FANMail January

FANMail January

This post is part of our monthly FANMail newsletter for everything Sunshine Coast Food & Agribusiness.

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Dear FAN Members, Partners & Supporters,

Connecting with many of our members over recent weeks, we’re hearing the fatigue and continuing to see how hard running a business is right now. In some cases it’s become too much, like Phat Belli Farm – we’re going to miss your beautiful eggs Paul.

We understand that when times are tough, people’s worlds typically become smaller. But know that you are surrounded by a community that cares and is ready and willing to lend a hand. I encourage you to reach out to someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while, that can make all the difference.

For FAN to continue to deliver a positive impact for our members, industry and regions, it’s vital that we evolve with your needs and aspirations. We’re planning out our 2022 and we’d really appreciate 5 minutes of your time to share with us what’s important to you and how you’d like to be involved and contribute. CLICK HERE.

Take care,


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FAN Programs

For update to date details of opportunities available for FAN Members


Upcoming Grants

Coles Nurture Fund
Closes Friday 25 February

Coles launched the $50 million Nurture Fund in April 2015 to help Australian food and liquor producers innovate and grow.  Australian producers can apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to help them develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes. Round 10 is now open and will close on Friday, 25 February 2022.
Energy Efficient Communities Program
F&B Manufacturing Business Grants
Funding from $10,000 and $25,000 will be available to reduce the energy consumption of your business. Applications are open and close when funds are exhausted – so get in quick.

For more info on these grants contact Jen Lawson Successful Grants 
or phone 0418 884 264.

Member Resources

Understand how to sell with e-commerce into Asia webinar
8 & 9 February

AusIndustry invites FAN Members to an upcoming 2 x 2 hour interactive online sessions to understand how to capitalise on the growing demand from consumers in Asian regions, by effectively using e-commerce channels. This event is for Queensland Businesses only and you must be committed to attend both days, 8 & 9 February 2022. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

EPIC Assist Mental Health Support
FAN’s valued partner EPIC Assist provides a mental health coaching service for businesses, available to FAN members who need assistance through these challenging times. EPIC’s team of mental health consultants can discuss your concerns and provide advice on topics such as resilience and adapting to change, managing challenging situations, and having respectful conversations. Please contact Jessica Inu via email or 0418 784 513 for further information.

Destination Food – now online 
Wednesday 23 February

Destination Food will now present their conference and full speaker line up online in 2022. Australia’s own food tourism industry conference, Destination Food will be held on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, starting at 11am AEDT (10am QLD time). The program showcases leading voices in the food tourism space, including Joost Bakker (Future Food System, Silo by Joost), Dianne Dredge (The Tourism CoLab) and Susannah George (Urban List).
Tickets start from just $99 details BOOK HERE

Small Business Help & Support (Queensland Government)
Support and Help Guide offered by not-for-profit organisations and governments at all levels Lodge an online enquiry with the Office of the Qld Small Business Commissioner. 

Financial Counselling for Small Business
Free, impartial, and confidential planning and support services financial counselling for small businesses in  is available through the Small Business Financial Counselling Program.

USC Seaweed Research Project
Friday 25 February 

Expand your innovation potential and be part of a USC research project that explores uses and market perceptions of seaweed ingredients in F&B products. USC, in partnership with FAN, invites members to come along to a professional development workshop to learn more about seaweed and opportunities for industry to engage. You’re also invited to participate in research activities to help USC understand the production potential of seaweed and enablers and barriers to its use in product development. FIND OUT MORE or REGISTER HERE.

Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services
Looking for tailored advice for your small business? The Digital Solutions program works with you to adopt digital tools to save you time and money, and to help grow your business. Digital Solutions is a 7 hour packaged service that offers 3 hours of one-on-one tailored support as well as group workshops or webinars. The Digital Solutions program is $44 for 7 hours of support and your first interaction with the service is free. It is perfect for small businesses with fewer than 20 full-time (or equivalent) employees, as well as sole traders who can access services at a subsidised rate.  FIND OUT MORE HERE.

Member News

Beachtree Distilling Co – World Gin Awards
A well deserved congrats to Kirra and Steve at Beachtree Distilling Co. Sunshine Coast – picking up the Best Australian Contemporary Gin for their signature Quokka Gin and GOLD for their Organic Koala Gin at the at the International World Gin Awards. A testament to your vision, hard work and passion.

Belladotti – Making Life Tasty
A great read in this week’s My Weekly Preview on FAN Member Belladotti – making life tasty for sure! Pick up your copy this week and #supportlocal news. Thanks to valued FAN supporter Sunshine Coast News for their ongoing support of FAN and our members.

Your Mates – GABS Hottest 100
A big congrats to the team at Your Mates Brewing Co. – taking out a podium spot at this year GABS Festival Hottest 100. Also a big shout out to our other Sunshine Coast Breweries.
#3 – Larry Your Mates Brewing Co
#21 – Japanese Lager Heads of Noosa Brewing Co.
#34 – Rage Juicy Pale Ale Blackflag Brewing
#44 Sally – Your Mates Brewing Co
#56 – Pipeline Pale – 10 Toes Brewery
#62 – Macca – Your Mates Brewing Co
#71 – Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Brouhaha Brewery
#83 – Eddie – Your Mates Brewing Co
#93 – Eumundi Alcoholic Ginger Beer Eumundi Brewery

A Special Tribute to Michael Joyce
Mighty Bean Soyfoods

We were very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Michael Joyce – Founder of Mighty Bean Soyfoods. Our deepest condolences to Michael’s family and everyone whose lives he touched. Michael was a true pioneer, and his passion for his business and community was inspirational.

From Mighty Bean Soyfoods
It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Mr Michael Joyce (1952-2022). Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. Michael contributed greatly to the Sunshine Coast community and will be sadly missed. Born and raised in Bardon Brisbane his family holiday home at Moffat Beach saw him become one of the original 9 surfing Moffateers of Caloundra. Sparking a love for the ocean and adventure he surfed his way through France, Portugal and Morocco in 1972 in a split screen Kombi. He and his wife Julie started one of the first Surf Shops on the coast “Premo Pants” on Ocean Street in Maroochydore in 1974. He went on to become Master Tempeh Maker at Mighty Bean Soyfoods for almost 40 years in which time he made many connections and was of great service to the community.
Photo Credit – Mighty Bean Soyfoods

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Our Partners

Special thanks to FAN’s Partners and Sponsors who provide significant resources towards the ongoing sustainability of FAN and the growth and resilience of our regions’ food and agribusiness industry.

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