Despite considerable efforts by governments to persuade farmers to grow ginger commercially, a large-scale Australian ginger industry was not established until the mid-20th century. When the Second World War cut ginger supply from China sales of domestic ginger increased. Five farmers formed a co-op and later built the ‘Merrybud’ Ginger Factory at Buderim, Queensland. At the time it was the only highly-mechanised ginger factory in the world and the only plant in the southern hemisphere where ginger was processed in all forms.
Today the Australian ginger industry is a world leader in producing and bringing food safe quality ginger to the market. The combination of superior quality, food safety regulations and heritage is something of great pride for those involved in the industry.
AGIA would like to acknowledge the influence by Chinese settlers who also brought ginger to Australia in the early 19th Century to continue their culinary and medicinal traditions.
Read more about Ginger and it’s history here.