QUEENSLAND produce is being showcased through an eat local campaign and well known producers are being promoted through the initiative.
Five new #eatqld champions have been named to recognise their standing in the agricultural sector.
Sixth generation Scenic Rim dairy farmer Kay Tommerup was chosen for her dedication to promoting the value farming.
«It’s encouragement for us as farmers and our whole industry to feel proud of what we are doing,» Ms Tommerup said.
«We are so proud of our farming history, which dates back to the 1880s through my husband’s family, and we love sharing it whether it’s through our dairy and pork products, our on-farm events or our farm-stay.»
AgForce cattle president and fourth generation Caliope cattle farmer Will Wilson was selected for his passionate advocacy for Queensland’s beef cattle industry.
«Queensland beef producers have a wonderful story to tell and it’s a story that simply hasn’t been told well enough in the past,» Mr Wilson said.
«Our producers are committed to creating and managing opportunities that generate both economic and material benefits. I struggle to see anything but opportunity in a post-COVID world for Queensland’s world-class beef industry.»
Gympie beef processor Terry Nolan of Nolan Meats said the award recognised a family tradition of meat processing and retailing that began in 1958. «Nolan Meats’ fundamental principle is to take every opportunity to be innovative and to promote the benefits of Queensland grown beef and produce,» Mr Nolan said. «To be named an #eatqld champion fits perfectly with that principle.»
Queensland Seafood Marketers Association president Marshall Betzel, who was selected for his 30 years of service to the seafood industry, said the real champions of Queensland seafood were the consumers.
«It has been incredible to witness the support of our industry by Queenslanders in choosing Queensland seafood to purchase and prepare at home throughout the COVID lockdown,» Mr Betzel said.
Les and Lyn Apps, owners of Sunshine Coast export business Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs, were selected and are the world’s largest spanner crab exporters.
Mr Apps said the award aligned perfectly with the company’s commitment to ensuring all aspects of the fishery industry are promoting excellence.