FANmail March 2022 Member Opportunities

FANmail March 2022 Member Opportunities

USC Seaweed Research Project

FAN Members are invited participate in research activities to help USC understand the production potential of seaweed, and enablers and barriers to its use in product development.  Contact Courtney Anderson to learn more about the research project and receive a special pack of product and learn and / or complete a survey here.

Participation in all aspects of the study is voluntary and all responses will be kept confidentially and non-identifiable by third parties.

About the USC Seaweed Research Group
The USC Seaweed Research Group is made up of leading experts, researchers, academics, students and technical staff. The USC Seaweed Research Group improves environmental, economic and social outcomes through the production of world-class seaweed research and development.

The Vision
The USC Seaweed Research Group’s vision for Queensland seaweed is to support development of clean, green Australian seaweed products for the food and beverage industry and the health and wellness industry.


ASPIRE Platform

Valued FAN member COYO Organic and Dolphin Plastic and Packaging recently exchanged over 100 timber pallets within a single transaction, which helped reduce a huge amount of carbon emissions and create value out of business’s waste.

Through this ongoing partnership, here are some annual projections of their combined impact:
– 1200 pallets to be diverted from landfill
– $2,040 waste disposal savings for COYO
– $24,000 procurement savings for Dolphin Plastics
– 12,000 kg of embodied carbon savings

Find out more about the ASPIRE platform here

This platform is supported by Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Council and Moreton Bay Council.


We Eat Local

Sunshine Coast businesses are invited to sign up for free to We Eat Local – an app

dedicated to putting local food and you on the map! Sunshine Coast Council is supporting the rollout of the ap, with the aim of increasing consumption of local food in the region.

It’s a great platform to promote eateries, retailers and producers that use locally sourced produce, and to reward people for visiting and eating there, by using the app.

“We Eat Local allows customers to find our products, whether they be at a retail outlet or at a market. Thumbs up for bringing local producers together in this way!” – Ami Hillege, Otway Fields Preserves (Colac Otway Shire) 

Interested Sunshine Coast businesses can provide the details for their free listing here

Eatery, Retail, Market or Producer



Registration is open for AUSPACK 2022! Showcasing innovation and megatrends for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging industry, AUSPACK is the ideal face-to-face environment to see and experience the latest in fast and flexible machinery, track & trace, smart packaging, digital printing, industry 4.0 and robots.

Registration for the main event is free- book here

Or to upgrade the ticket to the special Leaders Forum – and receive 20% of when booking. Use code SPEAKER20.

Our own Emma Greenhatch will be a special guest speaker at the upcoming AUSPACK 2022 and we look forward to sharing her insights from the event in June’s FANMail.


The Curated Plate is back!

The Curated (side) Plate – a 2022-Sized Serving is making its highly-anticipated return to the region’s major events calendar.

The 2022 ‘side serving’ of this event is a FANtastic Sunshine Coast Council initiative which we’re proud to support.

From the hinterland to the coast, The Curated (side) Plate is a celebration of our world-class produce and talent, showcasing collaborations across the region’s agribusiness, hospitality, tourism and event industries.

Sunshine Coast Council are inviting applications to be part of a diverse 10-day culinary program highlighting creative food and beverage offerings.

EOIs are now open until April 26.










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