Labour issues, trade access front of mind in 2023 meat processing and export conference

Beef Central, 21/07/2023

LABOUR issues, animal welfare and trade access will be among key topics for discussion at the Australian Meat Industry Council’s 2023 Meat Processing and export conference being held later this year.

The conference will take place at its spiritual home, the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on October 31 and November 1, where similar events have been staged over the past 25 years.

The red meat export industry is worth some $18.4 billion each year to the Australian economy.

The conference is an occasion for the red meat industry to come together and reconnect with all members of the supply chain, to celebrate achievements and plan for the next ones. The speaking program (see some highlights below) will be augmented by a commercial trade exhibition, featuring goods and service providers to the meat processing industry, covering a braod spectrum from food safety and packaging to shipping, traceability, and robotics and automation. There will also be an outstanding social program.

A strong speaker lineup has been put together for the main conference program taking place on Wednesday, 1 November. Highlights will include:

  • Joel Fitzgibbon

    Former Federal politician Joel Fitzgibbon, who will provide his unique insight into how best to work with a Labor government and powerful unions on the critical matters of work force – particularly immigration and industrial relations.

  • Respected economist Saul Eslake will pose what he sees as the three biggest business risks to Australia’s $35 billion red meat sector and how the industry should mitigate against them
  • RSPCA chief executive Richard Mussell will speak on the future of meat processing, from RSPCA’s perspective
  • Federal agriculture minister Murray Watt will address this year’s conference, invited to explain his three key policies that will deliver surety to the business of meat processing and exporting.
  • A panel session hosted by media identity and commentator Stan Grant will focus on the role of China in the global meat market. Interestingly, the AMIC Meat Exporters conference first hosted a session on trade prospects into China back in 2013 – long before the trade started to gain any real momentum. Click the link below to view an earlier Beef Central article on what was discussed at that meeting “China: Opportunity on an epic scale, but beware the pitfalls” 
  • Stan Grant will moderate a second panel session involving international industry leaders on extracting a better understanding of world meat industry issues.

Support activities being held the previous day (31 October) include a Meat Business Women group masterclass, a tour of the Port of Brisbane facilities, and nine-hole golf tournament.

Great social events are planned for both the evenings of 31 October and 1 November (more details closer to the event).

The meat exporters conference was last held back in 2015, with a lengthy break since then due to COVID and other issues.

Conference registration is now open (click here for details). Early bird discounts apply for registrations received by Friday 29 September.















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