Bund­aberg mac­cas on China’s shelves

Central and North Rural Weekly - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

PE­CAN and macadamia pro­ces­sor Stah­mann Farms has cracked the Asian mar­ket, with its spe­cially branded prod­ucts to hit shelves in more than 1800 stores across China. As part of the Govern­ment’s Gov­ern­ing from Toowoomba/Dar­ling Downs pro­gram this week, the Pre­mier was at Well­camp Air­port to see off one of the first ship­ments of River­side flavoured nuts bound for Hong Kong on the Cathay Pa­cific freight ser­vice.

“What a tre­men­dous achieve­ment for Queens­land agri­cul­ture to have our pro­duce ex­ported over­seas and on su­per­mar­ket shelves in China,” Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said.

“We know how im­por­tant the agri­cul­ture sec­tor is to Toowoomba and the Dar­ling Downs, and the jobs it cre­ates are vi­tal to the sus­tained growth we are see­ing in the re­gion. “It is great to see busi­nesses like Stah­mann Farms con­tin­u­ing to grow and in turn em­ploy­ing hun­dreds of lo­cals.”

Stah­mann Farms has been awarded two Made in Queens­land grants from the govern­ment, to­talling more than $580,000, to sup­port its con­nec­tion with the Chi­nese mar­ket and to sup­ply and in­stall a new pas­teuri­sa­tion unit. Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment, Man­u­fac­tur­ing, In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning Cameron Dick said the govern­ment’s sup­port was cre­at­ing about 25 jobs and help­ing get more Dar­ling Downs prod­ucts on Chi­nese shelves sooner.

“This new pas­teuri­sa­tion unit is stream­lin­ing the pro­duc­tion process, ex­tend­ing prod­uct shelf life and en­hanc­ing the mar­ketabil­ity of Stah­mann Farms prod­ucts to the ex­port mar­ket,” he said.

Mr Dick said the govern­ment was com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing vi­tal trade ties with over­seas mar­kets.

“Our com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing busi­nesses who want to ex­port our de­li­cious pro­duce to the world is un­ri­valled, with hun­dreds of con­tain­ers of the best Queens­land food and fi­bre prod­ucts head­ing to China via Well­camp Air­port on the Cathay Pa­cific ser­vice every week,” he said.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Mark Furner said the high-qual­ity pro­duce be­ing ex­ported out of Toowoomba every day was only fur­ther­ing Queens­land’s in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as the home of clean, green, safe food. “Stah­mann nuts is a great ex­am­ple of that,” he said. “From Bund­aberg where the macadamias are grown to Toowoomba where they are pro­cessed, con­sumers know they are get­ting the best.

“And the more high-qual­ity food that is on the plates of Asian din­ers, the more jobs get cre­ated in Queens­land.”

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