Clarence co-op to export to Asia
THE CLARENCE River Fishermen’s Co-op is aiming to increase exports of seafoods to Asia.
The co-op will showcase Clarence produce at Asia’s largest food and hospitality trade show, Food and Hotel Asia 2010.
The co-op is one of only 20 food companies invited by the NSW Government to participate in the international trade fair this week. Co-op marketing manager Brett Schofield is in Singapore with the hope of significantly broadening the co-op’s existing customer base.
“The aim is to see what contacts can be made for potential export markets,” said financial controller for the co-op, Kerry Essex.
“We currently export whiting to Asia, and hope to increase exports of prawns and mullet.”
Minister for State and Regional Development, Ian Macdonald, said that visitors to Asia’s largest food and hospitality trade show would sample top quality food and wine from NSW.
“With ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade agreement coming into effect in January, our trade with Asia is expected to grow significantly,” Mr Macdonald said.
According to Mr Macdonald, Australian exporters already benefit from the ASEAN food and beverage market valued at $3 billion and food consumption across South-East Asia is expected to increase by between five and 14 per cent.
“Our State’s food and wine industries can benefit from this growth,” he said.