***MEDIA RELEASE*** 14 FAN Members Listed As Finalists in Sunshine Coast Business Awards

September 30, 2018

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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**** MEDIA RELEASE **** Life is Sweet for Hum Honey as they take out more National Awards

September 30, 2018

Following hot on the heels of their recent win at Fine Food Australia for “Best New Product for the Australian Made Category, 2018”, Hum Honey has just been named Regional Food Champion Other Product Category at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

In the lead up to taking out the place of Champion, Hum Honey was awarded the following medals:

  • Gold – Hum Honey Cold Fusion Organic Lemon Myrtle
  • Silver – Hum Honey Cold Fusion Organic Australian Lavender
  • Silver – Hum Honey Cold Fusion Organic Cinnamon Quill
  • Bronze – Hum Honey Cold Fusion Australian Organic Ginger

Managing Director and chief “Bee Girl” Leisa Sams said, “what an amazing few weeks it has been for us.  We are absolutely delighted that our products are being recognized at such a high-level right across Australia, and ever so proud to fly the flag for Regional Food for the Sunshine Coast.

“To have one of the judges describe our honey as being “like Christmas in his mouth” when he tasted it is something else.

However, Hum Honey was not the only local food and agribusiness producer to win awards at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show with The Bear and the Ladle, Barenuts, Noosa Black Coffee, Foods of Noosa and Ugly Duck Preserves also taking home another eleven medals for our region as well.

–        Ugly Duck Preserves

o   Silver Medal – Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread

o   Silver Medal – Lemon Marmalade

o   Silver Medal – Aussie Stonefruit Chutney

o   Bronze Medal – Quince Paste

–        The Bear and the Ladle

o   Bronze Medal – Aztec Red Hot Sauce

–        Barenuts

o   Silver Medal – Barenuts Butter

o   Bronze Medal – Dry roasted lime & black pepper macadamias

–        Noosa Black

o   Bronze Medal – Noosa Black First Point

o   Bronze Medal – Noosa Black First Point

–        Foods of Noosa

o   Bronze Medal – Artisan Pasta Gluten Free Fettuccini

o   Bronze Medal – Artisan Pasta Gluten Free Super Greens Fettuccini

And behind the scenes, the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is working hard to ensure FAN members receive every opportunity to showcase the outstanding local produce we have in the Greater Sunshine Coast region, whether that be through promoting awards programs like these or helping them to exhibit at consumer and trade shows.

“Helping local food and agribusiness operators to expand their markets is one of the goals of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN),” General Manager Emma Greenhatch said.

“FAN is a local not-for-profit, industry-led cluster and it is wonderful to see our members benefiting from exhibitions like Fine Food Australia and competitions like Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. With members like Hum Honey taking out some of the most prestigious food awards in the country, this reaffirms our purpose to help our members to connect, collaborate and grow.”

With the Sunshine Coast continuing to be recognized all over Australia for the quality and variety of what we produce, expect to see many more accolades being awarded to our very talented food and agribusinesses.

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*** MEDIA RELEASE *** Smashed Avocado in a Pouch – Just One of the Sunshine Coast Flavours to be Showcased in Melbourne

September 30, 2018

Helping local food and agribusiness operators to do business on the world stage is one of the goals of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), a local not-for-profit, industry-led cluster.

And next week, FAN, in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council will be taking eleven delegates to Melbourne for the annual Fine Food Australia exhibition in a bid to do just that.

Fine Food Australia is the country’s leading trade exhibition for the food service, hospitality and retail industries. This year it will be held in Melbourne from 10-13 September, attracting more than 1,000 exhibitors and 26,000 visitors.

Making it possible for our local food and agribusiness industry to be a part of this delegation, and gain exposure to broader markets, is the support they receive from FAN and the Sunshine Coast Council.

General Manager of FAN, Emma Greenhatch said, “The opportunity for our local food businesses to be able to showcase their products in person to potential buyers cannot be underestimated.  Many of last year’s delegates have had opportunities that would not have otherwise existed without this exposure, and between them generated an estimated $750,00 in anticipated sales.  It also keeps their products front of mind when future opportunities arise.

“This is the second year we have been able to support FAN members to participate in this event and really showcase all the amazing products being produced across our regions.  There is even something for Bernard Salt with Sunfresh Marketing showcasing their 100% natural Avocado Smash in long life pouches, so he can now have it on toast anywhere in the world!”, Ms Greenhatch said.

For the delegates, this event presents an outstanding opportunity they may not have otherwise been able to do. According to Kim Durant from Gourmet Fudge Supplies, “Exhibiting at Fine Food Australia was a fantastic experience for our business. We made contact with some great potential customers and even received some orders while we were exhibiting. It is definitely something we would like to be a part of again.

