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New Speakers Announced – APAL Industry Forum one month away!


Registrations are now open for the hotly anticipated 2022 APAL Industry Forum.

Taking place at Federation Square in Melbourne on Monday 30 May, the APAL Industry Forum is the first chance for growers and industry stakeholders to reconnect after more than two years of COVID disrupted events.

Demographer, trend-spotter and business columnist, Bernard Salt AM, headlines this year’s impressive speaker line-up, leading a discussion on the mega trends impacting consumers and retailers in our new ‘post-pandemic’ normal.

Joining the discussion, retail advisor, Tristan Kitchener, and Retail Ready Podcast host, Ben Whyatt, will share learnings and case studies for successful marketing in a competitive category, and explore what these trends mean for the future of apple and pear varieties.

Announcing ‘The most memorable moment in the history of sport’

We are also thrilled to announce short track speed skater and ‘Last Man Standing’ Steven Bradbury is joining the Forum to share his surprising and unlikely journey to becoming Australia’s first winter Olympic gold medal winner.

Considered one of the ‘most memorable moments in the history of sport’, Steven’s win was not as lucky as many would believe. His victory was a reward not for one race, but a decade of hard slog and Steven will share lessons in passion, persistence and planning with Forum attendees.

Other APAL Industry Forum sessions in 2022 include:

  • Justin Smith, APAL Industry Services Manager, will provide an update on the consumer quality testing project and expose some of the myths around sustainable packaging.
  • An exploration of emerging Agtech solutions, and how industry can take advantage of scaling investment in automation, machine learning and precision robotics to improve productivity, quality and overcome labour challenges.
  • A focus on the labour challenges that continue to hamper Industry and drive up the cost of production, with a post-Election update and what that means for the Ag Visa and how to make the Pacific Australia Mobility Scheme (PALM) work for your business.
  • APAL’s Head of Trade, Jenny Van de Meeberg, will share updates on work to grow export opportunities and provide the latest on the recent Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (AI-ECTA).

Over the course of the day, we will also present the APAL Awards for Excellence, recognising the top performers and lifetime contributors to the apple and pear industry.

The Forum kicks off on Sunday 29 May at 5:00pm with welcome drinks and a BBQ in the evening at Federation Square.

We are grateful to our sponsors, Unitec and Adama, for their continued support to deliver this important in-person opportunity for the Australian apple and pear industry.

Register now on Eventbrite – please note there is no online attendance option this year.

Please note, in 2022 the APAL R&D day will take place on 8 August, followed by an orchard tour on 9 August. After so much COVID-disruption, the decision to decouple the two events has been made to provide interstate attendees with more time and greater confidence to plan their travel.

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