Election of Director 2018-19

November 5, 2018

Board Election

After undertaking a nomination process, the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) has received four (4) nominations for the one (1) available Member Elected Director position. The names of the Nominees are listed below.

FAN has adopted an electronic voting system for the election of Elected Directors. Accordingly, members eligible to vote will receive an email, sent to their nominated email address, entitled “Notice of Annual General Meeting & Election of Director“.

Please note, only current industry members are eligible to vote; affiliate members are not eligible to vote. Only one vote per industry member will be accepted. All votes must be cast and received by 5pm, Monday 26 November 2018.

If you have any questions relating to the voting process please email [email protected] or call 0466 634 465.

Nominees

  • ANN ROSS
  • KYLIE WATSON
  • BRENT CHAMBERS
  • BERNARD PARKER

Nominees

Ann Ross

 

Ann is a regionally renowned bee keeper based on the Sunshine Coast. Her company Hive Haven specialises in producing award winning products from both Australian stingless bees and European honey bees. Since its establishment in 2011, Hive Haven has gone from strength to strength. Ann has been recognised as being in the ‘Top 50 Australian Business Leaders of 2018’ by the Australian Small Business Magazine. The company has won several awards since inception including a Queensland Regional Award for ‘Innovative Agriculture’ and a Sunshine Coast Business Award for ‘Smart Product & Service’.

Ann attributes much of Hive Haven’s success to the support and encouragement received from the FAN community and she has been active supporter of FAN since its inception. Ann is a passionate community member and volunteer and has been active in leadership positions in the Glasshouse Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and the Beerwah Ambulance Group. Ann is highly motivated and seeks to clarify and maintain ideas, values and mission of the boards or organisations that she is involved with. Ann’s business acumen is backed by a Business Degree and she is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Kylie Watson

 

Kylie has extensive experience in senior management in the food and agriculture sector. As CEO of one of Queensland’s largest macadamia processors, Kylie’s experience in food manufacturing is vast, extending from strategic goal setting to new market and export development.

A Certified Practicing Accountant, Kylie also brings a wealth of financial experience from small to medium sized companies. As part of Kylie’s role as CEO of Nutworks, she has a strong understanding of the macadamia industry and has spent considerable time working closely with the local macadamia growing community. This has provided her with deep insights into the current and future challenges impacting both the macadamia and other agricultural sectors.

 


Brent Chambers

 

Brent is currently the General Manager of Sunfresh Marketing Cooperative in Coolum. The core function of Brent’s role is to create a conduit for growers to sell their commodity to wholesale markets, export markets and chain stores. Previously, Brent was the General Manager of one of the largest citrus packing facilities in Queensland, where his role encapsulated food safety, HR, marketing, finance, logistics and developing efficiencies in the packing process.

Brent has a Bachelor of Business Management and a vast knowledge of paddock to plate processes. He thrives on ensuring that growers are getting a fair deal. Brent has family roots in the country and understands the challenges faced by growers daily; this stimulates his appetite to make a change for the better in the horticultural industry.

 


Bernard Parker

 

Bernard has actively participated in FAN workshops, GrowCoastal and other FAN events since its inception. Bernard has extensive practical, business and operational board experience from working in the food industry nationally and internationally. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Bernard heads up ParkerFood Pty Ltd Food Industry Consultancy, which has local and overseas engagements. Prior to his role with ParkerFood, Bernard was the Managing Director at Bakels Research, a technology entity for a group of 40 plus companies.

Bernard is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology and has participated as Convention Technical Chair and run Food Entrepreneurs Workshops.

