

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The event, which got under way in Melbourne this week, is the largest gathering of food and drink product for international retail, foodservice and hospitality industries.

<a href=""><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3844" title="hey-lala" src="" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a>Fine Foods has come to be known as the event to find the newest and best products and services on offer and stay abreast of what’s hot and happening in the sector. This was only the second year that <strong>Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest</strong> participated with a Pacific pavilion at the event, following last year’s successful inaugural participation.

The Pacific Islands stand this year comprised 11 exhibitors showcasing a range of products from Vanilla, Virgin Coconut Oil, Coffee, Chocolate and Cacao Nibs.

<a href=""><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-3845" title="choco2" src="" alt="" width="200" height="300" /></a>Participating companies and entrepreneurs from around the Pacific Islands region included Ian Jones, Taste of Tonga (Coconut Oil) of Tonga; Jacqui Wood, Ethica Coffee, from PNG; Theresa Areq, Amruqa, PNG (Coconut Oil); Eddie Wilson, Wilex Samoa, (Cacao Nibs, Hot chocolate); Jennifer Boggiss, Heilala Vanilla, (Vanilla Extract, Paste, Syrup, Sugar &amp; Beans), Tonga; Peni Drodrolagi, Origins Pacific (Fiji Mana Brand Virgin Coconut Oil), Fiji; Piero Biianchessi, Venui Vanilla, Vanuatu; Stella Muller, Hot Samoan Boys Chili, Hot Chilli Sauce, Samoa; Dan &amp; Richard Etherington, Kokonut Pacific (Coconut Oil), Solomon Islands; Stanley Kalauni, Niue Organic (Vanilla), Niue and Terry Adlington, Tanna Coffee, Vanuatu.

One of the several high profile visitors to the PT&amp;I sponsored Pacific Islands booth was Jeff Bleich, US Ambassador to Australia, who expressed interest in vanilla and coconut oil and the health benefits of products such as coconut oil, reports PT&amp;I’s Teremoana Mato who was part of the PT&amp;I team at the show.


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