Far North Queensland's tropical tastes on show to global buyers
1 May 2023
The 2023 Taste of Tropical Queensland Showcase in Cairns welcomes around 80 buyers and distributors, and 32 food and beverage exhibitors from the region.
Sixty percent of buyers have travelled from international locations, and 40 percent from Australia, with some acting as agents for international distributors.
North Queensland is an abundant producer of high-quality products and a region synonymous with vibrant, tropical flavours.
A diverse group of Queensland’s leading food and beverage companies will showcase their products in the state’s tropical far north as part of Trade and Investment Queensland’s Taste of Tropical Queensland Showcase.
The Taste of Tropical Queensland event connects both international and domestic buyers with Queensland exhibitors across packaged goods, food and beverage, seafood and meat products.
The exhibition in Cairns marks the fourth iteration of the Taste of Queensland, with $18.5 million in export outcomes generated since the first in 2019.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick:
“Queensland is home to a thriving food and beverage sector that reflects our tropical heritage and has helped us forge a global reputation as a clean, green and reliable source of incredible food and beverage products.
“The exhibitors on show at Taste of Tropical Queensland are our state’s best and have the necessary experience, expertise and creativity to deliver vibrant products that appeal to international buyers.
“There has never been a better time to be exporting from Queensland and our government is proud to support their endeavors through events like these,” he said.
Quote attributable to Candy MacLaughlin, General Manager Skybury Plantations:
“The tropical tablelands of regional Queensland have long been referred to as the food bowl for the country and beyond with vivid, diverse and sustainable produce.
“The Taste of Tropical Queensland affords producers like us the opportunity to share ideas and connect our glorious region to buyers from around the world,” she said.
Quote attributable to Mikey Haymen, Director, Fenglehorn Sauces:
“Fenglehorn is thrilled to be exhibiting at the Taste of Tropical Queensland Showcase.
“Having recently fulfilled our first export deal to a major retailer in the USA as a direct outcome from Taste of Queensland Showcase in 2022, we are excited to exhibit on our own doorstep in tropical North Queensland.
“We have some of the world’s best soil, cleanest water, diverse eco-systems and brilliant culinary minds in our region, which creates a perfect environment to develop and manufacture an incredible range of world class food products,” he said.
Queensland has the largest area of agricultural land of any Australian state.
Queensland farmers produce more than 120 types of fruit and vegetables.
Exports from Far North Queensland in seafood, food and beverage and agricultural products accounted for more than $172 million last year alone.
The Taste of Tropical Queensland is funded by the $150 million Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2022-2032.
Other exhibitors include Rainforest Bounty, Wolf Lane, ScooBrew and Little Tuna and many more.
As Queensland’s newest airline takes off, Bonza is certainly making a jumbo effort to showcase some of this state’s most innovative food and drink producers.
Last published: 12:46 PM, Tuesday, 27 June 2023