Two Queensland horticultural exporters were recognised in June at the Queensland Horticulture Export Awards. Presented by 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.
“I would like to congratulate each business nominated for an award. Everyone has demonstrated their commitment to the industry and made valuable contributions to its ongoing growth and success,” Growcom Chair Belinda Adams said.
“In particular I’d like to congratulate our Award winners and thank them for their continued dedication to our industry.”
Congratulations to Moffatt Fresh Produce and Green Valley Fingerlimes who were awarded on the night the Queensland Horticulture Exporter of the Year Award and New Exporter Award respectively.
The Queensland Horticulture Exporter of the Year Award was presented to an individual or businesses that has demonstrated a strong commitment to exporting; invested in building a sustainable export capability; and actively contributes to activities that assist the industry to increase horticultural exports.
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.
The New Exporter Award recognises an individual grower or business who within the last three years has either entered the export space; increased their export volume by over 50%; or begun exporting a new and innovative product.
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.
Moffatt Fresh Produce and Green Valley Fingerlimes were selected from an impressive pool of finalists including:
Queensland Horticulture Exporter of the Year
- Attard Family Farms
- JayFresh Australia
- Rocky Ponds Produce
- Top Citrus
New Exporter Award
- Quebec Citrus Australia