As the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton has been making a concerted effort to diversify the agricultural industry. Manufacturing is transforming raw materials into products and given the region’s sub-tropical climate, proximity to a wide range of fresh fruit farms, accessibility to quality water and a connected and advanced infrastructure and transport network, we have many agricultural businesses that are well placed to grow their operation to maximise the return from their produce, support the industry and create jobs. Developing new food products can benefit your business by reaching new customers, entering new market places, increasing profits and adding value across the agribusiness sector.
This may include the development of food products such as
meat and meat product manufacturing
fruit and vegetable processing
grain mill and cereal product manufacturing
Not just for the agricultural industry, there are many existing food businesses looking for ways to expand or even entrepreneurs looking for somewhere to start.
The Manufacturing Hub located at CQUniversity will assist food producers with improving efficiencies in their business models, demonstrates the latest state-of-the-art technology, and assists with workforce development and training. The hub partners with industry and local businesses to raise industry capability and increase efficiency and productivity gains.
There are also a range of government grants and incentives that encourage research and development in this area. Any ideas that may help to develop Rockhampton into an agricultural manufacturing hub are encouraged to contact Advance Rockhampton.