Nearly three tonnes of fresh produce will be exported from Adelaide to Qatar for the first time today, giving local growers a new opportunity to reach international markets.
Based in northern Adelaide, Australian Produce Collective coordinated the export of a range of fresh fruit and vegetables on today’s Qatar Airways direct flight to Doha.
Australian Produce Collective will also begin daily fresh produce exports to Dubai and Singapore in coming weeks, showcasing premium local produce to more overseas markets.
Australian Produce Collective has been established as the dedicated export arm of SA Produce Market and is a joint venture with Purus Group, a leading Adelaide-based exporter. Operating from a dedicated consolidation hub at Pooraka, the Collective consolidates and prepares premium produce for export. This central coordination point ensures quality compliance and that products are available to overseas markets throughout the seasons.
Australian Produce Collective is now looking at further export options to countries including Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan and Korea, looking to consistently increase the volume of their exports by generating consumer demand through their innovative in-country initiatives.
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The Australian Produce Collective’s great work to organise this shipment of fresh produce on today’s Qatar Airways flight complements the State Government’s commitment – through the Northern Economic Plan – to create a prosperous northern Adelaide. The Agriculture, food and beverages sector has been identified as one of the key growth industries in Adelaide’s north.
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The daily direct flights between Adelaide and Doha deliver up to 80 tonnes of cargo space a week, allowing our producers to export more of South Australia’s premium food and beverages grown in our clean and safe environment to the Middle East and beyond.
Last week my discussions with Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, focused as much on freight as they did on passengers because there is massive potential to feed a nation that imports 95 per cent of its food.
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More than 65,000 people are employed in the State’s export industry, and as the appetite for local produce increases, so will jobs as more growers and staff are needed to meet demand.
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Our focus has been on selling local produce internationally by educating these markets about the benefits of Australian and, in particular, South Australian produce.
While South Australian products are sold for a higher price than exports from many other markets, they are of a higher quality in terms of nutritional value and freshness thanks to the increasing number of direct flights. By highlighting this to international buyers, we can increase demand and showcase premium South Australian produce, worldwide.