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Hort Connections

Celebrating the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

What is Hort Connections?

Hort Connections 2021 is a space for networking, education and business for the entire fresh produce industry.

Hort Connections 2021 is being held from 7-9 June at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The conference theme Celebrating the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables will recognise the horticulture industry and the important role fruits, vegetables and floral industries have in human nutrition, health and wellbeing, and global food security. Whether it be through technology, labour solutions, or financial and environmental sustainability, Hort Connections will seek to answer this question by highlighting and displaying exciting new possibilities set to shape the industry. Hort Connections 2021 will bounce back, set to connect horticulture industry leaders who are wishing to conduct business, examine trends, and discuss topics of common interest. Attendee analysis indicates a diverse cross-section of the produce industry attend Hort Connections, with those identifying as a grower/packer/processor forming the largest segment.

You can read more about Hort Connections by going to the Hort Connections website.

If you haven’t already, be sure to register now and get ready for more info, more food and more fun than ever before.


Hort Innovation at Hort Connections

Hort Innovation is proud to participate in Hort Connections this year. Visit our stand and participate in the activities outlined below.  

Don't miss out on Insights Sessions on Tuesday 3 June

Sit down for a 10-minute one-on-one chat with the people closest to the topics and investments you care about. Some of the topics include biosecurity, protected cropping, food safety, international trade and marketing. Find out more about our team and book your session here.

The Hort Innovation knowledge hub 

Swing by to pick up info and resources from levy investments, including information available on iPads. These are insights you can start implementing in your business straight away. You can meet our newly created Extension Team, learn about minor-use permits and protected cropping, talk about horticultural statistics and Strategic Investment Plans, learn about pollination projects and recap on Hort Innovation and My Market Kitchen.

Delicious food showcasing your levies in action 

On Tuesday, pop on by and have yourself a smoothie bowl, grab a coffee, sample some avocado flavoured ice-cream, or visit our Sweet Potato Cafe and Growers' Local Tropicana cocktail bar. 


Hear from our experts 

Wednesday 9 June 

Panel session 2 – Classroom to career (8.30 am - 9.20 am) 

Panel members:
Professor Jim Pratley, Emeritus Professor - School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences at Charles Sturt University (Moderator)
Luciano Mesiti – CEO, Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia
Gemma Burger – Consultant, Rimfire  
Kerri-Ann Lamb- Nuffield Scholar, Wickham Farms 

Wednesday 9 June 

Panel session 1 – Building strong category brands (11.10 am - 11.40 am) 

Panel members:
Matthew Dwyer - Group Marketing Manager, Hort Innovation (Moderator)
Samantha Parker - Group Marketing Manager, Hort Innovation
Evan Roberts – Chief Creative Officer, TBWA
Ashleigh Carter – Group Account Director, Atomic 212
Cori Hodge – Director, FiftyFive5

What to expect 

Get a glimpse into what Hort Innovation at Hort Connections is all about in the short video below.