PMA A-NZ is a hub for new technology and innovation which identifies profitable and disruptive technology advancements for its members. The end goal for PMA A-NZ’s strong focus on tech and innovation is to provide resources relating to food safety, produce and floral science, and supply chain management technology.
These key objectives are carried out in the following ways:
- Content and Information: We work with our Technology & Innovation Taskforce to search out and repackage relevant information for delivery to members (website and newsletters).
- Technology Focused Events and Resources: We plan and develop a range of technology and innovation focused content to educate and encourage members to adapt to technology advancements.
- Food Safety Focus: We provide access to information on food safety and support members by engaging in programs like the Fresh Produce Safety Centre A-NZ and HARPS.
PMA A-NZ Head of Food Safety & Technology, Richard Bennett
With over two decades of experience championing the improved understanding and adoption of food safety and quality management in the fresh produce sector, our Head of Food Safety & Technology, Richard Bennett is our in-house expert on all areas of food safety, traceability and technology. He works closely with the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, and industry stakeholders at the Fresh Produce Safety Centre for Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to commencing his role with PMA A-NZ, Richard was the Product Integrity Manager for Horticulture Australia (HAL), a role which revolved around protecting consumer and supply chain confidence in the integrity of fresh and processed horticultural food products. He worked closely with HAL members – 43 peak industry bodies – on quality assurance, food safety, environmental management, product standards and specifications, product identification and traceability, business continuity, compliance issues and crisis management. He also managed a portfolio of product integrity research and development projects from initial assessment through to contracting, milestone reporting and final reporting.
Richard has had a full career working in numerous aspects of horticulture including in the nursery, seed and fruit processing industries, as an industry development officer, trainer, agronomist and executive officer for a number of fruit grower associations, and providing technical support to the marketing team at the Australian Horticultural Corporation. He has qualifications in orchard management, applied science, agribusiness and food safety.
Richard is regarded as a go-to person on quality assurance, food safety, environmental management, product standards and specifications, product identification and traceability, business continuity, compliance issues and crisis management. Contact.