Local Foodpreneurs Graduate from 2018 GrowCoastal

July 30, 2018
On July 17th, twelve of the Sunshine Coast’s most innovative local foodprenuers showcased their products and learnings at the conclusion of the 2018 GrowCoastal program Demo Day. Now in its’ second year, GrowCoastal is the Sunshine Coast’s first food accelerator, a partnership between the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and Food & Agribusiness Network, sponsored by Advance Queensland.
“It was our biggest Demo Day ever,” said Mark Paddenburg Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast CEO. “The Sunshine Coast region has a well earnt reputation for quality food. We have a huge variety of small, medium and large producers with innovation built into their DNA. This region is highly competitive on the world stage and we have been privileged to play a part in the transformation of our GrowCoastal graduates.”
“Demo day is much more than a graduation celebration, it’s a celebration of innovation, talent, great products, collaboration and the acquisition of new skills used to grow — what a powerful mix,” said GrowCoastal Program Manager, Jacqui Price. “Demo Day is also about shining a light on our 2018 graduates and their passion to bring local, quality products to their customers.”
According to Mark Paddenburg, the two-year program has achieved much success during both 2017 and 2018. Some aggregated metrics for the 2017 cohort over the last year include 17 new staff employed, 273% increase in customer numbers and a 140% increase in revenue. Aggregated metrics for 2018 cohort over last four months includes seven new staff employed, 34% increase in customer numbers and a 23% increase in revenue.
The GrowCoastal program is a proven economic driver for the Sunshine Coast region and our local food entrepreneurs.
Applications for GrowCoastal 2019 are now open for the next intake. To apply, please visit: https://bit.ly/2hADv7y
The 2018 GrowCoastal program graduates are:

2018 Grow Coastal Wrap & Demo Day

June 28, 2018

Demo Day Graduation event: 10am – 1pm, Tuesday 17th July at the Innovation Centre.

Words by Grow Coastal Program Manager – Jacqui Price.

It’s hard to believe that the GrowCoastal program is nearly over for another year. It’s been so much fun and a lot of hard work. The 2018 cohort of twelve companies have forged a strong bond as they’ve worked through the last eleven weeks of coaching and workshops covering pitching, legals & business structure, customer centric design thinking, brand narrative, social media, essentifrom als for food packaging, understanding different personalities and much more. They’ve supported each other with the display and sampling of their products at a variety of events including a visit from the global TCI Cluster Conference attendees, the TEQ Conversations with Industry Forum, a visit from the John Dillon Foundation SE Asian members, the Heather Mackenzie event at the Innovation Centre, and the FAN Networking event at the Big Pineapple.

Hear what some of our participants had to say about the program:

“The GrowCoastal program has given us a great focal point and shown us how we can transform and change. After our ten years of hard work, we’re taking it to the next level and turning it into something far bigger than it is now,” Nick Grivas, The Wholefood Artisan

“The GrowCoastal program is a great platform for scaling-up our business in a collaborative way – it’s been absolutely fantastic so far. The network of people we’ve met has been amazing and this is just the start of the program so I’m really looking forward to what’s coming next. There is so much education and insight into the industry,” Megan Dean, Embassy XO

Below is a list of our 2018 Grow Coastal participants who are currently madly practising their pitches for the Demo Day graduation event on the 17th July. We’d love all FAN members to join us at the Innovation Centre to hear all about the group’s journey. Please support them and welcome them into our network.

  • Barenuts – Totally bare, award-winning gourmet macadamia nuts and treats
  • Black Lemonade – Unique vegan and gluten free decadent chocolate cookies
  • Boneafide Broth Co – Organic chicken bone broth bombs and healthy savoury chips
  • Embassy XO – Steamed duck buns to die for
  • Good Harvest Organic Farm – totally local, organic, healthy fruit and vegie farm boxes
  • Hive Haven – Native Honey (Sugarbag stingless honey)
  • KOKOPOD Chocolate – Award winning premium handcrafted chocolate
  • LuvaBerry – Freeze dried strawberries made from the freshest sunshine coast produce
  • Mighty Bean – Certified Organic soy tempeh tasty treats
  • Sunshine Coast Cider – Traditionally crafted cider made with 100% apple juice & no additives
  • The Whole Food Artisan – Handcrafted artisan granola made with whole food ingredients
  • Ugly Duck Preserves – Gourmet preserves made with imperfect or surplus local produce that would otherwise go to waste

FAN Awarded Cluster Funding – New doors open for exports

June 28, 2018

(6 June, 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.

