ABIC gratefully acknowledges the following key partners
Founding partner and Banana Industry Ball including Awards of Honour Partner
Visy is one of Australasia’s leading manufacturers of corrugated boxes, packaging and packaging consumables.
From cardboard boxes & cartons to banana papers, string, tapes, liners, palletising products & more, Visy is a ‘one stop shop’ for all your packaging needs.
It doesn’t stop there though; Visy offers a full lifecycle of packaging capability. We are actively involved at every stage of the product’s lifespan; from design and innovation, automation & material handling right through to expertise in print and production, we’re helping a growing industry grow even stronger.
With more choices than ever before, more Australians still pick Woolies for their food shopping. Woolworths is Australia’s largest supermarket chain and more than 14 million customers shop with us every week. We operate 981 stores across Australia, and have more than 111,000 team members in stores, distribution centres and support offices to provide our customers with superior service, range, value and convenience. Woolworths prides itself on working closely with Australian growers and farmers to ensure the best products are available. We source 96% of all fresh fruit and vegetables and 100% of fresh meat from Australian farmers and growers”
Major Partner, Welcome Reception and Science Café Partner
MacKays Banana Marketing
In 2001 MacKay’s Banana Marketing (MBM) was established as a separate business entity to manage all banana marketing and sales from a cooperative of large scale farming families.
The rationale was to have a dedicated specialist team to manage the marketing and customer interaction aspects of the businesses. This allowed each family to do what they do best, growing some of Australia’s best Bananas whist still maintaining control of distribution to customers nationally.
Today MBM remains true to its grower ownership, focusing on managing extensive high quality produce for its customers.
Major Partner and Banana Bar Partner
LaManna Premier Group
The LaManna Premier Group is a national group of companies with a vertically integrated supply chain that spans from farm to retailer across Australia’s fresh produce industry. We work together with one common objective – to be the leading provider of supply chain solutions in the fresh produce industry. LaManna Premier Group has been closely associated and recognised as one of the major wholesalers of bananas in Australia. Building on this reputation LaManna Premier Group has forged ahead in other key produce lines, including avocados, mangoes, tomatoes, grapes, kiwifruits, citrus, tropicals and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Hort Innovation Australia
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation) is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development (R&D) and marketing company for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture Industry.
Hort Innovation invests more than $100 million in R&D and marketing programs annually.
While the investment decisions we make are deliberate, considered and evidence-based, innovation sits at the heart of what we do to make big gains.
Our goal is to grow the future of Australia’s fruit, vegetable, nut, plant and tree industries. Our job is to help growers increase their productivity and profitability.
And our doors are open for business.
Associate Partner and Fresh Banana Partner
Costa is Australia’s largest grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables.
From this market leading position, we work incredibly hard to keep improving the quality of our produce and the service we deliver to our customers. Our produce is supplied to all the major Australian supermarket chains, as well as independent grocers and a range of food industry stakeholders. We also export to Asia, North America and Europe. In order to meet our customers’ desires for fresh produce all year round, we have forged strong relationships with strategic alliance partners. These growers supplement and extend the offering from our own farms. We also do much more than grow and market exceptional fruit and vegetables. Costa Farms operates wholesale markets for fresh produce; and Costa Logistics provides value added supply chain and logistics services.
Arcella Banana Company and its growing arm Tropicana Banana are proudly 100% Australian family owned and operated. With over 40 years’ experience, we are passionate about all facets of bananas. We are committed in investing in the future of the Australian banana industry.
We strive to provide growers with the best service and ensure that retailers receive the best quality bananas 52 weeks of the year.
Nutrano Produce Group
Nutrano Produce Group was created in early 2016 by the acquisition of key fruit category production and supply chains in Australia.
Our Senior Management team have over 150 years of industry experience, which has enabled us to grow at a rapid-pace.
Most recently, we acquired the Seven Fields and Abbotsleigh businesses, giving us expertise across the entire supply chain from seed to plate.
Today, our team consists of over 100 fresh produce ambassadors who are passionate about production, processing, ripening, marketing, wholesaling (domestic and export) and retail.
We pride ourselves on the quality of produce we handle from seed to plate. Our vertically-integrated business model allows us to manage the supply chain, ensuring customers receive the freshest produce possible, every time.
Our wholesale facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Markets, as well as our category management approach to retail, ensures we are well positioned to take our valued grower partners on a journey to deliver the freshest produce to consumers every day.
AustSafe Super is the industry super fund for rural and regional Australia. Since 1988, we’ve been committed to looking after our members’ super throughout their working lives and into retirement.
We’re run only to benefit members, which means low fees, no commissions paid to financial planners and a history of strong long-term performance.
We also have a team of Regional Managers on hand to help employers understand super and meet their obligations. They live and work in rural and regional Australia and they understand the needs of employers.
In operation for almost 50 years, Signet is an Australian owned and operated business. Signet is a leader in the distribution and manufacture of packing materials and continues to provide it’s customers with superior quality and industry experience.
