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When the top 120 finalists were named for the 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Awards on Monday, 14 members of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) were named across various categories.

As a local not-for-profit, industry-led cluster FAN itself was delighted to make it through to the finals in the Social Enterprise category.

Emma Greenhatch, Managing Director of FAN said, “The timing is perfect in terms of the maturity of FAN.  We are about to celebrate our 3rd Birthday and now have 230 members from across the food value chain.

“And on top of that, many of our members are winning award after award on the national stage and this region is really starting to be recognized for what we deliver in terms of product and innovation in the food and agribusiness sector.

FAN works incredibly hard behind the scenes to ensure their members receive every opportunity to showcase the outstanding local produce we have on the Sunshine Coast.

FAN had 14 members also make the finals which Ms Greenhatch says “is a testament to the passionate, visionary and very talented food producers we have in the region, who are coming together to help each other grow.”

Seven of the finalists were in the Agribusiness Category and included Boss Aust (GROW), COYO, Good Harvest Organic Farm, KOKOPOD Chocolate Australia, Montville Coffee, QCamel and Ten Acres.

Other members who were named finalists included:

  • Education and Training – Unity College
  • Health and Wellness –  The Milk Pantry
  • Professional Services – AWX, CFO One, East Coast Human Resource Group and Fuji Xerox Business Centre Sunshine Coast
  • Attractions – Ginger Factory

One of the goals of FAN is to help local food and agribusiness operators to do business on the world stage and they will soon to be launching two new programs that will further support members to access new markets nationally and internationally.

In addition, with the support of the Sunshine Coast Council, FAN is also developing a members’ capability directory to support their purpose to help the food and agribusiness industry to connect, collaborate and grow.

“We thank the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance and Sunshine Coast Council for their continued support of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards, as the very process of entering allows us to reflect on our businesses and celebrate our achievements”, Ms Greenhatch said.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Emma Greenhatch at Food & Agribusiness Network or email at [email protected].

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