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.
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.
Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron, said the shipment was a momentous advance in the development of international freight direct to Singapore from Canberra.
“We’ve been delighted to work with Australian Capital Region Produce, Qantas Freight and Singapore Airlines to facilitate access for the producers of fresh food from our wide region, straight into the Singapore market”, Mr Byron said.
“The introduction of international flights into Canberra has always incorporated freight as an important element, and we have enjoyed working with producers in Canberra and the wider region to take advantage of an express service, straight into the heart of Asia.
“Tonight’s flight is just the start of a whole new exciting phase for Canberra and South East producers.”