Indulge in Queensland’s food manufacturing expo

Brisbane’s triennial food and beverage manufacturing exhibition, FoodTech Qld, will focus on the best conferences and innovations trending in Australia.

FOODTECH Qld, a triennial trade exhibition, was launched in 2016 to support the burgeoning food and beverage manufacturing industry in the northern state. For the second time, the event will bring about 140 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors together across three days from July 28.

Event director, Jonathan Wilczek, said the event will feature exhibitors’ best range of processing and packaging machinery, science and technology applications, ingredients, industrial services, the latest equipment, and trending developments in advanced manufacturing.

This year, FoodTech Qld will also host several workshops and seminars on topics ranging from food industry supply chain, sustainability, and health and safety. The event is being managed by the organisers of Foodpro, a successful show that has been running since the 1960s.

Exhibitors range from large manufacturers to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Multivac, SMC Pneumatics, Nord Drivesystems and Sick Australia will all be displaying their latest in technology and innovation. Chocolate connoisseurs and biscuit lovers will also have a chance to chat to Mondelez International and Nestle Australia employees as these companies are also expected to return.

The event will not only allow visitors to see new products and innovative technologies, but it will also help them keep up-to-date with market trends.

Conferences galore
In between discovering the best on offer from exhibitors, visitors can also take a seat and relax while listening to engaging speakers who are covering topics such as a business health check, succeeding on an international scale, and infrastructure and planning.

Wilczek said speakers will provide valuable insights into key topics affecting the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, will feature as a keynote speaker and the Australian Institute of Packaging will offer a sustainable packaging training course.

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) is also holding two workshops on food regulations and food recalls. AIFST managing director, Fiona Fleming, said the institute will run a comprehensive workshop to help food and beverage manufacturers develop the skills necessary to implement a program to evaluate and test the recall policies and procedures in place in their business.

“The workshop will help them understand how even the simplest oversights can derail an otherwise sound procedure. They will learn to evaluate the who, what, where, when and why of recalls and how a properly handled recall not only effectively protects the consumer, but also allows for the public image of a company to improve,” said Fleming.

Attendees can also participate in a mock recall scenario at the workshop where they will get to work through an example and role-play on how they will respond.

As for the food regulation workshop, it will help manufacturers understand how to find out if the ingredients they are using in their products are approved and safe. Visitors can also learn more about the regulations that can protect their products and consumers, Fleming explained.

Keeping it green
Sustainability, waste management and keeping a clean, green image are key topics at FoodTech Qld. Wilczek said one of the highlights around sustainability will be a panel discussion on the issues food and beverage manufacturers face in this space. “We will try to bring in exhibitors and speakers who can provide new wisdom around the sustainability issues in the food and beverage industry and also shed light on best practices in the market,” he said.

Realising that sustainability and other key topics are relevant to all manufacturers, small and large, the expo is catering to companies that employ one person or even thousands. The event will not only host big names in the food industry, but it will also bring several SMEs into the mix.

Hydro Innovations’ Garry Grant said these types of events allow delegates to see a whole range of products they may use for their businesses, all at the same time and under one roof.

Benefits for exhibitors
Grant said the event allows exhibitors to demonstrate the effectiveness of their various products and technologies.

“Our reason for attending is to introduce technologies to the sector that may have been overlooked. We would like to find users that value operator safety and convenience, and those looking for products with the lowest life cycle costs,” he said.

Hydro Innovations will showcase self-priming wastewater pumps and Venturi-Aerators that are safer to use than other technologies and have a low maintenance cost.

Wilczek said the event in 2016 generated high value and large volume sales for exhibitors. He said more than 90 per cent of the exhibitors indicated they were satisfied with the FoodTech Qld expo and on average, each exhibitor was able to generate $430,468 in sales.

Wilczek expects this year’s expo to be just as satisfying for exhibitors and visitors. FoodTech Qld 2019 will be held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.