25 February 2016
Victoria's food on display at Gulfood in Middle East
A strong Trade Mission of 42 local companies has travelled to Dubai to attend the Gulfood 2016 food and hospitality trade show. Showcasing some of Australia's finest meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and processed foods, as part of a drive to boost exports to the Middle East's fast-growing markets.
Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis visited Spinneys Mercato in Dubai, where he met with Spinneys representatives and experienced first-hand the fresh Victorian produce found in stores.
Gulfood showcases over 5000 exhibitors, from 120 countries worldwide from 21 to 25 February, 2016.
The Middle East is one of Victoria's largest export destinations, with exports worth more than A$2.76 billion in 2014-2015. This includes A$1.2 billion in food and beverage exports.
Horticulture exports to the region are also expected to grow, particularly in the United Arab Emirates, which is now the third biggest market for Victorian table grapes.
Victoria has a robust trade mission program, with other missions this year to head to Foodex in Japan, Seoul Food in South Korea and SIAL in China.