Macadamia meets academia - students crunch data on world-leading industry

Published:19 May 2017

TOP: Macadamia industry rep Brice Kaddatz (left) and CQUni academic Dr John McGrath (right) with international students Jueqi Yang (Dana) and Zhifeng Lyu (Gladys) who are visiting from Bundaberg’s sister city, Nanning, in China. BELOW: Macadamia industry rep Brice Kaddatz with CQUni Bundaberg Business students and academic Dr John McGrath.

CQUniversity Business students recently had the chance to learn from a representative of Bundaberg's world-leading macadamia industry.

Local academic Dr John McGrath arranged a talk by Brice Kaddatz from Macadamia and Horticultural Services.

Mr Kaddatz described how the Bundaberg region has overtaken the Northern Rivers as the highest-producing macadamia region in Australia.

Produce has grown almost fivefold over the past two decades and the region is now home to the world's largest producer of nuts and largest processing facility, Pacific Gold.

"Our students were able to understand the macadamia industry's contribution to the wider Bundaberg economy," Dr McGrath says.

"Student participants included two international students visiting from Bundaberg's sister city, Nanning, in China.

"The macadamia industry is a great exporter and CQUniversity is developing education as an export for Bundaberg region too."

Bundaberg region macadamia industry at a glance:

Trees planted: 2 200 000
Total Area under canopy: 6800 ha
Total growers: 65 (approx.)
Total production: 21 305 t NIS (2016)
Farm-gate value: $106.5 million (from 2016
Tonnage @ est. $5.00)
Factory gate value: $490 million
Economic value to Bundaberg: $481.5 million

* Mr Kaddatz was on the executive of one of Australia’s largest macadamia processing and marketing companies, Suncoast Gold Macadamias (Aust) Ltd, and on the Board of the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) until his retirement in 2016. Brice continues a role with the AMS as  Productivity Support Officer for Queensland.

** CQUniversity is one of Australia’s largest regional universities and the only university with a campus presence in every mainland state of Australia.

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