In an announcement made today by Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), FAN has been awarded $900,000 over the next three years through the FIAL Cluster Programme. This first-of-its-kind programme provides matched funding to support new and existing clusters in their quest to address a common purpose they otherwise could not solve on their own.

The funding will help FAN with improving capabilities to engage with national and international markets and global supply chains.

“We’re delighted to go on this journey, guide and support the winners to solve common challenges, innovate, and grow the competitive advantage of their regions” said Peter Schutz, FIAL’s Chairman.

They were one of only four cluster organisations in Australia to receive funding in this inaugural national Cluster Programme.

“We are absolutely delighted that our submission has been successful”, General Manager, Emma Greenhatch said.

“In 2017, the food and agribusiness industry in the Sunshine Coast region was valued at $700m, which was an increase of $30m on 2016. It also directly employs around 5,000 people.

“This funding will allow us increase this to $1b by 2022 and see exports double to $130m in the same period.”

Today’s announcement was made at the TCI Oceania Clusters Event, which is being hosted on the Sunshine Coast with the full support of the Sunshine Coast Council. “The conference is looking at how regional clusters can help drive economic development, with the Food and Agribusiness Network a prime example of the benefits derived from industry sectors working collaboratively”, Cr Steve Robinson said.

Co-Founder and Chair of FAN, Jacqui Wilson-Smith said this funding will have far reaching consequences, “FAN believes it can create a sustainable, industry-led cluster model that pivots around a collaborative approach to addressing shared challenges and opportunities. This could be replicated in other regions around Australia and has the potential to become an Australian best-practice model for cluster development.”

This funding will allow FAN to expand its programs and services for its members and create a sustainable, industry-led cluster business model.

“Food businesses trying to expand into national and international markets all face similar challenges including consumer insights, distribution, marketing and understanding the sales channels.  We are working with our members to find solutions that will take their business to a whole new level and help them to scale quickly.”

There are many local businesses already reaping the rewards from their collaboration with other FAN members, such as Kenilworth Dairies, Green Valley Fingerlimes, QCamel, KOKOPOD Chocolate and Montville Coffee.

These local businesses choose the Greater Sunshine Coast region as the headquarters for their business and many have moved here after identifying the region as leading the way with its supportive, collaborative and entrepreneurial business community.

“By facilitating a collective response to the challenges and opportunities industry is facing, FAN can support its members to be more future focused, to increase their operational efficiencies and to develop a culture of collaboration and innovation.”

With the new airport opening up incredible opportunities for the Greater Sunshine Coast region, this funding will ensure that FAN members are ready to take full advantage of the many opportunities that will be created to get our local produce onto the plates and into stores interstate and overseas and see our food businesses shine on the world stage like never before.

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

Revenue Growth Strategies

April 29, 2018

Many small businesses get caught up in the day-to-day management of operational and production issues and lose track of their sales activities. At least one person should have sales growth as their primary job description. Here is a range of revenue growth strategies to increase sales in your business.

