The Australian fruit industry has made a breakthrough with the country’s first exports of blueberries to the Indian market, with the berries now in Kovai Pazhamudir Nilayam (KPN) Group stores.
This week, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, welcomed news that the first Australian blueberries exported to India are now available in Indian grocery stores.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, welcomed the news, crediting support through the recent Australia Business Week in India (ABWI).
"I am pleased that ABWI has proved beneficial for Australia's blueberry industry, with the first Australian blueberries now available in grocery stores for Indian consumers to enjoy," Mr Hartsuyker said.
Australian blueberries starred on the menu at an Australia-India dinner in Chennai, where they were tried and tasted by potential importers including hoteliers, restauranteurs, chefs and high-end retailers. Blueberries were also showcased at the ABWI Gala Dinner in New Delhi, where over 300 guests, including leaders in the food industry, enjoyed Australia’s best berries.
Mr Hartsuyker highlighted India was Australia's fifth-largest agricultural export market in 2016-17, with exports valued at AUD$3.1 billion (US$2.4 billion), up 475% since 2011-12. Exports of blueberries will further increase the value of this market to Australia. In 2016, Australia exported AUD$8.9 million (US$6.8 million) worth of blueberries to almost 20 countries, including $4.4 million (US$3.36 million) to Hong Kong.
"Australia has an impressive global reputation for producing high-quality, clean produce. This breakthrough shows the value of working with our international trading partners to identify and progress new trade opportunities, to support the ongoing productivity and profitability of Australia's agriculture industries." Mr Hartsuyker said.
In India, Mr Hartsuyker was joined by Mid North Coast local Mr Kamaldeep Singh Clair, Chief Executive Officer, OzGroup Co-op Limited, who attended the Week to explore opportunities for blueberry trade into India.