Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017
Brisbane’s thriving food and agribusiness sector is in the spotlight today with discussions being held on how the city can optimise its role in the state’s $16.8 billion industry and become a leading food and beverage hub in the Asia Pacific.
More than 350 food and agribusiness companies, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and service providers will come together at Brisbane City Hall for the inaugural Future Food Day, hosted by Brisbane’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that as Australia’s New World City, Brisbane had every ingredient needed to meet the food and beverage needs of the growing Asia Pacific market.
“Food and agribusiness is one of eight key growth sectors identified in the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, and this important sector has the capacity to positively impact Brisbane’s profile as a powerhouse in the Asia Pacific,” Cr Quirk said.
“As the capital of Queensland, where food and agribusiness contributes more than $16 billion in economic value every year, Brisbane has many supply chain advantages.”
Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s reputation for producing high-quality products along with an expanding infrastructure network and business-friendly environment positioned the city to attract greater investment, and support the manufacturing and distribution of more products.
“Brisbane is also highly regarded for our expertise in health sciences and food research, with our world-class facilities expanded upon just this week with the University of Queensland’s new $1 million Food Science Innovation Precinct,” he said.
“Future Food Day is an opportunity to discuss how we can grow Brisbane’s economy by supporting food and beverage innovations, attracting greater investment and tapping into wider supply chains.”
Along with presentations and panel discussions on international market opportunities and investment trends, delegates will hear insights from home-grown food and beverage innovators.
“The creators behind local food and drink manufacturer Flavour Creations, vegetable producer Kalfresh, and probiotic drink brands PERKii and MYK’s FFF kefir will discuss how they are carving a market niche with healthy and delicious products,” Cr Quirk said.
“As a demonstration of Brisbane’s entrepreneurial talent, delegates will also hear a group of startups pitch their products to a panel of leading industry figures with a judges’ choice winner announced as a finale to the day.”