Honey pro­ducer vies for ex­porter award

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

A MUCHEA busi­ness will vie for the ti­tle of the Re­gional Ex­porter Award at the 55th Aus­tralian Ex­port Awards this week.

Fewster’s Farm Honey will also be in with a chance to be named Aus­tralian Ex­porter of the Year and the win­ner of the In­vest­ment Award.

Owner and op­er­a­tor Kim Fewster said this was the second year they had been named a fi­nal­ist.

“In 2016, Fewster’s Farm was a fi­nal­ist for the Agribusi­ness Awards and this year we are a fi­nal­ist in the Re­gional Ex­porter Award cat­e­gory,” he said.

“We are a fam­ily busi­ness and are the world’s big­gest pro­ducer and sup­plier of Jar­rah honey which is only pro­duced in WA every two years. We ex­port to China, Viet­nam, parts of Malaysia and the Mid­dle East, and I am very proud of what we have achieved as a fam­ily and a busi­ness.”

Fed­eral MP Chris­tian Porter said the awards cel­e­brated the in­ter­na­tional suc­cess of lo­cal com­pa­nies and recog­nised their ex­port achieve­ments.

“I am de­lighted that Fewster’s Farm Honey is again one of 77 fi­nal­ists in the run­ning for an award,” he said.

“More than a third of this year’s fi­nal­ists are clas­si­fied as small busi­nesses with 20 or fewer staff and for 59 per cent of fi­nal­ists, ex­ports com­prised more than half their rev­enue.”

To­gether, they gen­er­ated more than $3.9 bil­lion in ex­port sales in 2016-17, he said.

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