15-17 June 2020 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Industry Partners

AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) have again joined to deliver the joint industry conference and Trade Show, Hort Connections 2019, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 24–26 June 2019. Hort Connections 2019 is headlined by the theme ‘Growing our Food Future’. The below Industry Partners are helping make Hort Connections an event that truly brings together the entire fresh produce supply chain.

The Hort Connections 2019 Industry Partners have contributed to the program by suggesting speakers for this year’s convention, as well as some to host a Hort Connections Shoulder Event. There will be a number of Shoulder Events held during Hort Connections, in which you are strongly urged to attend your industry Shoulder Event. You can find out more information by clicking on the Industry Partner logos under Shoulder Events heading.



  1. Agripolitical advocacy and representation on behalf of vegetable and potato growers.
  2. Research and Development (R&D) associated services.
    Levy rates. AUSVEG is responsible for establishing the case for a new levy (or adjusting an existing levy), seeking a mandate from growers and making submissions to the Australian Government. AUSVEG is currently responsible for the national vegetable and fresh potato research and development levies.Levy investment consultation. AUSVEG is involved in the process that provides a recommendation from industry to Hort Innovation on where the vegetable research and development levy and fresh potato research and development levy should be invested.General consultation. AUSVEG provides representation on behalf of industry for other consultation processes, including regarding issues such as biosecurity incursions.
  3. High quality service provision.
    AUSVEG delivers national projects in the areas of communication, environmental sustainability, biosecurity, export development and market access on behalf of industry, funded from a wide variety of sources including Government grants, sponsorship and levies.



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.



AHEA trading as Australian Horticultural Exporters' and Importers’ Association (AHEIA) is a national association formed to promote the development of the export and import of fresh horticultural resources. The Association’s board and members are representative stakeholders across the horticulture industry.

AHEIA is the peak industry body for Australian horticultural exporters and importers of fresh produce. The Association was started in 1987, as a ‘not for profit’ organisation representing the interests of Australian horticultural exporters to both Government and industry to facilitate trade.

United Fresh

United Fresh has over 26 years’ experience providing value to members and is the only pan-produce organisation in New Zealand today.

Members include seed producers, growers, packers, wholesalers, marketers, importer/exporters, transporters, retailers, fresh cuts and service providers that integrate all segments of the fresh produce industry.



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.



APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers by:

  • Improving orchard productivity and grower profitability Managing industry extension
  • Delivering new varieties Managing the Pink Lady™ brand Creating export market opportunities
  • Providing industry communications Collecting and analysing industry data
  • Certifying nursery trees and rootstocks
  • Promoting industry interests
  • Connecting growers nationwide
  • Empowering members through a united industry voice
  • Advancing Australia’s horticultural sector.

APAL's social media engagement is partly funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using the apple and pear industry levy funds from growers and matching funds from the Australian Government.


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.


Onions Australia

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.


Australia Organic

Australian Organic Ltd owns the nation’s largest and most recognised organic certification logo, Australian Certified Organic. Identified by the more than 50% or all shoppers “The Bud” appears on the majority of certified organic goods on retail shelves and has the most access to export markets out of any certification body in Australia. The certified organic industry has grown 15% during the past 12 months, is experiencing 13% year on year growth and is showing no sign of slowing. Australian Organic makes switching to organics easier through its network of licensed certifiers and demonstrating that organics can be grown in parallel with conventional farming practices.


Australasia Pacific Extension Network

The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network Ltd. (APEN) is the professional organisation for extension professionals working with people to enable change and innovation in primary industries, natural resource management and communities.


Avocados Australia

Avocados Australia Limited (AAL) is the representative industry body for the Australian avocado industry. We provide a range of services to our members and the broader industry to foster growth and development. We are a “not for profit” member-based organisation with members comprising avocado growers, associated businesses and industry people.

Avocados Australia works with all parts of the supply chain, from production through to the consumer. By working together we seek to continually improve our growers’ ability to provide a healthy, profitable and safe product for all consumers. As part of this continual improvement, we work with Hort Innovation to ensure the industry levy funded Research and Development and Marketing programs for the Australian avocado industry are well directed and responsive to industry needs.


Global BioAg Linkages

We are international business experts, advisors, and consultants in the BioAg and Agribusiness sector with collective  experience of more than 150 years. Our founding partners previously held roles within multinational Agri companies and Biological organizations.  Now, we share our passion by helping businesses who want to innovate and expand globally through partnerships.  Our core expertize lies within BioAg however we believe farmers must have access to all tools possible for increased yield therefore we also have a dedicated team who support traditional crop protection and AgTech sectors.


Protected Cropping Australia

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) is the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers Australia wide.
PCA members also include equipment and installation suppliers, specialist consultants and advisors, researchers and educators.


