2016 Citrus Market Outlook Forum – insights into The Philippines
Austrade’s Vanessa Perez, based in the South East Asian mega-city of Manila, will share the latest opportunities for fresh produce for the growing middle-class in The Philippines, at the 2016 Citrus Market Outlook Forum, to be held in Sydney on March 16-17.
Ms Perez will provide a snapshot on growth trajectory on the Philippine economy and how this translates to the Filipino increasing middle class.
She will also discuss emerging trends and opportunities in the Philippine fruit market (retail and wholesale), share Philippine importers and customers’ perceptions on Australian citrus, and discuss prospects and challenges in the Philippines fruit trade.
Registration for this popular event is now open and growers should act quickly to ensure they secure accommodation, as well as a spot on the Sydney Harbour cruise dinner.
The popular bi-annual forum is expected to attract more than 150 representatives from the growing, packing and marketing sectors of the citrus industry.
Kurt Huang will be the key note speaker. His company provides a fresh fruit import clearance service in Shanghai, and his main office is located in the Shanghai Huizhan Fruit & Vegetable Market, the biggest imported fruit wholesale market in East China.
He will provide the latest insights into the China market, which last year became Australia’s largest valued export market for citrus.
International trade expert Laurie Smith will share his insights as opening speaker. He has over 30 years’ experience in international corporate, advisory and government roles.
He was based in Asia (Guangzhou, Beijing, Taipei and Shanghai) for a total of 18 years across three decades before returning to Sydney in 2011 where he headed Austrade’s international network for four years.
Other speakers and panels will explore current and future trends in the export, domestic and juice sectors.
Highlights of the event include:
• Tree planting and production trends over the next 10 years
• Export market performance, challenges and opportunities
• Domestic market trends and new developments
• Prospects for new juice products and juice export
• Delegate prize draw to win an escorted trip to Spain courtesy of MAF Oceania