More Griffith products could soon be lining shelves in United Kingdom supermarkets, following the announcement of a free trade deal between Australia and the UK.
Representatives from some of Griffith's major exporters have welcomed the news, saying it could be "fantastic" for local industries.
The move will have major ramifications for some of the Riverina's biggest industries, including wine, rice and manufacturing.
Bob Berton, managing director of Berton Vineyards, said the deal has the potential to provide a huge boost to local wineries.
"Currently we pay a tariff which is pretty bloody significant, so if that's what is being removed, which I think is the case, then that could be fantastic," Mr Berton said.
About 15 to 20 per cent of Berton wines are currently sent to the UK, and Mr Berton admitted that percentage could go up thanks to the free trade deal.
He added that sending more Griffith wine to the UK could be crucial in filling the hole in the market left behind by China, who introduced controversial import tariffs on Australian wine last year.
"The free trade deal will certainly help and I think it will give confidence to the wine industry and that's what we desperately need at the moment," Mr Berton said.
The free trade deal includes the complete removal of all tariffs for short and medium grain rice - a move which has been welcomed by the Riverina's rice industry.
SunRice chairman Laurie Arthur described the deal as "significant" and a great result for the farmers and the industry as a whole.
"Currently, we are only able to export about 700 tonnes of Australian rice products to the UK before incredibly prohibitive tariffs kick in," Mr Arthur said.
"The removal of these ... will drastically increase the attractiveness of the United Kingdom as an export destination for our Australian rice products.
"The Australian Government is to be congratulated for delivering such a significant result for our rice growers and industry."
Griffith-based machinery manufacturer Flavourtech also praised the agreement - though admitted they weren't sure how much they would benefit from the changes.
Griffith-based machinery manufacturer Flavourtech also praised the agreement - saying any free trade deals were always good news for the company.
General manager Leon Skaliotis said Flavourtech exports about 20 per cent of its products to Europe and free trade with the UK could help push some orders over the line.
"Generally we find that when a free trade deal comes in with any country its a great incentive for our customers to order from us because they don't have to pay that extra money to get stuff shipped over," Mr Skaliotis said.
"When you're dealing with expensive equipment even small percentages can add up and now our customers in the UK can put that money towards their own businesses."
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