South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, Sunpork Group CEO and managing director Dr Robert van Barneveld, Minister for State Development Cameron Dick and Sunpork chairman Enzo Allara.
South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, Sunpork Group CEO and managing director Dr Robert van Barneveld, Minister for State Development Cameron Dick and Sunpork chairman Enzo Allara. Will Hunter

Kingaroy business awarded grant to take goods to the world

A KINGAROY business is ready to conquer international food markets after a boost from funding.

SunPork Fresh Foods Pty Ltd was awarded a grant from the Palaszczuk Government to enable the business to export their pork products from Swickers Bacon Factory.

The grant, part of a new $1.3 million-dollar program, allows the Kingaroy business to capitalise on their products in the high-end Asian market.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said six diverse food companies received the first round of funding from Growing Queensland's Food Exports program.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to increasing Queensland's exports to 22 per cent of the national total and these grants are part of a commitment to deliver more jobs and strong economic growth in regional areas, he said.

"From macadamias, mangoes and melons, to strawberries, sweet corn and pork - the producers selected for grants are either already exporting or are ready to export and seeking to access overseas markets,” Mr Furner said.

The government is assisting the food companies to build their business capability to take advantage of opportunities to grow exports, through providing funding of up to $100,000, Mr Furner said.

"There'll be an increased knowledge of target export market destinations and consumers and an improved understanding of competitors, product specifications, supply chain handling and export business practices,” Mr Furner said.

The program focuses primarily on horticulture in Queensland, and matched funding of up to $100,000 is available over two years per eligible project.

The other projects for round one of the Growing Queensland's Food Exports program are:

  • Lockyer's Mulgowie Fresh Pty Ltd with their packaged sweet corn
  • Bundaberg's Macadamias Australia developing exports for retail-ready macadamia products.
  • Manbulloo Ltd capitalising on mango exports from North Queensland into Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore
  • E & A Coco and Sons Pty Ltd based at Elimbah near Caboolture, to capitalise on market access to export Queensland strawberries into Asia.

There will be a second round of funding in July 2018 and food producers can contact 13 25 23 or GQFE@daf.qld.gov.au for more information.

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