FOOD SUCCESS STORIES
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?