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Swift Australia named Queensland exporter of the year

At a gala presentation for the 21st Premier of Queensland's Export Awards held in Brisbane on October 21, Premier Anna Bligh announced Ipswich-based and Brazilian-owned company, Swift Australia, as the winner of the 2010 Queensland Exporter of the Year Award.

On a night that featured numerous references to the Latin American markets and their potential, it was only fitting that a company with such strong links to the region was able to take out the major award. As a Corporate Sponsor of the Australia-Latin America Business Council, Swift Australia has been at the forefront of promoting two-way trade and engagement between Australia and Latin America.

Congratulating the company on their global success, Ms Bligh said that Swift Australia's example shows Queensland companies the increased benefits of taking products to overseas markets. "Swift Australia is a Queensland company that now exports its meat products to 35 countries including Japan, the United States, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, the Philippines, Canada, and the United Kingdom," Ms Bligh said.

"Through hard work, Swift Australia has built its export markets by knocking on overseas doors with regular overseas visits, attending trade shows and by taking a hands-on approach to customer care.

As a result, the company has now grown to be Australia's largest meat packer and exporter, with the majority of its staff employed to meet the demands of its overseas customer base.

"Swift Australia is a leader in the Agribusiness industry, and this prize came among a group of high-level competitors.”

Swift Australia Director and Manager Jean Carlo Dilly said that the company's mission is to ensure the best products and services to its customers.

"Swift Australia is proud of its export strategy. This requires continual product innovation, proactive marketing and a focus on broadening market access," Mr Carlo Dilly said.

"Our exports contribute significant income and employment to Queenslanders, and we see significant room for further growth."

"The Queensland Government is export focused and we value the wealth of experience and continued assistance of Trade and Investment Queensland and the overseas Trade offices," Mr Carlo Dilly said.
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