2023 Grower's Conference
DAY 1 – Tuesday 29th August 2023
9:30AM – Arrival and Coffee. Vernview Orchards. 75 Gembrook Road, Launching Place. VIC
10:00AM – Welcome – Scott Montague
10:05AM – In field session topic – Stem Clipping Financial Analysis led by Nic Finger and Krys Lockhart
12:00PM – Lunch. Priest Orchards. 130 Settlement Road, Pakenham. VIC
12:30PM – In field session topic – Hedging and Leaf blower led by Paul Priest and Krys Lockhart
2:30PM – Depart Priest Orchards and drive to Montague. 18 Horswood Road Narre Warren North.
Parking at restaurant which is accessed by turning right at the round about at the top of Horswood Road
3:05PM – Montague Test Block. Topic – New Varieties. Led by Rowan Little and Krys Lockhart.
Meet at the red tractor on the grass area to collect your high vis.
4:10PM – Stella’s Restaurant. 18 Horswood Road, Narre Warren North. VIC
Afternoon tea will be served.
4:15PM – Venture Fruit Presentation
4:30PM – Sumitomo. Topic – Chemical and Growth Regulators. Led by Jack Bartels
5:00PM – TIA Project Update. Topic – Envy CA Storage. Led by Nigel Swartz
5:30PM – Break
6:00PM – Woolworths Guest Speaker – Warwick Hope. Topics include Sustainability, Quality and a Woolworths update and view on Managed Varieties
6:45PM – Buffet Dinner – Gourmet BBQ
7:45PM – Entertainment – Dynamic Game Show
9:30PM – Day 1 concludes. Please drive safely as you leave as there are many kangaroos in the area
DAY 2 – Wednesday 30th August 2023
8:00AM – Buffet Breakfast. Stella’s Restaurant. 18 Horswood Road, Narre Warren North. VIC
8:30AM – Coles Guest Speaker – Danny Corrigan. Topics include Strategy, Tiering, New Brands, Where Coles are headed and their views on Managed Varieties
9:00AM – Coles Collect Guest Speaker – Jack Steen and Aaron Fogarty. Topic – Understanding Coles Collect
9:45AM – Interactive workshops. Sponsored by Agrofresh. Guests will join in teams and be facilitated through the following workshop topics:
Montague MV Programs (Storage, Cashflow, Estimates) with Gavin Wylie & Rowan Little
QA (QA requirements and Ethical audits) with Lena Christl and Des Rokvic
Benchmarking with Ben Rimmer, Krys Lockhart and Molly Hunter
Fresh Could, Fogging, Strella with Agro Fresh and Rachel Meuwly
Brands and Marketing with Angela Bracken, Bethany Hughes, Jennifer Leslie and Savannah Selimi
12:00PM – Brand Insights Presentation by Ooo Media
Please meet in the Montague Office Tea Room
12:30PM – Lunch
12:45PM – Update from APAL on Project Updates and Schools Education Program led by Justin Smith, Rowan Little and Angela Bracken
1:30PM – Keynote Speaker DAVID PLATT from resilient futures ‘Strategy for Disruptive Change’. David will observe throughout the course of the conference and will close the event with an energising, thought provoking and galvanising presentation.
2:30PM – Conference concludes and farewell. Scott Montague
SUGGESTED ACCOMODATION OPTIONS
Quest Narre Warren
Hyatt Place Melbourne Caribbean Park