Food pro­gram mile­stone

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

Food and bev­er­age pro­duc­ers in the re­gion have come for­ward this month to cel­e­brate the 10th an­niver­sary of the Buy West Eat Best pro­gram.

Nic Gi­blett, of New­ton Or­chards, is a mem­ber of the pro­gram and said it helped sup­port lo­cal grow­ers.

“Buy West Eat Best was the first of its kind in de­lin­eat­ing WA promi­nence and do­ing it re­ally well, es­pe­cially be­cause we are a lit­tle bit iso­lated here, so we en­joy sup­port­ing our own pro­duc­ers,” she said.

“We’re up against the mar­ket­ing might of Mars Bar and Un­cle Tobys and they can af­ford all the ad­ver­tis­ing they need but fresh lo­cal pro­duce can’t af­ford the same, so it’s great to have some­one work­ing to help you out.”

Ms Gi­blett said when you bought some­thing with the Buy West Eat Best logo on it, you knew you had bought some­thing in sea­son.

“That’s the way for­ward, to eat lo­cal and more sea­son­ally,” she said. De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment food di­rec­tor Deb­o­rah Pett said the pro­gram brought aware­ness to WA farm­ers and their sto­ries.

“The food la­belling pro­gram al­lowed con­sumers to con­nect with lo­cal pro­duce and al­lowed pro­duc­ers to stand be­hind one brand, which rep­re­sented qual­ity, fresh­ness and buy lo­cal,” she said.

The pro­gram has grown from 38 mem­bers in 2008 to more than 170 mem­bers.

Nic Gi­blett, from New­ton Or­chards, is a mem­ber of the Buy West Eat Best pro­gram.

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