Opportunities for Growth in the Hunter's Food, Wine and Beverage Sector

RDA Hunter's CEO, Susan Wilson, recently joined Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and NSW Department of Industry to provide Hunter businesses with information about trade and investment opportunities in the food, wine and beverage sector

Hunter wine growers, food and beverage exporters and new and potential exporters last week attended a government assistance seminar in the Hunter Valley.

RDA Hunter's CEO, Susan Wilson, joined Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and NSW Department of Industry to provide Hunter businesses with information about trade and investment opportunities in the food, wine and beverage sector.

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association; Office of Regional Development – NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet; Trade and Investment – NSW Department of Industry (NSW Export Services and TradeStart); Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC); Austrade – Export Market Development Grants (EMDG); AusIndustry; Jobs for NSW; Training Services NSW - Department of Industry; Safework Australia; HunterNet and RDA Hunter united to help businesses looking to expand into global markets by providing practical information on government support, funding assistance and innovation.

Ms. Wilson is well placed to provide Hunter food, beverages and wine companies with this support; leading innovation, development and marketing for FMCG food and beverage globals, Sanitarium, Nestle and Goodman Fielder, and leading Agrifood trade and investment for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in Australia. During her time with NZTE, Susan specifically lead regional industry development strategy and innovation for the NZ wine, craft beer and artisan food industries, and their connection to regional tourism through the iconic NZ Pure brand. "I was very pleased to be invited to lend my knowledge and expertise to help businesses in the Hunter build on their capabilities at this event," said Ms Wilson.

"Entering new markets can be daunting but with the breadth of knowledge and assistance available through organisations such as those that participated in this seminar, Hunter businesses can be confident they have the support they need to be globally competitive. Under our new charter, RDA Hunter will be engaging further with the private sector in activities to bolster trade, investment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the region and we look forward to contributing to business and industry sector growth." continued Ms Wilson.