Fine Food Australia, held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, September 9-12, attracted a good mix of local and international exhibitors displaying organic products, foods and beverages. On the second day exhibitors told O.W.N. they were happy with the buyer response and were satisfied with the numbers of trade enquiries received.
The fair, held annually and organized by Diversified Exhibitions Australia, attracts around 1,000 exhibitors and over 20,000 trade visitors, including buyers from hotels, restaurant and catering, independent and major supermarkets, retail stores, and international buyers.
Exhibition pavilions included Austria, France, the USA and South America. Among the Australian organic companies were Brookfarm, Daabon Australia, Eco-Farms (groceries), Spiral Foods, Stephen James Organics (chocolates), Kialla Pure Foods (grains and flours), Freedom Foods (breakfast foods, beverages), The Right Food Group, and Yarra Valley Snack Foods (snacks).
Martin Brook, CEO of Brookfarm, certified organic macadamia grower and producer of breakfast foods, snack bars and macadamia oils, revealed plans to build a second factory in 2014, two years after a new factory was built near Byron Bay, northern New South Wales.
Jo-Ann Cleary of Citadelle in Quebec, Canada displayed ranges of organic and conventional maple syrups and cranberry products, including Le Maison Bergevin whole dried cranberries that retain 40% of the cranberry juice.
CEO of Daabon Australia, Sergio Correa announced that Antonio Ramos, ex general manager of Olive Green Organics, Sydney, had joined his team to drive a new product range in Australia and Asia. Daabon displayed its large line of ingredients, such as organic sugars, sweeteners, oils, coffee, and soaps and cosmetics palm oil bases.
Spiral Foods launched new Mediterranean condiments and new packaging and announced that it would launch a Veri Val of Austria line of certified organic granola and muesli breakfast foods in October. Peru trade agency PromPeru showed several lines in conventional quinoa. It was part of a South American group that also included Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador, where Pacari organic chocolates were in display.
The Right Food Group launched 32 new lines in organic groceries and beverages to more than double its existing product range. New beverages included the Kokonut Island and Kogurt healthy beverages.