August 2017

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RFG takes coffee culture to the Middle East

Gold Coast-based Retail Food Group (RFG) has set up joint ventures with two UAE businesses to expand its commercial coffee operations in the Middle East.

TIQ’s Middle East Trade and Investment Commissioner Donna Massie with representatives from RFG, Al Hathboor Group and HKO Group.

TIQ’s Middle East Trade and Investment Commissioner Donna Massie with representatives from RFG, Al Hathboor Group and HKO Group.

Gold Coast-based Retail Food Group (RFG) has set up joint ventures with two UAE businesses to expand its commercial coffee operations in the Middle East.

Headquartered at Southport, RFG owns a suite of high-profile food franchises, including Gloria Jean’s Coffees, The Coffee Guy, Donut King, Brumby’s Bakery and Michel’s Patisserie.

The company also roasts and supplies wholesale coffee under a number of names, including the well-known Di Bella Coffee brand.

RFG will work with the Al Hathboor Group and HKO Group to launch a new coffee enterprise in the Middle East and North Africa. The project will see RFG expand its franchise coverage and establish a major coffee-roasting and distribution hub.

RFG Managing Director Andre Nell said the joint ventures represented an important breakthrough in RFG’s long-term global expansion.

‘We are positive RFG’s Brand Systems will appeal to consumers in the region,’ he said.

‘The joint ventures represent an exciting opportunity to build upon the strong regional footprint already created by RFG, whilst also tapping into the ever growing demand for high quality coffee products.’

TIQ’s Middle East staff introduced RFG to a number of potential partners and investors, ultimately resulting in the joint venture with two of the UAE’s most prestigious family firms.

TIQ also supported RFG in developing its Middle East strategy, and advised on other related issues.

Dubai-based Al Hathboor Group operates across a range of industries, including food production, warehousing and distribution. HKO Group will provide local expertise in food and beverage franchising and manufacturing.

To explore opportunities for expanding your business overseas, connect with TIQ today.

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Aquaman movie creates local job wave

Filming of Hollywood blockbuster Aquaman on the Gold Coast has created 750 local jobs, including roles for film crew, construction staff, caterers and more.

Aquaman movie creates local job waveFilming of Hollywood blockbuster Aquaman on the Gold Coast has created 750 local jobs says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The $300 million-plus movie began filming at Village Roadshow Studios in May this year, following ongoing programs by Screen Queensland to attract international productions to the state.

Aquaman stars Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa as the DC Comics hero, and will also feature stars Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman.

Touring the movie set recently with Treasurer Curtis Pitt, the Premier said it was great to see so many talented local crew working on the production.

Aquaman is creating 750 jobs right here on the Gold Coast,’ she said.

‘From sculptors and steel workers to caterers and camera crew, Aquaman has brought a range of job opportunities.

‘Screen Queensland’s attachment program has also enabled three early career Queensland-based screen professionals to work on Aquaman, allowing them to develop skills in a professional environment.’

The Premier said large-scale film productions delivered economic benefits to the state, with Aquaman to spend $100 million in Queensland on physical production.

Queensland’s last blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok — filmed on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane earlier this year — will be on cinema screens in October this year.

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South Burnett wine destined for Asian tables

Queensland’s South Burnett winemakers have starred in recent issues of Hong Kong’s Wine Luxe magazine, circulated to tens of millions of readers in Hong Kong and China.

Wine Luxe writer Nelson Siu meets South Burnett winemakers.

Wine Luxe writer Nelson Siu meets South Burnett winemakers.

Queensland’s South Burnett wineries have starred in Hong Kong’s Wine Luxe magazine, circulated to tens of millions of readers in Hong Kong and China.

Wine Luxe February and March showcased South Burnett wineries to the north-east Asian market, where demand for Australian wines is growing rapidly.

Crane Wines, Barambah Wines, Tipperary Estate, Moffatdale Ridge, Clovely Estate and Kingsley Grove Estate all played host to Wine Luxe writer Nelson Siu.

