We regularly coordinate the Melbourne’s North Food Group stands at national and international trade shows and host overseas buyers who are visiting Melbourne.
Please read below to see a list of upcoming and past trade shows and buyer visits.
These offer our partners the opportunity to display products and services, and build relationships, with new customers from selected markets.
Past trade shows and buyer visits
Thaifex, 28 May – 1 June 2019, Bangkok
Visiting for the third time, MNFG showcased several partners to international buyers at one of South-East Asia’s largest food and beverage exhibitions. Now a familiar name at the event, MNFG experienced positive opportunities for businesses being supported by the group.
Delegation tour to China 12-18 May, Chongqing & Chengdu
Chinese cities Chongqing and Chengdu were on the itinerary for the delegation tour to China in mid May. The tour included industry visits, seminars and product showcases, which presented plenty of connections with potential buyers. The trip was hosted by Chongqing University and supported by La Trobe International.
Gulfood, 16-20 February 2019, Dubai
Gulfood has become a landmark event for the food and beverage industry, attracting professionals from around the world to source the latest products. This year Gulfood’s one million square feet of exhibition space attracted over 90,000 food industry professionals and 120 exhibiting country pavilions. Melbourne’s North Food Group exhibited with FIAL, exposing our partners to a wealth of connections and activities. The exhibition was a great platform to promote food manufacturers from Melbourne’s north and raise awareness of MNFG on a global scale.
Box Hill Expo, 7 October & 2 December 2018, Melbourne
With focus on showcasing products to 163 Visa Entrepreneurs, these expos provided five MNFG businesses with valuable contacts and the opportunity to extend their networks of potential buyers and distributors.
Food Hotel China, 13-15 November 2018, Shanghai
With over 3000 exhibiting companies from 48 countries, Food Hotel China is the leading trade show for international companies looking to expand their presence into the Chinese market. MNFG led two producers and introduced them to key buyers from Shanghai, other parts of China and South-East Asia.
Fine Food Australia, 10-13 September 2018, Melbourne
The Melbourne’s North Food Group showcased a prominent stand at Fine Food Australia, which was held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Fine Food Australia is the country’s leading trade exhibition. It has been connecting buyers and sellers within the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries for over 34 years, with more than 1000 exhibitors and over 26,000 visitors.
Thaifex-World of Food Asia, 29 May – 2 June 2018, Bangkok
The Melbourne’s North Food Group was well represented this year at Thaifex-World of Food Asia, a major international food and industry event held in Bangkok.
Gaining an excellent position at the exhibition, the group was successful in gaining one-on-one meetings with significant buyers and distributors from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan. A number of strong leads resulted and exhibitors were unanimous in voting their participation in the 2018 Thaifex a great success.
Visit by delegation from Chongqing and Beijing, 20-26 May 2018, Melbourne
MNFG facilitated a high-level delegation from Chongqing (a city of 32 million) and Beijing to Melbourne’s north to continue to build trade relations between the two regions. The itinerary covered factory visits, food and beverage businesses, tertiary institutions, Melbourne Market and R&D facilities.
Melbourne’s North Food & Beverage Expo, 22 May 2018, Melbourne
Food and beverage traders from Melbourne’s north gathered to take part in an expo that showcased local products to over 100 buyers and a special delegation from Chongqing and Beijing, who had arrived in Melbourne as part of an ongoing business opportunity between the two regions and local Chinese buyers.
Being from a city of 32 million people, the Chongqing delegation provided a welcome opportunity for local food, beverage and fibre companies to talk shop and gain a greater understanding of the Chinese market. The delegation and other buyers were able to talk personally to all representatives who attended the event, exploring the potential for export and sampling the very best Melbourne’s north has to offer.
The overwhelming feeling from all attendees was that their partnership with the Melbourne’s North Food Group will flourish well into the future – an excellent proposition for clients and prospective clients alike. Best of all, exhibitors reported a number of immediate orders and strong potential for more business into the future.
Food & Beverage Exporters Forum, 3 May 2018, Melbourne
An initiative of the Victorian Government’s Export Connect and the Melbourne’s North Food Group, this forum was a rare opportunity to hear from senior buyers and international retailers from the UK, UAE and Malaysia. The panel shared insights and trends about their markets and how to engage with them. Over 40 food businesses from our region were represented, learning how to select the right markets and understand market entry strategies, connect with senior buyers, industry peers and export support agencies, and grow sustainable export businesses.
Gulfood, 17–21 February, Dubai
Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food event, attracting 97,000 visitors across 1 million square feet of exhibition space. Our team took a group of local food and beverage producers to Dubai to meet with key buyers and promote the great products available across the region. The Melbourne’s North Food Group also made key contacts that will benefit members into the future.