On June 24-26, 2014, more than 1,100 fresh produce leaders, top supply chain executives and industry experts from around the world gathered in Auckland, New Zealand for Fresh Connections: Australia-New Zealand. This year's conference was held in New Zealand for the first time and featured record attendance. From cutting-edge technology to global trends, speakers helped delegates innovate, collaborate and thrive.
Work Different: Achieve Real Business Improvement Through Innovation 3.0 (PDF)
In 1997, Steve Jobs reignited Apple Corp. with the vision "think different" to become one of the world's largest companies. "Work different" distills the experiences of organizations that have succeeded over a similar period of time. Innovation has long been identified in many global surveys of organizational leaders as a priority. So why do some organizations succeed where others languish? What do successful leaders, managers and teams do that is different? This presentation addresses these questions using over 10 years of research analysis drawn from nearly 500 business, government and not-for-profit organizations.
Taking Trade and Investment Linkages with Asia to a New Level
This presentation looks at the challenges and opportunities with increasing trade with Asia and how foreign direct investment can help unlock productive capacity to help satisfy Asian demand.
Farm Automation: Robotics and Intelligent Systems that Will Shape the Fresh Produce Industry in the Next Decade
This presentation discusses recent advances in farm robotics on the international scene as well as specify projects conducted at Professor Salah Sukkarieh's University of Sydney lab. Farm robotics will offer significant benefits to farm operations with the ability to improve efficiency, safety, environmental sustainability as well as greater knowledge of individual crop status. Ultimately, robotics and intelligent systems will extend beyond the farm gate through the whole supply chain. This will improve overall efficiency but will also potentially define alternate supply chain pathways. Examples of robotics and intelligent systems has transformed operations in mining, stevedoring and commercial aviation will be presented and used as a guide for how this technology would be used in future smart food supply chains.
New Zealand Fresh Produce: Future Outlook
Explore how New Zealand's economy and place in the global marketplace will shape its fresh produce industry in the coming decade.
'Lure the Tiger Down the Mountain': Strategies to Negotiate Your Way Around Chinese Business Culture (Presentation Not Available)
Chinese culture encapsulates the practice of negotiation in The 36 Chinese Strategies, which comes from "The Art of War." This presentation provides a new way of thinking about negotiation and understand the motives of the Chinese people with you are conducting business. To function successfully in China, knowledge of the Chinese negotiating culture is your greatest asset.
An Integrated Food System Model: Working Beyond the Supply Chain (PDF)
This session looks at the building blocks of how we, as the produce industry, can work to increase sales within a food system approach.
Product Oversupply: Finding Ways of Solving an Ongoing Industry Problem (No Presentation Available)
This open audience debate focuses on the causes, effects and possible solutions to the oversupply of product in the fresh produce industry.
Building Better Supply Chains Through Collaboration and Innovation (PDF)
This presentation explores how global technology innovations will affect local supply chains.
The 12 Factors of Successful Innovation (Presentation Not Available)
Produce innovation and new product development hold a near-mythical status in the marketing world -- rare, elusive and unpredictable, with only one in 10 products going on to be successful; it nevertheless remains an engine of sustained profitable growth. This session demonstrates how, with the right research and testing of the most effective go-to-market strategy, chances of success can be improved fivefold.
Promoting a High Performance Work Culture (Presentation Not Available)
This presentation gets people to be personally responsible for how they "show up." Employees all have an impact on culture and the performance of other people on their team. Participants were encouraged to reflect on whether they "show up" as a Victim, Persecutor, Detractor or Passenger, and the skills to stop this from happening.
Retail Panel: 'Where Is Global and Local Retail Headed?'
What are the key global retail trends today and into the future? What will be the impact of those trends, and how do they translate to the local Australia-New Zealand marketplace? This session blends practical experience with insight from retailers in New Zealand, Australia and Asia and enables the fresh produce supply chain a better understanding of their role in helping retailers satisfy their customers.
Marketing on a Shoestring (Presentation Not Available)
Discover the plethora of new tactics (many inexpensive, if not free) to market your business.
Business & Science Working Together on Improved Traceability and Risk Mitigation
Fresh produce traceability is becoming critically important as food safety concerns increase. This presentation features information on the latest advances from the USA, Canada and Europe on implementing robust traceability systems and on how the latest scientific techniques can significantly help mitigate food safety and country-of-origin risk.
Case Studies in Successful Grower Products and Promotion (PDF)
This presentation explores various case studies of innovative grower products that came to be success stories at Melissa's.
Key Global Trends: Opportunities and Implications for Australasia Arising From Protected Cropping and Other Key Developments (Presentation Not Available)
Global/multinational companies are investing heavily in a range of pre- and post-harvest segments of the fresh produce industry including protected culture operations. Countries are investing in massive water projects to increase world exports of their fresh fruits and vegetables, while grower/shipper producers now view a world market, rather than just their respective domestic market. Produce industry peripheral supplies are also investing in new technologies that meet future industry needs. What do all these companies know, that you need to know? Learn about global trends and the subsequent implications and opportunities for New Zealand.
- Speaker: Ronnie De La Cruz, De La Cruz Consulting and Training
- Moderator: Susan Wood
Consumer Trends Impacting the Global Fresh Produce Industry
Speaker: Jim Prevor, Produce Business USA
Moderator: Susan Wood