Food and agribusiness operators in the Murraylands and Riverland can access free advice from world-leading experts, thanks to the 2020 Experts In Residence program.
One-on-one virtual appointments are available with world-leading experts in areas such as technology, agritourism, business growth, marketing, supply-chain management, packaging, export via the new website, eir.rdamr.com.au.
It is thanks to a $170,000 partnership between Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR) and the Department of Primary Industry and Regions (PIRSA).
Since inception of the program in 2017, hundreds of local businesspeople have participated in workshops and face-to-face sessions with experts, yielding incredible results.
RDAMR Chief Executive Ben Fee said the program has offered incredible value to the industry.
“This program, brings globally recognised experts into our region, now through virtual meetings, for free! This means that farmers can now sit in their paddock, open their device and dial into one-on-one meetings with experts from across Australia," Mr Fee said.
Simon and Sally Peacock of Bakehouse Farm utilised the program in 2018 and gained one-on-one expert advice in packaging and labelling for their honey produced in the Murraylands.
“Through the program, we worked with a food-labelling expert directly to improve our product and would recommend the program to others starting out in this industry,” Mr Peacock said.
“The sessions really helped us put some polish on our honey products and understand the legal requirements for labelling too. We went away after the workshop and updated our labels and also rebranded from ‘Peacock Honey’ to ‘Bakehouse Farm’. Ever since then things have gone really well for us.”
The first round of experts involved in the 2020 program are Angela Grogan (of Best Business Results), Belinda Hansen-Kenny (of Food. Labelling and Safety), Antonio Piscitelli (Business Development Manager at SAGE Automation), Randall Poole and David Scott (of Tangram Collective) and Ralph Moyle and Keith Chessell (from the Australian Institute of Packaging).
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