Australia on show at SIAL CHINA 2015

Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Organic and a number of food and beverage exporters will be representing Australia at SIAL CHINA 2015.

SIAL CHINA 2015 is Asia’s mega food and beverage exhibition will feature 2,734 exhibitors from 82 countries and regions in an 115,000 square metre exhibition space for three days.

The exhibition will be held May 6-8 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and will welcome 55,000 visitors from around the world.

Meat and Livestock Australia will return to SIAL CHINA with meat exporters and traders including Cedar Meats Australia, Dunnet & Johnston Group, Fletcher International Exports, Garra International, Hunter Valley Quality Meats, IMTP, Jack’s Creek, KC Natural, Ralph’s Meat Company, Samex Australian Meat Company, Sanger Australia, Stella Foods Australia, Teys Australia, Thomas Foods International and WAMMCO International Southern Meats.

Australian seafood exporters will be at the event with Ausab, Hot Dog Fisheries, Kinkawooka Mussels, Natural Oysters, South Australian Prawn Co-op, Mori Seafood, Safcol Australia and Tony’s Tuna International.

The largest organic industry group in Australia, Australian Organic, is exhibiting at SIAL China for the first time, in conjunction with Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Company, Coolibah Herbs, Eco Farms, Gemtree Wines, Kialla Pure Foods, Murray River Organics, Nature’s Gift, Pana Chocolate and OZGANICS Organic Foods.

Other food and beverage exporters from Australia at SIAL China 2015 include: Almond Board of Australia, Alpine Berry Farm, Australian Natural Snack Company, Bickford’s Australia, Brookfarm, Ceravolo Estate, Laucke Flour Mills, Lemon Tree Dairy, Michiko Formula Australia, Raw Materials, SalDoce Fine Foods, San Remo, Shaw Vineyard Estate and Superbee Honey. 

Key events include:

  • Retail & Hospitality Forum(Hall E1) – exchange industry information and retail & HORECA inspirations
  • La Cuisine by SIAL (Hall E4) – high level culinary demonstrations and competitions endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS)
  • SIAL Innovation – discover the market trends and new products through a unique innovation observatory; 93 selected products from 229 products presented by 120 exhibitors and 11 finalists competing for the Gold/Silver/Bronze Awards
  • World Tour by SIAL (South Lobby) – understand the specific characteristics of food markets by geographical area and obtain all the information required to define your export strategy
  • China National Specialty Tea Brewers Cup Event (Hall W5) – to explore the essence of tea brewing, to better present a tea story and to lead the young back to traditional tea-drinking habit
  • The Consumer Goods Forum (Hall E1) – this event provides a unique global platform for the development of global industry processes and standards as well as sharing best practices
  • The Fresh (Hall E3) – a 360 degree showcase for the gourmet experience from food materials to cooked dishes
  • Chocolate World (Hall W4) – live demo with chocolate dessert by prominent chefs from hotel groups around the world

Registration is open until May 5 and visitors can register for free at


One week until AUSPACK

With over 315 exhibitors showcasing their products at AUSPACK, it’s time to start planning which stands to visit.

AUSPACK is Australia’s premier packaging and processing exhibition, where many of the exhibitors will be launching new and innovative solutions.

On its 30th anniversary, Adem Somyurek, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, State Government Victoria, will formally open the show.

With over 1200 brands, 315 exhibiting companies and the 2015 National Technical Forums, AUSPACK 2015 is the largest event yet with over 17,000sqm of the latest food and beverage processing technology and packaging machinery on show.

It is an opportunity to experience the latest machinery, innovations and technology from Australia and around the world

With a focus on processing and packaging, exhibitors will be demonstrating the latest plant equipment and machine technology for you to compare.

AUSPACK is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery organisation.


Registration opens for NMW 2015

Registration is now open for National Manufacturing Week 2015, Australia's biggest – and longest-running – manufacturing industry event.

NMW 2015 will present an exhibition as well as presentations, networking opportunities and live demonstrations to help everyone – all levels, and all sectors of industry – gain new ideas for innovating, collaborating and building competitive strengths.

