- Last updated:
- 21 Jun 2018
Some of the region's best food innovations were on show for the first time at the Southern Hemisphere's largest food trade event - Fine Food Australia 2017.
The Sunshine Coast Council sponsored regional showcase 'Flavours of the Sunshine Coast' attracted the attention of Australian and international buyers as 12 companies offerings were promoted with the help of Sunshine Coast Council and the Food and Agribusiness Network.
Feedback from the companies involved has been overwhelmingly positive with sales generated as a result of the show estimated to be in excess of $400,000.
Products attracting attention from across the coast and hinterland included:
- Artisan cheese and dairy produce from Kenilworth Country Foods
- Sweet creations from Gourmet Fudge Supplies
- Gourmet chocolate creations for Kokopod
- Coyo dairy free yogurt and ice cream
- Fair Trade Cold Brew Coffee from Montville Coffee
- A range of innovative freeze dry products including fruits, cheese and ice cream from Sunlife Superfoods
- Award winning weight management solutions from Symply Too Good
- Beladotti salad and pasta toppers
- QCamel mango smoothies, camel mild and camel milk chocolate
- Pomodoras balsamic dressings
- Country Chef banana bread, pavlova and meringue - representing the largest pavlova factory in the Southern Hemisphere
- Walters Artisan Bread and Granola and It's Sweet As high nutrition protein bites
Several of the companies have now taken on additional staff in order to handle the hundreds of leads and inquiries received as a result of the event.
Exhibiting at Fine Food Australia 2017 has elevated the scale of our thinking as local food producers.
Through the support of FAN and the Sunshine Coast Council we are now moving our vision and production planning from 'suburb to suburb' to 'state to state and country to country'. Our potential reach has exploded within days of returning home and we are confident to go after larger opportunities knowing we have such supportive industry partners and successful businesses around us.
A huge thank you to FAN and the Sunshine Coast Council - in particular Emma Greenhatch, Angela Quain and Paul Martins for creating this opportunity. Walter's is now thinking and operating on a different level simply from being exposed to a larger market and more potential opportunities.
This is reshaping our thinking and new product development - we are now evaluating how we service a larger customer base and grow rapidly rather than just focusing on slow organic expansion.
David Andrews, Walter”s Artisan Bread and Granola
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As the only regional stand at the show, the Sunshine Coast showcase was named as the 'kindest stand' with visitors commenting on the strong collaboration amongst the companies to cross promote each others products and the benefits of doing business on the Sunshine Coast.
Many of the companies also worked together to develop new products in collaboration, to do complementary tastings and to stock each others product's including:
- Coyo/ Montville Coffee - recipe card
- Coyo Yogurt with Walter's Granola; Montville Cold Brew Coffee with QCamel milk and Coyo Yogurt
- QCamel/ Kokopod and Freeze Dry Industries camel milk chocolate
- Kokopod/ Freeze Dry Industries raspberries in chocolate bars
- Montville Coffee/ Kokopod - chocolate coated coffee beans
- Walter's Artisan Breads producing croutons for Beladotti salad toppers
- Kenilworth's store is now stocking Gourmet Fudge Supplies fudge and has had a mango and macadamia fudge created to mirror their most popular cheese variety, are stocking Pomodoras dressings and Kokopod Chocolate, Montville Coffee and are now using Walter's bread in their cafe.
Further new product development is underway to diversify products using local ingredients and suppliers. This all helps to build our reputation for collaboration and innovation and maximise the returns to our local economy.
The companies received trade show and export preparation advice and were assisted with buyer matching with the aid of an electronic marketing campaign as well as the services of Austrade and Trade and Investment Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Food and Agribusiness Industry constitutes $670 million to the local economy with the processing (added value) sector growing by 13% each year.
Fine Food Australia showcased the region's healthy, smart, creative and innovative food products to buyer from over 45 countries.
With more than 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors, the initiative helped local companies to build on their export capacity and showcase our thriving food and agribusiness industry - and the Sunshine Coast as a strategic business location - to the rest of the world.
Expressions of interest are now open to participate in Fine Food Australia 2018 on 10-13 September in Melbourne. Council is also working with the Food and Agribusiness Network to produce a regional showcase at the Fantastic Food and Naturally Good shows to be held in Sydney on 29-30 April 2018.
For further information contact Council's Industry and Investment Facilitator, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0439 716 086.
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