The South Burnett’s signature grape is the verdelho, but local wineries also produce other whites such as semillon, chardonnay and pinot grigio, and red varieties including cab sav and shiraz.

A luncheon for Wine Luxe featured local wines and produce.

A luncheon for Wine Luxe featured local wines and produce.

Australia’s red wines are particularly popular in China, which is now our second largest export market for wine (after the USA), valued at $419 million in 2015–2016 according to Wine Australia’s Export Report.

While French wines still dominate the Chinese market (about 44 per cent of market share by value), Australian wine is increasingly popular. Decanter China reports that Australian wine imports went up 23 per cent in value in 2016.

All this augurs well for Queensland’s wine exports to Asia, and the South Burnett’s vineyards are already joining the boom.

Moffatdale Ridge winemaker Jason Kinsella, featured in Wine Luxe, followed up with a trip to Hong Kong’s HOFEX trade show in May. Moffatdale Ridge will soon be exporting 30,000–40,000 bottles of wine a year to Hong Kong and China.

‘We are having a lot of interest in our verdelho, which is perfect with seafood, and that market in southern Asia is seafood restaurants,’ Mr Kinsella said.

‘And the red wine, which is the major wine consumed in those markets.’

Mr Kinsella thanked TIQ staff for their support in getting Moffatdale Ridge export-ready.

‘Trade and Investment Queensland has been absolutely fantastic working with us — from Bundaberg to Brisbane to Hong Kong to China and Taiwan,’ he said.

TIQ coordinated the Wine Luxe tour of the South Burnett and the HOFEX trade mission. For help making your business export-ready, connect with TIQ.

Watch the Wine Luxe drone video of South Burnett wineries.

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New TIQ Ipswich trade officer supports region

A new TIQ officer at Ipswich will provide dedicated trade and investment support to small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

Acting Ipswich Deputy Mayor Cheryl Bromage, Acting Mayor Paul Tully, TIQ CEO Virginia Greville and new Ipswich Trade Officer at the official opening of TIQ's Ipswich office.

Acting Ipswich Deputy Mayor Cheryl Bromage, Acting Mayor Paul Tully, TIQ CEO Virginia Greville and new Ipswich Trade Officer Julie Mark at the official opening of TIQ’s Ipswich office.

A new TIQ officer at Ipswich will provide dedicated trade and investment support to small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

Ipswich Trade and Investment Officer Julie Mark has joined other Queensland Government staff in offices at the Icon Building on Brisbane Street.

Julie is providing a range of trade and investment support to businesses in the Ipswich region, including guidance on exporting to international markets, advice on attracting investment, and introductions to key business and government contacts.

Speaking at the official opening of the new TIQ Ipswich office on 1 August, TIQ CEO Virginia Greville said the appointment of the Ipswich trade officer reflected the strong regional focus of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

‘One of the key pillars of the strategy is a strong regional focus,’ Ms Greville said.

‘Queensland’s economic success is largely due to its regional strengths in food and agribusiness, tourism, advanced manufacturing and mineral and energy resources.

‘Building on our regional strengths — our people, local businesses, natural resources and diverse landscapes — is vital for Queensland’s future economic performance.

‘TIQ is committed to supporting regional SMEs, improving access to markets and revitalising regional centres.’

Julie Mark and TIQ’s Ipswich office are co-located with the Department of State Development on Level  4 of the Icon Building at 117 Brisbane Street. Julie can be contacted on 0417 618 865.

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Baton relay takes Trade 2018 on the road

Queensland’s Trade 2018 roadshow is running its own marathon alongside the baton relay for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate at the Queensland reception in London for the start of the baton relay and Trade 2018 in March.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate at the Queensland reception in London for the start of the baton relay in March.

Queensland’s Trade 2018 roadshow is running its own marathon alongside the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The baton relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition, taking the Queen’s message from Buckingham Palace to the Games destination via Commonwealth nations.

