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FAN Chairman finalist for women’s award

MEDIA RELEASE

4 March 2017

Here’s a trick question – how can the Chairman of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) become a Queensland finalist in the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 2017?

Easy answer – the Chairman is a woman.

Jacqui Wilson-Smith is a Sunshine Coast business achiever whose award nomination is based on her idea of creating an online training platform for food and agribusinesses.

Jacqui is a passionate innovator which will be reflected in the pilot topic for training: “Design Thinking as an Innovation Strategy for Primary Industries”.

According to Jacqui, the learning platform will enable the creation of virtual communities where rural businesses can collaborate, learn how to speed up the pace of innovation, reduce risks and create business growth.

“The online content will be delivered in fun, engaging, digestible and extremely practical ways using multi-media such as short video documentaries, e-books, animations, podcasts, webinars, workshops and quizzes,” says Jacqui.

About Jacqui

Jacqui grew up on properties in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, where she learnt to milk a cow, crack a whip and even rode a horse to school!

She was captain of Pomona State School before heading to boarding school in Brisbane.

After uni, she worked for Buderim Ginger before moving to the UK. On return she was determined to centre her career on the Sunshine Coast.

Jacqui has 20 years’ experience in innovation and marketing with agribusinesses.

Jacqui’s leadership in local herb and spice company Gourmet Garden has seen her influence its success through her role as Head of Innovation & Marketing. Following McCormick’s acquisition of Gourmet Garden in early 2016, Jacqui was promoted to Global Innovation Manager for McCormick. She sees her role at FAN as a way of giving back and actively contributing to doubling the region’s food & agribusiness economy by 2030.

Jacqui’s output is impressive and her achievements many:

  • March 2017 FIAL Food Innovation Australia panel judge
  • Dec 2016 Appointed Global Innovation manager, McCormick
  • Oct 2016 Appointed Chairman, FAN
  • Sept 2016 GAICD, Graduate Company Director Course
  • Dec 2015 Launched FAN, co-founding board member, company secretary
  • Aug 2015 Guest Speaker, Disruptive Innovation Industry Forum, Sydney
  • March 2014 Launched Gourmet Garden’s Lightly Dried range
  • Oct 2012 Launched digital platform What2Cook.com, meal planning site
  • Sept 2010 Published first collaborative 4 Ingredients & Gourmet Garden cookbook with local author, Kim McCosker
  • Sept 2009 Appointed Head of Marketing & Innovation at Gourmet Garden

Design Thinking

In her role with FAN, Jacqui observed that due to pressing business matters it’s common for FAN members to focus on the short term, rather than dedicating time to understanding their customers and resetting their vision for innovation.

“Design Thinking is an iterative process that can be learnt,” says Jacqui, “By empathising with customers to gain insights, businesses can rapidly prototype, fail fast and ultimately innovate successfully”.

Jacqui has a track record of successful innovations in agribusiness and is keen to share her Design Thinking skills.

About the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN)

FAN is a membership-based, not-for-profit company, established to support food and agribusinesses across the entire value chain within the Greater Sunshine Coast region. Agribusiness is one of seven high value industries identified in the Sunshine Coast Council’s regional economic development strategy. FAN’s vision is to actively contribute to doubling the region’s food and agribusiness economy by 2030 and for the region to be renowned for its food culture and innovation.

FAN believes in knowledge sharing and creates opportunities for its 140 members to connect, learn, promote and grow their businesses.

Interview opportunities

Jacqui is a charismatic and passionate speaker and is available for interviews this weekend via phone or at her property in Eerwah Vale.

Media contact: Casey Macneil, Macneil & Co. marketing and design 0402 993 688 casey@macneilco.com.au

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FAN Welcomes New Chairman

FAN Secretary - Jacqui Wilson-Smith

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) Board has voted in Jacqui Wilson-Smith as its new Chairman for 2017. Outgoing Chairman and co-founder, Andy Eves- Brown will remain a Director on the Board looking after sponsorship.

Under Andy’s leadership FAN has evolved from an idea to the dynamic network that it is today, with 130 members and 40 sponsors. It has a strong profile across the Greater Sunshine Region and has been recognised as a Finalist in the 2016 Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Of his time as Chairman, Andy says: “It has been an amazing two years since the idea of forming a food industry network for the region took hold. I can’t believe how far we have come from meeting at the Eumundi Imperial Hotel and deliberating over a name and logo, to being a very professionally run network that is full of energy and enthusiasm and is bringing true benefit to the Greater Sunshine Coast. This has only been possible with the dedication and passi0n of a very talented Board and Management team. I’m very proud of what we have achieved and strongly believe that a rotation of Chairman will ensure the network and the Board maintains the momentum we have created. I am so pleased that Jacqui has taken up the Chairmanship; her skills and ability will ensure the aspirational vision of the network is maintained.”

