The two-day Future of Food event in Mandurah, south of Perth, includes a session-packed one-day conference, an accompanying virtual ‘expo’ and optional extension activities on Day 2, including workshops and a day tour of the Peel Business Park development, just north of Mandurah.
The event is designed to inspire and initiate change within the Australian agri-food sector: to recognise future-forward businesses, champion innovative agrifood professionals, support the development of a progressive local food industry and empower consumers to make better informed decisions about what they eat.
Conference – Day 1
Organised under four key themes – The Conscious Consumer; Health & Nutrition; Technology; and Retail & Trade – the Day 1 conference component explores opportunities for Australia’s agrifood producers in innovating, collaborating, clustering and value-adding in 18 sessions.
Several representatives of the CRC and its participants will join an impressive line-up of more than 60 speakers, presenters and panelliests at the conference. They include:
- CEO David Eyre, who’ll join the Sustainability, ‘Growth market: Food as Medicine’ and wrap-up panels;
- UNSW School of Chemical Engineering professor Cordelia Selomulya, the CRC’s Research and Commercialisation Director;
- CRC Board member and Chair of The Lupin Co., Peter Schutz;
- Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) General Manager Barry McGookin;
- newly elected Chair of Peel Development Commission David Doepel;
- WA Food Innovation Precinct (WAFIP) GM Dr Chris Vas;
- Adam Wilson, of Varona Fine Foods and Great Southern Truffles;
- Dr Mark McHenry, owner of premium artichoke-growing enterprise at Mt Lindesay, near Denmark WA;
- Murdoch University nutritionist and food scientist Assoc. Prof. Vicky Solah;
- Simone Pettigrew and Fraser Taylor from The George Institute; and
- Escavox co-founder and CEO Luke Wood.
Optional activities – Day 2
On Friday 24 September, delegates can register to join one of several activities that include:
- a full day Peel Food Zone tour, which includes transport; visits to the new WA Food Innovation Precinct site and two local agrifood businesses; morning tea; lunch at Millbrook Winery; and a workshop on Design Thinking;
- a ‘Business Strategy and Planning’ workshop;
- a ‘Maximising your value’ workshop; and
- a ‘Brand Design and Strategy’ workshop.
Further information and registration
For more information, contact Hannah at Southern Dirt on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the Day 1 conference and/or for any of the Day 2 activities, click here.
Lead image: The CRC is a major sponsor of the Future of Food conference and expo. Credit: Southern Dirt