Media Release: Hort Connections 2017

12 January 2017
Media release – For immediate release

FMA and CMAA come on board as Hort Connections 2017 co-hosts and exclusive Trade Show sponsors

Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) and the Central Markets Association of Australia (CMAA), which together represent Australia’s fresh produce markets and their wholesalers, have been announced as official trade show sponsors and co-hosts of Hort Connections 2017.

FMA and CMAA are the latest horticulture industry bodies to co-host the event, alongside AUSVEG, PMA Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ), Australian Organic, Onions Australia and Irrigation Australia. Hort Connections 2017, to be held in Adelaide from 15-17 May 2017, will combine the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections to bring together the largest number of growers, supply chain members, government stakeholders and industry service providers in the Australian horticulture industry.

AUSVEG National Marketing Manager Nathan McIntyre said that the introduction of the two new co-hosts is an exciting development that will open the event to even more people in the industry.

“We are incredibly pleased to have both FMA and CMAA back on board for Hort Connections 2017 after successful partnerships that lead to last year’s National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections being the most successful events in Australian horticulture,” he said.

“The Hort Connections 2017 program will contain the world’s leading horticultural experts to provide industry with the latest information, the return of the hugely successful Trade Show and opportunities for growers, wholesalers, marketers and supply chain members to network.”

“Both organisations offer unique dimensions to the convention through their representation of the fresh produce markets and their wholesalers, and their presence at the Hort Connections 2017 Trade Show will certainly benefit delegates from the entire supply chain,” according to PMA-ANZ CEO Darren Keating.

FMA Chairman Shane Schnitzler said the FMA was excited to join Hort Connections 2017 and anticipates a strong turnout from the wholesaling sector of the Australian fresh produce industry.

“FMA and CMAA have been big supporters of the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections over the years, and we have been strong advocates of the two events coming together to form one national event,” Mr Schnitzler said.

CMAA spokesperson Angelo Demasi said both organisations are looking forward to working with Hort Connections 2017 to build on the success of the two previous events, incorporating world-class speakers, an expansive Trade Show and unparalleled networking opportunities.

“FMA and CMAA are looking forward to welcoming all delegates to the 2017 event and making this the biggest and best horticulture event in Australia,” said Mr Demasi.

The Hort Connections 2017 Trade Show will officially open on Monday 15 May and remain open until Wednesday 17 May. For more information or to register for the event, please visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shaun Lindhe, AUSVEG National Manager – Communications
Phone: (03) 9882 0277, Mobile: 0405 977 789, Email: [email protected]

Hort Connections 2017 hosts


AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.


PMA A-NZ is an affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA Global), the leading global fresh produce trade association serving member companies around the world and every segment of the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral supply chain.

Australian Organic

Australian Organic is the owner of Australia’s largest organic certification brand, Australian Certified Organic, and is the country’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce. Australian Organic has 1,950 clients, which account for around 80 per cent of all certified organic products sold in Australia.

Onions Australia

Onions Australia is the industry body representing approximately 380 onion growers in Australia.

Irrigation Australia

Irrigation Australia is the peak national organisation representing the Australian irrigation industry in all sectors, from water users, consultants, designers and installers through to education institutions, government, manufacturers and retailers.


The Central Markets Association of Australia (CMAA) is the peak body representing the authorities or owners of the five central wholesale markets around Australia. Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) is the national industry body representing wholesalers and supporting businesses located at these central wholesale markets.
Collectively the CMAA and FMA provide an essential link in Australia’s fruit and vegetable supply chain, handling over four million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables each year, which represents a value of over $7 billion. CMAA works in partnership with FMA representing Australia’s fresh produce markets.