From mudcrabs and mandarins to lettuce, ginger and Granite Belt wines, more Queensland food products will find their way to world markets with help from a $1.3 million export grants program.
The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports Program is designed to boost Queensland’s regional economies by helping local food producers build their export capability.
The second round of the program has awarded grants of up to $100,000 to 8 Queensland food companies, including Australian Gulf Seafoods in north Queensland, Ironbark Citrus in Wide Bay and Kominos Wines in the Granite Belt.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the program helped local producers break into lucrative overseas markets and supply chains.
‘This $1.3 million pilot program aims to boost Queensland’s food exports, delivering jobs and economic growth in regional areas,’ he said.
‘By providing matching grants of up to $100,000, [we’re] supporting producers and food businesses to improve their export competitiveness through better understanding of their markets.’
Companies receiving grants in this second round of funding are:
- Australian Gulf Seafoods (seafood)
- Buderim Ginger (ginger products)
- Gin Gin & Dry (dried fruits)
- Ironbark Citrus (mandarins)
- Kominos Wines (wine)
- Natural Evolution (green banana flour)
- Perfection Fresh (fresh produce)
- Qualipac (fresh produce).
The grants will be used for a range of projects, including market analysis, shelf-life research, and business trips to investigate overseas markets.
TIQ has previously worked with a number of the companies, including hosting Australian Gulf Seafoods on a China trade mission, showcasing Gin Gin & Dry to buyers during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and connecting Natural Evolution to Singapore-based distributors.
The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports Program focuses primarily on horticulture, and provides grants of $50,000–$100,000, with successful applicants contributing at least 50% of the required project funding. More than $550,000 in funding was allocated in the previous funding round.
Queensland is Australia’s largest producer of vegetables and second-largest producer of fruit and nuts.
Increasing the state’s share of national exports and strengthening regional economies are both priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
Photo courtesy of Ironbark Citrus.