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Business News 28th November 2016

Food for Thought for Australian Agribusiness

Food for Thought for Australian Agribusiness

Food for Thought for Australian Agribusiness Industry

In Israel, a select group of Australian agribusiness industry leaders have begun a trade mission with the AICC NSW to discover more about the start-up nation’s world-leading technologies in the agri-food space.

Peter Schutz, Chairman of Food Innovation Australia Limited, will be leading the delegates, including AICC NSW CEO, Michelle Blum, on a trip that will take in Israel’s dynamic, innovative and commercially successful land-based business ecosystem first-hand.

Israel is recognised globally for its world-class agricultural management, manufacturing capabilities and sustainable approach to food farming practices. The aim of the mission is to expand collaborative ‘farm to fork’ agribusiness links between Australia and Israel.

Delegates will also gain a better understanding of Israel’s cluster methodologies, government support policies, and how universities and researchers work collaboratively along the value chain.

The trade mission aligns with the Internet of Things (IoT) and AgriTech Summit in September, where the Chamber joined forces with KPMG to host an event which brought industry leaders together to share insights and learnings around Australia’s agri-ecosystem, and what needs to be done locally to capitalise on new opportunities arising from agtech.

“The highly successful Summit indicated the need for first-hand insights into Israel’s unique ecosystem, with the rising market interest in agtech in Australia. It was clear that a visit to Israel would provide a significant opportunity for agri-industry leaders to get immersed in some of the world’s best agtech innovations,” said AICC NSW CEO, Michelle Blum.

“There is also no doubt that the Chamber’s trade mission delegates gain incredibly valuable learnings, life-changing experiences and wonderful opportunities for business collaboration and partnerships from their visits to Israel,” Ms Blum added. 

The Chamber looks forward to sharing the Agri-Food Trade Mission outcomes when the delegate return in early December. In the meantime, the 2017 trade missions calendar is available here.   

Highlights from the Chamber’s inaugural Women Leaders Trade Mission delegation earlier this year can be viewed here.About the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce ( The AICC is one of Australia’s most established Chambers of Commerce. It aims to connect members of the Australian and Israeli business communities, fostering bi-lateral trade, innovation, entrepreneurship and inspirational leadership through a robust and diverse programme that sets the business agenda. The AICC, in conjunction with SKY NEWS BUSINESS, also recently launched the ‘Innovation Index’ – a survey of Australian businesses to uncover the trends, barriers and insights, into both innovation and growth. The AICC are available for comment on recent findings.