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Australia’s salad days - keeping fresh fruit and veg affordable and available

  • 26 Aug 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • The Grace Hotel, York St, Sydney
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  • Allows Corporate Members to bring along guests at member prices). If you book for 8 people, Farm Writers will reserve you a table.

Farm Writers Lunch

Australia’s salad days - keeping fresh fruit and veg affordable and available

Friday 26 August 2022

12:00 for 12:30pm

Please note earlier start time

Drought, fire, floods and now supply chain, biosecurity, workforce and spiralling production cost crises have left Australia’s fresh fruit and vegetable growers wondering just what challenge comes next. Food price increases are playing a part in driving Australia’s national inflation rates to 20-year highs, with little sign the pressure on prices will ease any time soon.

Come and join leaders in Australia’s fresh produce sector as they discuss the challenges and the opportunities confronting fruit and vegetable growers – while we are all talking about $12 for a lettuce, avocado growers can’t give their fruit away, apple and pear growers are struggling to find buyers for their fruit and what role are export markets playing in the cost of fruit and vegetables to the average Australian. Are our fruit and vegetable supply chains as resilient as they could be as we see increasingly variable and extreme climate conditions? What can stakeholders do to manage the impact of price hikes for life’s essentials.

Our panel includes:

  • Claire McClelland, Fresh Produce Alliance
  • Gaethan Curti, Cutri Fruit Pty Limited

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The Grace and Farm Writers have COVID-safe practices in place, in line with the current guidelines for gatherings in hospitality venues. A full refund will be available should fresh restrictions mean cancelling or switching to a webinar.

About our speakers:

Claire McClelland, Fresh Produce Alliance

Claire is currently the CEO of the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA). Prior to her appointment as CEO, Claire worked with the AFPA managing stakeholder engagement, communications, and policy development. Claire has a background in the horticulture industry through roles with AUSVEG, vegetablesWA and commercial vegetable grower Schreurs & Sons. Claire’s previous roles have focussed on sales, trade and export market development.

Gaethan Curti, Cutri Fruit Pty Limited

Gaethan is the managing director of one of the largest integrated stone fruit businesses in Australia. After starting out as a lawyer at a large and respected law firm in Melbourne, Gaethan returned to the family farm and since then has been at the forefront of orchard systemisation, orchard technology, securing new varietal IP for the Australian market and playing a leading industry role in market access.

His passion for testing the status quo and using science and technology to deliver great outcomes has seen Cutri Fruit grow to be one of the largest exporters of stone fruit in Australia. Each piece of fruit is grown for a purpose and with a particular market in mind. His story is one that not only do great businesses survive challenges and adversity, with the right values and the right people, they can continue to grow and thrive during difficult times.

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