Ag in the Asian Century

About the Conference

Ag in the Asian Century National Export and Innovation Conference

Back by popular demand, the Ag in the Asian Century National Export and Innovation Conference facilitated by TSBE returned to Toowoomba in 2015. Featuring world-class speakers, delivering practical knowledge and the latest information, the 2015 conference built on what transpired at the 2014 event, taking our search for innovation and export opportunities in the Asian market to the next level.

Asian demand for Australian produce

Demand from Asian consumers for high-quality Australian food continues to grow, as China remains the top purchaser of Australian produce. In 2013, Australia beef exports to China increased nearly fourfold, with other meats doubling their export capacity. And, as we are all aware, this demand is set to exponentially increase. In the coming decades, Asia’s demand for food will double as consumer preferences evolve to desire high quality, safe and reliable food from trusted sources, with Asia's middle-class population with significant discretionary spending growing six-fold to 3.5 billion.

Our Asian neighbour’s consumption of dairy, fruit and vegetables, beef, grain and wine will skyrocket as their demand for convenience foods, fresh foods and drinks will drive our food producing, manufacturing and value-added businesses to deliver these products with added nutrition and health benefits.

22-24 September 2015 Conference

The 2015 Ag in the Asian Century National Export and Innovation Conference was held in Toowoomba on 22 to 24 September. The conference again secured a wide range of national and international speakers and focused on export and innovation opportunities in the Australian agriculture and agribusiness sector as we build competency together to take advantage of the Asian Century prospects.

In 2014, industry leaders from the agriculture and agribusiness space cut through the spin and shone a spotlight on the emerging opportunities in the Asian Century. Speakers answered questions like:

  • What does the growing demand for food and agriculture products in Asia really mean for Australian businesses?
  • How will export and innovation play a crucial role in any strategy to capitalise on this growing market trend?
  • Where do the real opportunities lie and how are many Australian businesses already capitalising on Asian prospects?

2015 built on these questions and taught delegates how to turn the opportunities into reality. Conference attendees had the chance to connect with business leaders, senior government officials, prominent industry representatives and leading academics who are experts at implementing, integrating and improving the effectiveness of the agribusiness supply chain and identifying actual opportunities in innovation and export.