The Sunshine Coast garden is a gourmet foodie’s delight
The Sunshine Coast has some of the best restaurants, cafes and food places anywhere in Queensland, if not Australia.
But it is in agribusiness, before the food even gets on the plate, where the Sunshine Coast excels.
There are more than 900 agricultural businesses in the region, with an industry value of $535 million and providing more than 5000 jobs locally.
The rich soils, favourable climatic conditions and a clean water supply, coupled with relatively high and reliable rainfall, make the Sunshine Coast perfect for agribusiness.
Diverse primary agricultural commodities include fruit, vegetables, nuts, dairy, seafood, meat and livestock products.
Innovative food processing operations include Gourmet Garden, Buderim Ginger, Epicurean Products and Country Chef.
Award-winning Gourmet Garden (picture below), based at Palmwoods, manufactures and distributes prepared herbs and spices internationally from their premises.
Started in 1999, Gourmet Garden has grown from a small privately-owned company to a global success, exporting to more than 15 countries and appearing on more than 25,000 supermarket shelves around the world.
“The Sunshine Coast is the sustainable business location that marries with Gourmet Garden’s brand image, culture and aspirations, and offers a close link to our agricultural roots,” said Andrew Eves-Brown, chief operating officer for Gourmet Gardens.
“The Sunshine Coast also attracts a high calibre of employees due to fantastic lifestyle benefits, lower regional living costs, tourism attractions, good infrastructure, including the regional airport, to service our domestic market.”
Gourmet Garden, which has won multiple awards, including the prestigious 2014 Good Design Award and World Star Award 2015 for the Food Category, has commissioned a multi-million-dollar factory extension.
The Sunshine Coast Council is a strong supporter of the food and agribusiness sector and provides an Industry Investment Plan to help it further develop and grow.
The council provides financial assistance to help offset various establishment costs and a single point of service to facilitate connections with government bodies.
There is also a tailored package of comparative information to assist businesses starting out and customised site selection assistance and relocation advice.
The region benefits by being closely located to export infrastructure and Brisbane’s ports and international airport.
As such, the council provides access to key international market information and industry development.
There is already a successful track record of helping investors move to the Sunshine Coast and thrive in the food and agricultural business.