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AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) have united to deliver the joint industry conference and Trade Show, Hort Connections 2017, marking an historic partnership between two of horticulture’s leading organisations. Also joining forces with AUSVEG and PMA A-NZ will be Australian Organic, Irrigation Australia, Fresh Markets Australia, Growcom, Potatoes South Australia, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and Onions Australia. This list of prominent co-hosts ensures that there will be value for the entire supply chain.

Hort Connections will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 15-17 May 2017, with the event catering to growers and whole-of-supply-chain companies and organisations alike. Combining the acclaimed National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, Hort Connections is set to become the most influential space for networking, education and business for the entire fresh produce industry.

Hort Connections is a joint collaboration between PMA Australia New Zealand and AUSVEG with AUSVEG acting as Professional Conference Organisers

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AUSVEG is the national peak industry body representing the interests of Australian vegetable and potato growers and is committed to securing the industry’s future.

AUSVEG represents the interests of growers to government and assist growers by making sure the National Vegetable Levy and National Potato Levy are invested in research and development (R&D) that best meets the needs of the industry.

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PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) is the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA Global) – the leading global fresh produce trade association serving member companies around the world, from Salinas to Sydney, and every segment of the fresh fruit, vegetable, and floral supply chain.
By working across the whole supply chain, PMA A-NZ strives to assist businesses to increase their sales of fresh and safe produce to regional and global consumers and develop their internal business capabilities through motivated and skilled employees.

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Australian Organic owns the nation’s largest and most recognised organic certification body, Australian Certified Organic. The Australian Certified Organic logo appears on the majority of certified organic goods on our shelves and has the most access to export markets out of any certification body in Australia. Australian Organic makes switching to organics easier through its Onboarding Program, which helps businesses access buyers and be profitable. Organic farming is Australia’s third fastest growing industry and experiencing 13% year on year growth. Organic can be grown parallel with conventional farming practices.

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Onions Australia as it is today was originally founded in 1966 as the Australian Onion Coordinating Committee (AOCC).The AOCC was formed to bring all sectors of the then fragmented onion industry together.

It was and still is intended to serve as an umbrella organization covering all those engaged in the onion industry including growers, packers, wholesalers, exporters, retail outlets, R&D bodies and other related industries including packing manufacturers. In 1990 the AOCC went through a period of growth and consolidation. During this process the committee underwent a name change to the Australian Onion Association. In 2004 another name changed occured, the association becoming known as Onions Australia and with it came the new logo for the industry.

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Irrigation Australia Ltd was founded in 2007, following the merger of ANCID and Irrigation Australia Association and is Australia’s peak national organisation representing the Australian irrigation industry in all sectors from water users, consultants, designers and installers through to educational institutions, government, manufacturers and retailers. IAL is also the Australian representative body of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). ICID was established in 1950 as a non-profit, non-governmental international organisation with headquarters in New Delhi, India. Irrigation Australia is a member based, not-for-profit, organisation with its national office in Sydney Australia.

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The Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries Limited trading as Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) is the national organisation representing each of the six Market Chambers, which themselves are organisations which represent the fruit and vegetable wholesalers located in each of Australia’s six central Markets (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle).

In total, the organisation represents in excess of 430 Market wholesaling businesses.  Market wholesalers are involved in the sale of some 50-60% of the fresh produce sold across Australia in servicing the requirements of fruit and vegetable retailers, secondary wholesalers/provedores, foodservice industry businesses, processors, exporters and the public. Over 15,000 growers supply to businesses within the Central Market system. The total turnover of businesses in the Central Markets exceeds some $7 billion annually.

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A ‘first’ in the Australian potato industry, Potatoes South Australia has been established following expansive industry consultation to represent all stakeholders in the entire value chain.

We provide a range of relevant value-adding quality services to our members, stakeholders and the broader industry to foster growth and development at every link of the value chain.

Potatoes South Australia is a “not for profit” membership-based incorporated association providing the voice for seed producers, fresh market growers, processing growers, packers, processors, marketers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, service providers, restaurants and consumers.

We are industry-driven and consumer-focused.

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Growcom is the peak representative body for Queensland horticulture and strives for the long term growth and profitability of horticultural farms and the industry.

The organisation’s core membership consists of Queensland’s fruit and vegetable producers as well as individuals, groups and industries which have a stake or interest in the future of Queensland horticulture.

Growcom is an independent commercially focused not-for-profit organisation which provides services to help members, clients and partners achieve greater success in the Queensland horticulture industry.

Growcom is widely considered the “voice” of horticulture on issues common to all commodities and works to engender support for the horticulture industry in the community.

Growcom embraces and promotes innovative, responsible farming and business practices and is a progressive organisation with a strong track record and a 90-year history.