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Mackay Farming Group

Mackay Farming Group up for sale


Leading banana grower lists nine farms in Far North Queensland for sale while Mackay’s Marketing business will be retained

Fasta Hort innovation

Historic A$130m funding for horticultural trade alliance


The Fresh and Secure Trade Alliance is an eight-year project designed to protect and grow Australia’s horticultural exports

Mike Ahern

Brisbane Markets Limited remembers Mike Ahern


Former Queensland Premier and inaugural Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) director Michael Ahern passes away

Organic vegetables

Australian vegetables explore Europe


Government funding awarded to Australian vegetable industry to explore export opportunities in EU and UK

Citrus generic

Citrus Australia calls for biosecurity levy to be scrapped


Industry body urges federal government to rethink new levy following lack of consultation


Zespri SunGold in NZ

Zespri launches court action in China


Kiwifruit marketer files civil action in Intellectual Property Court over unauthorised Gold3 production

Hort Innovation strategy

Hort Innovation releases new investment strategy


Hort Innovation Strategy 2024-2026 provides a roadmap for Hort Innovation investments over the next three years with focus on growth, export and sustainability

Hort Innovation horticultural value projection 2030

Australian horticulture on track for A$4bn growth


Combined value of Australian fruit, vegetable, nut, turf and nursery industries to predicted to surge more than 20 per cent by 2030 to reach A$21.8bn

Coles DC Super Hero Builders and Fresh Food Challenge

Heroes help Coles promote fresh produce


New Fresh Food Challenge harnesses DC Super Heroes to encourage fresh fruit and vegetable consumption

Australian macadamia nut grower Michael McMahon with the Original Macas billboard

Original Macas campaign celebrates Australian macadamias


Australian Macadamia Society launches new promotional effort harnessing a fresh menu of recipes created by MasterChef alumni Mindy Woods


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Ausveg and Onions Australia announce merger


Organisations combine with the aim of maximising member benefits and promoting industry-wide success for the broader vegetable potato and onion sectors

Gavin Scurr (left) and Luke Wood demonstrate how the Escavox system works during peak berry season at Piñata Farms' packhouse in Wamuran

Piñata Farms reaps benefit of tracking technology


Leading fruit producer says use of Escavox smart trackers has given it much greater assurance in quality and integrity of shipments

Cherish features at the 'Made with Care' showcase in Vietnam supported by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

GBF reports strong demand for Cherish


New Zealand apple marketer says consumers across Asia are attracted to the variety’s candy-pink colour and “tropical flavour notes”

Happychop Tearless onions

Happy Chop - Tearless Onions hit market


BASF launches first tearless onion for the Australian market exclusively with Woolworths following three decades of development


Costa suspends CEO search


Harry Debney to remain interim CEO until end of 2023 as group prepares for potential acquisition by Paine Schwartz Partners