FOOD SUCCESS STORIES

Event Two

Panel

  • Facilitator – Barry McGookin, FIAL

  • Robert De Castella, Deek’s Health Foods

  • Sasa Sestic, ONA Coffee

  • Susan Bruce, Poachers Pantry

  • Sarah McDougall, Lake George Winery

  • Rob Collier, Riverina Fresh

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?

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