The Australian Chamber of Fruit & Vegetable Industries Limited
Brismark, or The Queensland Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries Co-Operative Limited, has a history dating back to 1941 when it was established as an association of fruit and vegetable wholesalers. It is governed by a Board of Directors and holds shares in Brisbane Markets Limited. Brismark as a member organisation represents and serves the needs of the wholesaling sector of the fresh fruit and vegetable industry – in particular the primary Wholesalers that operate out of the Brisbane Produce Market (the Market). With more than 50 shareholder Members, Brismark provides advocacy and financial, commercial and marketing services to primary Wholesalers, secondary Wholesalers, commercial buyers, growers and industry groups and job seekers. It actively lobbies on major industry issues such as the Horticulture Code of Conduct. It also offers a Credit Service facility which acts as a clearing house for its Members and associated businesses that operate within the Brisbane Produce Market (BPM) providing a secure, efficient and paperless means of conducting business within the BPM. Brismark also provides Business Services to its Members and associated businesses including consultancy and advice in areas including human resources; industrial relations; Food Safety and Quality Assurance; Workplace Health and Safety; and recruitment services to help improve commercial performance as well as marketing and promotional programs and campaigns to help increase the awareness of the Brisbane Produce Market and encourage consumers to shop at their local fruit shop. Members receive fruit and vegetables from growers all around Australia. It is estimated that their total turnover, which exceeds $1 billion annually, would account for in excess of 90% of the total turnover of all primary fruit and vegetable wholesalers in Queensland.