Landmark air shipment of Canberra produce to Singapore tonight

Posted 10 Aug 2017

Story by Riot ACT

The first air shipment to Singapore of Canberra region produce will take off from Canberra Airport at 11.30 pm tonight unlocking a new market for our producers in the island state.

On board, Singapore Airlines flight SQ 292 will be a selection of Canberra’s finest olive oil, smokehouse produce and wine.

Australian Capital Region Produce is behind this landmark first air cargo of perishables direct to Singapore which will open a lucrative Asian market to the region’s producers and be a direct economic benefit of international flights out of Canberra Airport.

The organisation’s Chris Hansen said leading local producers who were part of this first export included Pialligo Estate, Canberra; Fedra Olive Oil, Collector; Helm Wines, Murrumbateman; Ravensworth Wines, Murrumbateman; Nick Spencer Wines, Canberra; Lark Hill, Bungendore; Mada Wines, Canberra; and Nick O’Leary Wines, Lake George.

He said Singapore businesses could place an order today and it would be on the next flight.

“We are pleased to work with any regional producers to unlock the Singapore market for them. Canberra has quality produce and wines which will be well-received in this discerning market,” he said.

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Produce from Pialligo Estate will be among the first air cargo of Canberra produce to leave for Singapore tonight. Photo: www.thepialligoestate.com.au

John Russell and Rowan Brennan from Pialligo Estate are excited to support the direct export to Singapore. “We are delighted to share the best of Canberra with Singapore, and support the capital region’s growers to export to the world. Today we are exporting our award winning bacon, salmon, olive oil and wine.”

The first Singapore shipment will supply an international hotel group, internationally recognised restaurants, gourmet providores and markets.

“Wednesday 9 August is an auspicious day to send the first Canberra export to this new market. It is the National Day of Singapore, the country’s major holiday celebrating Singapore’s independence,” Mr Hansen said.

The shipment is the culmination of many years of support from the Capital Airport Group, ACT Government, Singapore High Commission, Singapore Airlines, the Australian Government, industry and tourism groups, the Australian High Commission in Singapore and Austcham Singapore.

Source: Riot ACT 

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