Shell’s QGC Emerging Exporters participants for 2019
Shell’s QGC Emerging Exporters participants for 2019

Ten local agribusinesses are a step closer to securing new domestic and international export markets, after being named in the Shell’s QGC Emerging Exporters Program for 2019.

Emerging Exporters links Western Downs and Surat Basin agribusinesses with experienced professionals from TSBE Food Leaders Australia, who assist them in accessing new markets.

Last year the program provided ongoing mentoring and support for nine agribusinesses. Four of these businesses were introduced to major domestic hotel chains and a number of them are preparing to launch into new international markets.

The 2019 intake includes ten diverse agribusinesses from across the region and the sector, including beef, value-added beef and pork products, grain and agricultural machinery.

Haven Farming is one of the ten businesses taking part in this year’s program. Owner Louise McMahon said their interest in the program stemmed from a desire to challenge traditional practise and get a deeper understanding of diversity in the beef consumer market.

“We felt there would be great opportunity to support us on this learning journey and increase our chance of business success in connecting with exporters and end users.”

Shell’s QGC business Operations Manager Angus Hetherington said the Emerging Exporters Program was developed in direct response to community feedback.

“The community told us that supporting businesses and driving regional economic development is important. Last year we were able to assist nine businesses in their export journey and we’re excited to see what the future holds for our 2019 Emerging Exporters,” he said.

The 2019 Emerging Exporters are: Chinchira Super Reds; Hoofprints of Change; Four Daughters Premium Black Angus; Busy Beef Pty Ltd; Riverbend Marketing Pty Ltd; Aussie Pork Suppliers; Aussie Land & Livestock; Haven Farming; DOM Distribution; and Carpendale Commodities.