Food and bev­er­age pro­duc­ers given leg-up

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

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.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

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.

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