Frosty Boy, Populous finalists in two Export Awards categories

ONE OF AUSTRALIA’s most recognised food manufacturers, Frosty Boy, and global stadium designers Populous have has been named as finalists in two categories of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

Frosty Boy Australia appears at the top of the list for two key categories, Manufacturing and Business Services. Another regular in the awards, stadium and venue designer Populous, is the only other company to make the finals in two categories, for Creative Industries and joining Frosty Boy in Business Services. 

Creating some of the industry’s most innovative tastes, the Yatala-based company has seen demand for its customised frozen dessert and beverage flavour solutions increase by nearly 50 percent across the business.

“We at Frosty Boy understand our clients, their market and their customers. We pride ourselves on our relationships with our clients and our international export success can be attributed to this. It’s why our clients keep coming back to us, and why their customers keep coming back to them,” Frosty Boy general manager for sales and marketing, Felipe Demartini said.

“This announcement is a real testament to our company, its culture and our ability to compete in the international market place and we are honoured to be finalists in these two categories.”

The Export Council of Australia has congratulated Populous, Frosty Boy and all finalists in the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards

Export Council of Australia (ECA) chief executive officer Lisa McAuley said, “The Queensland Export Awards are about rewarding businesses that have shown a commitment and determination to grow their global business and who, against adversity, seek new innovative ways to compete on the international stage.

“The competition is extremely tough and we are thrilled to see a number of new names recognised for their tremendous efforts. It’s fantastic to also see the diversity of the companies that entered the awards this year.

“To acknowledge and celebrate the success of Queensland companies is an important part of encouraging more companies to think global and this year at the awards ceremony we will be celebrating and recognising the great opportunities emerging for Queensland companies in Latin America,” Ms McAuley said.

She said as Australia entered negotiations over a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance, an great opportunity is emerging to place these countries top-of-mind among Australian companies evaluating new market and diversification opportunities.

“These negotiations come at an opportune moment given numerous positive developments in the Australia-Latin America relationship,” Ms McAuley said.

“We look forward to a great event that recognises our Queensland champions and looks at the new growth opportunities for the state this in this important region.”

The awards ceremony will be held on October 19 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre South Bank. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk  will attend along with Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt.

The 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards finalists are:


AGT Foods Australia
Australian Country Choice
BNY Trading Pty Ltd
CJ Nutracon Pty Ltd


Frosty Boy Australia
TAE Aerospace Pty Ltd

Cutting Edge

Clipchamp Pty Ltd
Opmantek Software


ECO. Modern essentials
Evolve Skateboards
Grace Loves Lace
Opmantek Software


Cairns College of English & Business
Global Learner


Altus Renewables Limited
Clean Oil Services Pty Ltd
Core Resources
Verterra Ecological Engineering


Cook Medical Australia
ECO. Modern essentials
Wenross Holdings Pty Ltd


EM Solutions Pty Ltd
Frosty Boy Australia
Noonan Race Engineering
Perfect Potion

Blast Movement Technologies
DINGO Software
Dynamics G-Ex Pty Ltd
NLT Australia Pty Ltd

AGT Foods Australia
Dynamics G-Ex Pty Ltd
Evolve Skateboards
Wellcamp Airport

Clean Oil Services Pty Ltd
Noonan Race Engineering
Tooletries Pty Ltd
Typefi Systems



Resources on agenda during Australia Business Week in India

A SERIES of mining equipment, technology and services related seminars, meetings and events took place at Australia Business Week in India 2017 last week

Building on the first Australia Business Week in India in 2015, more than 150 business delegates took part this year. Australia’s delegation met Indian businesses and officials in more than 75 sessions and site visits.

“India is the world's fastest growing major economy and our trade and investment ties with this important partner are becoming stronger each year,” said Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt, who led the mining services aspects of the trade mission. 

“By 2030, India is forecast to be the third largest economy in the world, and will also have one of the youngest populations,” Mr Pitt said.

“The opportunities for Australian businesses are profound and I congratulate the large number of delegates for joining Australia Business Week in India 2017.”

