Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Gascoyne fresh food back on shelves

    27/06/2015 8:00 AM
     
    • New season produce from the Gascoyne region will be part of today's Jack's WA Food Fest event
    • The Buy West Eat Best food labelling program enables consumers to choose to 'buy local'

    New season produce from the Gascoyne region will be part of a showcase of Western Australian-produced food at the Jack's WA Food Fest taking place today.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the event, a collaboration between the State Government's Buy West East Best (BWEB) program, the Gascoyne Food Council and Farmer Jack's, will celebrate the State's fresh food products, with a particular focus on product branded BWEB.

     

    Mr Baston said Buy West Eat Best was an important food labelling program that allowed consumers to choose to buy WA-produced food, which carried the BWEB logo.

     

    "As part of the food fest event, consumers will have the opportunity to sample produce including banana bread, capsicums, zucchinis, tomatoes, Shark Bay blue swimmer crab cakes, dorper lamb, Harvey beef, Linley Valley pork and Shark Bay king prawns from 26 BWEB companies," the Minister said.

     

    To be part of the Buy West Eat Best program, companies must produce products which have been fished, farmed or grown and significantly processed in Western Australia.

     

    "It is pleasing to see produce from the Gascoyne returning to supermarket shelves after the devastation of Cyclone Owlyn in March this year," Mr Baston said.

     

    "Cyclone Owlyn resulted in millions of dollars of damage to crops.

     

    "To see produce coming through to market only three months later is a credit to the resilience of growers in the region."

     

    The Jack's WA Food Fest is being hosted at the Farmer Jack's Claremont Quarter store today from 10am until 3pm.

     

    Fact File

    • BWEB is a food labelling program managed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, with a direct membership of 120 food producers, restaurants, retailers and associations
    • Farmer Jack's has been a member of the BWEB program since 2008
    • There are currently nearly 1,800 applications of the BWEB logo on product, signage, point of sale, advertising and delivery trucks across WA

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