Bundaberg maccas on China’s shelves
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.”