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Program at a Glance

You can view the program online below, or view the full program book here.

WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE 2015
5.00am – 8.00am Optional Excursion
Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable & Flower Market Tour
3.00pm – 6.00pm Registration
4.00pm – 4.15pm Official Australian Banana Industry Congress 2015 Exhibition Opening, Crown Promenade
Steve Lizzio, Congress Chairman and Paul Inderbitzin, Nuffield Scholar
4.15pm – 6.00pm Welcome Reception & Exhibition Opening, Crown Promenade
Sponsored by
6.00pm – LATE State of Origin Party at the Promenade
delegates must register – pre-game event that continues for those you have not made arrangements to attend the game.

 

THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2015 – CHANGE
5.00am – 8.00am Optional Excursion
Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable & Flower Market Tour
7.30am – 5.00pm Registration
9.00am – 9.20am Opening Presentation
Steve Lizzio, Congress Chairman and Doug Phillips, ABGC Chairman
9.20am – 10.00am Opening Keynote
Craig Bellamy,Head Coach of the Melbourne Storm NRL Club
Keynote Session sponsored by
visy
10.00am – 10.30am Morning tea
Sponsored by
mgroup
10.30am – 11.00am Fresh Food Trends
Sarah Hyland, Colmar Brunton
11.00am – 11.30pm Consumer Psychology
James Pike, Added Value
11.30pm – 12.00pm Producing the goods – What the best performers in fresh food do well
Peter McPherson, Costa Group
12.00pm – 12.30pm New 3 Year Banana Marketing Plan
David Chenu, Horticulture Innovation Australia
12.30pm – 1.20pm Lunch
1.20pm – 2.05pm Containing TR4
Professor Altus Viljoen
2.05pm – 2.45pm TR4 Panel Discussion
Professor Altus Viljoen and panel members
2.45pm – 3.35pm Poster Sessions & Afternoon Tea Sponsored by
costa
3.35pm – 4.25pm Developing Tolerant varieties
Dr Chih-Ping Chao
4.25pm – 5.05pm TR4 Panel Discussion
Dr Chih-Ping Chao and panel members
5.05pm – 5.15pm Briefing on Retail Tour
Master of Ceremonies, Tristan Kitchener
7.00pm – LATE Mesh-ed Banana Dinner – delegates must register
or a free night of your choosing

 

FRIDAY 19 JUNE 2015 – CHALLENGE
7.00am – 11.00am Excursion
Retail Tour
10.00am – 5.00pm Registration
11.00am – 11.15am Morning Tea
11.15am – 12.15pm Post Retail Tour Panel Discussion
Bananas – an ideal snack for Australians and/or is it an industry under pressure?
12.15am – 1.00pm Cooking demonstration with Chef Miguel Maestre
1.00pm – 3.00pm Lunch and Networking in the Exhibition area
Sponsored by
orora
7.00pm – LATE Banana Ball at the Palladium including Awards of Honour
– delegates must register
Sponsored by
visy

 

SATURDAY 20 JUNE 2015 – OPPORTUNITY
8.00am – 12.00pm Registration
9.00am – 9.45am The Key to High Performance
Dr Adam Fraser
9.45am – 10.15am Small Farm-Big Ideas
Ashley Ratcliff, viticulturist, Horticultural Grower of the Year 2013
10.15am – 10.45am Morning Tea
Sponsored by
CHEPR_small
10.45am – 11.15am Changing retail landscape
Tristan Kitchener
11.15am – 12.00pm Working to a healthy life
Hon. Jeff Kennett
12.00pm – 12.15pm Conference Close and Wrap Up
Tristan Kitchener & Steve Lizzio

Please note that the Congress Organisers reserve the right to change the program at anytime. The Preliminary Program is provided as indication of the proposed schedule and is subject to change.