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28 May 2021

Western Australian Agrifood Export eNews

Agribusiness, commercial fishing and aquaculture news from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).  If you have any questions or information to share, please email export@dpird.wa.gov.auSubscribe to Western Australian Agrifood Export eNews.

New export program for WA agribusiness

Moving into overseas markets can present challenges for all businesses. Developing your export knowledge and capabilities alongside someone with proven experience can help.

The Export Pathway Program provides one-on-one mentoring and group training modules where you will gain information, skills and knowledge to improve your chances of export success.

Delivered in two streams, one for those who have not exported yet and one for those that have undertaken some export activity but are looking to expand, it’s designed to fill in the gaps in your knowledge and support you in achieving a successful export business.

The program is delivered by Export Connect, a specialist export advisory service and partially funded by the Western Australian Government (via the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) with a 50% contribution towards the participation fees.

Find out more in the program brochure.  Applications close at 5 pm AWST on Monday 14 June 2021.  Source and Photo:  DPIRD 

Free Q&A webinar on Export Pathways Program

With the launch of the Export Pathways Program, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is running a free webinar for you to ask any questions about the program and meet your mentor.

Register now for this online event which takes place on 3 June 2021 from 10 am until 10.45 am AWST.  Source:  DPIRD  |  Photo:  iStock

New food innovation centre to connect producers with local and export markets

Work has commenced on the Shire of Murray’s Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct (WAFIP), the State's centre of excellence for research, development and commercialisation of new ag-tech and value-added food.

The $21.7 million open access precinct, located within the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, will comprise research and development capabilities, an innovation centre and a production-warehouse.

It is intended to be a centre of excellence to enable commercial research and development, prototype and market testing of food and beverage products, and networking for WA food producers.

WAFIP, which is expected to be fully operational in early 2022, will help build local food chains to connect small and larger producers and farmers with strong local and export markets – transforming produce currently grown in WA into high-quality, high-value foods and beverages.  More...  |  Related:  Construction under way on State’s first Food Innovation Precinct  |  Source:  WA Minister for Regional Development / WAFIP / Shire of Murray  |  Graphic:  WAFIP

Showcasing WA's finest wine and food to the world

The Experiential Travel Summit (ETS) is an out-of-the-box wine, food and tourism event designed to bring innovation, encourage agility and uncover new ways of thinking about experiences.

Held in the Margaret River Region on 14 June 2021, ETS will include a full day of discussions, panels and interactive workshops aimed at helping businesses attract more customers.

Since COVID-19 hit last year, Western Australian businesses impacted by the pandemic have been encouraged to consider innovative solutions to current challenges.  As the world re-emerges and domestic and international tourism builds, there’s never been a more important time to invest in the future together. 

This event is to help further elevate wine, food and travel experiences and capture the hearts and minds of travellers in a sustainable and meaningful way.  Source and Graphic:  ETS

WA beef industry research to map carbon footprint

Results from a ground-breaking research project aimed at significantly improving the carbon footprint of Western Australia’s beef industry will be used to help all producers and stakeholders stay ahead of consumers’ expectations and remain internationally competitive.

Now at the halfway mark of its 18-month development, the collaborative research project is being led by Harvest Road Group, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The project is currently analysing the inputs and emissions from the beef processing supply chain, including energy consumption, labour, transport and packaging, with data being collected from Harvest Road production facilities throughout the State.

The project is unique in its depth of research into the carbon intensity and greenhouse gas emissions from all parts of the beef production process.  More...  Source and Photo:  DPIRD

2021 Food South Australia Summit – The New World

Western Australian food producers are invited to jump online and virtually attend this year's Food South Australia Summit, which provides food and beverage manufacturers, customers, service providers and policy makers with an intensive essential update on global trends, local opportunities and actionable insights.

The 2021 program is firmly focused on today's changed world. The pandemic has influenced every aspect of life for business and for consumers. It has accelerated previously niche consumer trends and disrupted established business operations across the supply chain ranging from production to distribution.

How will the food and beverage industry step up in the new post-COVID world – and what's in it for food businesses?  Find out at this event which runs all day on 2 June 2020.  Registration fees apply for attending the event in Adelaide, as well as virtually.  Source and Graphic:  Food South Australia

Austrade market updates for agrifood exporters

Join this webinar and hear from Austrade's in-market United States and Canada experts on:

  • The current state of play for agribusiness and food exporters.
  • Key insights on market opportunities and trends.
  • Information on how the federal Government is supporting Australian agribusiness and food exporters impacted by trade disruptions.

Austrade speakers at this event are: Nick Nichles, Acting General Manager Americas; Grayson Perry, Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Toronto; and Chris Knepler, Post Manager, Chicago.

Taking place at 7 am AWST on 3 June 2021, this webinar is one in a series of international market updates for agribusiness and food exporters being held in 2021.  As part of the Agribusiness Expansion Initiative, Austrade is scaling up services, including events that deliver the latest Austrade insights to help agrifood producers expand and diversify their export markets.  Source and Graphic / Photos:  Austrade

Global trade recovery from COVID-19 hits record high

World trade’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic hit a record high in the first quarter of 2021, increasing by 10% year-over-year and 4% quarter-over-quarter, according to a Global Trade Update released recently.

According to the report – produced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – the impressive rebound in the first quarter of 2021 continued to be driven by the strong export performance of East Asian economies.  This early success in pandemic mitigation allowed these economies to rebound faster and to capitalise on booming global demand for COVID-19 related products.

“Global trade has recorded a faster recovery from the recession caused by the pandemic than in the last two trade recessions,” said UNCTAD economist Alessandro Nicita, who worked on the report.

He said it took four quarters after the start of the pandemic-induced recession for world trade to return to pre-recession levels.  

By contrast, it took 13 quarters for global trade to recover from the 2015 recession and nine quarters to bounce back from the 2009 recession caused by the global financial crisis.  More...  Source:  WTO  |  Photo:  Shawn Ang / Unsplash [Port of Singapore, the second busiest container port in the world.]