Are you passionate about producing quality food? Are you interested in increasing your profits through value-adding? Would you like to be able to buy fresh, local produce?

Meet the Food Innovators will explore alternative high-value markets for local products and strengthen links in the local food chain – for farmers and consumers.

Registrations are open at for the forum, an initiative of the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC).

Tickets are $60 per person and the event will be held in Emerald on 25 October.

“Meet the Food Innovators is about supporting and connecting local producers to opportunities to value-add to their business,” CHDC Agribusiness Development Coordinator Liz Alexander says.

“It’s also about laying foundations to make locally-grown food more accessible to consumers within our own region.

“Whether you’re a farmer who’s interested in increasing profits, or a retailer or consumer who’d like to buy fresh, local produce, or just someone who loves their food, we want to you to come along to Meet the Food Innovators.”

Guest speakers will include Natural Evolution’s Krista and Rob Watkins, who’ve received international acclaim for their flour and other innovative products made from green bananas and other unloved waste products.

The full-day program will also consist of interactive, expert panel presentations; the choice of three field tours; local retail, food and fibre trade displays; and a Cluster Muster, which is a targeted networking session focusing on building collaboration in grains, horticulture and beef industries.

CHDC will launch and share the results from the 2018 Central Highlands Beef Processing Feasibility Study and 2018 Grown in the Central Highlands, a research project that measured the local community’s interest in purchasing local produce.

“The Central Highlands region produces a diverse range of crops including table grapes, watermelon, citrus, beef, grains and legumes, figs, garlic, potatoes and much more,” Mrs Alexander says.

“This event is an opportunity to start working together to grow value for farmers, agribusiness and retail and to link our local community to fresh, healthy food.”

Meet the Food Innovators is part of the multi-award-winning Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) initiative, which aims to grow, promote and realise value and opportunity for all businesses producing agricultural and food products, processing and other value-adding services in the region.

Find the event on social media using #foodinnovators. Follow CHDC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please contact Liz Alexander on (07) 4982 4386 or 0429 471 511 for further information.

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