Hort Connections 2021 expo to celebrate the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

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Thousands of growers, industry members and representatives from throughout the fresh produce industry will kick-off Hort Connections 2021, the biggest event in Australian horticulture, on Monday 7 June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Australian horticulture has been growing strongly over recent years and is now worth $15 billion to the national economy

Hort Connections 2021 will take place from 7-9 June 2021 and will cater to all members of the horticulture industry, ranging from primary producers to retailers and the entire supply chain. It is an opportunity for growers and industry members to come together in one central location to build their knowledge and networks, and find out new ways to improve the productivity and profitability of their businesses.

“Delegates will learn from the industry’s leaders during a range of plenary and industry-focused speaker sessions, as well as learn about the innovations that are set to change the face of Australian horticulture from the sector’s leading agribusinesses at the Trade Show,” said AUSVEG National Marketing Manager Nathan McIntyre.

“The industry is eager to meet up and reconnect with each other face-to-face after the unprecedented challenges over the last 18 months due to the pandemic. Hort Connections 2021 will be a chance to reflect on what the industry has achieved in these hard times, and what growers can achieve through new technologies and innovations to help grow the value of the industry.

“Hort Connections 2021 is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for delegates to network with their peers from all areas of horticulture, and to work together to address the biggest issues that our industry is facing and celebrate the contributions of the fresh produce growers and the supply chain in keeping our country healthy and safe.

“If you haven’t already registered, have a look at the event program at hortconnections.com.au and see the many opportunities on offer for growers and industry members.”

Key events for Hort Connections 2021 include:
  • Keynote addresses from leading local and global agricultural thought leaders, including In Praise of Veg author Alice Zaslavsky, Food Frontier Founder and CEO Thomas King, Peak Performance Coach Adele Spurgin and Associate Director of Nielsen Llew Stevens;
  • Highly informative and engaging presentations and expert panels to inspire and educate delegates on all manner of topics, from on-farm productivity to the latest updates on agricultural technology and industry issues affecting the entire supply chain;
  • Numerous opportunities for formal and informal networking at organised events and the Trade Show; and
  • The National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, where the accomplishments of the industry’s leaders will be acknowledged and celebrated.

Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) that encompasses the vegetable, fruit, nut, cut floral and nursery sectors.

Hort Connections 2021 will proceed as planned despite the current Victorian lockdown. The Hort Connections team is working with people on-the-ground at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and in the wider Brisbane community to ensure the experience for delegates is safe and enjoyable. For more information or to register for the event, please visit hortconnections.com.au.