15-17 June 2020 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Industry Partners

Hort Connections 2020 is the joint industry conference and Trade Show co-produced by AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 15-17 June 2020. Hort Connections 2020 is headlined by the theme ‘Sustaining the Future of Fresh’. The below Industry Partners are helping make Hort Connections an event that truly brings together the entire fresh produce supply chain.

The Hort Connections 2020 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 several Shoulder Events held during Hort Connections, in which you are strongly urged to attend your industry Shoulder Event. Click here for more information on the Shoulder Events to be held in June 2020.



  • APAL



  • Avocados Australia

  • Nutrition Australia

  • Onions Australia

  • United Fresh NZ

  • PMA A-NZ



Providing leadership to support and strengthen Australia’s trade in horticultural produce.



The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) was established in 1983 to promote, integrate and foster participation and development at all levels of the packaging and processing machinery industry in Australia.

Incorporated in 1990 the APPMA provides and facilitates a range of industry promotion, marketing, educational and networking forums and support services that enable manufacturers, distributors and importers of packaging and processing machinery to promote their businesses, share industry data and maintain knowledge of the latest industry trends and innovations.

The APPMA members include companies that supply and service machinery across a number of industries including  food, beverage, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, confectionery, bakery and fresh produce.

The APPMA is the proud owner of AUSPACK, Oceania’s premier and Australia’s largest packaging and processing machinery and materials exhibition. The biennial AUSPACK alternates between Melbourne and Sydney and is part of Packaging and Processing Week which also incorporates:-

  • The APPMA Business and Industry Conference
  • APPMA Awards of Excellence to recognise and celebrate achievements within the industry
  • A number of member and industry events including a Gala dinner, networking drinks and topical breakfast sessions

Alongside directly supporting our members and the industry the APPMA also participates in actioning social and environmental challenges including:-

  • Contributions, sponsoring and promoting the Australian food-rescue organisation Foodbank and Ozharvest
  • Participating in the Fight Food Waste CRC which includes a 10-year commitment of financial and in-kind support of research projects with a cumulative objective of delivering a 50% reduction in food waste
  • Providing educational sponsorships


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.

To contact AUSVEG VIC, please call on 03 9882 0277 or email tom.cohen@ausveg.com.au

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 with members including 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.

Find out more at avocado.org.au or arrange a catch up at Hort Connections 2020.

Nutrition Australia

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 occurred, the association becoming known as Onions Australia and with it came the new logo for the industry.

United Fresh NZ

United Fresh has worked to support and unite the fresh fruit and vegetable industry in New Zealand for close to three decades.

Our membership is diverse and is representative of the entire value-chain, helping to provide interconnectivity throughout. We work collaboratively with all stakeholders within the New Zealand fresh produce industry to ensure the best services are provided and the most relevant projects are undertaken on behalf of members.

Please visit www.unitedfresh.co.nz for more information.


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 and every segment of the fresh produce and floral industries. Being at the forefront of this industry allows us to collaborate with our member community to provide hands-on support and understanding of new Technology and Innovation, Industry Talent, Marketing, Sustainability and Food Safety.


Agripolitical advocacy and representation on behalf of vegetable and potato growers.

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.

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.

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