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Devonport, Tasmania, Australia, 2014/10/09 - The annual Japan-Australia Dairy Talks commenced in Devonport, Tasmania - DairyAustralia.com.au.
The talks bring together representatives from both countries to discuss the outlook for the industry and mutual dairy trade.
The two-day talks are also an opportunity for Japanese delegates to learn more about Tasmanian dairy products and production, with the delegation scheduled to visit a number of local dairy farms and manufacturers.
“Japan has been one of the largest export markets for Australian dairy for decades and is one of our best customers, particularly for cheese,” said Peter Myers, Dairy Australia’s International Trade Development Manager.
Last financial year Australia exported approximately 125,000 tonnes of dairy products to Japan, worth $AU 511 million, with cheese accounting for 82% of exports. This represents 16% of all Australian dairy exports by volume.
“Dairy Australia works hard in the Japanese market with a number of marketing activities such as the Japan Cheese Scholarship program, which offers Japanese dairy companies and distributors a deep insight into why our nation’s dairy has such an enviable reputation for quality and safety,” said Mr Myers.
“Every year participants in the program come from some of the largest dairy, food manufacturing and trading companies in Japan and the program has been an important tool to help build the Australian market there,” he added.
Since the Scholarship program started in 1997 there have been around 300 graduates, many of which have progressed their careers within the industry to senior positions in key Japanese dairy processors and trading companies.
“It’s a network that is very much alive and extremely valuable in spreading news about the latest business opportunities and up-to-date knowledge about Australian dairy,” said Mr Myers.
The Australian dairy industry is further promoted in Japan through participation in the Cheese Festa, Australian Cheese Seminars, the Australia-Japan Dairy Leaders Dinner, Australia Day in Spring (one of the premier events on the Tokyo social calendar hosted by the Australian ambassador), and ‘Kangaroo Kai” (Kangaroo Club) comprising representatives of Australian and Japanese dairy industries.
Dairy Australia (dairyaustralia.com.au) is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services.