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We look forward to welcoming you to the Banana Industry Congress 2013 next week at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

For all accommodation bookings, please contact the Palmer Coolum Resort directly on +61 7 5446 1234.

All new registrations for the congress will now need to be done on site at the Palmer Coolum Resort Registration desk from Wednesday 29 May 2013 2.00pm.

Latest Program at a Glance and final confirmed speakers

View Latest Program at a Glance and final confirmed speakers

Iluka Davidson

National Banana Buyer, Coles

The Retail Perspective: Selling the No. 1 Fruit & Panel Discussion - Fresh Food Retailing

Tristan Harris

Co-CEO, Harris Farm Markets

The Retail Perspective: Selling the No. 1 Fruit & Panel Discussion - Fresh Food Retailing

Tristan Harris is Co-CEO with Harris Farm Markets P/L, Australia’s largest independent fresh produce retailer. In charge of both buying and marketing, Tristan and his team are on a mission to grow the business by improving the total customer experience. Tristan joined the business in 2006 after first gaining a broad spectrum of corporate and management experience in global telecommunications and then having run his own successful businesses (Retail & Telco). Tristan holds an honours degree in Engineering, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently completing an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management. He also sits on the board of PMA - Australia & New Zealand.

Alf Canino

Depot Manager, JAT Refrigerated Road Services

Panel Discussion

Alf has extensive experience in both growing and transporting bananas. A former Innisfail grower, he now has more than 15 years’ experience in transportation. Alf is the depot manager for JAT Refrigerated Road Services at Tully, managing the north Queensland banana business. He began his transport-sector career in Innisfail in 1995, before joining JAT in Tully in 2006. JAT also has offices in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Brisbane and Sydney and operates 65 vehicles.


Doug Phillips

ABGC Chairman

This exciting event will be held from May 29 to June 1, 2013 at the Palmer Coolum Resort (formerly know as Hyatt Regency Coolum) on the Sunshine Coast.

The Congress is the one event attended by everyone in our industry – from the growers who do the hard yards on our farms to the many industry partners who continue to help us maintain our position as one of Australia’s largest horticulture industries producing Australia’s number-one selling fruit. It is also a time when we meet, as an industry, with leaders and decision makers from Government and across the broader agriculture sector.

The Banana Industry Congress 2013 is my first as Chairman of the Australian Banana Growers' Council (ABGC), which hosts Congress. On behalf of my fellow Directors and the hundreds of growers we represent, I can assure you we are planning an event that will be a must for everyone in the industry.

We held the Congress at this excellent Sunshine Coast venue in 2011. With accommodation, Congress and recreation facilities all on the one site, we know we will make the most of our business and networking programs.

If you are already one of our valued delegates, sponsors or exhibitors, I hope you will again join us in 2013. If you would like to participate for the first time, I can assure you it will be a rewarding experience.

As we host Congress only every two years, I urge you to take this opportunity to be involved. Congress has become renowned for the value it adds to our industry and I can assure you that our 2013 event will carry on this fine tradition.