  • Identify customer segments that you are not selling much to and promote all relevant products and services to them.
  • Consider contract packaging or manufacturing of other company’s products and use that contract to obtain bank leasing on more automated equipment, thus making your products at a lower cost.
  • Seek referrals from existing satisfied customers using proven referral methods.
  • Provide incentives to existing customers to buy more, buy more often, pre-pay annual purchases or buy bundles of products/services.
  • Build existing customer loyalty by means of loyalty clubs/frequent shopper and database marketing contacts (e.g. phone sales, personalised direct mail, newsletters, e-mail, web sales contacts, e-zines etc).
  • Ask existing satisfied customers for a testimonial and use this in promotional materials and sales support.
  • Conduct focus groups or customer surveys with major customer segments to find out what they like about your business and what could be improved.
  • Gather demographic information (e.g. ABS data – go to www.abs.gov.au) or other information on how to access or identify the major customer segments in order to promote more heavily to them.
  • Analyse all sorts of services provided to existing customers and make sure you are charging for them where possible (e.g. freight/delivery, phone support, maintenance, information, technical support, upgrades etc).
  • For retailers, use effective internal/external signage, merchandising and floor layout to boost add-on and introductory sales – bundling like products and services into “packages”. Put related products adjacent to each other.
  • Gather information on changing market demands to identify new groups who might need your products/services.
  • Brainstorm all the different and unusual customer groups who could be targeted.
  • Brainstorm all the different /unusual uses for your products and services.
  • Gather demographic data (industry associations, Google searches, government economic development departments etc) on your market and target segments you are not dealing with now.
  • Analyse your geographic areas of current sales to identify different regions, states or countries where you could sell.
  • Investigate who your competitors are selling to and make offers directly to these customers to convert them to you by trialling your products/services and then locking in ongoing sales.
  • Find new distribution channel options (e.g. agents, chains, e-commerce stores on-line, affiliate sales, distributors, wholesalers; allied/related products and services outlets, commission sales, telemarketing etc).
  • Find non-competitors, who sell non-competitive products and services to similar customers to yours and do joint promotions (e.g. joint mailings/campaigns, swapping databases, bundled products/services, incentives using your product or services etc).
  • Simplify existing products and services to create simpler, cheaper options.
  • Provide justifications for all the elements of your product and for service to build up the perception of the total value, then price accordingly.
  • Introduce “home brand” or low-price items to increase volume sales.
  • Develop a computerised standard costing calculator for all product lines that updates all prices when input stock prices go up. Put prices up asap.
  • Re-price old stock to new prices.
  • Re-price promotional stock once the promotion is over.
  • Eliminate excessive staff discounts.
  • Minimise heavily discounted “end of clearance sales” instead seeking other means of sales (e.g. to a discounter, to staff etc).
  • Sell accessories and add-on products and services to complement what you sell now.
  • Review competitors to see what extra products and services they carry.
  • Search the web for businesses wanting affiliates to distribute their products/services.
  • Conduct focus groups of target customers to uncover needs for products and services not currently ‘carried’.
  • Talk to suppliers/distributors and industry colleagues about extra products/services.
  • Use creative thinking and innovation to develop new products and services that solve customer problems, meet new needs or add extra functions.
  • Run staff competitions to identify new products and services.
  • Check competitor prices and match them wherever they are higher.
  • Create a price mix (like the supermarket) with some low-cost items (especially the basics) to build customer numbers and traffic but with consistently high prices for the rest of the product/service range.
  • Price consistently so that similar products and services are all around the same price.
  • Increase prices every June 30 and December 31, informing customers (if needed) that this is a regular, inflationary measure.
  • Offer low-cost add-on services (or product additions) that add value and increase the price.
  • Consider pricing above competitors to “position” yourself at the quality end of the industry.
  • Promote the higher priced, higher margin products and services to increase sales of this category.
  • Bundle up the prices of services (especially professional services) so that hourly rates are avoided and the focus is on what value you provide.

 

The Sweetest Job Project

March 26, 2018

FAN is seeking your support to deliver a workforce project in 2018. This project follows on from the Sweetest Job project operated by Regional Development Moreton Bay and delivery partners Stones Throw Group in 2017/18, which has been highly successful in matching trained and skilled staff to jobs in the food and agribusiness industry in the region.

FAN is partnering with the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce to deliver the 2018 Sweetest Job project and we are seeking your support for this project which will provide training, skills and work experience to people in the Sunshine Coast region who are struggling to gain employment through traditional recruitment methods.

