S. Kidman and Co marks relocation to Queensland with Santa Gertrudis promotion at Brisbane’s Norman Hotel

Article by Billy Jupp courtesy of Queensland Country Life.

Norman Hotel to promote Gina’s beef
 
Gina Rinehart ‘s S. Kidman and Co will stake a further claim in Queensland when its head office and the bulk of its operations move from South Australia to the sunshine state.
 
An S. Kidman and Co representative confirmed to the Queensland Country Life that a promotion at the Norman Hotel in Brisbane called Santas in July would be launched on Friday to help celebrate the fact that the bulk of S. Kidman and Co’s operations and head office are to relocate to Queensland.
 
The Norman Hotel is known for being “Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant” and it will prove that moniker right when all of the Santa Gertrudis beef it serves next month is supplied by S. Kidman and Co.
It comes after the company put its final South Australian-based feedlot, Tungali at Sedan, on the market in April and after the sales of long-held Kidman properties Innamincka and Macumba stations were confirmed earlier this year.
 
Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association of Australia general manager Chris Todd said the move was due to the company’s focus on producing Santa Gertrudis and Wagyu beef, two breeds that are prolific in Queensland.
 
“Without talking out of school, the Kidman group has always had Santa-infused cattle and Mrs Rinehart has always supported Santas and Wagyu,” Mr Todd said.
 
“From what I understand, the company’s head office will be moved to Brisbane, the Wagyu are fed at a feedlot at Warwick, the Santas are fed at a feedlot at Inverell before being processed at the John Dee feedlot at Warwick.
 
“It is a huge thing for our breed to have that kind of support and it is really pleasing to see this sort of investment in the state.”
 
The promotion will also see the pub decked out in all things Santa Gertrudis, from posters to napkins right down to beer coasters.
“I really think this move and this promotion will help take the breed to the next level,” Mr Todd said.
 
“It’s a breed that marbles well, it’s one of the heaviest beef breeds out there and it crosses well with anything, so hopefully this promotion will hopefully drive home these attributes to more people.”
 
As part of the promotion, the Norman will highlight a different cut of Santa Gertrudis meat each week starting on Friday with an eye fillet, before moving on to a rib fillet in week two, a striploin in week three and finishing with a rump in week four.
 
“We love showcasing the meat of different breeds and Santa Gertrudis is no exception,” the Norman’s promotions manager Tania Cousens said.
 
“As part of the promotion, guests who order from the special Santas in July menu will be given a chance to win one of 20 S. Kidman and Co steak knife sets with five to be given away each week.”
 
 
 
Additional version | Norman Hotel to promote Gina’s beef
 
While the S. Kidman and Co website still has North Adelaide listed as its headquarters, a company representative has confirmed the head office will be relocating to Queensland.
 
The representative said a promotion at the Norman Hotel in Brisbane called Santas in July would be launched tomorrow to celebrate the fact the bulk of S. Kidman and Co’s operations and head office are moving to the state.
 
Earlier this year, the sales of long-held Kidman properties Innamincka and Macumba stations in northern SA were confirmed, while the Tungali feedlot at Sedan – the remaining SA-based property – was put on the market in April.
 
In recent months, the business has also sold on the WA-based stations Ruby Plains and Sturt Creek, along with several stations linked with the Hancock Pastoral Company – all up almost 2 million hectares.
 
The S. Kidman and Co properties were bought in December 2016 by a joint partnership between Hancock Prospecting and Shanghai CRED.
 
The S. Kidman and Co properties are all now based in Qld and NT, while a partnership with the Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association of Australia is expected be launched.
 
SGBAA general manager Chris Todd said it was great to have that kind of investment in their breed.
 
“From what I understand, the company’s head office will be moved to Brisbane, the Wagyu are fed at a feedlot at Warwick, Qld, the Santas are fed at a feedlot at Inverell, NSW, before being processed at the John Dee feedlot at Warwick,” he said.
 
“It is a huge thing for our breed to have that kind of support and it is really pleasing to see this sort of investment in the state.”
 
The promotion will also see the Norman pub decked out in all things Santa Gertrudis, from posters to napkins right down to beer coasters.
 
“I really think this move and this promotion will help take the breed to the next level,” Mr Todd said.
 
“It’s a breed that marbles well, it’s one of the heaviest beef breeds out there and it crosses well with anything, so hopefully this promotion will hopefully drive home these attributes to more people.”
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