Fine Food Australia returns to Sydney in 2019

Fine Food Australia, the largest and leading trade event for the food industry in the country, will return to the ICC Sydney on Monday 9 to Thursday 12 September.

Fine Food Australia has been the destination since 1983 to ignite passion and innovation in the food industry. The four-day celebration of ideas and innovation promises to be larger than ever before with 85% of the show floor sold out already, and aligning with truly industry leaders as sponsors.

For a second year running, Freedom Foods Group has been announced as Platinum Sponsor. “We are delighted to be partnering with Fine Food Australia as Platinum Sponsor for 2019”, says Sarah Herbert, Senior Brand Manager at Freedom Foods. “The event provides a fantastic platform for businesses to showcase their products as well as an opportunity to network with and learn from industry leaders, with useful and insightful sessions across the four days. Fine Food Australia gets bigger and better each year, and we are proud to have aligned as a partner.”

Callebaut will be sponsoring the Innovations in Patisserie stage, featuring appearances from leading pastry chefs, demonstrations of new techniques on Van Rooy equipment and expert advice for aspiring talent. And introducing a new feature for 2019, the Demo Kitchens will take demonstrating new dishes with exhibitor ingredients to a whole new level, and is supported by the NSW Government.

The 2019 events line up is overflowing with 19 co-located competitions, masterclasses and events including the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award, Australian Culinary Challenge, The Great Aussie Pie & Sausage Roll Competition, Women in Foodservice Charity Event and many more.

It’s a well-known fact that Fine Food Australia attracts the most end-users and trade buyers from the foodservice, hospitality, retail and bakery industries of any show in Australia. This year more than 23,000 industry professionals are expected to visit and explore Fine Food’s eight sectors across food and specialty, catering and hospitality equipment, drinks, bakery equipment and ingredients, healthy living, retail technology, dairy and packaging.

As the most important destination for any business in the food industry, discover the latest trends, witness emerging talent, and learn from the industry’s best at Australia’s largest trade event. Fine Food Australia is an event not to be missed.

NSW’s best invited to Fine Food Australia table

NSW food and beverage companies are being offered a chance to expand their business in national and global markets with a subsidised place on the NSW Government’s stand at Fine Food Australia.

Executive Director Industry Trade and Investment, Kylie Bell, said a dozen spots are up for grabs on the NSW stand at the southern hemisphere’s largest food and beverage show.

“Over 1,000 exhibitors and 26,000 visitors from 50 countries attend Fine Food Australia, providing a huge opportunity for NSW companies to win new business.

“We’re calling on regional and metropolitan companies that can showcase the great depth and innovation that is occurring right across our food and beverage industry.

“For exhibitors, Fine Food Australia will be a massive chance to meet leading suppliers, negotiate deals, expand networks, and learn the latest ideas and trends,” Ms. Bell said.

NSW’s food and beverage manufacturing industry has 3,600 businesses that employ nearly 70,000 people – almost a third of the national industry – with exports growing 9.6 per cent in 2017-18 to reach $5.6 billion.

“Fast-growing middle classes in emerging countries, particularly in Asia, are clamouring for our clean, green and safe food and beverage products,” Bell said.

“To capitalise on this demand we’ve launched the NSW Food and Beverage Industry Development Strategy to grow the industry, build business capability, improve collaboration among key stakeholders and drive job creation, skills development and investment.”

“By participating in Fine Food Australia and implementing this strategy, we’re backing the industry to tackle the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies, the availability of skilled labour, diversifying consumer tastes, growing global demand, and access to markets,” Ms. Bell said.

Fine Food Australia 2019 will be held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour from 9-12 September.

Innovative food and beverage companies can apply from now until 26 April for a spot on the NSW stand by visiting Fine Food Australia 2019 with successful companies to be notified in May.

Highlights of Fine Food Australia include focus on robotics and health foods

Fine Food Australia has come to an end after a week packed with food trend insights and robotics making a name in the industry.

After catering to thousands at the Melbourne Convention centre, the four-day event came to a close on the 13th of September.

Fine Food Australia event director Minnie Constan said more than 25,000 people attended the four-day expo.

The exact figures will be released in a few weeks when an audit has been completed, she said.

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“It was incredible. There was a buzz around the show floor that I haven’t seen for many years. It’s certainly showing the passion that is in this industry.”

The expo was about innovation, connection and growth, she said. “There was a lot of new innovation.”

“There were a number of very exciting products that will be heading to the market, including electronics and new food,” said Constan.

Hot topics included the use of mobile apps and robotics in the food industry, as well as meatless protein alternatives, she said.

For the first time ever, there was a Cobot at Fine Food Australia, which is a cooperative robot.

The company that showcased the Cobot was Roto Charge, which sells bakery pumps and related equipment that deposit fillings into pastry products.

Food Industry Foresight director Rod Fowler said Roto Charge had doubled the capacity of its standard equipment by adding a robot to its standard systems.

