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Food and agribusiness
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Jul 2019

The Sunshine Coast’s food and agribusiness industry is characterised by a diverse range of sectors including horticulture, dairy and specialty dairy production, seafood, nurseries and value- add producers. 

The industry is valued at $700 million, with more than 900 businesses located on the Sunshine Coast (University of the Sunshine Coast Food Research Group, 2018[2002KB]). 

There has been a 23% increase in the economic value of agriculture over the last decade. Demand is expected to grow significantly from Asian markets (particularly with the Free Trade Agreements with Japan, China and Korea) as the region is rapidly being recognised as one of the most dynamic locations for new agribusiness investment in Australia.

The Sunshine Coast has strong foundations in niche food and beverage production and value adding, and a reputation for producing high-quality fresh foods in a clean environment. 

Leading Australian food manufacturers and exporters such as Gourmet Garden, Nutworks and Buderim Ginger are located in the region, showcasing the Sunshine Coast as an ideal investment location for similar high calibre companies.

Key agribusiness enterprises industry participants

  • McCormick and Company - Gourmet Garden
  • Buderim Ginger
  • Country Chef Bakery Co
  • Basset Barks
  • Sunshine Tropical
  • Kunara Organics
  • Epicurean Products
  • Maleny Dairies
  • RADAQUA
  • Rockcliff Seafoods
  • Nutworks
  • COYO
  • Walker Seafoods
  • Freeze Dry Industries
  • Your Mates Brewery
  • Gluten Free Bakehouse
  • Hum Honey
  • Kenilworth Dairies
  • Kokopod
  • Advanced Aquarium Technologies
  • Huds and Toke
  • Vertical Farm Systems
  • The Happy Snack Company
  • Big Heart Bamboo
  • Woombye Cheese
  • Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN)

Why invest in agribusiness on the Sunshine Coast?

  • The region has year-round favourable climatic conditions that are ideal for food production with rich soils, a clean water supply and water security with relatively high and reliable rainfall.
  • The region produces a wide range of primary agricultural commodities such as fruit and nuts, dairy, meat and livestock products, and hosts innovative value-add products and food processing operations.
  • The Sunshine Coast is just over one hour by national highway from a major international seaport and airport in Brisbane, providing excellent access to freight and export gateways. From late 2020, Sunshine Coast Airport will accommodate flights to international destinations.
  • The region has a strong food and agribusiness history and culture and an experienced workforce, with some leading manufacturers and processors providing expertise in exporting.
  • Sunshine Coast based producers of dairy products, seafood, horticulture and processed foods are well placed to capitalise on the advantages that will arise from tariff reductions under various Free Trade Agreements. 

For more information about the industry, please download the Agribusiness brochure.[1673KB]

To view the strategic direction of each of the seven High-Value Industries please visit the Industry Investment Plans.

Case studies

Gourmet Garden[279KB]

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. 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.

Andrew Eves-Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Gourmet Garden