Andrew Francey- Chairman of the PMA A-NZ, Hon Tung Ngo - South Australian Legislative Council and Geoff Moore- Chair of Ausveg cut the ribbon
There was a huge crowd at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the opening of the Hort Connections 2017.
Drinks were served at the opening
In the centre of the trade fair hall there beautiful displays of fruit and vegetables.
The guys at registration finally got break once the crown was registered and in!
Julian Horsley and Yvonne at A& D Weighing. The company provides weighing and inspection machines.
The team at Rimfire Resources, providing recruitment services to the sector.
Philip Bower was on hand at the Schur stand. This packing machine is an example of the packaging systems the company manufactures, they can change bag sizes and styles within five minutes moving from liquid, dried, powered goods.
The Lynch Group grows and supplies beautiful flowers to the major supermarkets. Casey Foriere was at the stand.
Gary Dunn, Noel Shang and David Bastock on the Sensitech stand.
Another beautiful flower display at Tony's Flowers.
AmTec provides fabric bags, weed protection etc for the nursery and greenhouse sectors.
Georgia Megirian with AgXtra who carry out lap research for horticultural crops and help get new products registered.
Nathan Thomas and Mark Allot at Kubota tractors AU.
SOPURA provide cleaning and sanitation chemicals for fresh produce - Adam Balnaves and Peter Bruce.
Thomas de Masi and Gary Erickson at Coolsan who provide sanitation, cols storage and transportation.
Matthew Moyle, Geoff Cox and Will Porter at NuFarm.
Brendan Coan, Charles Hazelton ans Sebastian Leith at UPL who supplies Ag chemicals.
Andrew Doecke, Dennis Panozzo and James Freemantle at Omnia.
The team at CRT Rural Suppliers - Jason McKenzie, Sam Hunt, Jenny Misso, Chris Cayley and Wayne Wilson.
The Australian team providing Haygrove systems for covering crops such as cherries and berries which is becoming more and more popular in Australia. Paul Smith, Nicola Anne Man and Wade Mann.
The team at T@G - Matt Adams, Michael Pitrone, Louella Shetty and Annalese Walker.
Stuart Abbot and Dick van de Kop at GREEFA.
Microbiology Laboratories Australia - Ta Nguyen.
Desmond Muir and Clinton Ribbon at AiroFresh.
Sam Work at Water Dynamics who provide irrigation systems.
Kirsty Ebert and Rosanna Common at DOW AgroSciences.
Christian Miles at Australian Contour Packaging providing flexible packaging, flow wrapping and sleeves.
Matt Burns, Richard Sawyer and Lance Dickenson at John Deere tractors.
The ladies at Coles - Stacey Sutcliffe, Mansheel Gill and Vanessa Kiel.
Symbio Laboratories do food safety and residue testing for ag products.
Fairbanks Seeds provides vegetables seeds - Andrew Smyth and Anthony Ladds.
Carlo and Amanda at APG recruitment agency.
Kingspan manufactures water tanks in Australia for customers worldwide - Ron James.
Cosmio Piscioneri at Cosmic Packaging selling packaging for the fresh produce industry.
The brand new Bravo apple! 50,000 cartons will sold in Australia this season. Production will be bigger next year when they will look at exporting it. There are 50 growers growing it in Australia at the moment. Steele Jacob and Nardia Stacy were enthusiastic about the new apple.
The PMA Fresh Connections paired up with the National Horticulture Convention for the first time to bring us Hort Connection. John Oxford - PMA, Darren PMA A-NZ and Richard Owen PMA.
Jordan Le, Martin Kneebone and Andrew Frazer at Fresh Logic.
Joe Tullio- Australia Fruits with Shannan Mehmet - Temhem Orchards and Bret Vidakovic - AWETA.
Plastic crates are taking over from wooden ones and Ian Bains is supplying them as well as his irrigation systems at Smart Irrigation.
You find an ISUZU engine in every sector from irrigation to construction!! Rod Best explains all about the engine.
Geoff Harvey and Tracey Martin at Irrigation Australia.
Heinrich van der Westhuizen, Matt Wetherall and Matt Thomas at Campbell's Fertilizer.
Ed Bacon and Marc Aliotti at Corex.
the team at Compac - Guryinder Singh, Niel templeton, Ben Alderidge, Sam Webster and Grant Konias.
Geoff Peacock and Matthew Salter at Maf Roda.
Gert Uitdewillinger from Emerson and Travis Sherlock from L&B Taspac.
The busiest man at the trade fair!! Flat white please.
Marcel Oldenziel - Manter and Joan van Burg - Burg Machine Fabriek.
The team at TORP who do irrigation systems - Rob Aitken, Frank Nocera, Clint Shaw and Geoff Allen.
TORP brough a hippo along to the show.
James Bertram at Rijk Zwaan
A range of veg from Rijk Zwaan.
Proud Solutions are a dealer for Unitec in Australia - David Proud, Con Bouras and Ben Proud.
Ben Reily and Glenn Roberson at the Steritech satnd.
Tania Chapman - Horticulture Innovation Australia.
An international team at the DOBMAC stand - Simon lee - Tong Engineering, Mark Dobson and Warren Lockett - DOBMAC and Freerk Jan de Haan - Verbrugge.
Geoff Stamoulis and Matt Rodrick at Cropping Solutions.
Michael Franks - Seeka, John Oxford L&M and Peter McPherson each gave talks then formed a Global Developments panel.
The State of the Industry discussed by Darren Keating PMA A-NZ and James Whitehead from AUSVEG, questions were asked by Tanya Roberts.
Martin Kneebone from Fresh Logic discussed the top 20 Fresh Categories in the Australian Market.
Simon Gray spoke about different packaging and the moves in new technology to include tracking and providence on produce packing.
Renee White from Watermark gave talk on brand traceability.
The award for best single stand went to Lenswood apples.
And the award for best multi stand was given to the Mitula Group.
The team at Lenswood apples, The Rockit apple stand - Chris Hurrey, Austin Mortimer, James Walters and Julian Carbone.
Lisa Cork and Gianni Russo - Fresh Produce Marketing - explained to delegates how to create and build a brand.
Megan Treston from Neilson spoke about how to connect to the online consumer.
Jaap Wiskerke - Wiskerke Onions spoke about The Dutch Powerhouse - the onion export sector.