The FNQ Food Incubator is a Queensland Government-supported initiative that brings together local food experts and innovators in a central manufacturing hub to support regional food businesses. The incubator showcases regional produce such as handmade chocolates, artisan ice-cream, native jams, coffee, chilli sauce, kombucha and wines. These are the tangible, delicious ways in which consumers connect with the agri-food system on a daily basis.
Modern industry-specific resources and low cost, low-risk shared-use commercial kitchens and food manufacturing and packaging facilities allow emerging food and beverage businesses to test ideas, rapidly acquire and share learnings, and ultimately manufacture quality products. The incubator is also a one-stop-shop where domestic and international buyers can source new and innovative food and beverage products that can be tailored to suit their consumers.
Regional communities benefit from the incubator’s collaborations between manufacturers, marketers, business leaders and entrepreneurs. These collaborations provide the opportunities and resources for food and beverage businesses to grow, leading to increasing regional economic activity and employment, and satisfying consumer demand.
Other initiatives that are also supporting regional agribusiness and food growth include the Food and Agribusiness Network’s GrowCoastal food accelerator initiative at the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre. With support from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Accelerator program, food and beverage entrepreneurs are invited to participate in business workshops and receive mentoring, one-on-one support and industry insights from industry leaders.
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