Project

As part of this project, all candidates will complete a comprehensive skills and development program including:

  • CII in Logistics
  • Food safety / hygiene and food processing specific competencies
  • Forklift licence
  • Customer service, barista and RSA
  • First Aid & White Card
  • Teamwork, communication, time management and motivation

Benefits 

The key benefits for FAN members are:

  • Access to trained employees with requisite skills and work experience gained in your specific organisational context
  • An opportunity to trial staff through work experience prior to committing to taking them on as employees
  • Being able to pick the “cream of the crop”
  • More productive new employees who are able to hit the ground running, thereby reducing recruitment and upfront training costs.

We are seeking your support for this program through a Statement of Support below.  Please note that this statement of support does NOT create any obligations on your part and we would negotiate all of this with you in a way that suits your individual requirements should the project be approved.

Simply fill in your estimated recruitment needs, copy and paste your responses into a return email and send to[email protected] by 6 April 2018.

If you would like to discuss this further or have questions, concerns or queries, please call me on 0466 634 465 or project partner Kris McCue from Stones Throw Group on 0408 074 001 or email [email protected].

Thank you for your support.

Warm regards,

Emma

 

Sweetest Job Project: Statement of Support

Dear Emma,

I would like to confirm [business name] support for the 2018 Sweetest Job project under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) Initiative as follows:

  1. My business will consider project participants, where appropriate, for work experience opportunities throughout the project.
  2. My estimated workforce/recruitment needs in 2018/19 are [insert number]new employees with the skills delivered under this project.
  3. We will consider project graduates for appropriate employment opportunities as a result of work experience, or through our recruitment process.
  4. I confirm that:
  • The CII in Logistics, Food safety/hygiene and food processing specific competencies, forklift licence, customer service, barista and RSA, First Aid & White Card and employability and foundation skills delivered under this project aligns to the skills needs of our business. Employees with this combination of skills are difficult to identify and these skills are in short supply.
  • We are able to provide opportunities for participants to visit our workplace and undertake some practical training components onsite.
  • We are able to deliver a participant briefing session about our employment requirements and workplace context.

Name:

Organisation:

Date:

Wasted Admin Hours are Going Down

March 26, 2018

Wasted admin hours are on their way down for Sunshine Coast Food Suppliers. Customers win and business red tape slashed on thanks to 100,000 Hours project.

Sunshine Coast Food businesses will be able to spend more time hiring staff and helping customers and less time dealing with boring back office paperwork thanks to a Queensland Government-backed innovation initiative.

Known as the 100,000 Hours project, the initiative has been spearheaded by Noosa Heads-based financial technology (fintech) firm Promis and already has six firms participating. It received funding through a Queensland Government Ignite Ideas grant.

Promis Co-founder Cameron Lawrence said the aim of the project is to save 1,000 Sunshine Coast businesses an average of 2.5 weeks each over the next 12 months, through using Promis’ automated invoicing and payments management tool.

“By doing this, we can unlock in excess of 100,000 hours of wasted business time in the Sunshine Coast region – time that can instead be used by these businesses hiring new staff, serving customers or expanding their services,” he said.

Mr Lawrence said the first phase of the project is currently underway, with several suppliers to the local cafe and restaurant businesses jumping on board to support the project. These suppliers include Rapid Clean, Montville Coffee, On the Spot, The Source Bulk Foods and COYO.

By the end of April, the project is proposed to be extended to restaurants and cafes.

“Within a few weeks of starting the project, we’ve had suppliers and various business community organisations joining and within the next month we are keen to roll it out to help the many time-poor restaurant and café owners and operators along the coast,” Mr Lawrence said.

Mr Lawrence has lived on the Sunshine Coast since the age of 17. He founded Promis in 2016 with fellow Sunshine Coast resident Alexander Kohl. The business is based at Noosa Heads, with an office also in the Stone & Chalk fintech hub in Sydney.