NMW 2015 is attracting strong exhibitor support, with more than 120 companies including BOC, BAC Systems, Lincoln Electric, BOSCH, Klingspor, Supagas, Stratasys, Telstra and other leading brands already confirming their participation in the event.  Many of these companies will also participate in interactive demonstrations, running on the exhibition floor throughout the four-day event that will bring new processes and technologies to life.

NMW 2015 will also present an exceptional conference program: with world-class speakers sharing their expertise and leading discussions in two zones, the R&D Hub and Digital Manufacturing Hub.

The R&D Theatre program focuses on innovation and bringing new ideas to market. Sessions will include Phil Timbrell of Preformed Line Products presenting unusual approaches to getting an idea to a Fully Testable Product and Mark Steiner, MD Techome and Hetech will speak on what to look out for when buying or manufacturing offshore.

Complementary sessions in the Digital Hub will present speakers including RMIT University's Gretchen Wilkins and Ian Nazareth profiling the future factory and Enhar's Trent Hawkins speaking on increasing productivity.

There will also be plenty of networking opportunities, including happy hour drinks reception at the conclusion of Day 1, bringing visitors together with speakers, exhibitors and others in a relaxed setting.

NMW 2015 will be co-located with Austech, the SMART Logistics conference and Australia's first complete safety event, the Safety First Conference & Expo, to harness shared energies from the manufacturing, transport, building & construction, government and broader industry sectors.

NMW 2015 aims to help make the most of the buzz, with a new feature – the online My Event Planner – giving participants a tool for scheduling meetings and demos, creating an event timetable and even connecting with exhibitors and other visitors.

Above all, NMW 2015 will provide opportunities for industry to come together, to network, collaborate and inspire innovation across industry sectors.

NMW 2015 exhibitors, demonstrations and conference sessions are being regularly updated at


New exhibitors sign up for AUSPACK

Processing machinery will again be a focus for AUSPACK 2015 with new exhibitors including exhibitors Viking Food Solutions and Summit Machinery.

Luke Kasprzak, portfolio director – industrial division, exhibition and trade fairs, said “Companies such as TNA Australia, Heat & Control, Walls Machinery, Krones and JL Lennard are just some of the processing exhibitors returning in 2015.”

“In addition we have international processing companies such as Daxner Pacific, Lothar A.Wolf Speizialmaschinen; as well as first time exhibitors Viking Food Solutions and Summit Machinery also exhibiting next year.”

Viking Food Solutions offers food processing and packaging solutions ranging from vacuum packaging equipment and materials, dip tanks, shrink packaging, tray sealers, trays and film and food labels.

Stuart Mead, director of Viking Food Solutions, said “Viking Food Solutions will be showcasing a broad range of solutions on their stand including the A-MAPS Tray Sealer, the Viking XG 680 Automatic Tray Sealer, the Viking 1020, 250 and 423 Vacuum Packers, the Viking Dip Tank 66 and the Viking Planus Hamburger Machine.”

Summit Machinery which has been firmly based in the processing equipment field for over 25 years, is also active in the vegetable, salad, cheese, meat and nut industries across Australia and New Zealand and has its own range of salad washers, spin dryers, trim tables, conveyors, elevators and ancillary equipment. It also represents FAM (Belgium) size reduction machinery, (dicers, slicers, shredders), Stumabo (Belgium) Industrial machine knife manufacturers, Dofra (Holland) processing machinery for the potato, onion and capsicum and Tenrit (Germany) processing machinery for Carrots.

AUSPACK 2015 will be held on 24 to 27 March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.


International companies to exhibit at AUSPACK

26 international packaging and processing companies have signed up to be exhibitors at AUSPACK.

Luke Kasprzak, Portfolio Director – Industrial Division, Exhibition and Trade Fairs, said “26 international companies have already booked which will give visitors the opportunity to see the latest global innovations.”

“Having international companies such as Krüger & Salecker, Cama Group, Daxner Pacific, Lothar A.Wolf Spezialmaschinen, Sacmi, Concetti Group, Leibinger and BrauKon as exhibitors, introduces a new offering for the visitors,” Kasprzak said.

“These companies will bring new product ranges and innovations that companies within the Australian Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical industries may have not seen.” he said.

