Tweed sending its tea to China

By KEN SAPWELL

TWEED-based tea manufacturer, Madura Tea, is planning to open up new markets in China in a radical coals-to-Newcastle export push.

Their bold strategy was given a boost yesterday with the opening of an office in Tweed Heads to help smooth the path for people seeking overseas markets.

The office - one of eight so-called Export Hubs to be located in regional centres in Australia - will unite two government entities, TradeStart and AusIndustry.

Madura's marketing manager, Ray Fien, says a local office will be a boon to his export drive.

The company already exports 35 tonnes of tea a year, mostly to the US and Canada and was now eyeing markets in Korea and China where tea was first grown.

"Bringing the two government agencies together under one roof will undoubtedly make it easier to tackle the hurdles exporters face in developing new markets," he said.

National Party Senator Fiona Nash visited Tweed Heads yesterday to officially open the office which is located in Frances Street.

"The Tweed Heads export hub will help local businesses become more innovative and competitive by ensuring they can access Austrade and AusIndustry products and services," she said.

"It will offer direct support for local businesses to enable them to grow their business and realise their export ambitions."



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