Hort Connections is proud to announce the return of Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets, a collaboration between Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) and the Central Markets Association of Australia (CMAA), as a Major Partner and the exclusive sponsor of the Hort Connections 2024 Trade Show.

Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets (AFPM) is a long-time supporter of Hort Connections, and is this year joined by Affiliate Partner – Toyota Material Handling Australia.

Hort Connections 2024 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3-5 June, and the event will attract 3,500 horticulture industry professionals to experience the latest offerings from global exhibitors, and hear from expert speakers about fruit, vegetable and flower industry trends and research.

“We are very pleased to have Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets returning to support Hort Connections and see them increase their support by coming on board as a Major Partners of the Event. AFPM has been a critical component to the success of Hort Connections and we are thrilled to have them once again as the exclusive Trade Show sponsor, including affiliate partner Toyota Material Handling Australia,” said AUSVEG National Manager – Events and Partnerships Nathan McIntyre.

“The support of FMA and CMAA has been an important element of Hort Connections over many years now. The event brings together stakeholders from the full breadth of the Australian horticulture supply chain, and the wholesale markets are a large and integral part of that.”

“Their support has allowed us to grow the size and scope of the event, and this year Hort Connections boasts the largest ever trade show footprint.”

Fresh Markets Australia Chair Shane Schnitzler said Hort Connections was a vital opportunity for the industry to meet with friends and colleagues to share ideas, do business and make connections.

“Hort Connections is a central fixture on the horticulture industry calendar for good reason, and we are proud to continue supporting the industry through the being a Major Partner of the event and our sponsorship of the Hort Connections Trade Show,” said Mr Schnitzler.

“With cost pressures bearing down on every business in the supply chain this year, we encourage everyone to attend Hort Connections to discover new technologies or practices that could help your operation, and to find new business opportunities.”

AFPM will be hosting a conference session during the trade show which will include price transparency initiatives and their increasing importance to the Australian horticulture industry.

Trade show delegates will also be able to attend a pre-event tour of the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Markets. Located on a 67-hectare site in Epping in Melbourne’s north, Melbourne Market is used as a base for approximately 2,750 businesses to buy and sell fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.

The tour is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes in one of Australia’s largest wholesale markets, a location normally closed to the public.

For more information about Hort Connections, including key convention partners, and to register for the event, please visit hortconnections.com.au.


Media Contact: Andrew MacDonald. Phone: 03 9882 0227, Mobile: 0406 836 330, Email: andrew.macdonald@ausveg.com.au