Thai and Japanese buyers sample WA’s finest produce

Farmers and asian buyers standing in a cattle pasture
Thailand's CP Merchandising group visited farms across the South West and Perth metropolitan area

DPIRD is taking an active role in helping facilitate and develop export opportunities and commercial relationships for WA agribusiness.

The department regularly hosts trade delegations to connect our export-ready agrifood and beverage producers with international buyers, enabling them to develop business networks and build relationships.

Recently, the Primary Industry Trade team hosted buyers from Thailand’s CP Merchandising and Japan’s Itochu Corporation to sample quality produce from across the South West and Perth metropolitan area.

We also matched several export-ready seafood producers with the buyers as they were highly interested in WA seafood.

Group of people watching seafood be prepared
Thailand is WA’s 12th largest agrifood export market in Asia, with $121 million of product exported in 2017-18

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan helped showcase WA, officiating at a long table dinner at Lamont’s Bishops House in Perth. The dinner featured product of interest to the buyers from six WA businesses including avocados, carrots, lamb, seafood and citrus.

The Inbound Buyer Missions have proven to be very successful at building connections. Delegations of buyers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam were coordinated earlier this year in April to visit export-ready food and beverage businesses across southern regions.

Since then, the department has helped facilitate the progression and/or commencement of commercial arrangements to supply red meat, dairy, seafood, horticulture and other premium foods with the buyers.

There are great opportunities for agrifood exports into Asia. The Target Market Opportunities reports on the department’s website identify 20 high growth, high value premium opportunities at the intersection between what Asian consumers want and what WA can produce. 

For more information contact Joan Lim, Manager, Asian Market Success, South Perth on +61 (0)8 9368 3277