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Smart Specialisation | Regional Produce Trust Token Progress & more

Welcome to the weekly catch up! Updates on smart specialisation, regional produce trust token progress and more!

By Portal Admin - 1st March 2020 - Back to News

Making Progress on A Regional Produce Trust Token

From jamologists to providores, craft brewers to agri-tourism businesses, they came from far and wide across the region and beyond to collaborate on establishing a trust token to validate the authenticity of food and fibre produce from Gippsland.

Picking up on conversation that began in 2019, the development of a "mark" to validate Gippsland’s produce took a big step forward in a positive direction when a diverse group with representation from industry, community, government at all levels, educators and research gathered at Narkoojee Winery for a workshop and discussion forum in late January.

Click here to read more.

Opportunity to Sell Gippsland Produce at City Pop Up Locations

The City of Port Phillip has access to two venues in St Kilda and would like to fill them with produce and crafts from bushfire affected regions.

If you are interested in participating in this program, all you need to do is fill in the EOI in this link. Filling out this EOI does not commit you to participate. Someone from the Victorian Tourism Industry Council or City of Port Phillip will be in touch to discuss next steps. The EOI must be submitted online by 5pm this Sunday 9th of February.

A Collaborative Mix of Bottom-Up and Top Down

Smart Specialisation is playing a significant role in re-imagining the future for our valuable food & fibre industry in Gippsland.

In partnership with the Latrobe Valley Authority, Food & Fibre Gippsland is already engaging with community, industry, government and research as work continues on the development of a number of smart specialisation initiatives across the region.

Our Acting CEO, Dr Nicola Watts is passionate about this innovative, bottom-up way of thinking and doing – and in an article recently published in LinkedIn, she explains the collaborative power of working this way, and what it will mean for the prosperity of Gippsland.

Click here to read more.

Be Part of the Fight Food Waste Revolution

The Fight Food Waste CRC has a survey open for food industry business owners and managers, looking at where in the food industry food waste occurs, and what training could be done (or is being done) to combat the problem.

So if you are a chef, farmer, food retailer, hospitality, food manufacturer, food processing or work anywhere in the food industry supply chain, we'd appreciate your time to take part and to share the survey link amongst your food industry colleagues. You can win a $200 VISA gift voucher OR choose to have $200 donated in your name to your favourite food rescue charity of choice!

Here is the link to the survey.

Food & Fibre Gippsland is an Industry Partner of the Fight Food Waste CRC and proud to be part of the fight food waste revolution in Australia.

Vegetable Innovation Days will Assist Bushfire Recovery

East Gippsland, like many other regions in Australia, is still experiencing the ongoing impacts of bushfire and will be for some time. It would have been easy to cancel the Vegetable Innovation Days this year but the Organising Committee is doggedly determined to work on because staging the events in May will remind Australia and the World that East Gippsland is "open for business" and in need of your support and patronage.

Opportunities to sponsor the event must close soon.

Call Bonnie on 0407 683 938 or email to get your copy of the sponsorship prospectus and make a booking. The award-winning Innovation Days were fabulous in 2017 but they’ll be bigger and better in 2020, and Food & Fibre Gippsland is proud to be supporting the EGVID team in the delivery of the event.

Hospitality Forum #2 - FEBRUARY 2020

Following on from our successful first hospitality forum in mid 2019, we are bringing everyone together again.

In partnership with TAFE Gippsland, this will be a great opportunity to workshop further ideas for the future as we focus on supporting the food services and hospitality sector to build capacity, drive stronger connectivity to the region's food producers, and address logistics challenges.

There'll also be a presentation on how restaurants and cafes can streamline all their local produce orders via an App, as well as an opportunity to reduce your food waste disposal costs with an innovative food waste dehydrator.

With the region's growing reputation in the food tourism market, the workshop content will be designed to complement initiatives from partner organisations like Destination Gippsland and East Gippsland Marketing.

Join us to be part of the collaborative force supporting greater prosperity in the hospitality sector. Participation is free, but registrations are essential!

Click here to reserve your seat.

More Diversity as the Member Clan Grows!

Our Food and Fibre Gippsland member clan continues to grow!

We are loving the diversity, innovation and enthusiasm that each member brings and this week, we welcome Jacican!

Based in Mirboo North, Gippsland, Jacican is all about regional Gippsland produce.

A qualified chef with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree, owner Operator Jaci Hicken is a woman of many talents and is passionate about Gippsland, its produce, farmers and people.

She loves helping others follow their food dreams and has a wealth of knowledge, resources and networks available to share. Her Food Studio and Teaching Kitchen host a number of scheduled and private cooking classes, as well as harvest lunches and food events all year round - you'll find a list of these and lots of other good stuff on her website.

We're looking forward to collaborating with Jaci - we've got a few ideas cooking together - more on that soon !

Awards Season Coming Up!

After a hugely successful inaugural program and gala event in 2019, we are busily working on the 2020 Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards, and there'll be plenty of exciting news to tell in the coming weeks.

We're delighted to share with you that KPMG has returned as the sponsor of one of our Premier Awards, the Agribusiness of the Year, the winner of which receives a scholarship to attend a KPMG Agri-Food Tech Traction Tour. It's a 7-day international tour that offers an opportunity to access unique insight into emerging agribusiness technology from a leading agri-food location around the world, valued at $15,000.

Our 2019 winner, Flavorite, will be attending the 2020 tour to The Netherlands in June this year and we plan for them to share their tour highlights at the Awards Gala Dinner. There are still places available on the 2020 tour - to find out more, click here.


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