Business Information Sessions

Hosted by the Food Innovation Australia (FIAL), Austrade and the Victorian State Government, these presentations covered all aspects of domestic and international market preparation along with cutting edge innovation strategies.

Here’s a recap of the business sessions that were available in 2016:

10:00 - 10:30 Austrade Welcome

An opportunity for export focused Australian Food Manufacturers to meet with Trade Advisers, State Government and Industry Representatives, Austrade Business Development Managers and International Buyers.

This is an informal business card exchange.

  • Ariel Yesberg

11:00 - 11:45 Fast & Furious Innovation

Looking to innovate and need results quickly? The Fast and Furious Innovation course is a new concept, designed to work with your business on a specific challenge, and realise a commercial outcome within 6-9 months. With pre and post course mentoring offered to maximise the value of the face to face course component, practices will be introduced, that if implemented will optimise the innovation process, into an actionable plan.

  • Mike Harley

1:00 - 1:45 A world of opportunities – export tips from food experts

Do you want to gain inside advice into the world of retail?
Learn from key industry experts giving companies the skills and confidence to compete more effectively in the retail & food service channels and learn about the landscape of private label. The domestic market series give you the information and tools to help identify where your business sits on the retail and food service matrix, KPI’s of the buyers, how to price for profit and better prepare for buyer meetings.

  • Mike Harley

  • Dermott Dowling

3:00 - 3:45 Capitalising on the eCommerce phenomenon – tips from branding and protection experts

The surge in Chinese demand for quality imported foods is struggling to be met by global producers. E-commerce is one relatively new and affordable channel that is enabling small and large exporters to sell direct to consumers. The barriers for food exporters include language, China import regulations and finding quality local sales and distribution channels.
This talk will cover:
-brief history of imported online food sales in China
-review of regulations and paperwork requirements for China e-commerce
-examples of successful case studies and platforms
-review of “the essential 5 steps” to selling food online in China

  • Robert Burns

  • Scott Bouvier

10:15 - 11:00 Australia’s Top Food & Agribusiness Innovations - Meet the Innovators

What does it take to be a leading innovator in the food and agribusiness industry? Celebrating Australian Food & Agribusiness Innovations is the first book of its kind to commend and promote innovation in the Industry. Learn how businesses of all sizes, overcame challenges and turned an opportunity or idea into a commercial reality! The book showcases the ingenuity of Australian businesses who are shaping the industry to be a world leader.

  • Mirjana Prica

11:00 - 11:45 Coles Brand - Strategies and Sourcing Opportunities

Coles brand GM Michael Lovsin will cover the Coles brand competitiveness plan and sourcing opportunities for the food and agribusiness industry moving forward.

Coles brand is one of the largest brands in Australia with over 4,000 products covering all Fresh, Grocery and Non-Food departments. Coles brand has an Australian first commitment to its suppliers and products. Coles brand delivers trusted value everyday through its commitment to great taste, world class quality, customer centric range and a pricing strategy that helps to lower the cost of the weekly shop for all Australians. Come and find out how you can become a Coles brand supplier and be the best you can be.

  • Michael Lovsin

1:00 - 1:45 Demystifying Australian sales channels – diversification tips from market experts

Are you ready for export? Looking to break into the export market? Or are you an experienced exporter and looking to advance your skills and discover new markets? With information for all levels of exporting; covering topics such as priority markets, developing your marketing plan and pricing strategies; this program offers a market opportunity analysis, focused on individual business needs and how to prioritise market opportunities.

  • Peter Huskins

  • John Day

11:00 - 11:45 Ritchies Supermarkets - Supporting Australia’s Food Innovation

Ritchies CEO Fred Harrison, will cover strategy around supporting the food sector via implementing and establishing and approach to support Australian food innovation.

Ritchies is Australia’s largest independent licenced supermarket group, with more than 80 stores has recognised that their long term success evolves around points of differences for their customers and in particular, ranging. A great supporter of direct to store lines, hear how Ritchies are fighting back and providing a real alternative to Coles, Woolies and Aldi!

  • Fred Harrison


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