Thanks for attending Meet the Food Innovators on Thursday 25 October, 2018. 

This event connected local, regional and national food innovators with local farmers, agribusiness, manufacturing and processing, and food retailers, and provided information on creative and transformative work in these sectors.

MCd by renowned journalist Peter Lewis, the forum brought together a range of experts on our interactive panels from both our “home” (local) and “away” (non-local) presenters, plus conducted three field tours: Fruit Master, Beef It Up! and Sweet As.

We also launched and shared two new major research projects:

  • 2018 Central Highlands Beef Processing Feasibility Study
  • 2018 Grown in the Central Highlands measuring the Central Highlands community’s interest in local produce: what, how, when and pricing

We finished the day with a Grains, Beef and Horticulture focused “Cluster Muster”.







Peter Lewis
MC / Journalist / Director of Way With Words


Our expert panel included:

  • Liz Alexander, Agribusiness Development Coordinator for CHDC
  • Chris Balazs, CEO of Provenir
  • Luke Bradley, Director of Wool-A-Roo Pty Ltd
  • Sonya Comiskey, Director of Bazadais Beef
  • David Donnelly, Director of Instinct & Reason
  • Emma Greenhatch, General Manager of Food & Agribusiness Network
  • Bec Lomman, Owner/Director of Seed & Sprout Premium Produce
  • Jack Milbank, Chief Executive Officer of Bargara Brewing Company
  • Jason O’Loughlin, Managing Director of Fair Dinkum Meats
  • Megan Star, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CQUniversity
  • Rob & Krista Watkins, Directors of Natural Evolution
  • Justin Fontana, Development Manager of Hinkler Park Plantations

Click here to read more about our experts.


Participants were able to choose from one of three afternoon tours, showcasing the best of Central Highland’s local innovation.

• Fruit Master Visit Fruit Master Australia, a large scale vertically integrated grower & marketer of table grapes. View their commitment to orchard and field management, quality and food safety.• Beef it Up! Established in 1824, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is Australia’s largest integrated cattle and beef producer, and the oldest continuously operating company in Australia. Visit the Goonoo feedlot at Comet to view their Wagyu production and learn more about their vertically-integrated beef business.• Sweet As Visit local beekeepers Alan McIndoe and Cliff Grimshaw, Rainbow Honey, and learn about honey, bee hive health, the importance of pollination, and how to start your own honey production.


Our sincere thanks to our partners who made this event possible.



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