Lockyer Valley's broccoli exports to Japan are booming

QUALIPAC director Troy Qualischefski's biggest problem when exporting broccoli from our region is not having enough supply to meet growing demand.

The Lockyer Valley-based producer has exported to Japan for about two years, a milestone that dates back to a visit to the country with Trade Investment Queensland.

"Our business in Japan has grown up to 50 containers a year ... starting last year," he said.

He said the huge demand in Japan was a great sign for the industry.

"We can't grow enough product to support that business.

Qualipac director Troy Qualischefski shows off a bumper broccoli harvest that will be sent to Japan.
Qualipac director Troy Qualischefski shows off a bumper broccoli harvest that will be sent to Japan. Elouise Quinlivan

"Usually we're always complaining that we haven't got enough customers and the prices are down, but I find with the Japanese that they care that we're profitable and sustainable back here."

Acting Premier Jackie Trad used her visit to the Garden City yesterday to highlight the success.

"Export of broccoli from this region to Japan has exceeded all expectations and Japan is now the third highest exporter for broccoli from Queensland," she said.

Queensland broccoli exports to Japan re-entered the market after a nine-year absence.

"In the last season the export of broccoli contributed $1 million to the local economy and about 25 additional part-time jobs."

She said broccoli exports to Japan were set to triple over the next two seasons.


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