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Get involved in Future Careers Expo

A call out for food and agribusiness sector to get involved in the Future Careers Plus Expo to be held on 23 May at Lake Kawana Community Centre.  We are looking for about five local companies to take a booth each to profile their company and industry opportunities/trends. Hands on practical experiences or new technology that will engage these students rather than brochures and videos will be given preference.

The event will welcome approximately 1500 high school students and showcase future job opportunities and career pathways.

We are seeking to identify some cool things to touch, feel, try out, not just new technology.  Experiments showcasing product development and process would be of interest too.

For more information please contact Angela Quain at Sunshine Coast Council.

angela.quain@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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Commercial kitchen available for rent or purchase

Fully licensed commercial kitchen available for rent or purchase

The kitchen is currently tenanted with a food manufacturing business that focuses on nutrient dense traditional foods.  There is an opportunity to rent or buy the business and or equipment and space.  The kitchen is in a central location with shop front and ample parking. It has:

  • 3 phase power
  • Cold room
  • Large 4 door Freezer
  •  Office space and bathroom
  • Catering equipment
  • Large 3m x 1.2m stainless bench
  • Water filtration and water storage

For more information please call Tanya Bayliss on 0415 575 507 or tanya.bayliss@bigpond.com.

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FAN Chairman finalist for women’s award

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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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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: intl.business@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

 

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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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Maleny Food Co. Named as a Finalist in the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards

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Maleny Food Co. is excited to announce its Chocolate Gelato has been nominated as a 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Award finalist in the Dairy Gelato category.

“As a new brand, this recognition acknowledges that we are doing all the right things, and we could not be more excited and honoured to be named a finalist,” said Norman Scott.

The brand has recently transitioned from Colin James Fine Foods to Maleny Food Co. after current owners Norman and Kate Scott purchased the business in 2015. Colin James Fine Foods was well know for its award winning gelato and this recent nomination is confirmation Maleny Food Co. is carrying on the reputation of the Colin James Fine Foods brand.

“Although we have moved away from the Colin James Fine Foods brand, being named a finalist for such a prestigious award is evidence we are still making award-winning produce, and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Mr Scott.

The Australian Grand Dairy Awards were established to recognise excellence in the industry, and to highlight the high calibre of dairy foods produced in Australia.

To be eligible, products must have won a gold medal at a state based championship, and this year our Maleny Food Co. Chocolate Gelato was one of a record 470 gold medal award winning entries.

The top three products in each class are named as finalists and each finalist product will be judged by 12 industry judges. The winners in each of the 20 categories will be announced in February 2017, and we look forward to hearing the results.

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FAN Launches New Program

FAN has created the Mentoring for Success program to assist small FAN member companies to address a challenge or opportunity within their businesses, by providing access to experienced and skilled mentors.

Eligibility

  • Must be a member of FAN
  • Turnover under $1.5 million
  • Participants need to be prepared to provide information about their business such as financials, business plan, key challenges, value proposition etc.

Find out more at FAN Mentoring for Success Program.

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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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FAN Annual Survey 2016

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FAN is about to celebrate its 1st Birthday! Its been a momentous 12-months with more than 130 members joining the network, 40 of which are also sponsors.

Run by the industry, for the industry, FAN wants to ensure that it continues to deliver services and activities aligned to its members and the broader industry’s needs.

We’d be grateful if you could complete this short survey so we can plan a fabulous program for 2017.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C875Q2W

Many thanks,

The FAN Team

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Sunshine Coast Business Awards – FAN Member Finalists

Congratulations to FAN’s members who have made it to the finals of this year’s Sunshine Coast Business Awards! They are:

FAN is privileged to join these companies as a finalist in the the Social Enterprise and Leadership categories.

An article in the Sunshine Coast Daily lists the 115 finalist, spanning 14 award categories and a wide variety of industries.

The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner being held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Saturday 5 November.

Good luck everyone!

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