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Food Industry innovation Project introduced

The Chittering Chamber of Commerce held their last Business After Hours sundowner for 2018 on Friday 30 November at the Northern Valleys Locavore Store. The evening was hosted by family business Little Eeden Farm Honey, whose Chittering Apiary produces natural bush honey. The business was started by husband and wife team Arno and Rene van Eeden who immigrated from South Africa in 2005, leaving a successful farming business to start a new life in Australia. They are passionate about their raw, unprocessed honey and infused honey products which they market locally and throughout Perth.

The evening was an opportunity for the local business to showcase their range of products to the local business community who were treated to an array of honey-inspired dishes including BBQ beef and chicken marinated in honey, honey cakes and salads with honey dressings. The Little Eeden range is available at the Northern Valleys Locavore Store, www.nvls.com.au, along with a wide range of other produce all grown and produced within 100km of Bindoon.

The speaker of the evening, Kim Antonio, who manages the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Food Industry Innovation Project was most impressed to see the quantity and quality of local produce and value-added food products in the region. Kim explained a bit about the Food Industry Innovation Project and it’s aim to support create more competitive and viable agrifood businesses in the regions by identifying opportunities and supporting local innovators who are trying to break into a larger market. 

Next year, the project will run a suite of support programs to help food and beverage businesses overcome growth barriers and develop their full potential. Through the ‘Expert for a day’ program, eligible businesses will have access to a range of industry experts to help in areas such as branding, labelling, e-commerce, pricing strategies and food technology. The project aims to utilise the resources of the Western Australian government’s dedicated in-market trade officers to run these workshops and assist businesses in finding new markets and consumer groups predominantly in Indonesia, Singapore, India, China and the UAE.

If you are interested in the ‘Expert for a day’ program and other Food Industry initiatives please fill out the expression of interest form at : agriculture.wa.gov.au/foodindustryinnovationeoi or email FoodIndustryInnovation@dpird.wa.gov.au, or contact Kim Antonio, Food Industry Innovation Project Manager on Phone: 9368 3676 or email kim.antonio@ agric.wa.gov.au. Kim plans to run a series of workshops in the Northern Valleys region in 2019.

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