Brisbane toasts food and beverage wins

February saw Brisbane Marketing’s Investment Attraction team celebrate two significant food and beverage investment wins.

After much speculation around which location Scottish craft beer company BrewDog would choose for its first Australian brewery, it was revealed that Australia’s New World City had trumped Newcastle to lure the beer pioneer.

The multinational company will set up a brewing facility in Brisbane, with production at its preferred Murarrie site to begin by 2019.

Brisbane Marketing collaborated with the Queensland Government to secure BrewDog’s investment, which has the potential to create more than 150 new jobs.

Brisbane Marketing CEO Brett Fraser said the BrewDog facility was an example of the city’s successful strategy to attract international investment in key growth sectors.

“Brisbane Marketing’s award-winning investment attraction team worked closely with BrewDog in their search for a suitable location, providing strategic support every step of the way,” Mr Fraser said.

“Our city has a reputation for producing high-quality food and beverage products, and this rapidly evolving sector has an important role to play in Brisbane’s long-term economic growth.”

BrewDog Australia Director Zarah Prior said the company had been humbled by the support from Brisbane’s local businesses and community.

“It’s a city that’s on the brink of some incredible growth, and we can’t wait to be a part of that. There are tonnes of amazing local breweries we are looking forward to working alongside and collaborating with,” Ms Prior said.

$115m meat facility takes shape

February also marked the official construction ceremony for the new $115 million Hilton Food Group meat processing and distribution facility.

Located at the Heathwood Logistics Estate in South Brisbane, the 45,000sqm facility is being developed by LOGOS Property Group and sits next to the Asahi Beverages facility completed by the company in November 2017.

Taking part in a sod turning to celebrate the construction, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said attracting major commercial businesses to Brisbane was part of a strategic focus to grow the city’s economy.

“This project demonstrates Brisbane’s ability to attract significant commercial investment, and will create 500 new jobs with the potential to generate $850 million for our city’s economy,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan identified food and agribusiness as a key growth sector for the city, so we welcome this investment from both Hilton Foods and LOGOS in Brisbane.”

LOGOS’ Joint Managing Director John Marsh said the event was an important milestone for the project and the local area.

“It’s been fantastic to have had the ongoing support from the Brisbane City Council on this project and the broader Heathwood Logistics Estate,” Mr Marsh said.

“We’re excited to be continuing to work with them, Hilton and all our partners on delivering this world-leading facility in Brisbane.”

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