This year’s baton relay is the longest ever, starting from London in March and travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days over 230,000 km.

Accompanying the relay is a series of showcase events organised as part of Trade 2018, the trade and investment program for the Gold Coast Games.

Trade 2018 & baton relay - Commonwealth Games 2018

The baton will travel more than 230,000 km during the relay.

These kicked off in March with an investment roundtable in London promoting the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

The 200 ha Southport precinct is already home to world-class research and allied medical facilities, and will grow with the addition of the 29 ha Games village. The village will eventually be redeveloped to become a mixed-used residential community.

More Trade 2018 events were held in July in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, again briefing potential investors on the health and knowledge precinct. Future events are scheduled for India, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand as the relay passes through.

Trade 2018 will continue during the Games, with Commonwealth House on the Gold Coast running trade and investment events for international visitors. TIQ will contribute to these activities, and has helped to organise the Trade 2018 showcases in various countries.

The baton will travel through the Americas, Europe, Asia and other parts of Oceania before beginning its Australian leg in December. If you’d like to see where it is today, follow the baton journey on the GC2018 website.

You can also register your interest in the Trade 2018 program.

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Local businesses seeing Myriad festival results

Local businesses are already seeing results from the inaugural Myriad innovation festival, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse in March this year.

Local businesses are already seeing results from the inaugural Myriad innovation festival, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse in March this year.

Myriad brings together start-ups, investors, tech-lovers and innovators at Australia’s premier technology and innovation gathering.

One winner from Myriad 2017 was Queensland-based BenchOn, which provides a platform to solve the problem of employee under-utilisation by matching idle staff to short-term contracts from reputable companies.

BenchOn founder and CEO Tim Walmsley said connections made at Myriad had delivered bottom-line results.

‘Myriad is really paying off for us on a number of fronts, and in particular it has opened up new opportunities for us in the education sector,’ Mr Walmsley said.

‘Due to unexpected demand, we’re trialling placing graduates in short-term contract roles, which creates a new market for us, and we pushed forward our next investment round by three to four months thanks to the new investor relationships we made there.’

Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby said the success of the 2017 event was just the start of the impact Myriad will have on the Australian start-up sector.

‘The buzz at Myriad was electric and that was from everyone,’ Mr Sowerby said.

‘That’s local, national and international speakers, exhibitors, delegates and investors, all colliding and connecting — the place was just going off and that was just the start.’

Brisbane will also play host to Myriad 2018, with dates to be announced soon.

The festival is presented by Myriad Live in conjunction with the Queensland Government.

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Gold Coast Student Hub open and ready to help

A new student hub on the Gold Coast will provide international students with services and support to make sure they have the best experience possible while studying in Queensland.

Minister Curtis Pitt meets students at the opening of the new student hub on the Gold Coast

Minister Curtis Pitt meets students at the opening of the new student hub on the Gold Coast

The new Gold Coast Student Hub will provide international students with services and support to make sure they have the best experience possible while studying in Queensland.

Officially opened on 1 August by Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt, the Gold Coast Student Hub is a safe and welcoming place for students new to Australia.

The hub provides help with accommodation, work experience and other issues international students may face settling into the community. Domestic students can also access the hub, increasing opportunities for local and overseas students to get acquainted.

Located at Southport, the Gold Coast hub is the second to open in Queensland, with the MDA Brisbane Student Hub opening at the State Library of Queensland last September.

Students at new student hub that opened on Gold Coast

Students at the opening of the new student hub, Gold Coast

The Brisbane hub has proven popular, providing free information, advice and referrals on healthcare, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal services, as well as connecting students to local events and activities.

The Gold Coast Student Hub is one of 21 projects funded under the 2016–17 International Education and Training Partnership Fund pilot round launched in January this year.

A third student hub is due to open in Cairns in October this year.

