Advantages of bringing food and agribusiness enterprises to Queensland

There are many advantages to bringing your food and agribusiness enterprise to Queensland, including a favourable climate and proximity to the Asia-Pacific market.

Location

Queensland has a number of major food manufacturing regions, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Darling Downs, the Wide Bay Burnett area and South West Queensland. These regions offer competitively priced sites and are strategically located close to producers of raw materials and existing transport infrastructure.

Queensland is geographically close to the high-growth Asia-Pacific region and has 5 international airports to allow products to get to market faster. These factors make Queensland an ideal location for food and agribusiness production facilities.

Climate

Queensland's range of temperatures and ideal food growing conditions can produce a wide range of food products in opposite seasons to the northern hemisphere, meeting international customer demand.

Quarantine

Australia's stringent quarantine policies and food management practices allow Queensland to be free from many of the serious animal and plant pests that afflict other parts of the world.

Education and training

Queensland has a number of world-class universities and colleges that offer courses related to the food and agribusiness industry. These institutions include:

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland College of Wine Tourism
  • Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.

Research and development (R&D)

The Queensland Government has developed the Health and Food Sciences Precinct at Coopers Plains and the Ecosciences Precinct at Dutton Park. These precincts have identified functional food as a key area of research.

Queensland produces a number of functional food products that promote health and wellbeing, and can also play a role in disease prevention. To be classified as a functional food, a product needs to have undergone an enrichment process, such as the addition of vitamins, and serve a particular function for consumer health. Consumer demand for functional foods continues to increase as more is understood about the relationship between diet and specific health issues.

Queensland also has many alternative foods, including rainforest and bush foods. The alternative food industry is supported by Queensland's biodiversity, climate, and the horticulture sector.

Learn more about innovation, research and development in Queensland.

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