BUSINESS SUCCESS: Caitlin Williams promotes Blueberry Greens produce at the forum.
The business success of a number of Macleay Valley Food Bowl producers was on show at the Mid North Coast Food Forum, held at Bonville Golf Course on November 9.
Among them were Clive West from Westview Limes, Caitlin Williams from Blueberry Greens, Beth McMillan from Burrawong Gaian poultry farm and Steve Biggs from Verti Pots.
Hosted by Coffs Harbour City Council and sponsored by Kempsey, Bellingen and Nambucca Shire Councils, the event featured Red Lantern restaurant owner Pauline Nguyen as keynote speaker, as well as an impressive program of regional producers keen to share the secrets of their business success.
Kempsey’s support for the event aligns with the council’s Macleay Valley Food Bowl Agribusiness Strategy, aimed at strengthening the sector’s economic performance by increasing the value and volume of production and growing jobs.
“The Macleay really shone at the inaugural MNC Food Forum last year and 2015 was even bigger and better for the Macleay again,” said Susannah Smith, Kempsey Shire Council’s Manager, Economic Sustainability.
“From developing home-made style meatballs and selling them into large supermarket chains, to making award-winning cheeses and selling a regional grower markets, the regional industry case studies provided practical know-how, inspiration and valuable first-hand tips and knowledge on how to achieve commercial success in the agribusiness sector.”
Kempsey growers also had the opportunity to network with other regional producers and retailers and source new buyers for their produce, while produce from Burrawong Gaian and Blueberry Greens farms was also featured during the evening’s Harvest dinner.
“Producers of the calibre of Burrawong Gaian are making the Macleay Valley known as a premium destination for high quality produce by taking their product, branded with the Macleay Valley Food Bowl, into some of the country’s most elite kitchens including Kylie Kwong, Jamie Oliver and Matt Moran,” Ms Smith said.
“Burrawong and the Macleay Valley Food Bowl are also represented fortnightly at the renowned Eveleigh Food Markets in Sydney, and additionally was this week one of just six NSW based producers to be named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s 30 best producers.”
As part of its agribusiness strategy, the Kempsey council is also developing a Macleay Valley Food Bowl Agribusiness Investment Guide to provide existing landowners and potential investors with valuable land capability, produce and market information.
The guide will be launched in April 2016 and promoted at the new dedicated Macleay Valley Food Bowl website 梧桐夜网macleayvalleyfoodbowl南京夜网419论坛.
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