AUSPACK 2015 will be held on 24 – 27 of March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For more information, click here.


Agriworld Australia 2015 announced

Reed Exhibitions Australia has announced a new conference and exhibition event designed to support the operation and growth of the agribusiness industry.

Agriworld Australia will bring together the entire agribusiness value chain at Sydney Showground, on 15 & 16 July 2015.

The event will feature:

  • Agriinvest – investment services (finance, legal & tax support, business services)
  • Agritech – farm production (field technologies, animal management)
  • Agrinext – processing (technology, generation solutions, equipment)
  • Agritrade – trade services (transport, storage, smart technology, export services)

Agriworld Australia will attract Australian and international professionals from the agricultural food production, fishing and aquaculture and food processing industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to source and buy the latest products, equipment and services to enhance their production productivity from the field to the processing plant. They can also interact with both domestic and international investors, understand the market appetite for their products and get to know the best channels for delivery to market.

Exhibitors at Agriworld Australia will showcase the latest technologies and support services from farm production to food processing and trade, and will have the opportunity to connect and engage with the domestic agricultural supply chain and to exploit opportunities to access this fast-growing sector in Australia and key Asian markets.

The investment stream (Agriinvest) within Agriworld Australia will attract domestic and international investors, who will benefit from the opportunity to assess the different commodity risks and their potential, look at how best to diversify their investment portfolio and network on a larger scale with those companies that can help them own a piece of Australia’s agricultural market.

Delegates at the Agriworld Australia conference will benefit from a mix of seminars and interactive workshops providing unparalleled, highly valuable face-to-face learning opportunities. A premium line-up of national and international speakers will present their knowledge, experiences and solutions on all aspects of farm management – productivity, food quality, nutrition and R&D, strategy, animal care, livestock management and agricultural investment.

John Gorton, executive director of Reed Exhibitions Australia, said “the launch of Agriworld Australia follows extensive industry research and consultation, which clearly demonstrated the market need for a premium quality, comprehensive agribusiness event for the full ‘farm to fork’ agricultural/agri-food value chain.”

For more information, click here.


Japan to get a taste of Australian wine

48 Australian brands will be showcased tomorrow at the biggest trade tasting in Japan, Wine Australia Tasting (WAT).

Nearly 500 trade and media guests are expected to attend the event, which is timed to precede the peak of Japan’s wine consumption from mid-autumn and throughout winter.

Through the WAT, exhibiting importers and wineries will have the valuable opportunity to (re)connect with Japanese buyers and local wine media.

Guests will taste close to 300 Australian wines and discover their diverse styles, stories and personalities at this large format tasting. There are 48 brands registered to participate including McWilliam’s, Vasse Felix, First Drop, Chain of Ponds, Brown Brothers and Sirromet.

Wine Australia’s regional manager for Asia, Hiro Tejima, said events like the WAT create new opportunities for brands to engage an increasingly sophisticated Japanese wine consumer as well as an emerging demographic of younger wine drinkers.

“The biggest opportunity in the Japanese market is building on the perception of Australian wine and creating an emotional connection between the brand and the wine drinker. It becomes about more than just the quality of the wine, brands need to also engage people with the story of the wine, where it comes from, the people who made it and the terroir of the region.”

The coming ratification of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), expected to make access to the Japanese market easier for winemakers, will also encourage a more balanced approach by brands to the greater Asian region.

“It’s encouraging to see the WAT strongly supported by the Australian wine community. It’s our biggest event in the Japanese market and we’re again fully subscribed with almost 50 individual wine brands participating,” Tejima said.

Alongside the WAT, an education workshop and guided tastings will be offered by Wine Australia’s certified A+ Australian Wine Trade Specialists. They’ll offer practical tips to local trade on promoting Australian wine in the retail and restaurant environments.


Wine industry leaders unite to recover market share

More than 300 wine industry leaders from across Australia are expected in Adelaide this October to progress plans for the industry’s recovery of share and margin in key markets.

They will be attending Outlook 2014: Taking Charge of Our Future organised by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA), which will bring winemakers, analysts, exporters, marketers, retailers and politicians together over two days to consider what must be done to lift profitability.

