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Could your business benefit from a nutritionist?

New initiative for FAN Members! The University of the Sunshine Coast is sending nutrition students to FAN in 2018. As part of their work placement program, third year bachelor of nutrition students may be able to assist your business with:

  • Product and recipe development
  • Nutritional analysis of your products
  • Compliance with food labelling law (FSANZ)
  • Provide nutrition information panels for your products
  • Marketing ideas
  • Research (for example, students could develop a portfolio of the nutritional benefits of your product/the ingredients of your product)
  • Menu design
  • Needs analysis (Are people in the community needing your product, in terms of nutrition? If so, who are they, where are they?)

If your business has a nutrition focus, and could benefit from input from a student nutritionist, you are invited to apply for the position of ‘USC Placement Partner.’ In this role you will need to provide a suitable project for the student to work on, while supervising the student. Students are required to do 75 hours of work placement within a Semester.

It is hoped that the student nutritionist will be able to provide your business with nutrition-specific knowledge and skills that may add value to your business, while the students gain a valuable workplace experience within the food industry from you.

Successful applicants will be chosen by the USC Nutrition Department in consultation with FAN, and will be based on the ability of the business to provide a unique learning experience for the students which enables the student to meet their required competencies for graduation.

If you’d like to apply, please complete a short survey here or for more information contact Emma Greenhatch at [email protected]

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Food and Beverage Trade Mission to China – May 2017

Calling All Sunshine Coast Food & Beverage Exporters!

Date Claimer:  May 2-11, 2017
Destination:  Shanghai & Hong Kong
Key Event:  HOFEX 2017 – The largest food & hospitality tradeshow in Asia.
Priority Sector:  Food and Beverage
Supported by: Sunshine Coast Council and Trade & Investment Queensland

This export trade mission provides regional exporters the opportunity to travel to Shanghai in Mainland China where they will participate in a series of market briefings, site visits, meeting programs, a product showcase and networking event, in addition to potential opportunities for business matching and private appointments. 

Delegates then have the option to showcase their Premium, Fresh and Organic Food and Beverages at HOFEX 2017 – Asia’s Leading Food & Hospitality Tradeshow in Hong Kong at the Queensland pavilion organised by Trade and Invest Queensland. (EOI_registration_Food Trade Mission to HOFEX, HK & Taiwan)

 Participation in this trade mission will provide Sunshine Coast exporters the opportunity to:

  • Hear from and connect with experts in the Food Service and Hospitality industries in Shanghai
  • Attend site visits at some of China’s most prominent businesses
  • Gain a better understanding of distribution logistics and supply chain for e-commerce in China
  • Attend presentations and roundtable discussions designed to give delegates a unique and valuable insight into the Chinese market
  • Gain a valuable network to assist delegates business in China.

 To register your interest and further details please email: [email protected]

 

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New Food Accelerator Program launched on the Sunshine Coast

Calling all food entrepreneurs, applications are now open for a new Food Accelerator Program, a game changer for our food and agribusiness industry!

FAN is excited to be partnering with the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (IC) to support the delivery of the Grow Coastal Program– which has been made possible by a two-year funding agreement from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

Featuring a bootcamp and three-month food accelerator program, Grow Coastal will find, fund and accelerate 12 ambitious food-related businesses in the region (includes Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie).

Whether you’ve got a great idea that needs to get off the ground or you’re already trading and looking to scale up, this program can help steer your venture in the right direction with tried and tested, industry-specific tools, resources and international connections.

This is a competitive program, providing more than $12,000 in direct value to the successful applicants. The registration cost per participant or team is $600.00 and all teams that reach week eight will receive $1,200 in seed funding.

Tara Mei, founder of Kitchen Table Projects, will be delivering the Grow Coastal Program. Since launching London’s first retail incubator in June 2015, Tara has supported over 500 food and drink brands from start-ups to scale-ups and she has a strong worldwide network of industry experts, food producers, distributors and buyers.

Key dates
Applications close: 27 Feb
Food Innovation Bootcamp: 11 March
Accelerator Program: 15 March – 14 June

Find out more about this groundbreaking opportunity at: www.innovationcentre.com.au/programs/growcoastal

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The Spirit House expansion plans

FAN members The Spirit House are planning an expansion to the existing restaurant with a brand new dining room, including a courtyard and bar.

In an article on the Sunshine Coast Daily the restaurant owners gave some details on the expansion, which sounds like it is sure to impress diners and also be an important next stage for one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular and renowned restaurants.

We’re excited to check out the changes, which are likely to be completed by Christmas… it might just be a good excuse to visit if it’s been a while!

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Startup Demo Day for Talented Entrepreneurs

2 August 2016 @10am – 12:30pm

Local entrepreneurial startups showcase their innovative food, agribusiness and wellbeing products.