The Promis platform delivers a simple connection tool which helps businesses automate their invoice delivery and reduce the time it takes to reconcile accounts. This reduces friction and time from the supplier/ customer relationship by eliminating the invoice chasing and processing cycle.

Promis received funding in November last year via the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund to drive the 100,000 Hours project.

Queensland Innovation Minister, Leeanne Enoch said “Small business operators spend many hours every week on bookkeeping and bill payments. This will save everyone time and money and eliminates wasted effort so everyone can focus on getting back to business.”

“COYO is proud to part of the project. We look forward to being part of the collective 100,000 hours saved for the Sunshine Coast business community” said Sandra Gosling, owner and co-founder of COYO.

Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) GM, Emma Greenhatch said: “Innovation in business systems is critical to increasing efficiencies and enabling businesses to concentrate on their growth strategies. This project is an exciting initiative in this space and will benefit many of our members.” 

Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast CEO Darrell Edwards said: “We are users of Promis, and are very excited about the potential of the 100,000 Hours project as a game changer for our organisation and the coast as a whole”

More information is available about the project at www.promis.co/sc

Big Pineapple joins FAN as Platinum Sponsor

February 22, 2018

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) marked a further milestone in its impressive and expanding membership base with the Big Pineapple joining as a Platinum Sponsor in February. By taking the highest level of sponsorship, the Big Pineapple is further announcing its intention to again become a premiere part of the Sunshine Coast food and agribusiness community.

This milestone follows the lodgement of a whole of site Big Pineapple master plan with the Sunshine Coast Council in 2017, designed to underpin the successful renewal and re-emergence of the Big Pineapple. The Big Pineapple master plan references the agriculture and food based tourism history of the Big Pineapple site and proposes new agribusiness opportunities across the 169ha site.

Big Pineapple renewal project manager Jim Costello explained, “We are delighted to formally join the Food and Agribusiness Network, as we are completely aligned to the vision of the network to advance our region’s world class food production and associated agribusinesses.

FAN Chair, Jacqui Wilson-Smith said, “The addition of the Big Pineapple as a Platinum Sponsor is a highlight for our organisation, and we are thrilled that the owners support our vision for a strong future for the food and agribusiness industry across the Greater Sunshine Coast region.

“In its heyday, the Big Pineapple played a key role in showcasing the importance of agriculture and food production in the region, and the proposed activation of the Big Pineapple as a leading food tourism and events destination will add a compelling value proposition to the region’s food tourism landscape.

Explaining the master planning vision, Mr Costello added, “Through the future implementation of the master plan we can advance repositioning the Big Pineapple as a key destination for food related tourism, which can provide an opportunity for local producers to showcase their wares.

“Food and agricultural production will be highlighted through a proposed Agribusiness Centre and Tourism Business Centre, within a Food and Tourism Hub. The hub, a first for the Sunshine Coast, has potential to bring together a variety of organisations dedicated to the business of food, focusing on food production, processing, distribution and research.

“By facilitating a hub dedicated to expanding the existing local agriculture and food businesses, aligned with universities and the private sector, we can showcase the region’s world class products to national and international markets.”

FAN’s General Manager, Emma Greenhatch added, “A key ingredient to innovation is collaboration, and the proposed food hub presents exciting opportunities to accelerate growth for our food and agribusiness industry and to showcase our capabilities on a global scale.”

How trade shows can boost your business

February 22, 2018

Trade shows can play a vital role in connecting businesses, industries and associations. They give the opportunity to place your brand and products directly in front of thousands of potential customers who attend specifically to view, compare, and purchase products or services.

Because trade shows are most commonly industry specific (and people who attend are involved or interested in that industry!), they give the chance for you to communicate face to face with a highly relevant target market.

They are a fantastic way to create brand awareness with an engaged audience, and exhibiting is one of the most cost-effective and proven sales and lead generation tools available today.

