Food and beverage producers given leg-up
Several food and beverage businesses in the Capes Region were the first to receive a WA-first grant to help expand their markets nationally and internationally.
Happs Wines, Clairault Streicker Wines, Eagle Bay Brewing Co, and Whicher Ridge Wines were among the first seven recipients of the Expert For a Day grant.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan congratulated them at Happs Wines last Friday, and said each business would have the opportunity to engage the expertise of an industry professional to help achieve industry growth.
“WA has some of the highest quality fresh produce in the world, but we lag behind the rest of the country in food and beverage production,” she said.
“Expert For a Day is part of a suite of programs aimed at supporting Western Australian business producing premium valueadded products, particularly where we have identified highgrowth, high-value markets.
“The first round of recipients are using their vouchers on eve- rything from e-commerce planning to packing and labelling consulting, giving our growing businesses the best possible chance at taking on the world.”
Ms MacTiernan said the program would help businesses with funding in the future. “This is also a way for our small to medium enterprises to get access to Commonwealth funding . . . and the Commonwealth’s equivalent entrepreneurial grant.”
For more information, visit agric.wa.gov.au.
Katie Masters from Clairault Streicker Wines, Whicher Ridge Wines owner Cathy Howard, Eagle Bay Brewing Co owner Adrian d'Espeissis, Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Happs Wines Manager Leah Clearwater.