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Experts in Residence programme provides free assistance to local agribusinesses

17 November 2017

Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR) have joined with Primary Industries and Regions of South Australia (PIRSA) to bring experts from the agricultural and horticultural industries into the region to share their knowledge with Murraylands and Riverland enterprises. Held at the Loxton Research Centre from Monday the 27 to Wednesday the 29 November 2017, the Experts in Residence programme will allow local businesses to book a 1-hour confidential appointment with any of the eight available experts free of charge.

We have a number of high profile global experts involved in this pilot program including Lisa Cork from Fresh Produce Marketing in New Zealand, who has 25 years’ experience in marketing fresh produce to international and local markets. Melbourne based Gilad Sadan from NAVI Co Global will also provide businesses with information on packaging and machinery options for value add based products, whilst Belinda Hanson-Kenny will assist businesses with their food labelling requirements and quality systems processes.

Food technologist, Andrew Maronich from the Food Safety and Innovation Plant Research Centre at PIRSA will provide businesses with information on key product development opportunities, whilst Silvia Estrades-Flores will share her Plant and Food Research skills with participants interested in understanding more about cold storage and transportation options for fresh produce.

Businesses also have the chance to meet with legal specialists, Norman Waterhouse on a range of legal issues affecting businesses. Participants will have the opportunity to gain insight into domestic and global trends on a range of topics including food technology, packaging innovation, supply chain accreditation, food safety, quality assurance, snack food market, cold chain management, food labelling, exporting, investment and growth, protecting IP, branding, consumer values and trends, sales and growth and post-harvest quality.

“This is a great opportunity for local businesses to take advantage and connect with industry experts who can provide invaluable knowledge and experience on their businesses key developmental issues”, said Jo Podoliak, Chief Executive of RDAMR.

“We are asking businesses to think about the one thing that is holding them back or the one question that they would like to have answered that would help them take their business to the next level. Then we can pair businesses with the right expert to answer this question and provide information on how to overcome barriers or accelerate profitable growth through value adding.”

The Experts in Residence programme is designed to assist local businesses establish networks and vital connections with industry experts and organisations that may be able to provide vital support in the future.

“In a region where primary production is our greatest output (34% of the State’s GDP), it’s important that we grow this sector and increase its resilience by bringing valued expertise into the region and building regional networks.”

The Experts in Residence Programme is an exciting opportunity for Murraylands and Riverland businesses to gain access to global experts to advance their business needs.

To find out the full program of Experts in Residence visit the website www.rdamr.org.au.

To book your confidential 1-hour appointment contact the RDAMR office on 8580 8500.

For further information please contact:

Jo Podoliak, Chief Executive, Murraylands Office – (08) 8535 7170  jpodoliak@rdamr.com.au

Donna Beech, Marketing & Communications, Riverland Office – (08) 8580 8500  dbeech@rdamr.com.au

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