Adelaide scores global potato conference

Adelaide has been named as the host city for the 2023 World Potato Congress (WPC), marking the first time the biennial event will be held in Australia.

The 2023 World Potato Congress is expected to attract over 1000 delegates.

The successful bid was led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Potatoes South Australia. In its bid to attract their interest in South Australia as a host destination, the bureau initially hosted the event owners at their 2017 Agricultural Industry showcase – an annual educational event designed to highlight the state’s business events assets as well as its innovation and technological advances within the agricultural sector.

“A first for Australia, this unique event will provide the opportunity for whole-of-industry unification in the celebration of the world’s third largest food crop,” said Robbie Davis, CEO of Potato South Australia.

“Our innovative, creative, food-savvy city which is a hub for entrepreneurship and world-class R&D, will be the perfect backdrop for this significant global event. We will be proud to demonstrate clever technology from the Australian paddock to the global plate. Reciprocally, the networking and investment opportunities, the learnings and experiences the local industry will access will be invaluable.”

South Australia produces in excess of 500,000 tonnes of potatoes annually and 80 per cent of the nation’s fresh potatoes.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the winning bid was a massive coup for South Australia.

“The Congress is an opportunity to showcase to an international audience why South Australia is a leader in the potato industry,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate Potatoes South Australia on the hard work they put in to leading a successful bid for this major event.”