Emba Group No Comments

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 [email protected]

Emba Group No Comments

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: [email protected]

 

Emba Group No Comments

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

Emba Group No Comments

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

maleny-food-co-logo

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.

mfc-image

Emba Group No Comments

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.

Emba Group No Comments

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.

Emba Group No Comments

FAN Annual Survey 2016

FAN-Admin-Logo

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

Emba Group No Comments

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!

bus-awards-finalist

Emba Group No Comments

Special Offer for FAN Members from Wild Bunch Media

FAN’s Gold sponsor, Wild Bunch Media, have put together an exclusive video, photography and social media offer for FAN members.

Despite experts projecting that by 2017 video will account for 69% of consumer traffic, many brands still don’t use video. Research has also showing that consumers prefer video marketing over other mediums.

Wild Bunch Media specialises in Food, Drink and Agribusiness videos. They are offering to create a video that showcases your business’ story and a series of short clips designed for social channels.

They have also teamed up with two other FAN sponsors, Katja Anton Photography and Social Tap, to add the options of some photos and a social media boost.

Check out this incredible value offer to see how your business can benefit. Limited time and places on this offer so get in touch with Sam (contact details below) soon!

Link to offer:

http://www.wildbunchmedia.com/fan-video-offer/

Sam Robinson
Video, Photography and Digital
www.wildbunchmedia.com
Mob:+61 (0)422 067456
Tel: 07 5641 2291

WBM-01

Food & Agribusiness Network No Comments

Provenance: The story behind our food & drink. By Rose Wright.

The 21st century is bringing profound changes to the way we communicate, do business, shop and even plan our next meal.  Digital communication provides a platform for each of us to connect and communicate across the globe.   More and more people are choosing to buy products online from virtual stores.  This phenomenal growth in e commerce means that many consumers are abandoning going to the shops to buy everyday items and retreating to their device of choice to shop and have it home delivered. This consumer behaviour is causing some to predict that there will be fundamental changes to the way our towns, villages and shopping malls will operate in the future.

Yet, by complete contrast, consumers are bucking this trend when it comes to the food they eat.  At a time when global growth of online retail is burgeoning, more and more people are keen to discover the provenance of the food they share with family and friends. They want to know who produced it, where it was grown, caught or raised and how it travelled from its place of origin to their plate. In short they are keen to understand the provenance of their food and are using this information to inform their shopping and dining choices.

Provenance is a term rarely used as little as two years ago.   Indeed I would have to take the time to explain the concept before starting a conversation about food and food systems.  Somehow in a very short period of time the use of the word provenance has slipped into our everyday language.

So what is provenance and why do we care about it?

From a consumer perspective, provenance is about understanding the origins of an item, whether it is food, drink or an artwork for that matter.  For a product to have provenance, you will need to understand its history, the story of where and how it came to be, and the journey it has taken to reach you.

When it comes to food and drink, provenance has a particularly important role to play.  At a time when global consumption means that ingredients are shipped as commodities from one part of the world to another for processing and packaging, before they are shipped back to your local supermarket or shop, it’s important to understand the journey of what you consume and feed your family.

We are very fortunate in Australia.  We have arguably the strictest food and farming regulations in the world, all with the aim of making our food and drink the cleanest and safest available.  In global terms it means our food is highly sought after in other countries.  People with less secure food systems seek out Australian produce and value added goods because our reputation is strong.

From a local or domestic perspective, perhaps we as consumers have been a little complacent, not realising just how lucky we are to have such amazing food available to us in abundance everyday.  But as more and more of Australia’s best  produce is exported, so too we are seeing more and more food products being imported from other countries with systems that do not offer the same level of food safety as our own.

New labelling laws will soon start to show more information about where ingredients are sourced, but this will only be part of the picture.  I don’t think its wise to remain complacent about the provenance of food.  You only need to recall the imported berry scare here in Australia and the melamine in foreign baby milk products to understand why you should care about provenance if your care about the health and wellbeing of your family and friends!

Many of our small to medium family farms, small independent food processors and value adders go to extraordinary lengths to provide absolute transparency about their products.  Many of our larger Australian manufacturers also increasingly provide this information too.   At the end of the day it is up to the consumer to ask the question and demand an accurate answer. What is the provenance of the foods they are buying?  It is our own responsibility to understand seasonality and what grows in our regions.

At a time when the average Australian farm receives on around 10% of the price people pay in the shops for fresh food, we as consumers need to absolutely care about food provenance.  If we don’t we are in real danger of losing our Australian producers and in turn access to Australian produce.

Consumers have the power to change our food system.  By supporting producers, shops, restaurants, café’s and markets that provide transparent information about provenance this can happen.  It’s quite simple really, just by asking simple questions of waiters and shop keepers about provenance of the ingredients or meals you buy and holding them to account if they can’t answer your question, or thanking them and supporting them when they can is all it takes to change the system.  Business will respond to consumers.  If you care about having access to clean, healthy, safe and fresh Australian food for your family, now and in the future, make the effort to ask the question about provenance next time you spend your money.

Where does this food or product come from?

Who was the farmer or fisher?

How did they grow, raise or catch it?

Where they paid fairly?

As a consumer of food and drink each of us has the ability to help promote provenance, by the choices we make everyday.  Make the effort to support our regional producers and manufacturers. If you get the opportunity, talk to the producer, visit their farm with your family or do a tour of their factory on open days.  Take the time to learn about seasonality. Try to make one day per week ‘eat local day’.  Become part of the provenance revolution that is supporting our local food heroes so they can keep producing good food for Australian families to enjoy for generations to come.