Signet strives on ensuring customers are provided with the best customer service. So to help cater to the large national base of customers Signet operates a warehouse in Townsville. The Townsville warehouse has helped ensure that no matter where in Australia the products are being ordered from, Signet will deliver on time, every time.
Pakall Pty Ltd was established 45 years ago and is a family owned and operated company who has been supplying the Banana industry for over 30 years. Our considerable knowledge and understanding of the Banana industry together with our expertise in plastics and packaging means there is no better company then Pakall to service your plastic and packaging requirements.
Catalytic Generators Australia
More than forty years ago, Catalytic Generators started out in the US, specialising in the ethylene application for fruit ripening. It has long been the company’s goal to become involved in the ripening of high quality fresh produce in Australia, to offer Australian fresh produce companies a safer and easier alternative to ethylene. Catalytic Generators has a diversified customer base in Australia. We supply and service large banana ripening centres in the capital cities Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as well as smaller suppliers Australia wide. We help our customers with their ripening around the country. If it’s one ripening room or forty speak with us on how we can assist.
Sweeter Soils is a small business providing a systemic approach to soil health and fertility by managing the life in the soil to provide highly robust and profitable production systems. We understand the pressure farming practices have had on the environment and we also know that without some of these practices farming is not viable. By using an integrated approach we work with clients to manage the total system, generating a soil environment free of chemical, structural, and biological limitation; creating the right environment for plants and soil biology alike. The Bactivate products we supply are biological and nutritional products which contain a range of soil based bacteria and fungi which are known as Plant Growth Promoting Micro-organisms (PGPM). The PGPM’s primary and secondary beneficial effects on plant health include:
- Improved growth
- Combat the effects of pathogens in soil
- Combat the impacts of soil borne disease
Sweeter Soils believes Australian Farmers now have a sustainable alternative to the “business as usual” model.
Led by company owners Les and Judy Blennerhassett, Blenners Transport is one of North Queensland’s largest family owned road and rail transport operators. Established in 1988 in Far North Queensland, Blenners transport has seen ongoing growth and now runs depots throughout Queensland, employing over 300 staff. Originally starting out as banana farmers, Les and Judy Blennerhassett diversified into refrigerated road transportation in order to transfer their own produce to market. Through constant customer commitment and striving for excellence, Blenners Transport grew rapidly and to date owns a vehicle fleet consisting of 122 Prime movers, 185 Vans, 32 Rigid trucks, 10 Road trains and 22 Rail containers.
Blenners Transport are refrigerated and frozen freight specialists, on average our Brisbane depot loads 175 vans per week working with leading retailers including Woolworths, Coles, Peters, McCains Bidvest & Toys ‘r’ us. Our trucks also transport fresh produce, predominately Bananas from North Queensland to Melbourne, Sydney , Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane with return loads to Brisbane and North Queensland and we are the major carrier for Fruit and Vegetable wholesalers in Townsville and Cairns.
QRAA offers low interest, government backed loans to support primary producers increase productivity and profitability. QRAA fund on-farm development, enterprise expansion and projects to address climatic, biosecurity and environmental challenges.
QRAA play a significant role in supporting the next generation’s entry into agriculture through funding property purchase, succession and a staged progression to fulltime primary production. QRAA offers a localised service with nine Regional Area Managers located throughout Queensland.
ICL Group is a global organisation with product portfolios renowned for their innovation, performance and precision. The Agriculture group of ICL focuses on the production of open-field, tunnel and greenhouse crops including fruit, vegetables, agriculture crops such as potatoes, nursery stock and bulbs. And offers specialised fertiliser products that match fertiliser application technique: foliar, drip or soil applied.
Omnia Specialities Australia is a leading manufacturer of humate and fulvate products based in Victoria Australia. Omnia Specialities has been manufacturing humate soil conditioners and fertilizers in Australia since 1990. Only the best quality leonardite is used in the specialised process, yielding the most concentrated humic acids in the world. Omnia’s product range has expanded to include trace elements, foliar fertilizers and kelp products, all with an organic base mostly organically certified. In addition, Omnia imports a full range of water soluble fertilizers distributed through a network of port stores.
Netafim is the global leader in smart irrigation solutions for a sustainable future. Netafim delivers innovative solutions to growers of all sizes, in over 110 countries. Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward low-flow agricultural irrigation. Today, Netafim provides diverse solutions – from state-of-the-art drippers to advanced automated systems – accompanied by expert agronomic, technical and operational support. Specializing in end-to-end solutions from the water source to the root zone, Netafim delivers turnkey irrigation and greenhouse projects, supported by engineering, project management and financing services. Netafim’s market-leading solutions are helping the world grow more with less.
Colin Campbell (Chemicals)
Colin Campbell (Chemicals) is a 100% Australian owned company established in 1940. We specialise in crop protection products for use throughout Australia with a speciality for Horticulture, Post Harvest treatments and the Recreational Turf Market (golf courses, sporting stadiums etc).
CHEP is a global provider of supply chain solutions serving the consumer goods, fresh food, beverage, manufacturing and retail sectors in more than 60 countries. CHEP’s 12,500 employees and approximately 300 million pallets and containers is part of the Brambles Group. For more information, visit www.chep.com or www.brambles.com.