“I loved that there were nine totally different Sunshine Coast businesses exhibiting that all supported each other. It was great fun and the orders have started coming in, so we couldn’t be happier”.

This year’s delegation includes:

  • The Wholefood Artisan – The Wholefood Artisan are creators of quality handcrafted granola for discerning foodies and time-poor professionals. They combine bold flavours and quality nutritious ingredients with finely tuned artisan techniques, reimagining what granolas can be. Their range of retail and food service ready products includes paleo, vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Sunfresh Marketing Co-op – Sunshine Coast based Sunfresh will be showcasing their 100% natural ‘Avocado Smash’. Avocado Smash has no chemicals or preservatives added – perfect for hospitality industries, making fresh avocado available all year round. Australian grown and produced, Avocado Smash has a long shelf life, utilizing a unique process that is a world first, enabling broad distribution in Australia and overseas.
  • The Gluten Free Food Co – The Gluten Free Food Co products are a range of gluten-free baking mixes, flour blends and pantry staples that are also free from nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, sesame and anything artificial. They recently launched a new range of vegan protein patty mixes and vegan Mac n Cheez, that have sold out across the country. They are now looking to export markets and increasing their product range.
  • Woombye Cheese Company – Award-winning handcrafted cheese made in one of this country’s most beautiful regions – the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Woombye Cheese is passionate about cheese and create and produce all their cheese by hand, using traditional methods. All their milk is sourced from small local farms at Maleny on the Sunshine Coast and is collected daily, pasteurised and then delivered to their factory in West Woombye.
  • Hum Honey – Hum Honey have a delicious range of Original and COLD FUSION® honey that are sustainably harvested from hives in the pristine Sunshine Coast Hinterland using only natural beekeeping methods. Hum Honey bees free-range on their choice of subtropical rainforest and open forest hardwoods. All Hum Honey is raw and cold extracted, free of additives, preservatives, chemical residues and antibiotics, and is never heat-treated.
  • Green Valley Agriculture – Green Valley Agriculture grow quality Australian native ‘Champagne Red’ finger limes that are available all year round. They package the finger limes in 100g and 250g punnets, as well as 2kg boxes, which are distributed all over the world.
  • Champagne Red finger limes have low seeds, a red rind and the citrus pearls inside range from champagne colour through to a vibrant red. They are a great addition to seafood, desserts, drinks and salads, and can be infused into different products, such as honey, chocolate and gin for a unique flavour and Australian native twist.
  • Chocolate Country – Chocolate Country prides itself on being a high-quality chocolate producer. They exclusively use Belgian chocolate and source only the finest natural ingredients, using local products wherever possible, to create a delicious array of truffles, chocolate slabs and novelty gifts. Their chocolatiers work in-store to hand-create their extensive range of artisan chocolates in small batches to ensure freshness, producing unique products that both look and taste divine.
  • Montville Coffee – Montville Coffee roasts and produces award-winning Specialty Coffee and Cold Brew concentrate. Their products are known for their exceptional quality and indulgent flavours, with the assurance that they are fully Organic and Fairtrade certified. Montville Coffee have twenty years’ experience serving the FMCG market in Queensland and nationally.
  • Mighty Bean Tempeh – Since 1981 Mighty Bean Tempeh has produced Australia’s finest quality Certified Organic Tempeh (ACO48P). They have developed a fermentation process which provides the most wonderfully nutritious and delicious cultured Soya bean food type called Tempeh (pronounced ‘Tempay’). Tempeh is a versatile, healthy and hearty addition to any meal.
  • Spring & Grove – Pure Australian spring water, carbonated and flavoured with extracts from apple and kiwi. Zero calories, zero sugar, zero preservatives, zero artificial sweeteners or colours.
  • Lisboa Caffe – The most iconic Portuguese sweet, this traditional custard pastry consists of a crème brûlée-like custard caramelized in a crust of puff pastry, as created over 200 years ago by Catholic Sisters at Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.

Other local exhibitors also include The Country Chef Bakery Co who are a 100% Australian family owned business that creates some Australia’s favourite desserts and breads such as pavlova and banana bread and COYO who create innovative, naturally delicious, free from, coconut-based products, crafted using whole food ingredients. Both these outstanding businesses export all over the world and are Sunshine Coast success stories.

“Chefs, restaurateurs, airlines, hotels and many other end users are increasingly seeking food and beverage from our regions as it is very much a part of the local Australian experience people are seeking, and we are delighted the world is taking notice!” Ms Greenhatch said.

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