Beautiful fruit and vegetable displays at the Gympie Show this week prove what is possible in our region.
Beautiful fruit and vegetable displays at the Gympie Show this week prove what is possible in our region. Renee Pilcher

Turning produce into products

GROWING produce is one thing the Gympie region is good at – this week’s Gympie Show is proof of that.

Turning produce into products, and making money out of all that hard work is the next step.

Achieving that is the essential purpose behind a series of food industry workshops being organised in the Gympie region, starting next week.

Registrations for the workshops close on Monday. The two workshops cost $44 each, with a discount for those attending both.

Gympie Regional Council, in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, has gathered a range of food industry experts to co-ordinate the workshops on Thursday at the Gympie Conference Centre.

Mayor Ron Dyne said they were among some great information and inspiration opportunities presented to the local food industry.

“Regional produce and producers are being showcased at this year’s Gympie Show and will be further promoted during FlavourFest, on July 23 at Gympie Showgrounds.

“There are also major events, such as Regional Flavours, being held in Brisbane.

“The workshops on May 26 will focus on new product development and how to avoid making potentially costly mistakes when developing new products or changing existing product offerings,” he said.

The first workshop will also focus on helping producers with meaningful feedback on their own products to avoid launching or developing products which may not succeed.

“The second workshop will change forever the way attendees look at food and food packaging,” a spokeswoman said.

“Help avoid spending money and time on ineffective packaging, promotion and marketing and find out about simple, effective strategies to help your product stand out and gain consumer acceptance.”