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Dear <<First Name>>,

The winter solstice just snuck by on Sunday and from now on, days gradually start to lengthen until the summer solstice.
 
Many centuries ago the Solstice was also a time for masters and slaves to enjoy a long-lunch together; but with the masters serving the slaves.
 
No calls from my masters for some merriment, just the usual bread and butter, duck under the table and back to slaving for me.

Tasmanian Food Cluster - Food Loss Report

Our Group has been collaborating research into food loss (produce grown but not sold past the farm gate) and undertook a survey with fruit and vegetable growers to determine what the losses were at the primary growing level.
 
A webinar will be held on 8 July where the survey results will be discussed with participants, the broader fresh produce sector and stakeholders from across industry and government.
 
To our knowledge this is the first survey of its kind in Tasmania and provides an opportunity to re-survey industry again this year, so we have a comparison between season 2019 which was far better than season 2020 from a weather perspective.

An infographic highlighting key outcomes from the report is available here.
Register in advance for this meeting here.
Be quick, as registrations will be limited to 100.

TASMANIA – Fresh Produce Study

I mentioned last week that Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) & Deloitte Access Economics are to undertake a fresh produce economic contribution and regional profile study in Tasmania.
 
The purpose of this economic contribution and regional profile study is to demonstrate how much the Tasmanian fresh produce sector contributes to the broader economy in which it operates. The AFPA plans to use this study in its advocacy with Government(s), and the broader fruit and vegetable industry to achieve better policy outcomes for industry.
 
On July 13, at our THE OTHER SIDE Webinar starting at 3pm, Michael Rogers will be a guest speaker and discussing this initiative further.
If you would like to join the webinar, please let me know by clicking here.

The Other Side

Speakers for our next meeting on 29 June 2020 are Peter Carter from GS1 Australia and Jo Laduzko from Department of Agriculture – BioSecurity. Speaking about digitalisation of supply-chain and the PICs platforms.
 
These two speakers bring together the opportunities arising from digitalisation of Provenance, Supply Chain Traceability and BioSecurity. Todd Babiak from BT spoke at our second webinar. Also known as DIPs – Digital Interactive Platforms – it is the way forward and an excellent opportunity for Tasmania to leverage its place and all the benefits that go with being the best island in the world with products sold locally, interstate, Australia-wide and internationally.
 
Simply put as an outcome, if a Tasmanian product has traceability and/or biosecurity attributes, the consumer has the opportunity to move to the TASMANIAN brand platform and will be able to learn what the TASMANIAN brand encapsulates, more about the product, how to buy other Tasmanian products, to consider a holiday in Tasmania, perhaps buy a property, the opportunities to study at UTAS, or undertake education delivered by other providers.
 
We wrote last week to PESRAC and following an initial response, I’ll be writing to address PESRAC comments and will copy that to respective Tasmanian Ministers.
Contact Ian Locke to get access to this webinar here.

Workforce Planning & Labour

As winter sets in and we pass through our shortest day/longest night, it’s almost a starting point to look towards season 2021. Already!
 
Our Webinar to be held on July 13 will be focusing on Workforce and our first up speaker will be Sally Murfet from InspireAg and she’ll introduce the afternoon’s session of guest speakers. Following up will be Michael Rogers from Australian Fresh Produce Alliance and he will talk about their expectations for seasonal worker availability following their own investigations and those undertaken by EY for the Alliance.
If you would like to join the webinar, please let me know by clicking here.

Produce Marketing Association A-NZ State of the Industry Panel

This week PMA A-NZ presented its State of the Industry Report 2020. The annual report explores the supply chain inefficiencies within the fresh produce industry, whilst also taking stock of the emerging trends as a result of COVID-19.
 
Ernst & Young was commissioned to explore supply chain inefficiencies within the fresh produce industry of Australia and New Zealand, and to identify opportunities for improvement and strategies to address consumer trends.
 
Australia loses an estimate of 18-22% of produce, equivalent to $1.72 billion loss, due to inefficiencies along the supply chain.
 
“Poor performance of the supply chain can cause visibility and trust issues, which often makes it difficult to pinpoint the inefficiencies and areas to directly target investment for improvement”, said Darren Keating, CEO at PMA A-NZ.
 
“The PMA A-NZ State of the Industry Report aims to provide the fresh produce with the information to identify opportunities for improvement to ensure greater returns along the whole supply chain”.

The PMA A-NZ State of the Industry Report 2020 is available here, or watch the webinar here.

COVID-19 – last week was not the best of weeks

Readers will be aware of the resources that we have been adding to our knowledge bank since we started 12-weeks ago. Since 3-rd week May, it was evident that cataloguing of assets was stronger in numbers for TOS than for RISK. Somewhere around a 70/30 split which was encouraging as perhaps we were getting somewhat closer to THE OTHER SIDE.
 
Last week the ratio went back to 50/50. What caused this?
 
Well, there was bad news from EU regarding a dramatic fall in exports and imports across the Union, second waves were experienced in Germany and South Korea, AU Border reported to be closed until 2021, Grim labour numbers in AU in May with jobless climbing to 7.1% and the UTAS report identifying that some Tasmanian were experiencing food shortages. And now, the news of further challenges with new community transmissions in Victoria.
 
On the other side, there were positives arising from IFAM flights to new destinations, Alibaba and JD.com have record sales, ABARES Agricultural outlook dominated by recovery from drought, no more purchase limits at Woolworths & Coles, and Australia to commence FTA discussions with the UK.
 
If you want to check the resources being held please click here for TOS or here for RISK.

AGRIBUSINESS & FOOD GUIDE – June 2020

News and update from Austrade that covers everything trade for anyone exporting – particularly those in food and agribusiness.

Trading Australia towards the future

Listed in this Guide is a speech given by the Minister for Trade (Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham) which he lays out the current activities being undertaken by his department.

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