Speakers include International Federation of Wine & Spirits President Jim Finkle (US), Organisation of Vine and Wine Director-General Jean-Marie Aurand (Paris), Australia Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan, Nielson’s Consumer and Business Intelligence Executive Director Michael Walton, Wine Intelligence Chief Executive Lulie Halstead (UK), ALM CEO Scott Marshall and Ciatti partner and broker Steve Dorfman.

“The strong Australian dollar, rising costs of production and intense global competition continue to challenge our export performance but there are many reasons to remain optimistic,” WFA president, Tony D’Aloisio said.

“We continue to produce a globally competitive product and we have an Action Plan outlining the steps we must take on both the demand and supply side to recover.”

“We are an industry that sees the glass half full. Have we room to grow? Of course we do, and Outlook 2014 is focused on getting our strategies aligned to capitalise on the rise of China and recovery in traditional export markets, as well as domestically,” he said.

“Outlook will be an opportunity to review our progress, consider the latest data and innovation in markets and production, and to align around what further actions are required.

“We have around 50 speakers over two days which makes this an important forum to learn about the latest developments, to meet leading figures in the industry from here and overseas, and to exchange ideas.

“The conference program has deliberately included panel discussions with questions from the floor to ensure we explore issues to their fullest and learn from the significant amount of experience delegates bring.”

WFA Chief Executive Paul Evans said Outlook 2014 would also bestow the inaugural Life Member of the Australian Wine Industry Award and release the 2014 Vintage Report.

“This is shaping up to be industry’s national wine week as industry celebrates achievements with the presentation of this important new award,” Evans said.

The 2014 Maurice O’Shea Award and dinner will also be held on the evening of the opening day of the conference.

For more information on the event, click here.


Inaugural Women in Foodservice event to run at Fine Food

Fine Food Australia, the largest foodservice trade show in the country, is this year launching a Women in Foodservice morning tea to help connect and inspire women in all facets of the food industry.

Running on Wednesday 17 September from 10.30am to 12.30pm, the morning tea will also raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Feed Melbourne Appeal.

The event will bring together leading women from across the industry, including Carolyn Creswell, founder of Carman's Kitchen and 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, and Jacky Magid, sales manager at Charlie’s Cookies.

Minnie Constan, exhibition manager at Diversified Exhibitions, which runs Fine Food Australia, said the event aims to show woman that it’s possible for them to reach senior management positions.

"Internationally, the lack of women in leadership roles within the food service industry has long been an issue, but women have made – and continue to make – a big mark on the food service industry, and we wanted to acknowledge that.

“Women make up around 60 percent of food prep managers and service workers but we're not very well represented in senior teams. Fine Food Australia wanted to give women in food service in Australia the opportunity to hear from women who have made it to that senior level – and when you consider that many women in our industry are juggling the demands of family as well as careers, what they bring to the sector is even more impressive,” she said.

For more information on the Women in Foodservice morning tea, click here.


AUSPACK’s 30th anniversary looks to be a big one

Seventy percent of the floor space for next year’s AUSPACK exhibition – running from 24 to 27 March – has already been sold.

To be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, AUSPACK 2015 will be the 30th anniversary of the trade show.

Luke Kasprzak, portfolio director – industrial division at Exhibition and Trade Fairs, which is the organiser of AUSPACK said “70 percent of space already occupied with eight months to go is evidence that exhibitors recognise the biennial event as the premier processing, packaging and materials trade show in Australia.”

Next year will see the addition of Packaging and Processing Week to the regular AUSPACK timetable. There will also be the APPMA Industry Excellence Awards and other networking events to celebrate the 30th anniversary.


Tassie’s sparkling wines on show at new event [video]

Effervescence Tasmania will showcase and celebrate Tasmania’s sparkling wines on 31 October and 1 November.

The inaugural event will see Tasmania’s sparkling wine makers conduct tastings and masterclasses for both consumers and industry. The masterclasses will be moderated by Tyson Stelzer, the Wine Communicators of Australia Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013 and the panel will comprise some of Tasmania’s leading sparkling wine makers including Andrew Pirie (Apogee), Ed Carr (House Of Arras), Natalie Fryar (Jansz) and Loic Le Calvez (Clover Hill) who will discuss Tasmania’s terroir, wine styles and vinification methods.

