Pro­duce in the spot­light in Can­berra

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

South­ern Forests pro­duce is go­ing from strength to strength as it con­tin­ues to be in the State and na­tional spot­light.

The re­gion’s pro­duce was on dis­play in Can­berra on Oc­to­ber 15 when South­ern Forests Food Coun­cil chair­man Be­van Eatts, Pem­ber­ley Wines’ Mon­ica Radomil­jac and Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei at­tended the in­au­gu­ral Show­case WA.

Prod­ucts in­cluded dried Bravo ap­ples, Truf­fle and Wine Co. truf­fles, South­ern For­est Green Tea and New Leaf Or­chards sparkling ap­ple juice.

Show­case WA was or­gan­ised by O’Con­nor MHR Rick Wil­son and Burt MHR Matt Keogh and saw more than 50 Can­berra-based Am­bas­sadors, High Com­mis­sion­ers and MPs at Par­lia­ment House to cel­e­brate WA food and wine.

Mr Wil­son said the event was an op­por­tu­nity to show­case WA’s pro­duce and for pro­duc­ers to make con­tacts that could re­sult in lu­cra­tive new mar­kets in­ter­state and over­seas.

“As co-chair of the Par­lia­men­tary Friends of WA, I be­lieve we can play an im­por­tant role in mak­ing sure our pro­duce, tourism and busi­ness as­sets are put in front of an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence,” he said.

An­other boon for the South­ern Forests Food Coun­cil has seen fur­ther ex­po­sure for lo­cal pro­duce on a wider scale.

A record 26 green­gro­cers in Perth have got be­hind the Gen­uinely South­ern Forests 2018 re­tail mar­ket­ing cam­paign.

In its third year, the cam­paign brings the re­gion’s pro­duce to met­ro­pol­i­tan stores.

The cam­paign in­cludes sam­ple stalls in par­tic­i­pat­ing green­gro­cers, where cus­tomers can try a range of prod­ucts.

Mr Eatts said the cam­paign showed tan­gi­ble re­sults to the shop floor, which was a win for ev­ery­one.

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