Two Queensland food companies are celebrating their first export deals after taking part in a buyers’ showcase event organised by TIQ during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast company Dairy Free Down Under and Brisbane-based Youfoodz both secured export orders as a result of the Brookwater showcase event.

Dairy Free Down Under received its first export order for its range of non-dairy cheeses, which were shipped to the Middle East.

Director Kevin Flanagan said taking the first steps into exporting was exciting for the company.

‘We launched our Dairy Free Down Under range in March 2018 and we have managed to spread ourselves across Australia in a short amount of time but there are a number of dairy-free products coming in to Australia from overseas,’ Mr Flanagan said.

‘I began thinking that we should also be competing with them over there.’

Youfoodz, producer of ready-made meals, snacks and beverages, has sent its first shipment of cold-pressed juice, protein ice-cream and protein balls to Malaysia and the Middle East.

Chief Business Development Manager Aidan Gordon said the company met their buyer at the showcase and then cemented the relationship by joining TIQ’s trade mission to the Food and Hotel Asia trade show in Singapore.

‘The buyer tried our WheyWhip ice-cream range and loved it,’ Mr Gordon said.

‘This led to … the WheyWhip brand, which also includes a range of protein balls, being stocked across several retailers in the Middle East.’

‘These events are a great platform to showcase your wares to buyers and also meet and build relationships with other fantastic Australian brands that are in different stages of their export journey.’

The Brookwater showcase was held as part of the Trade 2018 program that ran in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re a Queensland food producer interested in exporting, contact TIQ today.