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Team changes reflect exciting developments for Australia’s Freshcare Program

May 12, 2017

Freshcare Ltd is pleased to announce and welcome Jo McCloskey to the role of Business Manager.  Jo will be responsible for day to day business operations and the development and implementation of strategic initiatives that will support the quality delivery of Freshcare programs.

Jo comes to Freshcare with over 11 years of experience working in the horticulture industry, through employment at Hort Innovation Ltd (and formerly Horticulture Australia Ltd).  During her time there Jo managed parts of the Industry Development/Capacity Building portfolio, including Industry Communications and Training and Leadership programs.  More recently her role within the Procurement team saw her focus on business process including tender and contract administration.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Freshcare team, and continue my involvement in the fresh produce sector.  I look forward to supporting the organisation in continuing its growth and provision of resources to better the sector.”

With the appointment of Jo to the new Business Manager role, Freshcare’s long standing Executive Officer, Clare Hamilton-Bate, moves to a more strategic role as General Manager – Industry Development.

The new role will see Clare focusing on ensuring Freshcare continues to be the compliance program of choice for the Australian fresh produce industry, through strong strategic linkages with industry, customers, broader stakeholders and government.

Clare will also be focusing on key strategic projects to facilitate business development and growth.

The Freshcare team are currently working on priority projects including:  Freshcare’s recognition through the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for domestic market compliance and benchmarking to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for export markets.

With a strong foundations and a forward focus, Freshcare has a number of future initiatives already in the pipeline.  These include the development of a Freshcare standard for supply chain businesses including storage, ripening, wholesale and broker operations; exciting developments in the environmental compliance and sustainability space; and support of a number of applied food safety research projects that will further strengthen the science upon which the Freshcare codes are based.

“It’s a really exciting time for Freshcare, changes to the team structure reflecting both existing priorities and a number of key future developments for the program” Clare explained.

“Freshcare has proudly supported Australian growers and the broader fresh produce sector for almost 17 years and the team is 100% committed to ensuring that we continue in that role far into the future”.

For further information on any aspect of the Freshcare Program, contact us here.