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Banana Congress 2021

Event overview 

Congress in Cairns, 2021, will be your unique chance to be amongst the largest gathering of banana growers, market leaders, industry decision makers, researchers and other important industry stakeholders.

Held every two years, Congress is a unique chance for all those involved in producing the nation’s most-loved fruit to network, share ideas and be brought up-to-date with latest cutting edge technology, innovation and essential research and developments affecting industry.

The 14th Congress will be hosted at the newly refurbished Cairns Convention Centre and the Pullman Cairns International hotel, which will be transformed into ‘Banana Central’ over the two-and-a-half days of the event.

Event organiser

Australian Banana Growers' Council & MCI Australia 

Event details

  • 12 May 2021, 9:30am-4pm, Site tour: Howe farming – Mt Uncle distillery – FNQ Incubator
  • 12 May 2021, 5-7pm, Welcome reception
  • 12 May 2021, 7pm onwards, Banana Bar
  • 13 May 2021, 7:15-8am, Breakfast (LaManna sponsored)
  • 13 May 2021, 8:30-10:30am, Openeing ceremony, opening keynote address, consumer insights, marketing trends and brand strategy, Q&A
  • 13 May 2021, 11am-12:15pm, Banana marketing and Q&A (Tate Connolly, Tim Hunt) 
  • 13 May 2021, 12-1:30pm, Banana Women's Luncheon or lunch in the exhibition area
  • 13 May 2021, 1:30-7:30pm, Overcoming disease challenges/biosecurity lessons, science speed talks, Future of Bananas and R&D, pannel discussion, Tradeshow Exhibition Evening
  • 14 May, 7:15-8am, Breakfast (Soils sponsored)
  • 14 May, 8:30am-3:50pm, speaker sessions, Q&A, robotics and automation, mental health
  • 14 May, 3:50-4pm, Closing ceremony
  • 14 May, 7pm til late, Banana Industry Ball and Awards of Honour

Get more information from: Banana Congress website.