Milk your business potential by exporting
  • Monday 17 August 2015
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Net profits up by 520% and sales growth increases of 20%. That’s the story of the 2014/15 financial year for Australian dairy food producer Norco.

How did they do it? All will be revealed at Sunshine Coast Council’s Export Network event on Thursday, August 20 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at the Brightwater Hotel.

The event will feature a presentation from Norco CEO Brett Kelly, who said an exporting breakthrough into China had been a key to the company’s success.

“Norco is a co-operative and this was a major driver behind our successful push into China and I’ll be outlining the co-operative model advantages at Thursday’s Export Network event on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Kelly said.

“Norco is proud to work with more than 200 dairy farms throughout New South Wales and Queensland supplying quality milk to our co-operative 365 days a year.”

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said business collaboration and information sharing was a key emphasis within the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) 2013-33.

“Each of the seven High Value Industries that sit within REDS have taskforces which are industry-led and offer local businesses the opportunity to share information take a collaborative approach towards growth and development,” Cr Robinson said.

“So this presentation from Norco CEO Brett Kelly is extremely relevant to local businesses because of emphasis and opportunities for industry collaboration within our region.

“Local businesses who attend this event will also have opportunities to network and connect with prominent Sunshine Coast exporters.”

The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy aims for 20% of goods and services produced in the region to be exported by 2033 – and Council’s export program helps set up local business to achieve this goal.

For more information about Thursday’s Export Networking event or to register your place, call 5475 9887 or email wendy.macdonald@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

If you are interested in exporting and can’t attend this event, you can stay "connected" through the Sunshine Coast Export Linkedin Group, by joining here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sunshine-Coast-Export-Network-675317