Jacqui, also a co-founder, brings a depth of agribusiness experience and good governance to the FAN Chairmanship, being recently admitted as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Heading up innovation and marketing at Gourmet Garden, Jacqui is an advocate of ‘design-led innovation’, constantly pushing boundaries to deliver business improvements.  One of Jacqui’s first actions as Chairman will be to announce a new Strategy Committee.

”I am excited to take on the Chairman role and the challenge of taking FAN to the next level after such a tremendous start under Andy’s helm. I am keen to do this in a collaborative leadership style, with the support of a new Strategy Committee. Shortly, we will be calling for nominations from within the FAN membership base. This is just another great way for FAN members to be a part of creating a more prosperous food and agribusiness economy for our region.”

In other changes to the FAN Board, Tony Sowden has been appointed as Secretary, replacing Mark Peters who will retain the Finance portfolio.

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Media Release: Backing Local Farmers

RURAL BANK AND Woombye and District Community Bank® BACKING LOCAL FARMERS

As the only Australian-owned and operated dedicated agribusiness bank in the country, Rural Bank is backing farmers and the farming community in conjunction with the Woombye and District Community Bank® branch of Bendigo Bank.

A wholly-owned member of the Bendigo Bank family, Rural Bank is operated entirely from Australian shores providing a range of tools that work for the financial demands of all farmers.

Rural Bank’s partnership with local Bendigo Bank and Community Bank® branches ensures ease of access to specialist farm finance solutions and expertise in the community and on the farm, as well as contributing to the local community via the Community Bank® model.

Rural Bank Relationship Manager, Ian Herd said Rural Bank’s close association with Woombye and District Community Bank® provides a local platform from which to help agribusinesses in the region succeed.

“Woombye and District’s Community Bank® branch shares our understanding of the unique needs and demands of farming customers and communities in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay region,” Ian Herd said.

“We are backing farmers to help them harness seasonal opportunities and contribute to overall growth in the area.”

“When you choose Rural Bank, you can be confident that you are supporting the local community and country Australia while being backed by the security of a successful, well-managed financial institution,” Ian said.

Ian has more than 25 years of banking experience, including extensive expertise with a diverse range of farming enterprises.

Woombye and District Community Bank® Branch Manager, Hayley Saunders said the branch enjoyed having the opportunity to support the local farming sector.

“As a member of the community of Woombye and surrounding districts, we understand the seasonal challenges and opportunities that local farmers are presented with,” Hayley Saunders said.

“Whether it is for capital improvements, seasonal input purchases or expanding land holdings, Rural Bank’s financial tools provide the flexibility to make quick decisions based on individual needs at any particular time.

“And when you bank with Woombye and District Community Bank® branch you’ll be helping your community to prosper, by keeping local money and local business in your community – that’s good news for everybody,” Meagan said.

For more information about Woombye and District Bank’s community projects, visit www.BendigoBank.com.au

To find out more about Rural Bank’s specialist farm finance tools, contact Ian Herd on 0409 229 590 or Hayley Saunders on 0429 361 652 to arrange an on farm visit.

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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: debbie@innovationcentre.com.au Mobile: 0408 799 276

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Food Network on board with provenance movement

PRESS RELEASE 16 June 2016

 

Food network on board with provenance movement

 

Australians are expressing growing concerns with where and how their food is created.

 

Recent reports show it’s also something the next generation is particularly concerned with.

 

In April 2016 ABC Rural reported “the stereotype (that young people do not care) is well out of date, with the youth of today asking more questions about their food than ever”.

 

According to Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) General Manager Amy Clarke, the organisation has begun the process of examining how to collectively promote the region’s farmers and producers.

 

“The phrase for this approach is “provenance” and we know it’s important to our next generations,” says Ms Clarke.

 

“The most famous example of provenance in action is Champagne in France. Decades ago this region took action to protect its name and method by preventing other regions or countries using the word Champagne.

 

“That has strengthened and ultimately secured the Champagne brand.”

 

To kick off discussions, FAN is hosting a forum with well-­‐known industry personality Brodee-­‐Myers Cook, editor-­‐in-­‐chief for taste.com.au.

 

FAN networking events are well subscribed so guests are asked to buy tickets online at https://www.facebook.com/events/295536657450247/

 

Harnessing Provenance

Tuesday 21 June 2016, 4pm – 7:30pm

The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina

 

 

“FAN believes this is an important discussion to be had with industry. Provenance is about connecting consumers with their producers in a fundamental way. The consumer wants to know where their food is from, where and how it has been grown, processed and cooked,” says FAN Chairman, Andrew Eves-­‐Brown.

 

“Consumers value authenticity and will happily pay a premium if the product has strong provenance. As an industry I think we need to think about how we can communicate this better so that we can grow our sales and build our brands.

