HKABA: Wine & Spirits Fair in HK

The Hong Kong Australia Business Associtiation has hosted a number of high profile events in the last quarter of 2012, writes Teresa Lee.

In November, the 2012 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (HKIWSF) saw 35 wine companies from Australia at the Wine Australia Pavilion.
The two-day EXCLUSIVE Trade only event attracted around 20,000 qualified trade buyers from Asian markets including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore & Taiwan. This included general importers, agents, retailers, hotel buyers, corporate buyers, collectors and more.
The Hong Kong Australia Business Association’s SA Chapter (HKABA-SA) has led trade delegations to the HKIWSF since the show’s inception in August 2008. This year the HKABA-SA’s delegation total 11 wine companies (around a third of the Australia Pavilion). Our delegation included companies from South Australia, WA, Victoria and NSW making it a truly National group.
Exclusive Benefits for HKABA-SA exhibitors included on the ground concierge assistance with glass washing, spittoon clearing & exhibitor maintenance coordination ensuring our exhibitors could focus 100 percent on selling their products. Quoting Mr Frank Bueti of FAB Export, an exhibitor who attended the show with the HKABA’s delegation: “The organiser only provides us with 18 glasses for the entire day so the washing service provided by the HKABA alone was of huge value to us.”
Additional EXCLUSIVE benefits to exhibitors who were part of the HKABA-SA’s delegation included:
Buyer insight briefing with 5 star hotel chain L’Hotel
Buyer insight briefing with importer Red Wine Village
Buyer insight briefing with Restaurant Chain Pokka Corporation
Buyer insight briefing with High End Supermarket Chain City Superhkaba_acc_destiny_web
Technical insight briefing with logistics specialist company Helka
Intellectual Property insight briefing with Trade Mark Attorney Emily Yip
Creative Insight briefing with HK food & wine packaging designer Spark Creative
If you would like more information the HKABA-SA’s trade delegation program, please contact Mike Higgs, E:

*Pictured: Destiny Wine booth at the HKIWSF.
OBE Organic Beef
hkaba_dalene_thumbDalene Wray (pictured left) was recently honoured as the Employee Excellence at the recent HKABA-Queensland’s Business Awards. Dalene will also be one of the guest speakers at the 13th Hong Kong Forum speaking on “Flying High in Hong Kong”.
Dalene is the OBE Organic group’s General Manager with special focus in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets. She is the company’s longest-serving employee. She began working for OBE Organic in 2003 when the fledgling company employed only two dedicated staff members. In the following nine years, she has performed practically every role, including a number of years overseeing production at the slaughterhouse.
Despite growing up in the wide-open spaces of outback Australia, Dalene has fit comfortably into the densely-packed urban environment of Hong Kong, where she lives with her husband Michael and their daughter Ella.

This base gives her quick and easy access to OBE Organics’ importers in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she lived in Beijing for six months, developing OBE Organics’ China market and studying Mandarin. Dalene is also fluent in French, speaks Spanish and understands Afrikaans.

The OBE Organic beef is naturally produced by expert farmers with generations of experience owning and operating organic cattle farms. The beef produced by the exclusive OBE Organic Management System is acknowledged around the world as the best organic beef available anywhere.
For more information on OBE Organic Beef, visit:
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*To join as a member of the Association, or for further information on any events, contact E: or T: +61 (02) 9267 3158.

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