FANmail October 2022

FANmail October 2022

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

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Dear FAN Community,

This month we were treated to a truly insightful and inspirational session with Barry Irvin AM, Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese. In this session Barry shared his personal and professional journey that led to the Bega Valley Circular Economy initiative. With big thanks to our panel of FAN members Matt Jancauskas – Brouhaha BreweryBrent Deller – First Batch Coffee Roasters and Alison McGruddy – My Berries, who shared their insights on how they incorporate circularity principles into their business practices.

As the end of the year approaches, the FAN team are planning our 2023 program, including our ever popular Meet the Makers event which will be announced very soon. If you have ideas for FAN activities in 2023, we’d love to hear from you.

Yours in collaboration,
Emma Greenhatch

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FAN Online Resources

Mental Health in the Workplace
In this timely online session, FAN Partner EPIC Assist discussed issues around Mental Health Awareness in the workplace. View the recording in FAN Connect Resources.

DAF / QFF Agritourism Grant
In this session, the team from QFF and DAF outline details of this grant round and answer questions to help with your grant submission. View the recording in FAN Connect Resources.

Developing a Farm Tech Plan
In this Farm Tech Planning Workshop that was supported by AgriFutures Australia, Brooke from IntellectAg presented Creating a Farm Tech Plan. RECORDING HERE.

AgTech the State of Play 
AusAgritech Association provided an update on the agritech sector and ecosystem, what opportunities lie ahead, and what the climate looks like for this important sector. RECORDING HERE.

Grants & Support

2023 Trade Show Participation
We’re looking towards 2023 and ways in which we can help our members. We have compiled a list of the upcoming trade and consumer shows that we are aware of, and would like you to indicate which events you’re interested in attending and what type of support FAN could offer.
Complete the form here.

QFF Agritourism Grant
The Queensland Agritourism Business Grant offers a 50% co-contribution up to $25,000. This will assist farmers to establish or expand into agritourism by employing professional or specialist services or constructing or modifying on-farm infrastructure. Round 2 closes 13 November. Find out more HERE.

Innovate with NBN Grants 
Applications are open for the latest round of the Innovate with NBN Grants Program, which supports individuals, businesses and organisations across regional and remote Australia to take their technology-led ideas to the next level. Applications close 20 November. Read more HERE.

Made in Queensland
The long awaited Made in Queensland has been released and our summary is attached. The portal opens 31 October and we believe it will close early to mid December. Successful Grants will be offering one hour Project Scoping sessions for members, to define their project and ensure it is competitive. .

Grow2Asia Program
The GROW2Asia Program may be of interest to FAN members who are involved in “future protein”. The program aims to provide targeted and bespoke support for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business in Asia by validating their fit for the market, and co-developing a roadmap to establish their in-market presence. EOIs open.

ATMAC Program
Have you tapped into the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) Program? The program is expanding trade in Australian agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors into emerging export markets and/or export markets with high-growth potential.  Find out more here.

Thanks to the Successful Grants team who have provided the above information. Please contact the team if you would like to chat about how they can support you.

Member Resources & Opportunities

2022 Grocery Report
Presented by FAN Member and supporter of Meet the Makers Focus Insights. View the 2022 Australian Grocery Shopper Report which takes a deep dive into current shopping behaviours, and insights into how Australians are adapting to the ever changing consumer landscape. Contact Michael Jackett to find out more.

The Curated Plate culinary festival is set to return in 2023!
After a successful return in 2022, Sunshine Coast Council and TEQ are proud to be supporting The Curated Plate in 2023, to promote the Sunshine Coast region’s local food and agribusiness, hospitality, tourism and event industries. If you’re keen to hear more about the 2023 event, join an upcoming Info Session. DETAILS HERE.

Bentleys Review of the Federal Budget
The Labor government has delivered its first federal budget. What are the impacts for businesses and for households? The specialists at FAN Partner Bentleys, have dissected the announcements and share their insights in this report. READ MORE HERE.

Recycling Label Campaign
APCO have just launched the SME ARL Campaign, a new program designed to support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make to the switch to sustainable packaging and increase uptake of the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) on-pack. Visit the ARL Marketplace HERE.

UQ Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Networking Event
During this event you will find out more about student placements, interact with students, explore potential project ideas and discuss endless opportunities for your business over food and drinks. 
Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Member News

MiniFarm and Luvaberry Collab
Mini Farm Project have launched their new planned charity farm at LuvaBerry with partners Rotary Caboolture. This site will create urgently needed food for free all year round for charities in Moreton Bay.
Read more here.

BeachTree Distilling International Award
Congratulations to BeachTree Distilling who have won a double gold (GG) title at The New York World Spirits Competition (NYWSC) with their newest release, Native Skippy Gin. Read more here.

Eastwell Farms Finalist
Congratulations to the team at Eastwell Farms who have been selected as finalists in the Noosa Biosphere Awards 2022. The Awards recognise the people, organisations and businesses championing sustainability excellence in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

Big win for Big Heart Bamboo
A big congrats to BIG HEART BAMBOO. The “Gourmet Bamboo Pickle Elixir” brought home gold at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show scoring 91.3/100 at the event. “I was very happy to hear the news, the pickle was originally designed to be a gut health tonic and an elixir so to hear that it has been so well commended by high end judges at the Sydney Fine Food Show was a very rewarding moment” says business founder Rebecca Dart.

Our own Jackie Hinchey on My Way
We’re chuffed to pieces to see our really fancy salad lady on My Way’s – Moreton Bay Region special. The episode, coordinated by the team at Moreton Bay Regional Council, was highly viewed and a great success.

Little White Goat Cheese on Better Homes and Garden
We recognised these gorgeous goats from a mile away. Congratulations to Little White Goats Cheese and their very special mention and mouth watering recipe on Better Homes and Gardens

Maleny Cheese on My Way
Sara & Markus Bucher from Maleny Cheese also featured on My Way. The Sunshine Coast episode promoted Visit Sunshine Coast’s new Sunshine Moments campaign.

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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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