Registrations open for Hort Connections 2018

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Hort Connections will be returning in 2018 and is now open for delegate registrations. Held at Brisbane Convention Centre from 18–20 June 2018, it will bring together members of the local and international supply chain including growers, packers, wholesalers and foodservice, as well as government stakeholders and industry service providers in the Australian horticulture industry.

It is expected to build on the success of previous events, offering attendees numerous learning and networking opportunities as well as access to innovative developments at the Trade Show.

“Hort Connections 2017 was the first event of its kind to bring together such a broad spectrum of the Australian and New Zealand horticulture industry under the one roof. The feedback was that it was the most worthwhile event in recent memory for our industry, so we are very excited to bring it to Brisbane in June 2018 for what is set to be the most comprehensive horticultural event in the country,” explained AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside.

Hort Connections 2017 attracted 2500 delegates from 15 countries and consisted of a trade show showcasing 148 local and global supply chain companies. The gala dinner was also the biggest in Australian horticulture, with over 1200 attendees.

Sponsored by Fresh Markets Australia in partnership with the Central Markets Association of Australia, the 2018 event is expected to attract more new exhibitors and attendees than ever before. Over a series of three days, attendees can learn about the latest developments taking place in their industry and listen to world-class speakers, research presentations and panel discussions.

“Last year’s speaker sessions offered content that was relevant to every sector of the supply chain — and this year’s event will be no different. These sessions will run in conjunction with the trade show, where delegates will be able to visit more exhibitors showcasing the industry’s latest innovations and service offerings under the one roof than anywhere else in the fresh produce and horticulture industry,” said Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) CEO Darren Keating.

“The event will also include a range of networking events that will ensure Hort Connections is once again the most influential event for networking, education and business for the entire Australasian fresh produce industry.”

Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and the PMA A-NZ, and will be co-hosted alongside a range of horticulture industry bodies including Australian Organic, Onions Australia, the Australian Horticultural Exporters’ and Importers’ Association, Growcom and Apple and Pear Australia Limited.

For more information on the program or to register, visit

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