New Asian rhapsody for berries
QUEENSLAND strawberries could soon be winging their way to new marketplaces.
The State Government Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) program, designed to help local food businesses woo international consumers, may bear fruit for Sunshine Coast-grown Red Rhapsody strawberries.
Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said a Queensland delegation had just returned from a 12-day export development push targeting evolving Asian markets for our strawberries.
“This uniquely Queensland strawberry, developed right here in Queensland by Department of Agriculture staff, has attracted the interest of chefs and restaurateurs from the world,” the Premier said.
“Now, a successful delegation to Hong Kong and Indonesia has generated great interest from suppliers, with commercial orders for the product expected.
“With that bumper crop of Red Rhapsody on the Sunshine Coast right now, the timing couldn’t be better.”
GQFE assists development of business and export capabilities for horticultural and meat producers, and the next funding round for applications opens July 1.