Subtropical banana industry market development implementation for 2012-13 (BA12000)
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What was it all about?
Following on from the development of a 3-year strategic plan for market development for the Subtropical Banana Industry in 2011, two specific projects aimed to implement initiatives identified in the plan. The first project was the development of an online supply chain directory specifically to provide a central point for development of supply and demand alliances.
The second project was to address capacity building around grower needs in market development. To this end workshops were conducted across the region, designed to engage growers and wholesalers with other industry affiliates, to determine priorities and actionable plans for future market development.
A small but enthusiastic band of growers and wholesalers emerged, and supply chain networks were identified and developed. These included links to retailer groups, agri-tourism potential and areas of value adding potential.
As a result of the first round of workshops two objectives for the industry were identified:
- A collaborative grower group
- Specific strategic marketing for Subtropical Bananas.
The second round of workshops then addressed these two objectives and delivered information to the Subtropical Banana Industry on developing the capacity to move to the next stage with these objectives. This included utilising local/regional organisations such as Regional Development Australia for collaborative projects; as well as utilising regional identity, or provenance, for marketing leverage.
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This project was funded by Hort Innovation (then Horticulture Australia Limited) with the financial support of Coffs Harbour Banana Growers Association.
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