CHINA PLANS TO IM­PORT MORE NORTH BUR­NETT PRO­DUCE

Chi­nese com­pany COFCO wants to im­port more North Bur­nett cit­rus in 2016

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

IN­CREASED VOL­UME: COFCO rep­re­sen­ta­tives, North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and grow­ers at the COFCO din­ner.

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