This applies at all levels, local, national and export.”

 

FAN membership base spans the depth of agribusiness industry and they encourage anyone involved from primary producers, through to processors and wholesalers, restaurants and caterers to become part of the network. FAN also represents the non-food part of agriculture so if you are a plant nursery or flower grower you are also welcome to join. www.foodagribusiness.org.au

 

For further information: Amy Clarke

FAN General Manager

Email: amy@foodagribusiness.org.au M: 0438 272 247

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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

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High Profile Industry Launch Event Ticket Sell Out!

All set to be a Networking Fanfare for the Food & Agribusiness Industry

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is a newly formed membership based not-for-profit company set up by the industry to support the food and agribusiness industry within the Greater Sunshine Coast Region (Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie). FAN Chairman, Andrew Eves-Brown, also the Chief Operating Officer for Gourmet Garden recently awarded the Outstanding Business Person of the year at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards is delighted that the launch event with local Chef Matt Golinski catering has sold out which an overwhelming response from industry.

The FAN launch is an invitation only networking event exclusively for the food agribusiness industry. It will be held at Gourmet Garden’s herb processing facility in Palmwoods. The launch will include a factory tour, opening address by Mayor Mark Jamieson, a vision for FAN by Andrew Eves-Brown and the Sunshine Coast University will share the key findings extracted from a recently conducted food and agribusiness research paper called ‘Building the Links’.

The launch will be a perfect opportunity for the industry to start working together better as often businesses are facing similar business issues. “It’s an excellent opportunity for local food and agricultural businesses to join FAN so that together we can help grow the industry. The Sunshine Coast epitomises the image that the food and agribusiness industry wants to portray. It represents the clean, fresh, sustainability of the area – the true Natural Advantage” said Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman.

ENDS

For further information please contact Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman and also Chief Operations Officer of Gourmet Garden

t +61 7 5453 2542 |  m +61 0 403 795 899 andrew.eves-brown@gourmetgarden.com

 

 

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FAN Launch – Networking Fanfare for the Food & Agribusiness Industry

The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is a newly formed membership based not-for-profit company set up by the industry to support the food and agribusiness industry within the Greater Sunshine Coast Region (Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie). Major FAN sponsors in its inaugural year include Sunshine Tropical, Gourmet Garden, Wimmers, Coyo, Epicurean Products, Tropico, Buderim Ginger, RADAQUA and Nutworks

FAN Chairman, Andrew Eves-Brown, also the Chief Operating Officer for Gourmet Garden recently awarded the Outstanding Business Person of the year at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards will be hosting a FAN launch event on the 3rd of December from 4pm and local Chef Matt Golinski will be catering.

The FAN launch will be an invitation only networking event exclusively for the food agribusiness industry. It will be held at Gourmet Garden’s herb processing facility in Palmwoods. The launch will include a factory tour, opening address by Mayor Mark Jamieson, a vision for FAN by Andrew Eves-Brown and the Sunshine Coast University will share the key findings extracted from a recently conducted food and agribusiness research paper called ‘Building the Links’.

The launch will be a perfect opportunity to find out more about becoming a Member of FAN and to meet with other Members of the industry, often facing similar business issues. “It’s an excellent opportunity for local food and agricultural businesses to join FAN so that together we can help grow the industry. The Sunshine Coast epitomises the image that the food and agribusiness industry wants to portray. It represents the clean, fresh, sustainability of the area – the true Natural Advantage” said Andrew Eves-Brown, FAN Chairman.

ENDS

For further information please contact Jacqueline Wilson-Smith, FAN Secretary and also Gourmet Garden, Head of Innovation & Marketing  jws@gourmetgarden.com Mobile 0408997437 or direct line 07 54450961

 

 

 

More details about FAN

AGRIBUSINESS was identified as one of the 7 High Value Industries for the Sunshine Coast (Regional Economic Development Strategy – REDS).

FAN endeavours to tap into increased demand for food and agricultural resources – both locally and globally.

FAN core values include:

#FAN is greater than the sum of its parts, we believe as a collective we can achieve more together.

#FAN provides a clear, strong and united voice for the business community by working across the production to consumption value chain to improve the regions business environment.

#FAN is the meeting point where the food and agribusiness industry members are encouraged to meet, share ideas, innovate and collaborate to grow their business, and in so doing, the regional economy.

#FAN is not constrained by geopolitical boundaries – it brings together dynamic businesses from across the Greater Sunshine Coast Region.

#FAN brings together industry, academic research and knowledge to benefit its’ members and to grow the food and agribusiness sectors in the region.

FAN will grow to be the central point of contact for the industry, so by joining FAN there will be many benefits for its members and support for businesses affiliated to the industry. Annual Membership fees are required to enable FAN to continue its core purpose of helping the industry grow