 

Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre
The Sunshine Coast’s most talented entrepreneurs in the food, agribusiness and wellbeing sectors will display their unique products and launch their businesses at the first of a series of local Startup Demo Days on Tuesday 2 August at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast.

 

Innovation Centre CEO, Mark Paddenburg says the collaborative approach with its partners – Spark Bureau, RDA, Advance Queensland, Food and Network Association (FAN) and Four Ingredients – brings depth to the Startup Demo Day series, enhances our entrepreneurial ecosystem and contributes to regional economic growth.

 

“Our combined 50-plus members of the Innovation Centre and Spark Bureau are from a diverse range of business sectors and we are excited to launch the Startup Demo Day series – commencing with a focus on food, agriculture and wellbeing. Innovative and successful companies like Gourmet Garden have tapped global markets and Startup Demo Day is aimed at nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs in this dynamic industry sector.”

 

Some of the exciting products and services to be officially launched for the first time at the Startup Demo Day include quality pre-prepared meals, dried fruits, skincare products, freshly pressed juices, tonics, pet treats, world’s first clip-together outdoor crockery, new-generation bee hive and a produce sharing platform. Startup Demo Day provides a great opportunity for the community and investors to gain first-hand knowledge of these exciting businesses hot off the shelf.

 

“In these competitive and challenging times, we need to assist our entrepreneurs to build their profile, attract new customers and connect with potential partners and investors,” Mr Paddenburg said.

 

Startup Demo Day includes presentations by key stakeholders, demonstrations by nine entrepreneurs and
interactive exhibits including food sampling, market stall lunch and lots of networking. Startup Demo Day
presenters include:

 Russell Gibbons, Huds and Toke www.hudsandtoke.com.au
 Ann Ross, Hive Haven www.hivehaven.com.au
 Michael Buckley, SunLife Superfoods www.sunlifesuperfoods.com.au
 Chris Wands, WandsPro www.wandspro.com
 Helen Andrews, Spare Harvest www.spareharvest.com
 Mathew Walker – Crazy Fresh www.crazyfresh.com.au
 Shelley Devine, Devine Bodies www.devinebodies.com.au
 Kelly Briese, Briese Botanicals www.briesebotanicals.com.au
 Chanelle Louise, Cilk www.cilkrosewater.com

 

Startup Demo Day is a free event on Tuesday 2nd August, 10 am to 12.30pm, followed by a light lunch.

RSVP essential!

Venue: Innovation Centre Boardroom, Sippy Downs, Queensland.
For more detail: [email protected] Mobile: 0408 799 276

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Dairy farmers to rally at Parliament House for better deal

Queensland dairy farmers and their supporters will rally outside Queensland parliament house today to call on retailers to put an end to the $1 milk price war and to set a sustainable price for fresh milk that provides a sustainable return to dairy farming families right across the nation.

Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) President Brian Tessmann states “The best way for Queenslanders to support local Queensland dairy farmers is to buy branded milk and dairy products as it adds value to the product and ensures our farmers are paid the fair price at the farm gate they deserve.”

Find out more on the rally here!

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New website helps farmers to navigate disaster support

Farmers will now have access to more simplified information about localised support during natural disasters and drought, thanks to a new website developed by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and funded by the Queensland Government.

The farmerdisastersupport.org.au website presents the full cross-section of postcode specific financial and social wellbeing support available to farmers and primary producers, which will benefit the entire Queensland agriculture sector.

Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson commended QFF for developing this fantastic resource.

“During this record drought we have expanded financial and other assistance beyond farm business support to help farming families and farm communities,” Ms Donaldson said.

“This project has been funded from the Queensland Government’s Communities Assistance package and provides a handy central source to access the range of organisations providing assistance.”

Farmerdisastersupport.org.au was constructed through funding from the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services.

Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the useful new resource would help farmers access information more easily following a disaster.

“Queensland farmers are the cornerstone of our state which is why it is particularly important that we support them in crisis situations to make sure they can get back on their feet,” Ms Fentiman said.

QFF CEO Ruth Wade said the website allowed farmers and primary producers to input their postcode, select their industry and then see results and services specific to their local area which prioritises on-farm and industry specific advice and support.

“It can often be confusing and overwhelming when trying to access assistance during drought and natural disasters. Much of the assistance on offer comes from a variety of organisations and different levels of government and these can often be difficult to navigate,” Ms Wade said.

“What this website is designed to do is collate all these services and support networks into an easily negotiable, up to data set of localised results.

“QFF has worked closely with the Queensland Government and its industry member organisations to ensure we have delivered a service that will help everyday farmers access the support that is available to them.

“In Queensland we have had a long association with cyclones, floods and of course drought, with many farmers having to endure one event after another.”

Visit the website now: farmerdisastersupport.org.au