ANFAB/Hort Innovation Native Produce Forum

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Porridge of golden and desert oak wattleseed, with saltbush, at a Sydney eatery: demand for Australian native foods is growing, domestically and around the world.
Porridge of golden and desert oak wattleseed, with saltbush, at a Sydney eatery: demand for Australian native foods is growing, domestically and around the world.
City Foodsters, Flickr CC
This free daylong forum in Adelaide, hosted by the ANFAB and Hort Innovation, will bring growers and aspiring growers, chefs, retailers and Australia’s first peoples together to explore “all things native produce” – from info on business models and burgeoning export markets to consumer feedback on native foods and flavours.

The exceptional medicinal properties and health benefits of thousands of plant species unique to Australia – known to the continent’s indigenous peoples for millennia – have been ‘discovered’ by the outside world in recent years, with market demand for Australian native foods and botanicals now well outstripping supply.

In response to this exciting trend, Australian Native Foods & Botanicals and Hort Innovation are running a series of ‘Growing the Growers’ workshops across the nation, introducing growers and potential growers to Australia’s nascent native foods and botanical plants industry and exploring key issues in the commercial production of beneficial native species.

 kakadu plums, a rainforest fruit, is being touted as a 'skin superfood'; with global demand well outstripping current supply.

The forum program

At this information-packed event, keynote speakers will showcase recent developments in the nation’s native foods and botanicals industry and look at the potential of this burgeoning sector. Attendees can expect to get:

  • valuable consumer feedback on taste, texture and how likely people are to buy little grown and marketed native food varieties
  • the latest industry information on business models, value-chain collaboration, quality assurance and logistical optimisation elements;
  • the most recent news on potential emerging overseas markets;
  • useful connections to the grower value chain;
  • opportunities to network and foster beneficial relationship with the region’s native-foods growers; and
  • cultural knowledge that fosters a greater appreciation of the uniqueness and value of the various beneficial native species grown.

Finger lime caviar: Australian native foods are a burgeoning market, domestically and overseas.
Finger lime caviar.
Susie Wyshak, Flickr CC

About the organisers

Australian Native Foods and Botanicals (ANFAB) receives financial and other support from the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (aka Farming Together), which is backed by a grant to Southern Cross University from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Project partner Hort Innovation’s contribution comes from vegetable-grower levies and Australian Government funds.

An Australian finger lime (Citrus australasica) in hand: at this daylong ANFAB forum, you'll get the chance to explore all things native food-related.
An Australian finger lime (Citrus australasica): at this daylong ANFAB forum, you'll get the chance to explore all things native food-related.
Malcolm Manners, Flickr CC
Registration and further information

Though the workshop is free, pre-registration is essential. Be quick: you’ll need to RSVP by November 15. RSVP online at the official registration page

For more details on the forum, contact Marianne Stewart at ANFAB on 0407 332 889 or marianne.stewart@anfab.org.au; or Hort Innovation’s Sarah Robins on 0437 214 849 or sarah.robins@horticulture.com.au

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Event date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 -
08:30 to 17:00

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