Hort Connections 2022

Bill Bulmer – Chairman of AusVeg and Ben Hoodless – IFA ANZ Chairman opening the event.
Bill Bulmer – Chairman of AusVeg and Ben Hoodless – IFA ANZ Chairman opening the event.
Crowds waiting to enter the event.
Crowds waiting to enter the event.
Allan and Pam Anderson from AndFresh with a selection of Frigga Data loggers.
Allan and Pam Anderson from AndFresh with a selection of Frigga Data loggers.
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Lots of fresh produce on display.
Lots of fresh produce on display.
The wholesale markets were well represented.
The wholesale markets were well represented.
Chris and Milan de Krom from Food Automation, the company builds processing and packing lines.
Chris and Milan de Krom from Food Automation, the company builds processing and packing lines.
Steve Newman and Sam Manujith from The Avolution were visiting the show.
Steve Newman and Sam Manujith from The Avolution were visiting the show.
Martin Kneebone – FreshLogic and Glenn Egan – Perfection Fresh
Martin Kneebone – FreshLogic and Glenn Egan – Perfection Fresh
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Darren Keating International Fresh Produce Association with Jen Scoular from New Zealand Avocados.
Darren Keating International Fresh Produce Association with Jen Scoular from New Zealand Avocados.
Networking!
Networking!
Rieks van Klinken, June Muller and Nick van Beest at CSIRO.
Rieks van Klinken, June Muller and Nick van Beest at CSIRO.
Damien Gibson and Grant Konias were at the TOMRA stand with all the sorting solutions from the company.
Damien Gibson and Grant Konias were at the TOMRA stand with all the sorting solutions from the company.
Thomas Axisa and Jose Marques were on hand at the Emerson stand to tell visitors about the data loggers with real time tracking and analytics.
Thomas Axisa and Jose Marques were on hand at the Emerson stand to tell visitors about the data loggers with real time tracking and analytics.
Roger Size – De Wulf with Peter Ellison – Dowling Agri Tech. De Wulf manufacture a range of machinery for potatoes and carrots.
Roger Size – De Wulf with Peter Ellison – Dowling Agri Tech. De Wulf manufacture a range of machinery for potatoes and carrots.
Detpak is currently running a trial with Woolworths to cut the amount of plastic used in packaging,  this packaging can be recycled on the kerbside. Christian Bell, Ken Lu and Scott Hamlin.
Detpak is currently running a trial with Woolworths to cut the amount of plastic used in packaging,  this packaging can be recycled on the kerbside. Christian Bell, Ken Lu and Scott Hamlin.
Packaging from Detpak.
Packaging from Detpak.
Disruptive Packaging’ products are waterproof, leak proof and can be sanitised and used again. The company has a range of boxes, bins and pallets. Nathan Hall – Disruptive Packaging.
Disruptive Packaging’ products are waterproof, leak proof and can be sanitised and used again. The company has a range of boxes, bins and pallets. Nathan Hall – Disruptive Packaging.
The Result group of companies have many different products, including traceability in the fresh produce chair using tracking, data and a QR code and also laser technology which can ‘write’ on fruit and veg, this includes adding the QR code directly to the product. Michael Dosser explained the various solutions.
The Result group of companies have many different products, including traceability in the fresh produce chair using tracking, data and a QR code and also laser technology which can ‘write’ on fruit and veg, this includes adding the QR code directly to the product. Michael Dosser explained the various solutions.
Dobmac manufacture and import machinery into Australia, there has been a massive shift towards automation due to the severe labour shortage in the country. Hans Minderhout from Eqraft and Mark Dobson from Dobmac.
Dobmac manufacture and import machinery into Australia, there has been a massive shift towards automation due to the severe labour shortage in the country. Hans Minderhout from Eqraft and Mark Dobson from Dobmac.
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Stuart Payne from GP Graders said he has seen a massive shift in domestic demand as the labour shortage is driving people to automate and reduce the need for human workers.
Stuart Payne from GP Graders said he has seen a massive shift in domestic demand as the labour shortage is driving people to automate and reduce the need for human workers.
Peter Hofbauer and Roger Hugelshafer from Planet Protector Packaging presented a new totally decomposable insulation made from waste wool.
Peter Hofbauer and Roger Hugelshafer from Planet Protector Packaging presented a new totally decomposable insulation made from waste wool.
Wayne Prose – Fresh Intelligence Consulting with Rhoda Georgiou and Leslie Shield from Aheid.
Wayne Prose – Fresh Intelligence Consulting with Rhoda Georgiou and Leslie Shield from Aheid.
Jon van Poppering and Cameron Carter from Seeka Australia were visiting the show.
Jon van Poppering and Cameron Carter from Seeka Australia were visiting the show.
Sawggie a newly launched labour platform where growers can find workers and vice versa. Lisa van Munster and Jamie Wills.
Sawggie a newly launched labour platform where growers can find workers and vice versa. Lisa van Munster and Jamie Wills.
Sam Selave, Lachlan Micherson and Desda Culleam at the Growcom stand.
Sam Selave, Lachlan Micherson and Desda Culleam at the Growcom stand.
Zac Egan and David Power from Melbourne Markets.
Zac Egan and David Power from Melbourne Markets.
