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2023 Partners

The 2023 Australian Banana Industry Congress is held biennially and is the peak meeting for the Australian Banana Industry. We bring together banana growers, researchers, representatives from the supply chain and retailers, as a host of other key groups critical to the Australian banana industry ecosystem.

As more Partners are confirmed, they will appear here. 

Foundation Partner

& Gala Dinner

Principal R&D Partners
Major Partner
& welcome reception
Retailer Associate Partner
Associate Partners
SUPPORTING Partners
PRIMARY Partners
Trade Night Sponsor
Networking & Program Partners

Back a Grower

Back a Grower

Bayer Bayer

Barista Lounge

Delegate Experience Partners
Bayer Bayer

Barista Lounge

Barista Lounge & Banana Bar

Branding Sponsors

Hand Sanitiser Sponsor

Photo Wall Sponsor

Keep Cup Sponsorship

Exhibitors

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Destination Partner

Apply to partner or exhibit with us in Cairns!

Show your support for the 2023 Australian Banana Industry Congress by becoming a partner or exhibitor. 

For all partnership or exhibition enquiries, please contact:

c/o MCI Australia 
Thomas Howden 
Partnership & Exhibition Manager 
Australian Banana Industry Congress

Foundation Partner & Gala Dinner

VISY

2019 Partner - VISY

Partnering with you for a better world. Visy is delighted to be a longstanding foundation partner of the Australian Banana Industry Congress, supporting the sector’s growers and stakeholders to meet their goals. As a global leader in packaging and resource recovery, we are able to offer you a full range of innovative packaging and automation solutions, including fibre options, pallets, banana bags and packing shed technology. Sustainability sits at the centre of our operating model and we are committed to helping you reach your own sustainability goals. Together we can create solutions that meet the growing consumer demand for environmentally responsible packaging and make a significant contribution to sustainability for the wider community. We are proudly Australian owned, and our large, local footprint ensures we can offer you more flexibility, greater reliability and faster speed to market. All while providing local jobs and strengthening the Australian manufacturing industry.

Call 13 VISY or visit www.visy.com.au to find out how we can work together to help you reach your goals.

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PRINCIPAL R&D PARTNER

Hort Innovation

2019 Partner - Hort Innovation

As the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture, each year we invest millions of dollars into critical R&D, extension, marketing and international trade initiatives. We’re extremely proud of the work we do to drive productivity, profitability and demand for Aussie growers, and for the sector at large.

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Major Partner

Australian Produce Partners

Australian Produce Partners

Partnering with Australian fresh food producers to help grow, package, distribute and promote, fresh produce to market

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RETAILER ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Woolworths

At Woolworths, we take a lot of pride in providing our customers with top quality Australian fresh food.  

 

With more than 1000 stores and 110,000 team members across the country, our purpose is to bring a little good to everyone everyday and supporting Australian growers is a big part of this. 

 

We’re proud of our fresh food credentials with 96% of all our fruit and vegetables sourced right here in Australia and more than two million Woolworths customers pick Cavendish bananas in our stores every week. 

 

We’re also passionate about making healthier choices more affordable for Australian families. In 2015 we launched Free Fruit for Kids to help more Australian kids eat more fruit. In the last year alone, we gave away more than than 26 million pieces of free fruit to kids in store, including millions of Australian bananas. 

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Associate Partner

Arcella Banana Company

Arcella Bananas

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.

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Associate Partner

Bayer Crop Science

Bayer is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds and innovative crop protection solutions, as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. With a large international research and development team, Bayer constantly delivers new and innovative products to the Australian horticulture industry.

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Associate Partner

Costa Group

Costa: well grown

Costa’s exceptional quality Cavendish and Lady Finger bananas are enjoyed around the country. Our delicious bananas are grown all year round in the ideal climates of Tully and Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland. We grow them so you can enjoy them every day of the year. Costa adopts sustainable farming with a specific emphasis upon protecting the Great Barrier Reef. We know fallowing, planting, fertilisation and the use of chemicals all affect the health of the soil, the plants and, crucially, the fruit. We stick to best practice regimes to ensure we can continually provide the best-quality eating bananas. In addition to our strict farming practices, we maintain strict post-harvest procedures including packing, storage, transport, ripening and dispatch. This ensures our bananas remain at optimum condition until the moment they are enjoyed by the end consumer.

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Supporting Partner

Soils First NQ

Soils First NQ began providing agronomic advice and farm inputs to banana growers in both Tully and the Tablelands in 2003. A warehouse facility in Innisfail was opened in 2011 and in 2016 to service the Tablelands we opened a facility in Tolga.

Our key objective is to provide individual fertiliser solutions to banana growers.

