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Ben O'Brien, Alfred E Chave

Australia: Significant rise in exports to Asia and Middle East

Alfred Edward Chave opened a fruit and vegetable stall at Brisbane's busy Roma street market over 100 years ago, today the company has become one of Australia's leading wholesale fruit and vegetable companies and works closely with some of Australia’s best growers ensuring the highest standards in quality and flavour.

Whilst Alfred E Chave has a long history of exporting fresh produce, recent years have seen significant growth in the export side of the business owing to enduring customer relationships, major investments in state of the art storage and packing facilities at their Brisbane base. Building an experienced operations team to handle the increased exports has been a focus of management.

As Ben O'Brien, International Trader at Alfred E Chave explains, fresh produce exports have increased significantly in the last three years. "We have invested heavily in building a sustainable export business that has allowed us to meet the growing demand from our customers across Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand. Consistency and quality of produce has been crucial to our success as it is highly valued by our customers.”

Alfred E Chave have built upon their domestic expertise in the handling and marketing of mangoes as a core focus for export markets by partnering with some of the finest mango growers in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Expectations ahead of this year’s mango season are very positive.

The company has enjoyed a twenty year relationship with the Jurgen family who grow Veejays tomatoes, one of Australia’s premier tomato brands.

The main exports are fruit - mango, grapes, mandarins, oranges and stone fruit which go to Asia Pacific, Dubai and New Zealand.

Ben explains that Dubai has been a great market for the business, despite a few years of financial turbulence in the region. "This market is on the increase again and is the hub for other Middle Eastern and North African countries. We have been fortunate in building strong relationships with the right customers. Vietnam, the Philippines and the rest of South East Asia are also growing markets for our business. We go to great lengths to understand the requirements of our international customers and then work closely with our growers to ensure that together we satisfy these customers and build value in the relationship."

For more information:
Ben O'Brien
Alfred E. Chave
Tel: +61 408 450 420

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