All You Need to Know About Hort Connections 2021

This event that was cancelled in 2020 heads to Brisbane. Hort Connections 2021 takes place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7-9 June 2021. Having been devastated by the decision to postpone Hort Connections 2020, the industry will be pleased to hear that this year’s program is more exciting than ever as the latest products, services, and technologies are presented.

Key points

  • Hort Connections 2021 takes place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7-9 June 2021.
  • Last year’s event was cancelled so there is much excitement about the program for 2021.
  • As usual, the event is being delivered by AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ).
  • Registrations for Hort Connections 2021 are now open.

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The event is being delivered by AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) as usual after they reluctantly decided to postpone last year. The ever popular Hort Connections Trade Show takes centre stage and a myriad of different speakers are poised to present on everything from “Integrated quality management of stone fruit” to “Fresh produce safety challenges and opportunities.”

What to expect at Hort Connections 2021

The overall theme of Hort Connections 2021 is a celebration of the “International year of fruits and vegetables.” This includes recognition of how vital the horticulture industry is. It also relates to the positive effect that vegetables, fruits, and florals have on global health and wellbeing.

Topics for the event include:

  • Mental fitness.
  • Ways to increase fresh produce consumption.
  • Fall armyworm and serpentine leafminer.
  • Methods to bring talent into the horticulture industry.
  • Examining the ethical side of employment practices.

Current restrictions will make it difficult for some people to attend the event in person. The good news is that speaker talks will be live streamed and recorded for viewing at a later date.

Program for Hort Connections 2021

The trade show will be at the centre of the event throughout the program. It’s set to be as popular as ever. Companies will be on hand to display their innovative products, supply chain solutions and creative technologies.

In addition, the program of events kicks off at 8:00 am on Tuesday 8 June with breakfast sponsored by Perfection Fresh Australia.

Speaker sessions on this day include:

  • Mark Mitchell from AFCCC talking about the Food Cold Chain in Australia.
  • John Lopresti from Agriculture Victoria  talking about integrating the quality management of stone fruit.
  • Andrew Steele from GS1 Australia talking about innovations in fresh produce product identification.

On Wednesday 9 June, speaker sessions include:

  • Mark Turner from University of Queensland talking about safety challenges of fresh fruit and opportunities.
  • Shakira Johnson from iMap Pests talking about pest surveillance in plants taking to the skies.
  • Alice Zaslavsky talking about how to boost consumption and connection relating to the   horticulture industry.



The full program for Hort Connections 2021 is available to view online.

One of the most keenly awaited parts of the program happens on the evening of 9 June.

The Hort Connections Gala Dinner takes place from 19:00 to 23:00 in the Great Hall (preceded by pre-dinner drinks from 18:30 to 19:00).

The presentation of the 2021 National Awards for Excellence will take place at this dinner. These awards are in recognition of individual and business contributions to the horticulture industry. As usual there are 11 categories including awards for grower and young grower of the year.

For anyone who is part of the horticulture industry, or wants to do business within the industry, Hort Connections 2021 is a must. Registration is now open for the largest Australian horticulture event, at the Brisbane Convention Centre, and can be accessed online here.



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