Cane farmers in the Far North could have another crop option up their sleeve with the Cairns-based Fang’s Chilli Sauce factory on the hunt for locally-grown ingredients.
Company director Clinton Fang Yuen switched on the machinery five weeks ago at his Portsmith factory, capable of producing 80,000 bottles a week.
He hoped cane farmers would “hedge their bets” and grow chilli, garlic and ginger beside their sugar as his company grew.
Mr Fang Yuen said he had already spoken with growers who were not getting high enough yields off their current crops.
“We need the chillies frozen, because it blends better, so now they actually don’t have any waste on their farm,” he said.
“If they grow, they can pick and harvest whatever crops they want and snap freeze them.
“So now they can look outside and go, ‘I’ve got 50 acres, I’m not getting 20 acres of yield’, and then actually get 50 acres of yield.”
Fang’s has intellectual property applications pending in 32 countries, with Mr Fang Yuen hoping his product will one day “share the podium” with chilli sauce giants Tobasco and Sriracha.