Hundreds of members of Queensland’s vegetable, potato, apple and pear industries will descend on Jupiters Gold Coast from 25-27 June for the highly-anticipated 2015 National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence.

The National Horticulture Convention, now incorporating AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), is the biggest event on the Australian horticultural calendar, and will attract over 1,400 delegates to the popular beachside destination.

“We are extremely pleased to see the breadth of support from the Queensland horticulture industry, and the national industry more broadly, through its participation at June’s not-to-be-missed event,” said AUSVEG Manager – Events and Marketing, Lauren Winterbottom.

AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers. APAL is the industry body representing Australia’s more than 600 commercial apple and pear growers.

“With a range of exciting events planned, including the Great Debate, proudly sponsored by Haifa and the Panel forum, proudly sponsored by Kalfresh, as well as the prestigious National Awards for Excellence, the 2015 Convention promises to be the biggest and most successful yet,” said Ms Winterbottom.

The Convention is expected to inject millions of dollars into the Gold Coast economy, with the flow-on effects set to benefit both local businesses and tourism in the area.

“The Convention is the perfect place for Queensland’s vegetable, potato, apple and pear growers to expand their business knowledge through informative speaker sessions, and grow their professional contact base through the many networking events on offer,” said Ms Winterbottom.

“It is also an excellent opportunity for growers and key industry stakeholders to see the exciting new technologies being developed both in Australia and abroad, and to hear about advancements that could potentially change the face of horticulture.”

“It is with the support of those who attend the annual Convention that AUSVEG is able to advocate to government on important issues affecting Queensland’s growers.”

The Convention will also host a number of prestigious local and international presenters, including keynote speaker, President & CEO of the United States Potato Board, Blair Richardson, the Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Senator Fiona Nash, and leading representation from Australia’s largest horticulture companies.

Those wishing to register can download the delegate brochure or register online. For more information please contact AUSVEG on (03) 9882 0277,, or visit


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