CHINA PLANS TO IMPORT MORE NORTH BURNETT PRODUCE
Chinese company COFCO wants to import more North Burnett citrus in 2016
THE China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation wants to increase the volume of North Burnett citrus they import into China.
Trade and Investment Queensland Wide-Bay Burnett regional trade adviser Brett Tucker said last season was a record export season into China and COFCO sought to expand its program again in 2016.
“COFCO are developing and cementing their relationships with existing partners and are also seeking to develop partnerships with new citrus growers to supply the China market,” Mr Tucker said.
“COFCO is the largest food company in China and their challenge is to develop the whole of the China market.
“The COFCO journey is taking Gayndah and Mundubbera citrus to new market channels in China that we have not traditionally sent to and are normally quite difficult to access.”
Mr Tucker said COFCO’s customers looked for recognised, high quality and safe brands.
“The Burnett represents the customer needs COFCO are seeking,” Mr Tucker said.
North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers welcomed the news of COFCO’s planned expansion in the region.
“The North Burnett has been exporting fruit to the world stage for a long time,” Cr Chambers said.
“I think any improvement in those numbers is always going to be a win for the North Burnett.”
Cr Chambers said she also liked meeting and getting to know COFCO representatives in the North Burnett.
Rachel Chamber Any improvement in those (export) numbers is always going to be a win for the North Burnett.
INCREASED VOLUME: COFCO representatives, North Burnett Regional Council representatives and growers at the COFCO dinner.