Hort Connections special edition features keynote interviews with Costa and Muirs. Plus, event preview and spotlights on packaging & grading, citrus and kiwifruit 

The Winter 2024 edition of Produce Plus Magazine is now live on the Produce Plus app – available via the App Store, Google Play or desktop this edition is FREE to view in the lead up to and during the week of Hort Connections.

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This edition’s cover spotlights a significant change to the Australian fresh produce industry’s landscape with the sale of Costa Group. Produce Plus sat down with CEO Marc Werner to discuss what this next chapter means for the company.  

There are also a keynote interviews with Muirs CEO Andrew Muir and outgoing Fresh Markets Australia GM, Gail Woods in the People in Produce feature. Muir discusses the company’s recent rebrand which delivered a new name and brand positioning: ‘Grow Forward’. 

Produce Plus Winter is the Hort Connections special edition, previewing Australasia’s largest horticulture conference and trade show. Prepare for the event with exhibitor profiles, speaker interviews and read about the three finalists of the 2024 Seeka Marketer of the Year Award (MOYA) presented by The International Fresh Produce Association Australia New Zealand (IFPA A-NZ) and Produce Plus Magazine.  

NielsenIQ Australia shares this year’s Produce Plus-NIQ Top 20 Fruit & Vegetables sponsored by Tripod Farmers with fresh salad coming out on top for the second consecutive year. Tripod Farmers’ CCO Simon Raj said of the positioning: ”Australians seem to love eating fresh salads all year round.”

The annual packaging and grading feature tackles all the latest trends in both sectors with analysis of how automation and sustainability are driving evolution.  

Headlining this edition’s category spotlight is citrus. The industry is hoping for change in fortunes after a tough few years and interviews with Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock and Mildura Fruit Company GM Grant Leyden highlight the industry’s optimism.  

Plus, new marketing campaigns for kiwifruit and new varieties of apples and pears.