AGE OF TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

SUN­SHINE COAST BUSI­NESSES HAVE BEEN RECOG­NISED FOR THEIR SU­PE­RIOR TECH­NIQUES AND IN­NO­VA­TIVE CON­CEPTS, FROM MILK TO REV­O­LU­TIONISED SOIL

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE / BIG READ - WORDS: JEN­NIFER SWAINE

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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