Export-ready food businesses will soon be conquering international markets with funding from the Palaszczuk Government to help grow their enterprises.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said nine diverse food companies had received second round funding from the Growing Queensland’s Food Exports program.
“Buderim Group is a world-leading ginger producer and one of Queensland’s great agricultural success stories,” Mr Furner said.
“They are such a well-known, well-loved brand here in Australia and now the rest of the world has caught on.
“This funding will allow Buderim to grow and manufacture preservative-free ginger products in Queensland for a worldwide, ginger-loving customer base.”
Growing Queensland’s Food Exports supports regional producers already exporting or ready to export break in to lucrative overseas markets and supply chains.
The $1.3 million pilot program aims to boost Queensland’s food exports, delivering jobs and economic growth in regional areas.
“A trip to the Sunshine Coast isn’t complete until you step inside the Ginger Factory at Yandina,” Mr Furner said.
“Supporting Buderim means supporting local jobs and local produce.
“By providing matching grants of up to $100,000, the Palaszczuk Government is supporting producers and food businesses to improve their export competitiveness through better understanding of their markets.
“So far, we’ve assisted macadamia, mango, melon, strawberry, sweet corn and pork producers to build their business capability to take advantage of opportunities to grow exports.”
The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports program focuses primarily on horticulture as Queensland is Australia’s largest producer of vegetables and the second largest producer of fruit and nuts.
More than $550,000 had already been allocated under the program.