The Food and Beverage Importers Association (FBIA) is Australia’s peak industry body representing members with imported food regulators, the supply chain, and international trade and development organisations. The FBIA provides a personalised service to support the commercial outcomes of its members.
FBIA members import a range of products including beverages, retail ready foods, fresh produce, and ingredients for further processing. Products transverse a range of commodities such as fruit and vegetables, nuts, dairy, seafood, confectionery, oils, and retorted foods.
FBIA members include large multi-national companies through to small specialist importers.
The Food and Beverage Importers Association has two key objectives:
- to inform and advise members about various aspects of government regulation; and
- to represent the general and specific interests of the Australian food and beverage industry.
The FBIA was formed in 1989 when two associations (the Packaged Food Importers Group and the Bulk Food Importers Group) joined together to respond more effectively to the regulatory challenges faced by industry.
Since then, the Association has worked to promote the interests of importers on a wide range of issues, including:
- The Imported Food Inspection Scheme, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Proposed amendments to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
- Import permit issues
- Biosecurity conditions for imported food
The Association has a strong history of working to improve the overall regulatory structures governing food & beverage imports. The FBIA has achieved this by approaching government agencies proactively, and by participating in consultative committees including:
- Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – Cargo Consultative Committee, Imported Food Consultative Committee, Imported Food Laboratory consultation workshop, Biologicals Consultative Group, Imported Fresh Produce Working Group, and Biosecurity Roundtable.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) – Retailers and Manufacturers Liaison Committee, Allergen Collaboration Steering Committee.
- Food Regulation – National Food Incidence workshop.
- National Measurement Institute – Consumer & Industry Liaison Committee.
- Trade Committees – International Trade Remedies Forum, National Committee on Trade Facilitation, OTS Cargo Working Group, and DFAT Consultation Forums.
- Anti – Dumping Commission – International Trade Remedies Forum.
- The FBIA also contribute to government and parliamentary reviews.