More than 460,000 visitors have attended the 25th HKTDC Food Expo and the inaugural Home Delights Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This was a 12 per cent increase over the previous year.
The five-day expo, which ended last week, attracted more than 1,180 exhibitors from 26 countries.
A special Trade Hall featured 14 group pavilions including new pavilions from NSW and New Zealand.
The Trade Hall attracted more than 20,000 trade buyers – 2 per cent more than last year.
The debut NSW group pavilion featured nine companies displaying a broad range of products.
Trish Pascuzzo, Manager of Business Mission and Events, Investment and Export Services for NSW Trade & Investment, said: “The Hong Kong market is a major focus as we are keen to introduce our products and technologies to consumers here.
“This is such an international exhibition that we expect to grow our presence extensively through Hong Kong industry players as well as international buyers. We will continue to support Food Expo and hope to bring more companies to join this event in the future.”
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said: “The Hong Kong Trade Development Council Food Expo provides the perfect opportunity to show the world what exciting innovations NSW food growers and manufacturers are achieving.
“NSW is a world leader in producing high-quality and healthy food and the Food Expo helps our companies get that message to a bigger audience.
“The expo is a doorway to a vast array of potential new consumers across Asia.”
Mr Stoner said the range of popular products from NSW on display in Hong Kong emphasised the State’s diversity in food manufacturing and production.
Produce included venison, beef, oysters, organic sultanas and raisins, blood oranges, gourmet sauces and dressings, gluten free mueslis and macadamia products and sugar free cakes. Processing technologies for food and beverages were also displayed.
NSW companies represented included Brookfarm (Byron Bay), Australia’s Oyster Coast (South Coast), Lee Pratt Beef (Lismore), Hunter Heritage Gourmet Foods (Cardiff), Flavourtech (Griffith), Sugar Free Solutions, (West Pennant Hills), Redbelly Citrus (Lake Wyangan), Murray River Organics (Mourquong) and Mandagery Creek Venison (Orange).
“Asia’s large and growing consumer market makes the Hong Kong Food Expo a significant opportunity for NSW manufacturers to meet face-to-face with agents and buyers from all over the world,” Mr Stoner said.
Mr Stoner hosted a Gala Dinner featuring celebrity chefs Martin Yan and Sean Connolly. The chefs presented dishes made with ingredients from NSW.
The first staging of the HKTDC Home Delights Expo also proved a great success.
More than 140 brand names were featured, with innovative new quality electrical appliances and household products on display.
The HKTDC Food Expo and Home Delights Expo were held concurrently with the 6th HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair and the 13th International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM).
Featuring a total of more than 1,600 exhibitors, the four fairs provided abundant trading opportunities and good potential for crossover business activities among the participants from various sectors.