The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association today congratulated Cressy-based Tasmanian Quality Meats (TQM) and Webster Limited’s Walnuts Australia on their successes at the national export awards.
TQM was name regional export of the year, while Walnuts Australia was agricultural exporter of the year. Both are local success stories.
“TQM provides outstanding opportunities for local livestock producers, particularly lambs and mutton,” TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said today.
“With the closure of the Bridgewater saleyard and uncertainty over the future of Killafaddy, the role of TQM in the marketplace comes into sharper focus.
“This is a great Tasmanian story, a family-run, self-made business that has gone from strength to strength over the past 16 years. It has gone from no export sales two years ago to sales in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Vietnam and Jamaica and being named Tasmanian exporter of the year and now national regional exporter of the year. Clearly these are good people to do business with,” Ms Davis said.
TQM, which is run by Brian Oliver and John Talbot, has increased its workforce from 20 at the beginning of 2011 to 75 today.
Walnuts Australia has 540 hectares of walnut orchards in Tasmania, based at Swansea and more in the Riverina. Today it exports 83 per cent of its product. It has expanded its exports from Europe to China, Hong Kong and Turkey.
“Webster has developed walnuts from a niche operation into a thriving industry for Tasmanian orchardists,” Ms Davis said. “This has been a prime example of the value of diversification.”
In their national award citations, TQM and Walnuts Australia were recognised for the innovation, infrastructure investment, research and consultation in promoting and selling their produce.
TFGA chief executive Jan Davis