The Australian Assurance Summit Program

The Australian Assurance Summit program reflects the current opportunities, challenges and emerging needs of the diverse range of stakeholders Freshcare supports.

Freshcare’s certification programs provides Australian producers, businesses and consumers with the confidence and assurance their products are safe, high-quality and sustainable. Assurance impacts every step of our fresh produce and wine supply chain, from paddock – to pallet – to plate.

Through a process of consultation, Freshcare has created an interesting and engaging program which provides insight from industry leaders, while also creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and idea sharing.

Our program itinerary provides opportunities for live Q&A, discussion and networking. We look forward to collaborating with you on the key topics effecting our sectors.

The Australian Assurance Summit: Key Discussion Themes

  • Global Assurance Programs
  • Domestic and International Perspectives
  • Future Customer and Consumer Expectations
  • Tech and Innovation Empowering Growers
  • Social Licence and Right to Farm
  • Emerging Export Markets
  • ESG and Sustainability
  • Risk Mitigation and Green Lending
  • Freshcare Outlook

Through your engagement, Freshcare will develop an industry “snapshot” report early 2024.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 13th November

5pm – Welcome Reception and Registration 

A welcome reception will be held in the gardens of The William Inglis Hotel. The welcome reception is a complementary inclusion for all guests with a full delegate package.

We invite guests arriving Monday evening to register early, collect their conference pass and attend our networking Welcome Reception with drinks and canapes.

Tuesday 14th November

Registration from 8am in the foyer of The William Inglis Hotel.

The Summit begins at 9am in The William Inglis Hotel ‘Sales Arena’.

Insights and Inspirations: Stopping Food Waste. Keynote to be announced soon.

Meeting the Future: Understanding Customer & Consumer Expectations

Horticulture, fresh produce supply chains and wine grape industries are largely driven by customer and consumer demands. We look at the emerging domestic and international trends, expectations and how sustainability, cost and food security play a part.

Morning Tea & Exhibitor Networking

From Local to Global: Emerging Industry Trends & Market Access Realities

What is currently driving commercial and market access domestically and internationally? We dive into the current challenges and opportunities facing businesses on farm, in the supply chain and throughout our horticulture and wine grape industries.

Lunch Break & Exhibitor Networking

Freshcare Forward: Program & Strategic Updates for a Sustainable Future

We are excited to share with you Freshcare’s current and future projects, that will positively affect our participants and industry.  We’ll discuss how resilience, adaptation and rigorous third-party verification can help future proof our industries.

Afternoon Tea & Exhibitor Networking

Australia’s Export Opportunities: Government & Industry Focus

Where are the next big export market opportunities for Australian producers and what are Government and Trade Departments focusing on? What part can third-party assurance programs play in opening the doors to export market access?

The Great Debate: Topic to be announced!

Macquarie University debating team battles out a controversial industry focused topic.

End of Day One, to be followed by The Summit Dinner in ‘The Barn’ of The William Inglis Hotel.

6.30pm The Summit Dinner

The Summit Dinner is a complementary inclusion for all guests with a full delegate package. Extra Dinner tickets can be purchased for partners or guests at the time of booking.

Wednesday 15th November

Day One recap

Tech and Innovation: Empowering Growers, Mitigating Risks, and Facilitating Recovery 

Much of Agritech developments have been created by growers and professionals with first-hand on farm experience. How is innovative technology assisting with implementing assurance programs and traceability? How have climate events and COVID helped to further develop technologies?

Morning Tea & Exhibitor Networking

Securing the Social Licence to Operate: Safeguarding our Industry, Gaining Recognition and Strengthening Claims.

How can assurance programs continue to support growers to operate, produce and access markets with increasing pressure from climate events, regulation, sustainability demands, urban sprawl and pressure on supply chains? How can we strengthen the claims of fresh produce businesses to safeguard our industries?

Lunch Break & Exhibitor Networking

Your Voices Unite: Workshopping Critical Sector Challenges.

This is your space to discuss and collaborate on key questions, challenges and issues facing our fresh produce and wine sectors in a focused session. This is your opportunity to share ideas and solutions in cross-discipline groups. Through your feedback Freshcare will develop an industry “snapshot” report early 2024.

Afternoon Tea & Exhibitor Networking

Towards Sustainable Retailing: Understanding Australian Retailers’ ESG Priorities.

Retailer representatives discuss the future, opportunities, challenges and how they will measure success.

Reflecting on Two Days of Growth: Wrap-up and Key Takeaways.

End of Day Two: Summit Close.


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