Port city to house food hub

Countryman - - COUNTRY LIFE - Melissa Wil­liams

Pro­duc­ers of pre­mium WA pro­duce, food and bev­er­ages will have a new out­let to show­case their wares and progress mar­ket­ing and trade op­por­tu­ni­ties when a new cen­tre is set up in Fre­man­tle early next year.

Mis­sion Kitchen, the group driv­ing bet­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the State’s pre­mium food pro­duc­ers, chefs and mar­kets, un­veiled its WA Ar­ti­san Food Hub con­cept in Perth this week.

The hub will be a cen­tre­piece of East Fre­man­tle’s new Sun­shine Har­vester Works, a project owned by WA shop­ping cen­tre and prop­erty in­vestor Hawai­ian and based in a ren­o­vated ware­house.

Mis­sion Kitchen has taken up a lease in the build­ing, to be an­chored by a brew-stillery, to set up its shared com­mer­cial-scale kitchen and co-work­ing space and an­tic­i­pates mov­ing in dur­ing Feb­ru­ary.

The kitchen and hub space will be avail­able to WA’s in­de­pen­dent food-mak­ing busi­nesses, grow­ers of pre­mium lo­cal pro­duce, po­ten­tial do­mes­tic and ex­port buy­ers and con­sumers.

Mis­sion Kitchen founder Trieu Nguyen said the goal was to bet­ter link grow­ers, grower groups and chefs and re­tail­ers, who could ac­cess kitchen fa­cil­i­ties to help with prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and sup­ply.

Ms Nguyen said the hub model would also fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess for lo­cal busi­nesses to mar­ket­ing and trade net­works in WA, Aus­tralia and over­seas.

“Our WA Ar­ti­san Food Hub will show­case the ca­pa­bil­i­ties, di­ver­sity and cre­ativ­ity of lo­cally in­spired pro­duce and prod­ucts from this State,” she said.

“It is a step to­wards mak­ing small lo­cal fresh pro­duce, food and bev­er­age busi­nesses more sus­tain­able and more able to ex­pand to achieve scale.

“The hub will also give re­gional fresh pro­duce groups and grow­ers an out­let in the city to show­case their pro­duce and pro­vide a cen­tral point for buyer’s groups, over­seas trade del­e­ga­tions and tourists.”

Lo­cal pro­duc­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Nan­nup-based Chest­nut Brae and South­ern Forests Honey, the Cidery and Black­wood Brew­ing Com­pany, Latasha’s Kitchen and High Spir­its Dis­tillery at­tended this week’s hub launch to talk to key in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

Pic­ture: Cally Dupe

Chest­nut Brae own­ers Linda and John Stan­ley.

Pic­ture: Mis­sion Kitchen

Latasha’s Kitchen’s Latasha Menon.

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