The links between the City of Playford and business opportunities in China were strengthened this week. #SmartJobs Glasses clinked and the words “Gan Bay!” echoed through Sneaky’s Restaurant at Angle Vale this week.Twenty-six members of a Chinese trade delegation had plenty to celebrate and look forward to.They signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Playford to potentially invest and allow our companies to export food, wine and other products to China.While a dollar figure hasn’t been set, City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty says the deal showcases our fantastic produce to the world’s fastest-growing economy and positions Playford as an excellent place to do business.“From micro-herbs to mangoes, organic almonds to olive oil, our visitors are eager to use these ingredients for a number of applications - including Chinese medicine and preventative cosmetics such as anti-ageing creams,” he said.Locally-sourced fruit, vegetables and wines also featured on the menu at the Virgara Wines restaurant.The delegation then moved on to the tour’s next stop, P’Petual Farms at Buckland Park. There, they smelled freshly picked herbs, tasted vine-ripened tomatoes and witnessed sustainable greenhouse farming practices.Lin Lin Mai is the head of China’s Cosmetics and Beauty Culture Chamber and describes Adelaide’s northern food bowl as a hidden gem. Absolutely beautiful“It’s beautiful! Beautiful land, beautiful produce, everything I have touched, eaten and tasted is absolutely beautiful and so are the people,” she said.She added that demand for traditional herbal medicine and wellness products is very high in China however, after many years of heavy manufacturing and urban growth, many rural areas have disappeared or are no longer fit for farming.“As a result, consumers are looking for better quality of products and variations of products and I believe that Adelaide and the City of Playford will be a great land for people to come and invest,” she said.The group’s final destination was the Elizabeth City Centre where the visitors spent up big on a variety of Australian products like South Australian honey, jam, Tim Tams and natural health products like lanolin and paw paw cream.“While the tour was short, our visitors tell me it left a lasting impression and we are keen to develop this burgeoning business relationship,” Mayor Docherty said.
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