Grow National ‘Seed to Sprout’ workshop

Tue 19 March 2024, 8.30am-5pm AEST

Thriving Sunshine Coast agrifood cluster and Future Food Systems partner the Food & Agribusiness Network (aka FAN) is hosting this comprehensive Grow National ‘Seed to Sprout’ workshop to help emerging and established food entrepreneurs master the food business landscape.

In the morning session, Will Nicholl Consultancy and Bernard Parker of Parker Food will explore how to run a successful food business without compromising safety or profitability. To demonstrate key points, FAN will introduce fictional member ‘FAN Kitchen’ and showcase its products, recipes and stringent food safety protocols. You’ll learn about the importance of balancing hands-on work with strategic business planning. This session will also look at the costs behind food production to pinpoint opportunities for profit. A representative from Sunshine Coast Council will join the session to provide crucial information on requirements for food premises, ensuring your business meets health standards.

After lunch, Will Nicholl Consultancy, Gail Macleod of macleodglba and Sean Clanchy from Swanky Agency will help you discover how to sell your products effectively and engage your target customers, with advice on creating client avatars, selecting suitable sales channels and getting buyers to accept your products, and valuable tips on online sales.

Packed with actionable insights, the workshop includes handouts with key information applicable to any food business.

Key information

The workshop is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 19 March from 8.30am until 5pm AEST at the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC), 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs QLD 4556. Get directions.

Tickets cost $165 per person ($55 for FAN members) including GST. Note that photos and video taken at the event and may be used for promotional purposes post-workshop.

Places are limited, so don’t miss out. Buy your ticket here.

About Grow National

Grow National is supported by funding from the Advance Queensland Accelerating Female Founders Program and Turbine, and is also supported by SRJ Walker WaylandRegional Development Australia Sunshine CoastSunshine Coast CouncilNoosa Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

About the Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN)

FAN is a collaborative ecosystem 
that empowers its members and 
industry to grow.

Established by industry for industry, FAN is a not-for-profit agrifood industry cluster that was established in 2015.

FAN aims to grow the region’s agrifood industry by creating an ecosystem that supports collaboration, accelerates innovation and drives trade locally and globally.

Today, FAN has more than 370 members from across the food value chain located in Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and beyond, and is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading Australian food cluster.

For information about FAN membership, click here.

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