VegDoctor is 2017 Churchill Fellow

We are thrilled to announce that Hazel has been selected to be one of the 2017 Australian Churchill Fellows for travel to Northern Europe in early 2018.

The Project: Hazel is looking to meet people and view factories with state-of-the-art approaches to development of value-added, convenient, healthy foods throughout 8 weeks funded travel in March-April 2018, to the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Italy.  She specifically wants to address the opportunity and mechanisms to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into value-added, convenient, healthy foods.  Hazel will be looking for new trends and products, innovative approaches, nimble and versatile processing systems and equipment, and effective collaborative approaches. Hazel will focus on opportunities relevant to Australian fruit and vegetable producers, especially for stabilisation of, and adding value to excess produce.

The Outcomes: Key specific insights (products, equipment, contacts) relevant to Australian SME food producers to help them develop new food products for local and export markets.  Hazel’s learnings, insights and ideas generated will be shared via talks, workshops and more local ‘foodie’ events.

A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity for Australian Citizens to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence!  The Churchill Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill the great world leader, and provides a pathway for Fellows to access industry and community leaders from across the world, enabling the exchange of knowledge, technology and experience for the benefit of Australian Society.  For further information see: