Little Tuna of Cairns on displayIncreased flights to Asia are opening up more opportunities for FNQ exports, with a major Singapore logistics company heading to Cairns recently to meet with local food manufacturers.

A dozen Cairns companies displayed their wares to Singapore’s IM Holdings at the Far North Queensland Food Incubator in March.

IM Holdings provides delivery, warehousing, inventory management and other logistics services, including helping companies deliver products directly to South East Asian markets.

Representatives from the Singapore company were in Cairns to learn more about niche, high-value processed foods available for export.

Products on display included high-quality tuna steak from Little Tuna; milk, yoghurt and cheese from Mungalli Creek Dairy; black and white chia seed from Australian Superfoods; kombucha drinks from the Fermented Kitchen; and sauces from Fang’s Chilli Sauce. The event was held at Fang’s premises.

Cairns is well-placed to expand airfreight services to Asian markets, with the recent addition of three China Southern flights a week direct from Guangzhou and twice-weekly Hainan Airlines flights between Shenzhen and Cairns.

The food incubator event was organised by members of the Cairns Airfreight Group, which includes the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning; the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; TIQ; Cairns Airport; Advance Cairns; and Cairns Regional Council.

As a result of the event, Cairns representatives have now been invited to visit IM Holdings in Singapore during TIQ’s trade mission to Food and Hotel Asia later this month.

Other food companies attending the event were Mt Uncle Distillery, Natural Evolution Foods, Rainforest Heart bush foods, Cairns Natural Spring Water, Madella Coffee, Life Grip supplements, and Australian Superfoods bush foods.

Environmental Air Solutions also showcased their natural air-purifier products.

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