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April 18, 2018
Virginia Companies to Exhibit at Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

Five Virginia companies will exhibit at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) trade show in Singapore April 24-27. The local importers and distributors of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Port City Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company will offer samples of their products in a Virginia craft beverages booth sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Meadow Creek Dairy, along with its international distributor, the American Cheese Company, will also sample their artisan cheese in another booth sponsored by VDACS.

The VDACS Office of International Marketing and its international trade representative offices in Southeast Asia and other regions around the globe assist Virginia agricultural and forestry products companies like these to identify and connect with profitable export opportunities around the world:

  • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company opened its doors in 2009 in Purcellville producing whiskeys, gins and brandies.
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been brewing beer in Richmond since 2011. Hardywood has a brewery and taproom in Charlottesville; the company opened its West Creek location in Goochland County April 6-8, 2018.
  • Port City Brewing Company opened its brewery in 2011 in Alexandria.
  • Stone Brewing Company has been operating its store and brewery in Richmond since 2016.
  • Meadow Creek Dairy is located in Galax, where it creates artisanal cheeses.

Food and Hotel Asia is the most comprehensive international food and hospitality trade event in the Southeast Asia region. FHA will feature 4,000 international exhibitors from more than 70 countries attracting 78,000 attendees. “For the first time we have a Virginia presence at this major international food and beverage trade fair,” said Charles Green, Acting Commissioner of VDACS. “We are excited for the opportunity to help these companies promote their products in the region.”

Singapore imports nearly 90 percent of its food products due to limited agricultural land and domestic food production. It is also a business and logistics hub for companies operating in and supplying other Southeast Asian nations, including Indonesia to the west, Vietnam and Thailand to the north, and the Philippines to the east.

The distilling, brewing and dairy industries each have an important impact on Virginia’s economy. Virginia is home to 57 licensed distilleries. A recent economic analysis by the Virginia Distillers Association showed that Virginia distilleries supported 1,477 full-time equivalent jobs and contributed nearly $17.5 million state and local taxes in 2017. Virginia also is home to more than 240 licensed craft breweries, which is approximately a 550 percent increase since 2012. A recent economic impact report by the Beer Institute showed that the Virginia beer industry employed more than 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, and contributed nearly a billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2016.

Approximately 90,000 dairy cows live on 615 farms in Virginia and in 2016, milk production in the Commonwealth totaled 1.72 billion pounds. According to the 2017 study by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, Virginia’s dairy industry employed 7,975 workers and accounted for an estimated $2.3 billion in total output, $451 million in value-added and $159 million in labor income.


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