Family businesses are quite common across Gippsland, and as each generation steps into the position of continuing the name and tradition, new ideas surface to challenge the ways of the past, but in doing so, change the profitability model for the future. When Neil and Angela Stringer took over Forge Creek Lamb from Neil’s late father in 2017, they knew they wanted to do things a little differently, particularly when faced with the ongoing drought in the region. Over the last three years, their measured approach to diversification and learning new skills whilst continuing to assess progress and refine plans, has delivered good results for their sheep and wool farming business.
In four short years, Sailors Grave Brewing has created an iconic brand and a glowing reputation for their collaborative ways and genuine connection to community, with a loyal and ever expanding following of craft brew aficionados all over the world. Since day one, founders Chris and Gab Moore have had an unwavering commitment to three guiding principles: using their location, packaging and beer style to stand out from the crowd.
If the caliber of finalists in the 2020 Young Agribusiness Leader award is anything to go by, the future of the industry across the region is in very capable hands. Part of Food & Fibre Gippsland's industry recognition Excellence in Agribusiness Awards program, this category recognises an agribusiness leader in the region who is 35 years or younger and who has achieved excellence in their field and demonstrated leadership, courage, passion and foresight while contributing to the agribusiness industry and region. Introducing the first of four finalists, Ben Murphy from Tambo Valley Honey in the East Gippsland Shire...
Four Gippsland entrepreneurs have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2020 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards, an industry recognition program run by Food & Fibre Gippsland. The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award recognises a single individual displaying entrepreneurial spirit, vision and innovation to develop and drive a unique and successful thriving service, business, product or outcome.
Under the roadmap, from 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September it will be mandatory for all businesses Victoria-wide operating onsite to have a COVID Safe Plan. This is a change from the current requirements for many businesses in regional Victoria who are currently advised to have a COVID Safe Plan.
Food & Fibre Gippsland has announced 34 finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. The Awards program received an outstanding 115 entries across Gippsland, an overwhelming result considering COVID-19 has been a big distraction and upheaval for many agribusinesses.
A large number of Gippsland job seekers have been isolated and had their job search activities stalled or completely stopped during the COVID-19 crisis. The Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Program has been acutely aware of the impact that this has been having and created an activity to help called "Get Growing".
The Victorian Country Market kicks off this weekend. An e-commerce initiative to promote the best that regional Victoria has to offer, the Victorian Country Market will provide a digital space to promote food & fibre businesses and receive support from local communities. From this Sunday May 17 suppliers of the best produce, products and services from around regional Victoria will have the opportunity to sell products with the support of an online platform.