AGE OF TRANSFORMATION
SUNSHINE COAST BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN RECOGNISED FOR THEIR SUPERIOR TECHNIQUES AND INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS, FROM MILK TO REVOLUTIONISED SOIL
Food and agribusiness is an industry that is forging ahead in leaps and bounds with innovative opportunities that go all the way from paddock to plate, and the Sunshine Coast has four companies leading the way. To celebrate the transformative ideas in this industry, Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) has launched the third edition of Celebrating Australia Food and Agribusiness Innovations. The book showcases 50 diverse innovations from across Australia’s food and agribusiness industry, which are chosen by an expert panel of judges. The innovations range from microbusinesses to multinationals and span the entire agribusiness value chain. Helping local food and agribusiness operators to do business on the world stage is one of the goals of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), a local not-for-profit, industry-led cluster. The inclusion of five of FAN’S members in this year’s book reaffirms its mission of helping members to connect, collaborate and grow. FAN general manager Emma Greenhatch said, “The inclusion of five members in this book demonstrates what an exciting time it is to be involved in the food and agribusiness industry in the greater Sunshine Coast region. “We are going from strength to strength in terms of innovation in the food space and we are only just seeing a fraction of what we are achieving – there is so much more to come.” From novel ingredients such as camel milk to revolutionary packaging formats and new methods of processing food waste, the stories in the book will inspire future collaboration and innovation which will ensure our industry remains competitive in local and global markets. The four companies from the Sunshine Coast included in the book are Montville Coffee, Qcamel, Spare Harvest and Global Boss International. The fifth FAN company in the book, Spring & Grove, hails from Brisbane.
FOR THE COW LOVERS
Qcamel is Australia’s first commercial camel dairy to sell pasteurised camel milk. The company’s investment in both herd management and camel milk science has resulted in a premium product with maximum shelf life for both the consumer and the retailer. Qcamel’s products are available in more than 100 retailers around the country, including David Jones and Harris Farm Markets, and are also being exported to New Zealand and Singapore. Working with two other businesses, Qcamel has produced Australia’s first camel milk chocolate and also developed a cosmetic range. Being featured in the Qantas Spirit Magazine 2017 helped to raise the profile of the company both nationally and internationally. To keep up with demand, Qcamel is expanding its herd and has innovative products in the pipeline.
FOR THE HIPSTERS
Montville Coffee is Australia’s first certified Fairtrade organic cold brew concentrate. The caffeine-free solution delivers a speciality coffee without the buzz. Since launching Monty Cold Brew, overall business revenue has increased by 25 per cent. Being a concentrate, Caffeine Free Monty also taps into the growing consumer segment seeking dairy-free milk alternatives.
FOR THE COMMUNITY SPIRITED
With an increasing focus on food waste, Spare Harvest has created a technical solution that reduces this waste and also provides learning opportunities for food preparation and strengthens local communities. Spare Harvest continues to grow across Australia and overseas with members sharing produce, tools, garden resources, land and time with their local community. These connections ensure better utilisation of these resources, reduce budget stress and create a more engaged community. Growers anywhere in the world can use the Spare Harvest platform as a resource to connect with their local community and share produce that would otherwise be wasted due to seasonal gluts and cosmetic appearances.
FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS
Following 10 years of research and development, Global Boss International developed an effective organically certified liquid that can be used in place of petro-chemical fertilisers. Organically certified chicken manure is composted naturally over a 16-week period, which retains all the nutrients while eliminating harmful pathogens such as salmonella and e-coli. The company’s patented nutrient extraction process, combined with their microbial input blend, produces a unique liquid plant treatment that has a complete balance of nutrients, is ph neutral, and loaded with plant and soil-enhancing microbes. Its application minimises cost, reduces environmental issues and delivers more natural nutritious produce. Global Boss International is now working on soil health projects in China and Singapore, where products are being used in community spaces such as vertical green wall systems. They are also involved in a project to reduce nutrient run-off to the Great Barrier Reef. CEO of Global Boss International, Lou Hatten was thrilled they were included in this year’s edition. “It has been a long pathway to convince the chemically driven world of the alternatives available. For us, it’s being recognised as providing solutions for sustainable farming that has been a highlight,” she said. “We are already selling our product to Singapore for their Gardens on the Bay to help keep them flourishing all year round, and they are really starting to see results.” To order a copy of the book, visit fial.com.au/celebrating-innovations-book.
OVER THE HUMP: Sunshine Coast-based business Qcamel will feature in a new book highlighting agribusiness.
TOP: Sean Mcgowan from Montivlle Coffee. ABOVE: Bruce Morgan of Spare Harvest.