Support for artisan food and beverage producers

A wide range of targeted programs are available to support Queensland artisan food and beverage producers to increase productivity, competitiveness and innovation.

Food and beverage directory and associations

Food innovation and trials

We support opportunities for food innovation and food product testing through the:

  • Food Pilot Plant (Health and Food Sciences Precinct, Coopers Plains, Brisbane) – that offers food processing and agriculture business services including processing equipment, food researchers and diagnostic testing facilities.
  • FNQ Food Incubator – that assists artisan producers in Far North Queensland to develop and create new recipes, processes and tastes, and convert ideas into commercial products.

Mentoring and networking

Grants and business support

  • Small Business Artisan Producers Grants Program provides opportunities for artisan food and beverage producers to engage business consultants, mentors or digital experts to help them establish and grow their businesses.
  • Queensland Government Grants Finder allows you to search for Queensland Government grants and support to assist artisan producers.
  • Year of Outback Tourism events program offers $1,000 to $100,000 in grants to eligible local organisations and businesses for events and/or experiences which contribute to growing tourism in Outback Queensland. Check if you are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Business Growth Fund program provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.
  • Small Business Digital Grants program assists small business to access digital technologies and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.
  • Small Business Entrepreneur Grants program assists new small businesses to access professional advice and support in the early stages of establishing their business.
  • Advance Queensland offers a range of programs designed to help small businesses collaborate, build on innovative ideas, grow and improve products and services, and compete in global markets.

    The following programs provide opportunities for eligible small artisanal producers:
    • Ignite Ideas Fund assists small to medium businesses to commercialise market ready innovative ideas.
    • Innovate Queensland assists small to medium businesses to grow by providing workshops and webinars on innovation, technology commercialisation and design.
    • Advancing Regional Innovation encourages innovation across Queensland and supports creation of jobs for regional Queenslanders.

Programs and campaigns

  • ecoBiz Queensland provides small and medium businesses with free advice, training and workshops on ways to improve environmental sustainability and lower operating costs. On average, participating businesses achieved 12% energy savings, 13% water savings and 21% waste savings. Learn more about ecoBiz.

Licences and regulations

Publications and initiatives

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