Students can also access confidential phone support through the hubs by calling the 1800QSTUDY service on 1800 778 839.

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Taking your health-sector business offshore

Queensland businesses working in the health sector can get free expert tips on taking their skills and knowledge into overseas markets - 10 August 2017

Queensland businesses working in the health sector can get expert tips on taking their skills and knowledge into overseas markets at a free advice session on 10 August.

The session on ‘Taking Queensland health knowledge and expertise to the world’ will be held at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley from noon till 4pm, with a TIQ advisor on hand to provide group and individual consultations.

Demand for healthcare currently outstrips supply in the Asia–Pacific region, and is expected to grow with increases in wealth, population, chronic disease and health awareness.

An increasingly affluent and ageing population in the region is set to create market opportunities for Queensland businesses operating in areas such as medical research, residential aged care, and preventative health and wellness.

Potential exports include design and construction of healthcare facilities (including digital hospitals), management and training for healthcare facilities, and exchange of health and medical research, expertise and skills.

The session at The Precinct will start with a roundtable lunch session followed by one-on-one consultations.

Read more details or email alita.singer@tiq.qld.gov.au to book an appointment.  TIQ advisors are available each month at The Precinct to help startups and businesses understand market opportunities.

The Precinct start-up hub is an Advance Queensland initiative.

July 2017

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HOFEX seals deals for Queensland produce

Queensland avocados, king prawns, honey and healthfoods are all heading to Asian markets after a successful showcase by Queensland companies at Hong Kong’s HOFEX food show in May.

hofex 2017Queensland avocados, king prawns, honey and healthfoods are all heading to Asian markets after a successful showcase by Queensland companies at Hong Kong’s HOFEX food show in May.

One of the biggest successes came for Sunfresh Marketing, a marketing cooperative for Queensland avocado growers, which has already shipped more than 13 orders of fresh avocado and avocado pulp to a Hong Kong importer who discovered their product at HOFEX.

Queensland’s world-class seafood also attracted plenty of interest, with Bundaberg’s Australian Seafood sealing deals with clients in China and Hong Kong, and Tin Can Bay’s Lee Fishing now shipping king prawns and scallops to Hong Kong.

Gold Coast health food business Morlife secured new orders from China and Hong Kong through contacts made at HOFEX, while Superbee, also with a Gold Coast hub, is exporting honey to Hong Kong.

More than 40,000 buyers attended the food show, with the chance to chew, sip and swallow products from 20 of the state’s best food and beverage suppliers at the Queensland booth.

TIQ coordinated the HOFEX visit, which was the first trade mission under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

To learn more about future trade missions, connect with TIQ.

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#summerlifeqld named international awards finalist

The #summerlifeqld marketing campaign to attract overseas students to Queensland has been named a finalist in the inaugural PIEoneer Awards, which recognise achievement and innovation in the international education industry.

PIEoneer Awards logoThe #summerlifeqld marketing campaign to attract overseas students to Queensland has been named a finalist in the inaugural PIEoneer Awards, which recognise achievement and innovation in the international education industry.

#summerlifeqld was a popular social media campaign run by TIQ’s International Education and Training Unit (IETU) in 2016. Twenty student ambassadors received scholarships to come to Queensland for five months, sharing their experiences on social media and featuring in a web video series.

The campaign has now been shortlisted for ‘Marketing campaign of the year’ in the PIEoneer awards, which are run by Professionals in International Education. The awards received 350 entries from around the world across 12 categories.

#summerlifeqld promoted Queensland as the top semester-abroad destination for international students, and achieved impressive reach and engagement.

Campaign messaging reached 13 million people, attracted 15,000 comments and resulted in 12,000 pieces of user-generated content. The top-rating episode of the Summer Life web video series was watched 181,000 times and attracted 4,500 likes.

IETU is up against three other finalists from the UK and USA for the award, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony in London on 8 September.

Learn more about the campaign from the Summer Life case study video on YouTube.

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