The new generation smart robots are intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace.

This makes them different to other robots that are designed to operate autonomously or with limited guidance.

The top ten trends of 2018 were discussed at a Fine Food Australia forum, with the help of Food Industry Foresight, which provides research and analysis into food and beverage markets in Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The trends include operators working smarter – to continue striving in an increasingly tough market – and the reinvention of hamburgers.

Hamburgers maintain their top position as the number one flexible food concept and they continue to transform as consumers look for new flavours.

The Food Industry Foresight found the desire for protein substitutes was rising as people considered the environmental impacts of meat.

Casual dining has grown over the past five years in Australia and the cafes are adapting their coffee products to offer cheaper home and work brewing options.

People are also wanting to know the origins of food when it comes to eating at restaurants, robots are entering the food service industry and food apps are gaining traction.

The Food Industry Foresight noted the number of meal options when eating out are growing.

Eateries are also striving to change the look, opening hours and menus of their establishments to create a more unique experience for patrons.

With innovation hot on everyone’s minds, the variety of products at Fine Food Australia were diverse.

New products included Little Beauties’ sundried kiwifruit slices, Oliver Lane’s gluten-free golden turmeric and cardamom bread, Hemp Foods Australia’s salted caramel crunch bar.


Fine Food Australia expo in Melbourne showcases the country’s best

Fine Food Australia kicked off on the 10th of September with more than 1000 exhibitors showcasing some of Australia’s best food and beverages, machinery and equipment.

The event, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, runs until the 13th of September.

Fine Food Australia is a trade exhibition that helps people share new ideas, techniques and trends in the food and beverage industry.

Fine Food Australia delves into all corners of the industry, including the bakery sector, tea, dairy, meat, organic and free-from foods, and liquor.

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Exhibitors include food manufacturers and equipment specialists, ranging from Xiamen Huamerica Reliance Foods, which specialises in seafood and poultry, to Woombye Cheese Company, to Woojung Bakeware and trend-following cafes such as the Vegan Shack based in Melbourne, which is giving cooking demonstrations of its plant-based ‘snitty bakon’ burger.

Events include the national final of Australia’s longest running culinary competition – Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award, a food and beverage exporters forum – hosted by Export Connect, and a Coles ‘meet the buyer event’, which connects people with key executives from Coles. One-on-one meetings are also available with key executives from the supermarket chain.

Export connect is also presenting a forum on organic food in the Singapore and Hong Kong markets. Exporters who have recently returned from Asia will give insight into these markets.

As well as this, coffee and chocolate lovers have the chance to learn more about these fields.

The cafe stage showcases leaders in the cafe industry, who are running interactive masterclasses and discussions that provide the audience with new ideas and inspiration for their businesses.

Belcolade International master chocolatier Stephane Leroux will also be demonstrating how to turn chocolate into a work of art. His work includes chocolate masterpieces that are almost unrecognisable as they are transformed in to floral sculptures.

More than 26,000 visitors attend the annual event – meeting face to face with industry leaders, food suppliers and small to large business owners.

Melbourne food trade expo attracts a dozen producers from NSW

The Fine Food Australia trade expo in Melbourne in September attracts thousands of producers, including gourmet producers from NSW.

Prodcuers come from places small and large, including Sydney, Snowy Mountains and Illawarra-Shoalhaven.

NSW government minister for trade and industry Niall Blair said the “Flavours of NSW” stand at the event will feature stunning gourmet food and niche beverages from locations such as Riverina-Murray, Central Coast and Hunter.

“Fine Food Australia is our annual olympics for food, bringing together 1,000 plus exhibitors from over 60 countries to compete for the attention of more than 20,000 food industry buyers and importers,” he said.

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“The event gives NSW food and beverage producers a chance to market their brands to a who’s who of the industry and sell their products to the nation and the world. This year’s event is in Melbourne and we’ve assembled a diverse list of our best and most innovative producers to showcase what we’re made of here in NSW,” said Blair.

“Our products will include mouth-watering artisan cheeses, gourmet coffee, native bush food, award winning condiments, sugar free chocolate, seaweed infused creations, and niche beverages including craft ginger beer and Snowy Mountains schnapps,” he said.

Fine Food Australia, to be held from 10-13 September, is a trade-only event targeted at professionals working in the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries.

NSW has more than 50,000 agricultural, aquaculture, fishing and food and beverage processing companies that contribute to a food and agriculture export industry worth more than $7 billion a year.

Fine Food Australia will also allow the NSW exhibitors to learn from industry leaders about the latest industry trends, and for restauranteurs to source the best and newest NSW products for their menus to keep diners walking through the door.

Exhibitors from NSW include Blushing Blueberries of Macksville, Julianne’s Kitchen from Hornsby, Little Creek Cheese from Wyong, and White Horse Coffee from Sutherland.