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International Markets Fund

Sustainable investment in high-value and high-growth international markets

For the year ending June 2020, Australia exported $2.7 billion in fresh processed horticultural products and $0.3 billion in processed horticultural products. As a share of fresh production, fresh exports represented 13 per cent of the total horticulture volume. 

The National Farmers Federation have set a goal to exceed $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030. To support the industry reach this goal, we want to capitalise on expanding export potential. The Hort Frontiers International Markets Fund is helping this happen.

Primarily, the fund aims to boost the industry’s capacity through detailed consumer insight research, finding unidentified trade opportunities, building strong relationships and increasing market access in key international markets. Trade data and insights anchor our market positioning and drive efficiencies along the value chain.

The International Markets Fund offers dedicated trade expertise through Hort Innovation’s Trade Unit. The Trade Unit represents the Australian horticulture sector on trade matters and delivers market access and export outcomes for growers. Drawing on a wealth of data and analytics resources, the team focuses on strategy, policy, government liaison; market access and market improvement; disinfestations R&D; and global market development.

Numerous investments have been made in the International Markets Fund – explore these ongoing and completed projects below.

Get involved

For potential co-investors, partnering with Hort Innovation provides access to world-class research and the peace of mind of project management by a specialised team well-versed in managing large-scale research and development.

Hort Innovation is always looking for co-investors in the International Markets Fund. If you would like to discuss a co-investment idea we encourage you to contact Dr Mila Bristow, General Manager of Trand & Biosecurity R&D at Hort Innovation by phone on 0498 391 484 or by email.

Expert Advisory Panel

The International Trade Advisory Panel (ITAP) function is to provide expert advice and oversight of the fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panel offers impartial assessment and commercially relevant scrutiny of research proposals, fostering external confidence in Hort Innovation’s ability to rigorously assess and provide evidence and merit-based recommendations to the Hort Innovation Board.

To provide a framework for advice and decision-making, the International Markets Fund is governed by a document of Co-Investment Strategic Intent (CSI), outlining key investment themes that must be met in order for concepts to be successful. Download the CSI here.

International Trade Advisory Panel

Tim Jackson
Almond Board of Australia

Jacqui Price
Australian Macadamia Society

Jeff Scott
Australian Table Grape Association

Michael Coote

Hugh Molloy
Cherry Growers Australia

David Daniels
Citrus Australia

Jesse Reader
Costa Group

Noel Shield

Murray McCallum

John Said
Fresh Select

Brian Ceresa
Fruit Master

Michael Simonetta
Perfection Fresh Australia

Paul Levins


Meeting summaries

Meeting summary from 21 July 2021

Meeting summary from 3 November 2021

Meeting summary from 9 March 2022

Meeting summary from 8 August 2022

Meeting summary from 27 October 2022

More information
Dr Mila Bristow
General Manager of Trade & Biosecurity R&D
Contact details
0498 391 484 Send an email
Co-investment Strategic Intent document
Hort Frontiers International Markets Fund
Co-investment Strategic Intent document