The business mission overall was led by Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister, Steven Ciobo. Australian Government Ministers planned to visit cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bhopal, but some of those sessions were curtailed owing to localised flooding. 

Mr Pitt said he focused on the energy and resources sector delegation across both New Delhi and Kolkata.

Mr Pitt said Australia was a major supplier of energy to India. Australia’s exports of coal helped to underpin India’s goal of energy security and Australian firms in the mining, equipment and technology services – known as the METS sector -- were also helping to improve the safety and efficiency of India’s mines.

In 2016, India was Australia's fifth biggest export market for goods, the sixth for services exports, and total goods and services exports were worth $14.1 billion.

Mr Pitt said two-way trade had grown from about $609 million in 2004 to $20.7 billion in 2016.

"Two-way trade between Australia and India has grown rapidly but more can always be done to expand our trade and investment ties, particularly by bringing businesses together,” he said.

“Australia Business Week in India 2017 will build on the success of the inaugural event in 2015, which created lasting relationships and generated millions of dollars of business.”



Australia-India Council grants announced

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has announced the successful applicants for the 2017-18 Australia-India Council (AIC) grants program.

“The AIC works to advance Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between our countries to further grow our relationship and promote collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations,” Ms Bishop said. 

“Each year the AIC awards grants to innovative projects which boost links between Australia and India and enhance our relationship.

“In 2017-18, the AIC will award more than $660,000 to projects with a focus on sectors including education, resources and energy, and agriculture.”

An International Agriculture for Development Pty Ltd project has been awarded a grant to develop technical skills for farming women in West Bengal.

Also awarded is a Western Sydney University project that captures and re-uses excess water to improve agricultural crop yields.

Successful too is a program to connect highly qualified Indian students and engineers from Rajasthan with academics from South Australian universities to study water resources management for eight weeks.

Meanwhile a series of ABC radio programs will also be developed to present a portrait of contemporary India in Australia.

More information about the Australia-India Council, the grants program and a full list of successful grant recipients is available on the Australia-India Council website



Aust. delegation explores Indian supermarket ecosystem

AN AUSTRALIAN agribusiness delegation met with Indian agri-food industry representatives, as part of the Australia Business Week in India activities, to gain new insights and perspectives on agriculture and trade.​

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, met with the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chennai on August 28, to discuss the business and trade environment in India, and challenges and opportunities for India's agri-food sector.​ Luke Hartsuyker addresses a forum in New Delhi as part of Australian Business Week in India.

“Australia and India share a strong and cooperative relationship, and there are exciting opportunities for us to further strengthen these ties and to expand trade and investment links between our nations' food and agriculture sectors,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“India is the fastest growing major economy in the world, with GDP growth rates forecast to reach 7.7 percent in 2018, compared with the average GDP growth rate of 1.7 percent for G7 member countries.

"India's domestic agri-food demand is expected to increase by 136 percent between 2009 and 2050 — reflecting strong income and population growth.

“Australia understands the strong priority that India places on increasing its food security and agricultural productivity, and I believe there are many mutually-beneficial opportunities for our agri-food sectors to support India in this,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Australia aims to be a reliable supplier to India of high-quality agricultural products that can complement domestic supply, undergo further processing and value-adding by Indian businesses, target the high-end of the market, and meet counter-seasonal demand.

“There are exciting opportunities to work together to increase both our nations’ agricultural productivity and efficiency in food supply chains.

“The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is currently in talks with India to support a proposed MoU between Sugar Research Australia and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Sugarcane Breeding Institute — this will be a partnership between the world's second and third largest sugar exporters.

“This MoU would provide important opportunities to improve Australian and Indian industry productivity and profitability, through variety development, variety exchange, staff exchange, and cooperation on breeding systems and phenomics.

“I look forward to seeing our broad-ranging food and agricultural partnership with India continue to strengthen and grow in coming months and years, including through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.”

Minister Hartsuyker was in India from August 27 to September 1 as part of a delegation to strengthen agricultural ties with India, coinciding with Australia Business Week in India.