Seafood exporter Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs and beef exporter Nolan Meats have been named #eatqld Champions.

The 2 regional TIQ clients were among 6 new champions named to help promote Queensland produce to Queenslanders.

The champions are part of the Queensland Government’s #eatqld campaign, designed to encourage Queenslanders to eat local and support local agricultural jobs.

Mooloolaba-based Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs received #eatqld champion status in recognition of the company being the world’s largest spanner crab exporter.

Owner Les Apps said the award aligned with the company’s commitment to excellence and sustainability.

‘Our company philosophy is that everyone involved in the spanner crab fishery supply chain, from deckhand through to processing worker, are fairly rewarded for their work so that only the best quality crab is caught and sold under the Fraser Isle Spanner Crab brand,’ Mr Apps said.

‘Our commitment to social responsibility is underpinned by our determination to protect and maintain the marine environment surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

‘By integrating sustainable business and environmental practices, we are working to ensure that the world can enjoy the distinctive and delicious flavours of Fraser Isle Spanner Crab for many years to come.’

Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs has previously joined TIQ showcases to promote their produce to international buyers.

Nolan Meats Director Terry Nolan was also named an #eatqld Champion in recognition of his family’s more than 60 years of service to the beef industry and Gympie community.

Mr Nolan’s family founded the major meat exporter as a small retail butchery business in Gympie in 1958 and it has since grown to become Gympie’s largest private employer.

‘I am one small part in our family business that was formed by my father Pat and late mother Marie and the load is now shared with my brothers Michael and Terry,’ Mr Nolan said.

‘Nolan Meats’ fundamental principle is to take every opportunity to be innovative and to promote the benefits of Queensland-grown beef and produce.

‘To be named an #eatqld Champion fits perfectly with that principle, and I am humbled that our family business has received this recognition.’

Nolan Meats was named Premier of Queensland Exporter of the Year in 2011 and has received several other prestigious awards including the DAFF Biosecurity Award in 2012 and the NAB Agri Business Exporter of the Year in 2012.

TIQ has worked with Nolan Meats to introduce them into various Asian markets.

Supporting Queensland’s agriculture and food sectors are priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.