Two Queensland horticultural exporters were recognised last night as part of the Queensland Horticulture Export Awards.
Presented by peak industry body for Queensland, Growcom and held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Queensland Horticulture Export Awards provided an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and determination of the State’s exporters.
“The Awards were a chance for us to come together and recognise the outstanding achievements of our leading growers, and to celebrate the great work that our industry undertakes,” Growcom Chair Belinda Adams said.
“Everyone who was nominated for an award has demonstrated their commitment to the industry and made valuable contributions to its ongoing growth and success.
“I’d like to congratulate our Award winners and thank them for their continued dedication to our industry.”
Winners of the Queensland Horticulture Export Awards were:
- Green Valley Fingerlimes – New Exporter Award
- Moffatt Fresh Produce – Queensland Horticulture Exporter of the Year
Green Valley Fingerlimes is a premium grower of Champagne Red Fingerlimes on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. At the start of the pandemic the company saw the closure of many of their markets, but with the assistance of a Queensland Government Market Diversification and Resilience Grant, Green Valley Fingerlimes was able to buy a new blast chiller and freezer room, enabling the business to diversify from fresh only to frozen fingerlime products. Today they currently export 20 per cent of production to Singapore on a weekly basis and are looking to break into new markets including Japan and the United States that only accept frozen product.
Located in the picturesque Fassifern Valley, Moffatt Fresh Produce grow carrots and onions for both domestic and export markets. In 2015 they started to export directly from the farm and are now shipping direct to customers in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Moffatt Fresh Produce has been active in supporting a wide range of national industry export activities and actively collaborates with other growers to support the growth in export of Australian fresh vegetables.