- Friday 17 October 2014
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has congratulated Yandina company CO YO for taking out Emerging Exporter of the Year at the prestigious Premier of Queensland Export Awards at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last night (Thursday, October 16).
CO YO exports Australasia’s first commercially produced, non-dairy, yoghurt and ice cream alternatives using coconut.
The products offer naturally-delicious alternatives for people with dietary and digestive challenges.
Launched in Australia in early 2010, CO YO’s domestic success attracted international investors keen to distribute its innovative products.
CO YO is now produced and distributed under license in the United Kingdom and the United States, with plans well underway for further expansion.
The company also began exporting to New Zealand from its Sunshine Coast base in late 2013, with rapid market growth expected to facilitate the establishment of a dedicated New Zealand-based manufacturing facility in the near future.
"CO YO is the epitome of bold thinking and real action, the foundations of success in any business," Mayor Jamieson said.
"I congratulate directors Henry and Sandra Gosling who started the company in their home. Through hard work and innovative ideas, they have gone on to become a global brand.
“It was a tremendous honour to be with them last night when they received this award from the Premier.”
"These awards recognise the best of the best in the export industry and CO YO has shown it is up there with them and helping put Sunshine Coast on the world map.
"Agribusiness is recognised as one of our seven high-value industries which have the potential to generate enduring employment opportunities in our region.
"Niche food and beverage products and value-adding production will provide a strong foundation in the region and our local export companies such as CO YO, are a key part of the future of the Sunshine Coast."
CO YO's latest win comes on the back of the company taking out the Ingredient Innovation category at the Food Magazine Awards for the third year running in August.
The Premier of Queensland's Export Awards recognised the success of 15 Queensland businesses. The Mayor has also congratulated the five other Sunshine Coast businesses who were entered for the Awards on their exporting success – RADAQUA, Suncoast Waste Water Management, Typefi Systems, VAS-X and Wheatgrass.
For more information on this award winning Sunshine Coast business visit: www.coyo.com.au