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Global Buyers Experience Tropical Taste

A diverse group of Queensland’s leading food and beverage companies have showcased their products in the state’s tropical far north as part of Trade and Investment Queensland’s Taste of Tropical Queensland Showcase. The Taste of Tropical Queensland event connects international and domestic buyers with Queensland exhibitors across packaged goods, food and beverage, seafood and meat products. Since its debut in 2019, the Taste of Queensland exhibition has now reached its fourth edition in Cairns and has generated export outcomes worth $18.5 million.

Director of Fenglehorn Sauces Mikey Haymen said they are thrilled to have exhibited at the Taste of Tropical Queensland Showcase.

Having recently fulfilled our first export deal to a major retailer in the USA as a direct outcome from Taste of Queensland Showcase in 2022, we are excited to exhibit on our own doorstep in tropical North Queensland 

“We have some of the world’s best soil, cleanest water, diverse eco-systems and brilliant culinary minds in our region, which creates a perfect environment to develop and manufacture an incredible range of world-class food products.”

General Manager of Skybury Plantations Candy MacLaughlin the event is all about connecting. 

“The tropical tablelands of regional Queensland have long been referred to as the food bowl for the country and beyond with vivid, diverse and sustainable produce,” she said.

“The Taste of Tropical Queensland affords producers like us the opportunity to share ideas and connect our glorious region to buyers from around the world.”

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick said Queensland products appeal to international buyers. 

“Queensland is home to a thriving food and beverage sector that reflects our tropical heritage and has helped us forge a global reputation as a clean, green and reliable source of incredible food and beverage products,” he said.

The exhibitors on show at Taste of Tropical Queensland are our state’s best and have the necessary experience, expertise and creativity to deliver vibrant products that appeal to international buyers

“There has never been a better time to be exporting from Queensland, and our government is proud to support their endeavours through events like these.”

Fast facts:

  • Queensland has the largest area of agricultural land of any Australian state. 
  • Queensland farmers produce more than 120 types of fruit and vegetables. 
  • Exports from Far North Queensland in seafood, food and beverage and agricultural products accounted for more than $172 million last year alone.  
  • The Taste of Tropical Queensland is funded by the $150 million Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2022-2032. 
  • Other exhibitors include Rainforest Bounty, Wolf Lane, ScooBrew and Little Tuna.

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