Queensland grown, made and produced food and beverages – definitions and examples

This information defines and provides examples of what 'Queensland grown, made and produced' means.

You must meet these standards to be listed on the Queensland Government Food and Beverage Supplier Directory.

This guidance is modelled on the Australian Consumer Law's country of origin food labelling requirements.

Understanding key definitions

'Grown in Queensland'

  • All ingredients are grown in Queensland.

This includes Queensland goods such as milk or eggs, and food and beverages made up of 100% Queensland grown ingredients.

'Produced in Queensland'

  • All ingredients were grown or otherwise obtained in Queensland and all (or virtually all) processing occurred in Queensland.
Example Yes – considered to be 'produced in Queensland' No – not considered to be 'produced in Queensland'
Strawberry jam 100% Queensland grown strawberries, processed and packaged in Queensland Imported processed jam, packaged in Queensland

'Made in Queensland'

  • The goods undergo their last substantial transformation in Queensland.

While ingredients may be from outside Queensland, the goods must undergo their last 'substantial transformation' in Queensland. This means the end product is fundamentally different from its ingredients.

Slicing, plating, packaging, or bottling imported ingredients is not substantial transformation. The following examples highlight the difference between substantially transformed and not substantially transformed.

Note: 'Imported' means originating from another part of Australia or another country.

ExampleYes – goods have been substantially transformedNo – goods have not been substantially transformed
Fruit juice Juicing imported fresh fruit and vegetables that is then made into juice Reconstituting, mixing or bottling imported fruit liquid to make juice
Fruit ingredients Slicing imported apples and combining it with other ingredients to make an apple pie Slicing imported fruit to make fruit salad
Coffee Roasting imported green coffee beans to make coffee Blending or grinding imported roasted coffee beans to make coffee
Multiple ingredients Mixing imported ingredients together and using the mixture to bake bread or a cake Slicing, dicing or grating imported vegetables, meats or cheeses to make a sandwich
Bacon Curing and drying imported pork that is then made into bacon Smoking imported bacon to add flavour
Cooking for immediate consumption Combining imported ingredients together to bake a steak pie Cooking an imported steak for serving on a plate