Value-add event features New Zealand’s Foodbowl CEO and Hawai‘i ag leaders, Feb. 20
Jan 29, 2024
Join the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation for another informative Eat Think Drink: the AgriValue Movement – Growing Ag Success.
Value-added agriculture is key to stimulating demand for local agricultural products, ultimately paving a way to scale agriculture. Hawai‘i’s ag landscape is both diverse and challenging. Its isolated geography, limited arable land, and high operating costs have historically posed obstacles to the growth of local farming. However, developing a thriving value-added industry can help overcome challenges and create greater demand for agricultural production.
At this Feb. 20 evening event, attendees will gain insights from keynote speaker Grant Verry, chief executive of The Foodbowl, whose experience in food and beverage manufacturing, regulatory compliance, business growth and commercial contracting helped to foster innovation and scale up the facility in New Zealand. Then, they’ll listen in as Hawai‘i industry leaders discuss value-add topics on a panel featuring Matt Hong, co-founder of Banán; Kūhiō Lewis, CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement; and Carlos G. Peñaloza, Ph.D, chancellor of Leeward Community College — moderated by Poni Askew, co-founder of Hawaiian Vinegar Company.