Inci Humberstone from Market West (Perth) with Seren Trump from Brisbane Markets.
Inci Humberstone from Market West (Perth) with Seren Trump from Brisbane Markets.
Teressa Hekeik from Sydney Markets.
Teressa Hekeik from Sydney Markets.
Leigh Cummin from Catalytic Generators.
Leigh Cummin from Catalytic Generators.
Muddy Boots have a cold chain management system which works on the lorilan network, the information feeds directly into the quality management systems. The sensor is disposable and recyclable. Sean Verlander – Muddy Boots.
Muddy Boots have a cold chain management system which works on the lorilan network, the information feeds directly into the quality management systems. The sensor is disposable and recyclable. Sean Verlander – Muddy Boots.
Summit Machinery make processing equipment for the fruit and vegetable sector the company has done quite well over the last couple of years when Australia saw a boom in the ready meal demand due to hospitality closing down and people living in small apartments not having room to store fresh produce. Malcolm Sneddon.
Summit Machinery make processing equipment for the fruit and vegetable sector the company has done quite well over the last couple of years when Australia saw a boom in the ready meal demand due to hospitality closing down and people living in small apartments not having room to store fresh produce. Malcolm Sneddon.
The sessions on the first day drew a big crowd.
The sessions on the first day drew a big crowd.
Darren Keating - International Fresh Produce Association with the finalists for the UPL Tech and Innovation award.
Darren Keating - International Fresh Produce Association with the finalists for the UPL Tech and Innovation award.
Joe Tullio and Vince Brullo from Australia Fruits with Jeff Scott from Australian Table Grape Association.
Joe Tullio and Vince Brullo from Australia Fruits with Jeff Scott from Australian Table Grape Association.
Tania Chapman from Nutrano with Nick Hall from Syngenta.
Tania Chapman from Nutrano with Nick Hall from Syngenta.
PRA Solutions is the Australian service partner for Greefa, Adam Pokorzynski said the getting the parts had been challenging due to logistical issues, but working with the Dutch has been easy.
PRA Solutions is the Australian service partner for Greefa, Adam Pokorzynski said the getting the parts had been challenging due to logistical issues, but working with the Dutch has been easy.
Sensitech give real time supply chain visibility which is becoming much more popular given the logistical issues faced by exporters. Noel Shang was on the stand.
Sensitech give real time supply chain visibility which is becoming much more popular given the logistical issues faced by exporters. Noel Shang was on the stand.
Wyma Solutions manufacture sorting machines in New Zealand for distribution around the world with a lot of business in Australia and the US. Bill Knobel (self-employed), John Roest and Andrew Farr from Wyma with Jeroen Zandman from Manter.
Wyma Solutions manufacture sorting machines in New Zealand for distribution around the world with a lot of business in Australia and the US. Bill Knobel (self-employed), John Roest and Andrew Farr from Wyma with Jeroen Zandman from Manter.
Some of the great packaging from Opal.
Some of the great packaging from Opal.
Plastic free packaging from Opal.
Plastic free packaging from Opal.
Avocado grower Alison Tolson from Avorama with Joe Gilligan from Opal. Opal is a packaging company with produces paper liners for avocados and mangoes which are now a requirement from the retailers in Australia, they also do a variety of other packaging.
Avocado grower Alison Tolson from Avorama with Joe Gilligan from Opal. Opal is a packaging company with produces paper liners for avocados and mangoes which are now a requirement from the retailers in Australia, they also do a variety of other packaging.
The team at escavox
The team at escavox
Andy Watson and Scott Morton at the PeakFresh stand with compostable lining and mulch films and new BioBags.
Andy Watson and Scott Morton at the PeakFresh stand with compostable lining and mulch films and new BioBags.
Multivac are a food packaging systems solutions provider with weighing systems, packaging systems and labelling systems. Grant Harrison and Alex Dellios were at the stand.
Multivac are a food packaging systems solutions provider with weighing systems, packaging systems and labelling systems. Grant Harrison and Alex Dellios were at the stand.
Tive supply trackers and data analysis, with the current shipping challenges people need data to make fast decisions. Deven Biggerstaff – Key Data, Hany Amer – Tive, Thomas McDaide and Kyle Holmes – Key Data.
Tive supply trackers and data analysis, with the current shipping challenges people need data to make fast decisions. Deven Biggerstaff – Key Data, Hany Amer – Tive, Thomas McDaide and Kyle Holmes – Key Data.
The team at Rimfire recruitment company.
The team at Rimfire recruitment company.
OJI Fibre Solutions are removing plastic from the supply chain with a range of trays and cartons. The company has its own mills in New Zealand from where they ship rolls of carton into Australia. Mark Hussein, Sheehan Pera and Jason Cairns-Lawrence.
OJI Fibre Solutions are removing plastic from the supply chain with a range of trays and cartons. The company has its own mills in New Zealand from where they ship rolls of carton into Australia. Mark Hussein, Sheehan Pera and Jason Cairns-Lawrence.
A forklift made from carton at OJI Fibre Solutions.
A forklift made from carton at OJI Fibre Solutions.
The ladies in the pink hats!
The ladies in the pink hats!
The team from BASF.
The team from BASF.
The team from EE Muir.
The team from EE Muir.
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