FOOD SUCCESS STORIES

Event Two

Panel

  • Facilitator – Barry McGookin, FIAL

  • Robert De Castella, Deek’s Health Foods

  • Two Before Ten Urban Farm

  • Sarah McDougall, Lake George Winery

  • Richard Everson, Entrepreneurs' Programme

  • Ian Chu Director, Majestic Mushrooms Pty Ltd

  • Sasa Sestic, ONA Coffee

  • Rob Collier, Riverina Fresh

  • Chris Dennis Two Before Ten (café/urban farm)

Context  - The Southeast and Tablelands alone account for over 2000 jobs in over 100 businesses across the food and beverage manufacturing sector. This is more than any other manufacturing sector. This region produces artisan food products, seafood processing, aquaculture, dairy, meat, grain milling, craft beer and spirits.

Challenge - Making it in the food industry is tough. The challenges include raising capital, finding skilled workers, competition, waste management, collaborating, meeting changing consumer expectations, fragmented supply chains and deteriorating weather conditions. Yet some make it. What’s the recipe?