June 23, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

For almost two decades she’s been the powerhouse behind Fine Food Australia, one of the nation’s most important B2B events in the food sector.

Now the widely respected Minnie Constan has announced she’s leaving Diversified Communications.

As its Event Manager, Constan has nurtured the event, building its credentials in Australia and with Governments and exhibitors from around the world.

It has been the pre-eminent trade show that demonstrated the power of business events to drive export not just for Australian producers but of food manufacturers around the world. She brought international country pavilions into the show and partnered with agencies like Austrade.

As a peer in the industry, I saw at first-hand the respect that she garnered from her clients. She was able to build the profile of the event and position it as the pre-eminent trade show for the region.

In sharing the news of her departure, Diversified Communications described her career as “stellar”.

Diversified Communications Managing Director said Constan had worked across many brands and her greatest legacy was with Fine Food Australia. He said she leaves the organisation firmly cementing her membership in Diversified Communications’ Hall of Fame.

“Her networks and relationships within the food industry are unsurpassed and her energy and enthusiasm have always been uplifting and inspiring,” he said.

“We wish Minnie all the best for her future and acknowledge the significant positive impact she has left on our business.”

Helen Mantellato, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Vice President and Senior Manager, Business Development International & Exhibitions, for ICC Sydney said Constan exemplified the passion and smarts that propelled the success and evolution of Fine Food over many years.

“Always fully engaged and highly respected in the food and beverage industry, she developed strong and important relationships with exhibitors, trade associations, government, consulates and trade commissions.

“A total powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm, a repository of industry IP and a joy to work with.  I wish her much success in whatever she puts her mind and hands to next,” Mantellato said.

Constan said she would miss the food, beverage and events industry but is certain she has left the show in good hands.

“I feel privileged to work within such a wonderful industry and had the opportunity to connect with so many inspiring businesses,” she said.

“I’m certain Fine Food Australia will continue to be the biggest and best show in the southern hemisphere, and I wish everyone at Diversified Communications all the best,” she said.

Under Constan’s leadership, Fine Food Australia won numerous awards. She was also a supporter of the EEAA Young Stars Program and was involved in sharing her knowledge and expertise.

Constan leaves an established and experienced team at Fine Food Australia with many names the industry has grown to know and respect including Commercial Director, Siobhan Rocks, Product Manager, Andrew Lawson and the sales team including Jacqui Summerhill, Jerrie Vise and Holly Burgess.