Overview of Queensland's food and beverage industry

Queensland's food and beverage industry ranges from producers of fresh, natural and organic products to producers of manufactured foods, such as ready-made meals, confectionery, additives and nutritional supplements.

The industry has attracted businesses of all sizes, thanks to Queensland's environment, skilled workforce, transport infrastructure and close distance to Asia-Pacific export markets.

Key business areas include:

  • food processing - including flour mills, canneries, packers, bakers, airline catering and pre-prepared meals
  • beverage manufacturing - including breweries, wine production and non-alcoholic drinks such as sports drinks
  • retail and hospitality - including supermarkets and convenience stores, grocers, delicatessens, restaurants, hotels, takeaways and cafés, catering for private functions, regular markets and stalls and retail bakeries
  • health and community services - including hospitals, childcare centres, nursing homes, hostels, meals on wheels and catering
  • transport and distribution - including warehouses, bulk food distribution centres, and dedicated transport and logistics centres.

The industry is supported by animal and plant produce from Queensland's extensive agriculture industry, including beef, seafood, grains, fruit and vegetables.

Queensland's biotechnology industry further supports the food and beverage industry by growing and manufacturing foods with enhanced nutritional and health benefits - these help to promote a better quality of life and longer life expectancy.

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