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From our first webinar, we have been building relevancy by having guest presenters talk of their encounters with and during COVID-19. Speaking openly their contributions highlight sector knowledge, skin in the game and a willingness to share experiences.

Because we – all of us - have not been through a pandemic before, there is a high degree of uncertainty as we seek to confront challenges and work through events as they arise. Building relevancy and understanding.
We must embrace uncertainty because uncertainty is toxic for our economic recovery. As uncertainty leaves - economic growth returns. This is the objective of this newsletter – to provide a platform where readers can better understand what we are all doing to rebuild economic growth.
We have a database of knowledge assets available on our website. We have presenters sharing their experiences. Our first tool “Food Transparency” will be available shortly. Each newsletter brings studies of how others are coping with COVID-19 across the globe.

The Other Side Webinars

Two are upcoming and important and anyone can register:

July 13

Workforce Planning & Labour for the horticulture sector
Presenter: Michael Rogers & Sally Murfet
Click here to register

July 27

Freight – Tasmanian 20/21
Presenter: Being finalised now
Click here to register

AFPA Survey - need responses by 10th July

The project, funded by the AFPA and undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics, will produce a report detailing the total economic value that the fresh produce industry contributes to the Tasmanian economy.
More information on this project is available here.

Take the survey here

Food Loss Forum

Wednesday 8 July at 10-am

The Tasmanian Food Cluster is presenting the results of their fruit, vegetable and nuts Food Loss Survey. The forum is online and free:

Register in advance for this meeting here

US food supply chain: Disruptions and implications from COVID-19

Changes in consumer behaviour continue to ripple through the US food and agricultural supply chains. What should companies do now? Some great oversights that have direct relevance to Australia.

Study finds surge in dual channel grocery shopping

Dual channel shopping becoming more common, particularly among younger shoppers.

Overall, 50% of in-store supermarket shoppers in the last 30 days also ordered groceries online. Not surprisingly, this is even more common with Gen Z (66%) and Millennials (61%), and to a lesser degree Gen X (52%), followed more distantly by Boomers (37%) and the Silent Generation (38%). It should also be noted that Gen Z shoppers registered the lowest overall satisfaction, on a five-point scale where five is highest, relative to the other generations, for both their online (4.22) and in-store (4.02) experiences.

IFAM Extended until end of 2020

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) has had an additional $240 million in funding committed by government to extend the program until the end of this year.

IFAM Exporters Briefing

Wednesday, 8 July 9:30 – 10:15 am (AEST)

Please dial in from 9:25 am for a prompt start at 9:30 am.

Dial 02 9037 0069 (or +61 29037 0069 internationally or from a mobile) and enter the meeting number (access code) if prompted:
166 897 5711#

Regional Investment Corporation

Irrigation is a key to agribusiness development and expansion of our agricultural sector.
The RIC has recently appointed Tasmanian, Susie Lohrey as the Tasmanian Business Development Manager. With a strong background in agriculture, Susie is well placed to work with industry organisations, rural financial counsellors, local banks and accountants to build awareness of the RIC.
“Our 10-year low interest loans are a smart source of finance for farmers to access. They are designed to help regional Australians create a better future.” Susie said.
Susie can be contacted on 0477-664-838 or
For details on loans to assist in irrigation infrastructure please see details here.

Hort Innovation Webinars - online at your leisure

Understanding the market environment for the foodservice sector and impacts for fresh produce growers

This webinar revealed the extent of impacts caused by COVID-19 for industries and provided perspectives on how growers can focus and respond to the current market challenges.
Watch it here!

The consumer market environment for horticulture growers during COVID-19

What are the implications and opportunities of changing consumer behaviours and attitudes for Australian horticulture growers as we evolve through COVID-19?
Watch it here!

The Other Side

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