Leading Gippsland Cheesemaker Ferial Zekiman has achieved excellence in her field with Maffra Cheese Co. at both domestic and international level. Her cheese has won many international awards, resulting in high demand for her produce. Now both Ferial individually and her beloved Maffra Cheese Co. are in contention for more awards, as finalists in two categories of the 2020 Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards.
Blackwood Piggery was established in the 1980’s, with Rob Bayley taking over management of the piggery business seven years ago. A highly respected leader at a local, state and national level, Rob is one of four finalists in the 2020 Young Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award, a prestigious category supported by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
CRC’s (Cooperative Research Centres) are an important component of what F&FG does to extend its engagement in projects, research, education, and industry knowledge dissemination. We have a diverse range of work and activity currently underway with some of Australia's leading CRC’s - here's an update of what's happening.
Gippsland Trusted Provenance will be a registered trademark, managed by Food & Fibre Gippsland for produce grown in the Gippsland region. This certified trademark will authenticate product origin and support broader recognition of the collective strength of regional produce.
There are many inspirational entrepreneurs in Gippsland’s food & fibre sector, and Berry Sensation is one of them, with world-leading technology being used to grow strawberries in the region. Now in its 5th year of development, this wholly-owned Australian business headed up by Barry Richards is located at Shady Creek in the Baw Baw Shire.
Little Bumble Wraps save time and hard-earned money by keeping food fresher for longer, which means smaller grocery bills and less shopping trips, not to mention the environmental impacts of reducing plastic pollution and providing a healthier food storage alternative for households. What began in Laura Eddington’s kitchen as a project to find a more sustainable alternative to plastic wrap whilst she was on maternity leave has grown to a thriving business with its own warehouse, employing a small team of local women in Warragul, in Gippsland’s Baw Baw Shire.
Coonmoor Pastoral Company has been part of the Gippsland farming landscape for multiple generations, and in that time, has worked through many dry seasons, industry changes and the general everyday challenges of life on the land. Around four years ago, Dave Caldwell joined the business owned by his wife’s family, and together with two other branches of the McArthur family, the Caldwell duo run the farm at Lindenow South.
Food waste is a 20 billion dollar a year problem in Australia, and everyone doing a little bit adds up to a lot. A fresh produce retailer and wholesaler based in the Latrobe Valley, has introduced an innovative solution to the region with a dehydrator system that converts food waste to a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Manny’s Market Morwell is a finalist in the Excellence in Sustainability category in the 2020 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards, a category sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council.