China Merchants Loscam provides returnable packaging solutions and equipment used to store and move products through supply chains in 13 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. We have built our reputation by providing outstanding customer service, innovative products and tailored solutions to our customer since our establishment in 1942.
Loscam focus on delivering high quality, efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions which has led to a position of leadership in the manufacturing and retail sectors. This leadership is underpinned by a dedicated team of employees continuously striving to delight our customers through systems and processes that ensure ultimate control of our equipment pools.
Our unique pooling system enables trading partners to share LOSCAM equipment, including pallets, intermediate bulk containers, produce crates and Retail Ready Packaging through the supply chain, enabling conversion of fixed costs to variable costs and promoting environmental sustainability. Our network of service depots are strategically located throughout Asia Pacific to ensure availability of our products when and where you need them.
MAIT Industries Provides innovative Monitoring and irrigation-control solutions that help growers, horticulturists, turf managers and other water users and providers to improve their water-management practices.
We’ve been developing & perfecting irrigation technologies for Australian conditions since 1994.
Today, our products are used Australia wide, by large and small enterprises. The scalability of our solutions means a customer can begin with a basic system, and then add as their needs grow. Clients tell us this is just one of the reasons they like our equipment. Another is its ease of use.
We look forward to help you with your automation and monitoring needs.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries provides leadership for the growth and sustainable development of food, fibre, fishing and forestry industries in Queensland. Agri-Science Queensland undertakes research, development and extension to deliver better plant protection, productive cropping systems, new varieties, supply chain and market access improvements across all agricultural businesses. Agri-Science Queensland supports the banana industry with a world class research team working on plant protection, new technologies and improved production systems with an emphasis on Panama disease tropical race 4 to ensure the long term sustainability and viability of the industry.
Seasol International manufactures and markets high quality kelp, fish, humic and trace element products for the horticultural and agricultural market. Our products have been used by farmers, for over 40 years to improve the quality and performance of their yields.
Soils First NQ is situated in the heart of the largest Australian banana growing area. Since establishing in 2003 to provide agronomic advice and quality fertilisers to banana growers, Soils First NQ has expanded into custom blending of Black Urea Blends and prescription soluble blends with Swancorp products. Joining the CRT (Ruralco) group in 2016,Soils First NQ is now able to provide the complete range of farming inputs.
Soils First NQ is currently pioneering a sustainable farming system that will lower the environmental impact of growing bananas in the tropical Far North.
Biosecurity Queensland leads the Government’s efforts to prevent, respond to and recover from pests and diseases threatening agricultural prosperity, the environment, social amenity and human health. This is achieved by maintaining access to markets, protecting animal welfare and reducing the risk of contamination from agricultural chemicals.
More information can be found in the Biosecurity section of our website. www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
Propak Industries is a leading environmentally responsible Australian packaging company, established in 1990. We are a proud family owned business providing Australia-wide service including all cities and rural areas.
Propak Industries has a history of developing new ideas, new products and leads with new technology. Our aim is to get the best from our people and technology to deliver first class service and environmentally responsible world-class packaging solutions and minimising exposure to OH&S issues. We specialise in packaging that will reduce costs and increase Productivity throughout.
Propak has proudly partnered with the Banana Industry to provide solutions for transporting fresh produce throughout Australia. We work closely with customers to ensure the best solution, including site visits and evaluation. Our end of line packaging solutions have been approved by Woolworths, Coles Distribution Centres and Aldi.
Interplas Pty Ltd
Interplas Pty Ltd is a wholly owned and operated Australian company that supplies quality Bunch Covers and other plastic products to the Australian Banana Industry.
Over the last 3 years Interplas has offered creative and innovative solutions to meet a growers particular requirements for Bunch Covers, Slip Sheets and Gusset Bags.
With Interplas, you choose the specification for your quality product including, Length, Width, Thickness, Mono, COEX, Coloured, Plain, Silver Top, Silver Side, Silver Both Sides, Punched, Slit, Stripes or any other feasible configuration combination.
Tie Up Venture
At Tie Up Farming we digitising farming operations.
We are the market leader in farming traceability application software, Tie Up Farming helps farmers and agribusinesses fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition. We start by simply eliminating paper from the agribusiness, progressing to full yield mapping applications, managing workers (increasing productivity and quality at the field level and at the pack house) and much more. All the information will be provided in REAL TIME. The system is fully customised to the business needs.
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Department of Primary Industries has a lead role in preventing, responding to, and overseeing the recovery from invasion or spread of plant pests and diseases. NSW DPI works closely with plant industries, other jurisdictions and the general public to put sound biosecurity policies in place, helping to maintain and expand market access for the state’s primary producers.
Nutrifert Australia supplies soil amendment products via our extensive dealer network. We offer Ozcal ultra-fine granular lime and OzcalMag ultra-fine granular dolomite.
These products can be applied straight or as part of an NPKS blend using a grower’s own fertiliser application equipment.
Ozcal and OzcalMag have 2-4mm granules that contain ultra-fine 20 micron particles, resulting in high reactivity in the soil.