Nutrition Australia

Nutrition Australia is a non-government, non-profit, community based-organisation with offices throughout Australia. Nutrition Australia is an independent, member organisation that aims to promote the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

The Australian Nutrition Foundation Inc was founded in 1979, became incorporated in 1981, and commenced trading as Nutrition Australia in 2001. Nutrition Australia continues the work of the Australian Nutrition Foundation (ANF) as Australia's peak community nutrition education body, to provide scientifically based nutrition information to encourage all Australians to achieve optimal health through food variety and physical activity.

Members of Nutrition Australia include the general public and some of Australia's most influential food and nutrition experts, together making Nutrition Australia a key nutrition voice in Australia today.

Nutrition Australia operates through a National Board which is responsible for its policies and national programs. Our divisions respond to local needs and opportunities for nutrition education and health promotion. Nutrition Australia has staff with expertise in a range of disciplines. The range of services offered by Nutrition Australia includes:

  • Provision of the latest information on nutrition research and current food and health trends
  • Coordination of events in the annual National Nutrition Week campaign
  • Facilitation of high-profile seminars for the general public and health professionals
  • Extensive media coverage and public speaking demonstrations
  • Media commentary
  • Food industry consultancies
  • Nutrition training and presentations
  • Menu assessments
  • Provision of products and services to address food and nutrition issues across the lifespan
  • Facilitation of a range of community nutrition education and food preparation programs
  • Facilitation of workplace health and wellbeing programs



AUSVEG VIC is the Victorian peak representative industry body for vegetable growers which is a membership-based organisation that has been designed to represent all vegetable growers in Victoria. AUSVEG VIC will assist with diverse concerns and interests, whether they be market-related, difficulties with Federal, State or Local Government, or, horticultural matters on your farm.

AUSVEG VIC’s group actions unite growers as a single voice with more influence than any individual could achieve alone. The list of issues confronting growers seems endless, however, AUSVEG VIC exists to assist you where we can, particularly by lobbying the people who can make a difference.


Nursery & Garden Industry Australia


Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited (NGIA) is the peak industry body representing commercial growers, retailers and suppliers in Australia.NGIA is charged with providing leadership, support and additional resources to drive key industry initiatives, which meet the goals of the industry strategic plan.

Our Industry Vision

A unified Australian nursery and garden industry that is productive, profitable and sustainable

The five key objectives of the Industry strategic plan 2010 - 15 are:

  • MARKET: Increase the sales value of nursery products and services through marketing and promotion;
  • CAPACITY: Enhance the capacity and efficiency of the industry's resources through upgrading industry skills, knowledge and practice;
  • COMMUNICATIONS: Build industry support through shaping government, public and related industry understanding of the industrys benefits, and enhance these benefits through collaboration;
  • INNOVATION: Invest in nursery product/service development to enable the industry to respond to growth opportunities and challenges; and
  • GOVERNANCE: Support the industry through services and resources that enhance its capacity to respond to issues, capture opportunities and achieve the vision of this strategic plan.

These key objectives are the key areas of Investment within the Nursery Industry Strategic Investment Plan 2012-2016 . This plan provides an over arching management plan for the investment of the Nursery Industry levy in Research and Development and Marketing.


Australian Mangoes

AMIA (Australian Mango Industry Association) is the peak industry body for the Australian mango industry. Our aim is to encourage the growth and development of the industry. We are a "not for profit" organisation. Our members include mango growers, associated businesses and industry people.



Australian Society of Horticultural Science (AuSHS) was established in 1990 as a professional society for the promotion and enhancement of Australian horticultural science and industry.

Our members represent a cross-section of professionals from research institutions, universities, industry, private citizens and students.


Australian Melon Association

Australian melon growers produce fresh and tasty fruit from the very best soils and climate in Australia with partnerships from all levels of the supply chain to produce melons that the industry is proud to say is the most versatile and delicious fruit for Australiaís consumers.

The Australian Melon Association is the peak industry body for the melon industry in Australia. With over 250 Australian melon growers, AMA represents their members to all levels of government and the supply chain. Membership also includes wholesalers, service providers, marketers, consultants, and researchers.

The AMA was founded with the objectives of promoting and coordinating all aspects of the industry, to encourage free exchange of ideas and information and to foster goodwill among the industry.

The melon industry is working together to build a successful future for the Australian melon growers by:

  • Delivering product that lives up to the expectations of consumers
  • Innovation that creates improved products and operating systems
  • Engaging the key retailers with industry strategies
  • All levels of industry supply chains working together
  • Adequate resourcing of action to implement industry priorities


Passionfruit Australia

A small group of passionfruit growers got together back in the 1980’s in northern NSW and formed a loose association which became the foundations of the original association – Australian Passionfruit Industry Association (APIA). Years later and with many more members in tow, Passionfruit Australia Inc. was born, and as the peak industry body, strives to represent the interests of all commercial passionfruit growers in Australia today.

The constitution of the association was updated at the September 2018 AGM to reflect more suitable ways to pay membership dues and to adopt the association model rules.