We are the only supplier in the industry to custom blend soluble fertilisers to an individual agronomic requirement.

This process reduces labour costs and is very cost effective compared to one shot blends.

Our long standing relationships with key suppliers ensures reliable supply of quality product and as independent CRT members we have access to the full range of farming inputs at competitive prices.

In 2015, we began manufacturing of Black Urea Granular Blends and are now able to produce blends that cover all the major/minor nutrient requirements of the banana plant.

With over 4,000 metres of warehouse we can accommodate any requirement from Bunch Covers, Banana Twine, Ag Chemical and Fertiliser.

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Supporting Partner

Pakall

Pakall

Pakall Pty Ltd as a business was originally started by Roger and Beverly Paynter at West End Brisbane in 1974. After a humble beginning selling general packaging, Pakall soon moved business to Sumner Park in 1982. A polyethylene extrusion plant was immediately established at these premises. This move into extrusion allowed Pakall to grow and specialise in food and flexible packaging and to develop the area of general packaging as well. In 2012 Pakall moved to our newer and bigger premises at Acacia Ridge, Brisbane. Having this facility has allowed us to expand into multilayer films and barrier products.

Pakall Pty Ltd is still a family owned company and one of the only vertically integrated plastics companies in Australia. After 40+ years we still pride ourselves on selling only quality packaging materials as well as providing a level of service that only comes with a family owned business. We have attained the ‘ISO 9001’ as well as the ‘ECO’ ratings and HACCP certification, and are proud  members of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).

The company specialises in a wide range of packaging products. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our customer service officers to discuss your packaging requirements.

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Colin Campbell (Chemicals) Pty Ltd

Colin Campbell (Chemicals) Pty Ltd is an Australian company that has been in existence for over 65 years. We have been supplying high quality crop protection products and post harvest treatments to Australian horticulture and recreational turf for over 40 years. Our products provide solutions to all orchard fruit, vegetables, grapevines and recreational turf. We also supply Australia’s home garden market with a few niche products.

We are currently advancing on many research and development projects for the horticulture market and we look forward to releasing some new and exciting formulations as well as expanding the use of existing products in the near future.

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PRIMARY PARTNER

QLD Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Supporting Partner

Loscam

Booth 24

Loscam provides returnable packaging solutions and equipment used to store and move products through supply chains in 12 regions throughout Asia Pacific. 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.

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PRIMARY PARTNER

Opal Fibre Packaging

Opal is very proud to be again part of the Australian Banana Congress in 2023 and would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Opal and to let you know more about the newest Packaging and Paper company in Australia and New Zealand’s. Opal is owned by Nippon Paper Industries (NPI) and combines the Orora Fibre Businesses with Australian Paper to form one of the largest packaging and paper companies in our region.

Opal’s Fresh Team have dedicated fruit and produce account management team that have a thorough understanding of the banana produce supply chain and are committed to keeping you at the forefront of industry trends. Opal offers an extensive range of banana carton solutions to meet all your requirements and wherever possible we implement sustainable practices to your business and environment today and tomorrow.

To remain the leading supplier in all fruit and produce packaging, the strategy is to provide more innovative solutions that compliment all market requirements whilst retaining high performance outcomes.

Think Packaging, think Opal. 

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Primary Partner

Netafim Australia

Booth 16

Netafim is the global leader in smart irrigation solutions for a sustainable future.  

Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution. 

Today, Netafim provides diverse solutions – from state-of-the-art drippers to advanced automated systems – accompanied by expert agronomic, technical and operational support. Netafim’s market-leading solutions are helping the world grow more with less. 

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Primary Partner

Seasol

Seasol - a better way to grow

At Seasol we are in the business of growing and nurturing! And not just plants, but strong communities, a happy healthy workplace and a sustainable environment.

We think everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy some kind of garden or grow their own food and to do it naturally. We want every kid to get their hands dirty and discover that tomatoes don’t grow in the supermarket. And we want all of you to feel confident that you can create a beautiful garden in the wet, the dry and everything in between. So we make products to help you do just that. Beyond the home garden, our products have been trialled and tested in fields by farmers, orchardists and commercial growers who have been using our products for over 40 years.

Seasol International Pty Ltd
1027 Mountain Hwy
Bayswater Victoria
3153 Australia

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PRIMARY PARTNER

Signet

For over 50 years, Signet has been a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of packaging and industrial supplies. With over 5500 products from brands you know and trust, Signet is your local supplier of choice. Whether you need safety, warehousing, labelling, marking, PPE or packaging supplies, we’ve got you covered. 

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Destination Partner

Cairns and Great Barrier Reef

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