Chance to expand export markets

Nicole SamleriSouth Western Times
Cowaramup Brewing’s Claire Parker, Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Ryan’s Quality Meats’ Greg Ryan, Swan Valley Honey’s Debbie Star, Mundella Foods’ Fiona Loke and Great Southern Truffles’ Adam Wilson.
Camera IconCowaramup Brewing’s Claire Parker, Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Ryan’s Quality Meats’ Greg Ryan, Swan Valley Honey’s Debbie Star, Mundella Foods’ Fiona Loke and Great Southern Truffles’ Adam Wilson. Credit: Supplied

South West meat supplier Ryan’s Quality Meats has been chosen to take part in a premium export study tour in Victoria next month.

The State Government is supporting 13 WA premium food businesses including truffles, bananas, vegetables, meat, dairy, honey and beer, to take part in the tour from September 2 to 6.

The businesses will learn new skills and strategies to help them increase WA’s share of the premium and value-added export market.

Ryan’s Quality Meats owner Greg Ryan said this opportunity was a big step up for his business.

“On the tour we will be looking at the innovation in our industry and other food industries and how we can implement them into our business to help add value to our products,” Mr Ryan said.

“Seeing how other people do it and also validating what we are doing is correct and to find any improvements in the way we do things. We also need to attract the right people in helping us take the next step into the export market.”

Mr Ryan said it was an honour to be chosen.

“It feels good — we are getting noticed for the work we are doing and what we’re trying to do in the future,” he said.

“If we can get as much information and learn as much as we can, then this is a really good opportunity.”

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said WA was in a good place to expand on the global produce market.

“WA is in a strong position to capitalise on the growing global demand for premium food because of our reputation for producing safe, high-quality products,” she said.

“While our State leads the way in bulk produce exports, we do less well as a manufacturer of food and beverage products — moving WA up the value-chain will create more regional jobs and drive economic growth across the State.”

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