Supplying the world’s best ginger with Andrew Bond
Buderim Ginger CEO Andrew Bond shares how Buderim Ginger became the largest supplier of the world’s best ginger.
Did you know that the world’s best ginger is made from the Buderim Ginger factory on the Sunshine Coast?
It’s a Queensland success story which is rarely celebrated, but one which Buderim Ginger CEO Andrew Bond is eager to share.
Buderim Ginger’s long history dates back to 1941 when five Aussie farmers decided to grow their own ginger crop in Buderim after ginger supplies to Australia were interrupted during World War II.
Buderim Ginger is now globally recognised for producing the world’s best ginger and its products are exported to 17 countries around the world.
“In Australia we produce 9000 tons of ginger a year, the Buderim factory handles 2700 tons of this,” Mr Bond said.
“It’s a tremendous Queensland success story and it’s wonderful to be part of it.”
Buderim Ginger produces fan favourite Naked Ginger, as well as cordials, ginger beers, alcoholic ginger beers, confectioneries and spreads.
As ginger is widely used in food and health remedies world-wide the Ginger Factory is now an iconic Queensland tourist attraction, attracting thousands of domestic and international visitors each year.
Mr Bond said the prospect of turning the factory into a tourist attraction began in 1958 when visitors wanted to see how the ginger was made and buy the products.
“By 1980 the company had outgrown its original site in Buderim and had moved down to Yandina and in 1983 Princess Diana visited the factory as part of a world tour,” Mr Bond said.
“The interest grew to such a point that the company decided to open the tourism factory, which we call The Ginger Factory, in 1985.
“Today we welcome more than 300,000 visitors each year.”
Buderim Ginger was recently awarded the prestigious 2019 Queensland Business History Award for collecting, protecting, preserving and sharing its business history with the public.
Its historic collection contains significant photographs, farm machinery, processing equipment, packaging, press clippings, advertising material, meeting notes and other memorabilia that tracks the processes, places, people and products that contributed to this multi-million-dollar ginger journey.
“We are proud to share our history and play an active role in preserving and showcasing it to visitors,” Mr Bond said.
Visitors can take a tour of The Ginger Factory, take a ride on the Moreton - an 118-year-old sugar cane train, witness a live bee show, buy products at the Ginger Shop and enjoy a meal at the café.
RACQ members can save on entry tickets to The Ginger Factory online.
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