VegDoctor is 2017 Churchill Fellow

We are thrilled to announce that Hazel has been selected to be one of the 2017 Australian Churchill Fellows for travel to Northern Europe in early 2018.

The Project: Hazel is looking to meet people and view factories with state-of-the-art approaches to development of value-added, convenient, healthy foods throughout 8 weeks funded travel in March-April 2018, to the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Italy.  She specifically wants to address the opportunity and mechanisms to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into value-added, convenient, healthy foods.  Hazel will be looking for new trends and products, innovative approaches, nimble and versatile processing systems and equipment, and effective collaborative approaches. Hazel will focus on opportunities relevant to Australian fruit and vegetable producers, especially for stabilisation of, and adding value to excess produce.

The Outcomes: Key specific insights (products, equipment, contacts) relevant to Australian SME food producers to help them develop new food products for local and export markets.  Hazel’s learnings, insights and ideas generated will be shared via talks, workshops and more local ‘foodie’ events.

A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity for Australian Citizens to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence!  The Churchill Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill the great world leader, and provides a pathway for Fellows to access industry and community leaders from across the world, enabling the exchange of knowledge, technology and experience for the benefit of Australian Society. For more information see:

#VegInnovations2018 hits the road

MacTavish West, with support from VegPro and Hort Innovation will be taking the popular VegInnovation workshops on the road to six Australian regions to help people involved in the Australian vegetable industry develop value-added vegetable products that catch and keep consumer interest.  They are being held throughout June, July and August 2018 in the following regions.  Please click the relevant event to get further information or to book your place.

Tasmania, Elizabeth Town, 7th June

Western Australia, Perth, 10th July

Queensland, Lockyer Valley, 25th July

Victoria, Sale, 2nd August

Victoria, Epping, 3rd August

South Australia, Adelaide, 9th August