Opportunity for Ag businesses looking to export

With growing demand for trusted, clean and green food in Asia, and significant investment in infrastructure right on our doorstep, the opportunity now exists for Western Downs producers and processors to grow into export markets.

TSBE Food Leaders Australia (FLA) are looking for agribusinesses who are ready to take their next step towards exploring their potential to export.

The program is open for Expressions of Interest and closes on April 9, 2021.

In its fourth year the Emerging Exporters Program is building on the successes of the past three years and is being run to assist those who are interested in exporting their products.

This program, delivered by FLA, is an initiative of Shell’s QGC business and is a three-year program to see a cohort of exporters make inroads into new markets.

Emerging Exporters is a part of Shell’s QGC business’ commitment to regional economic development and working with the community to diversify local economies.

TSBE’s FLA Export Manager Food and Agribusiness, Justin Heaven said previous cohort participants have been successful in breaking into the international export market.

“We’ve seen participants like Four Daughters Premium Black Angus successfully export to China and Riverbend Pork Group export to markets in Asia,” said Mr Heaven.

Dan & Karen Penfold owners of Four Daughters Premium Black Angus joined the Emerging Exporters Program in 2019.

With support provided through the Emerging Exporters Program, Four Daughters has exported their premium Black Angus beef to China and continue to explore new markets and opportunities.

Another participant from the 2020 cohort Business Manager of Rangeland Quality Meats, Alister Hughes said the Emerging Exporters Program was a great experience.

“Being in a room full of like-minded businesses is a great opportunity to grow your knowledge base, whilst being able to have all your questions answered by people and businesses who have walked the road before you.”

“It provided me and my business a better understanding of the process, and do’s and don’ts and what to look out for when entering the export markets,” Mr Hughes said.

Morrissey and Co also joined the Emerging Exporters Program in 2020 and is a 5th generation family-owned and operated business based in the regional town of Jandowae in South West Queensland.

Morrissey and Co have utilised the network and the opportunities within the Emerging Exporters Program to review and develop their business for the next generation.

Business owner, Christine Morrissey, said she is pleased to be a part of the program.

“We are thrilled to be participating in this program to develop and grow our business for the next generation,” said Mrs Morrissey.

Shell’s QGC Emerging Exporters Program is a tailored program including targeted workshops and one-on-one support which gives participants the tools and capabilities to become competent, sustainable exporters who can manage risk and make informed decisions before embarking on their export journey.

This social investment program, supported by Shell’s joint venture partners Tokyo Gas and CNOOC, contributes to a strong and diverse economy within the Western Downs.

To get involved with the program and attend the workshops on April 14 in Chinchilla or Dalby please contact Justin Heaven on 07 4639 4600 or email [email protected]

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