Left: Joseph Ebbage second from right, visited Jakarta to meet with the Board of Indonesian Dietetics Association.
Monica and Debora Gracia, Business Development Managers. The key points from this meeting were: • There is support of our patient approach to market entry based on research • Agreement with our approach to the Indonesian Dietitics Association to help build our nutritional story • Opportunities to run a seminar at Food and Hotel Indonesia in April 2015 were discussed • The potential for Australian almonds to participate in a Food Tasting Festival to be held in one of Indonesia’s largest shopping malls - the Grand Indonesian Mall - after Food & Hotel Indonesia in April 2015 was discussed past 6 months, they have received numerous requests for information about Australian almonds. They will forward these to the ABA for distribution to the Australian almond marketers • An on-going dialogue will continue to assist with planning activities around Food and Hotel Indonesia. • It was mentioned that over the
The meeting was hosted by Mr Brett Stevens, the Victorian Commissioner for Indonesia. We learnt that while the IDA members did not have a deep knowledge of the nutritional profile of almonds, they were prepared to discuss the opportunity to work together. They committed to responding to us by mid-December. The IDA does not currently have any corporate sponsors and relies on member and government assistance for their work. The Victorian Commissioner is very committed to assisting the Australian almond industry break into the Indonesian nut market. He has a small team who will provide assistance, particularly around next April’s exhibition at Food and Hotel Indonesia. On November 18 we met with Dean Merrilees, the Minister Counsellor for the Australian Department of Agriculture. His role is to assist with issues of product access, particularly as it relates to changes in Indonesian government rules and interpretations. We also met with the food team from the Australian Trade Commission on November 19 at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Those present were Dr Matthew Durban, the Trade Commissioner, Sonya
The seminar included an opening address by the Australian Trade Commissioner, Wendy Haydon, an overview by Joseph Ebbage and business profiles by Damien Houlahan from Olam Orchards Australia Pty Ltd and Tim Jackson from Almondco Australia. This seminar was a key driver of follow- up meetings during the remainder of the expo. Market development in Indonesia On the way back from Seoul, we stopped off in Jakarta to meet with the Board of the Indonesian Dietetics Association (IDA), the Victorian Government’s Commission for Indonesia, the Australian Government’s Agriculture Counsellor from the Department of Agriculture and the team from Austrade. A meeting with the Board members of the Indonesian Dietetics Association was held with the purpose of initiating a conversation about the opportunity to collaborate in a similar fashion to our relationships with the Dietitians Association of Australia and Sports Dietitians Australia.