“Through the support of FAN and the Sunshine Coast Council we are now moving our vision and production planning from ‘suburb to suburb’ to ‘state to state and country to country’. Our potential reach has exploded within days of returning home from Fine Food and we are confident to go after larger opportunities knowing we have such supportive industry partners and successful businesses around us”. David Andrews, Walter’s Artisan Bread & Granola

We’ve put together our TOP 5 reasons for you to consider exhibiting at Food & Agribusiness Trade Show this year:

  1. SALES! – Attendees (whether trade or consumer) are there to shop, learn and discover and are often ready to invest in good products and services on the spot. You not only have the chance to create a loyal consumer base, but the opportunity to sign new accounts that could be worth a very significant amount to your business.
  2. CONNECT FACE TO FACE – Trade Shows give you the chance to connect one with existing and new customers, and get to understand them on a deeper level. Communication with your relevant target market also gives way to instantaneous feedback and the opportunity for two-way dialogue.
  3. BRING YOUR PRODUCT TO LIFE – Potential customers can see, taste, feel and hear first-hand why your product is so special. You will have the opportunity to provide tastings, demonstrations, and tell the story behind the business which you have put your heart and soul into.
  4. GATHER TARGETED LEADS – Highly targeted and lucrative business leads are generated, resulting in new business and an increased database of prospects.
  5. GET TO KNOW YOUR COMPETITORS – First-hand knowledge of a competitor’s offering is an effective way of keeping in touch with the latest innovations, trends, industry direction and its driving forces.

Across Australia there are many food industry trade shows that offer fantastic opportunities to help grow your business. FAN has connections with a number of these event organisers, including;

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FINE FOOD SPECIAL OFFER – APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 2 MARCH!

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.

FAN has secured a prime location for 10 lucky businesses in the ‘Flavours of the World’ Australia Pavilion* – See floorplan here (M15 in pink)

To find out more about this exciting initiative & to apply click here

For further information email [email protected] or call 0466 634 465.

*Subject to 10 companies signing up.

 

The Garden Shed Nursery & Home Grown Cafe Collaboration – Palmwoods

February 21, 2018

FAN Members Dave Jarret from Sustainable Soil Solutions and Sarah Wright from Homegrown Café have partnered for the formation of a nursery and coffee shop collaboration in Palmwoods.

Originally operating from Dave’s farm, The Garden Shed Nursery relocated in January to its new home opposite Homegrown Café, and the two businesses now operate within a shared garden known to locals as “The Lane”.

If you are after a freshly prepared seasonal meal with produce from local farmers, and in house roasted coffee this is the place to go. After you finish your meal, wander across the lane and pick up your organically grown vegetable seedlings & herbs, subtropical fruit trees, plant health products and get advice from experts on soil testing and amendment products.

The shared space also offers meeting facilities for groups, a large outdoor entertaining area for catered parties, long lunches, and Sunday sessions with flowing craft beer and live music.

Fostering a sense of community and championing the story of provenance, a major focus for Sarah and Dave was to promote and collaborate with as many FAN members as possible, including;

  • Walters Bakery
  • Maleny Dairies
  • Kenilworth Cheese
  • Sunshine Brewery
  • Good Harvest Organic Farm
  • Nutri-Tech Solutions
  • Maleny Cheese
  • Frozen Sunshine
  • The Greenshed

 “For Sarah and I it’s all about local. FAN is a great vehicle to drive and enhance the relationships between businesses, which will in turn strengthen our community and economy”, says Dave.

The Grand Opening for The Garden Shed Nursery is this Saturday 24th February.

Dave and Sarah hope to see you there for a coffee and meal, fruit trees, seedlings and advise for your garden, (or all of the above!)

“The Lane” is located, 4-6 Little Main Street, Palmwoods.

They also welcome any other members to get in contact if they are interested in supplying product for Homegrown Café or The Garden Shed Nursery.

Sarah 0458 270 368 – Homegrown Cafe

Dave 0401 541 962 – The Garden Shed Nursery