“It’s a great privilege to be involved with the inaugural Effervescence Tasmania. This is no generic promotional event, but rather an exclusive, invitation-only showcase of the finest sparkling houses of Tasmania,” Stelzer said.

The event will be held on the grounds of Josef Chromy and will commence with the Grand Degustation Dinner on Friday 31 October, before the main tastings on 1 November.

Additional events include master classes and tastings with the Telstra Australian Business of the Year – Bruny Island Cheese Co, as well as Tas Prime Oysters and Huon Aquaculture.


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AUSPACK to turn 30

2015 will be a special year for AUSPACK as it will celebrate its 30th anniversary as the largest biennial processing and packaging machinery and materials exhibition in Australia.

Owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), AUSPACK 2015 will be held on 24 and 27 of March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA, said “It is hard to imagine what started out in 1985 as an exhibition for a dozen companies on a cement floor in the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, showcased in 2013 over 308 exhibitors, including 112 international exhibitors from 18 countries.”

“Today AUSPACK exhibitors represent the entire spectrum of the industry – from processing, packaging and filling machinery through to packaging materials, product identification solutions, materials handling, ancillary components and more,” Dingley said.

“AUSPACK has undoubtedly played a significant role in the industry for the last thirty years and the APPMA are extremely proud of their flagship offering. We welcome you to exhibit at our anniversary AUSPACK and we look forward to bringing you many more exhibitions of this calibre in the next thirty years.” he said.

For more information, click here.


Australian Bacon Awards winners announced

Australian Bacon Award winners have been announced, signalling the beginning of Australian Bacon Week.

Attracting 125 entries this year, they were independently judged over two days by fleischmeister Horst Schurger, and top chefs, Paul McDonald and Simon Bestly.

Pialligo Farm Smokehouse ACT took out top honours, with its Full Rasher Smoked and Dry Cured Bacon named Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon.

‘We are absolutely delighted and very proud to have achieved this benchmark award,’ said Pialligo Estate’s master smoker and Smokehouse Manager, Peter Curry.

‘It is a great honour to know that our bacon has been judged as Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon, especially given the record number of entries,’ he said.

In addition to the Full Rasher and Shortcut competitions, a new Nationally Available category was introduced to recognise the top Australian bacon available right across Australia.

And the winners are…

Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon

Pialligo Farm Smokehouse Full Rasher Smoked and Dry Cured Bacon, Pialligo Farm Smokehouse, ACT

Nationally Available

Bertocchi Hickory Smoked Pan Size Bacon, Bertocchi Smallgoods

National Winners

Full Rasher

First place: Pialligo Farm Smokehouse, Pialligo, ACT

Second Place: Circle T Meats, Raceview, QLD

Third Place: Schulte’s Meat Tavern, Plainland, QLD

Short Cut

First Place: Kanmantoo Bacon, Kanmantoo, SA

Second Place: Edwards Family Butchery, Woy Woy NSW

Third Place: Slade Point Meat Specialists, Mackay QLD 


Foodpro opens this weekend

Australia’s largest food manufacturing event starts this Sunday in Melbourne with more than 10,000 visitors expected to attend.

The event will run from 22 June to 25 June and will be divided into four key precincts; Food Science & Technology, Packaging, Processing Machinery and Plant Equipment.

Foodpro Exhibition manager Peter Petherick said visitor registrations are already promising a strong event, and exhibition space at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre have been sold out for over six weeks, with a handful of companies even on a waiting list to exhibit.

“Australian food manufacturers know that an exhibition of this magnitude only comes along once every three years: this year’s event promises to bring the latest products, innovative ideas and technological advances from around the world straight to their home turf,” Petherick said.

Two new additions to foodpro include free educational seminars and workshops for attendees and the Victorian Government’s Business Lounge, where businesses interested in doing business in the host state can access Government education and support.

The seminars which run over two days (Monday and Tuesday) cover a range of topics including; exporting within the dairy industry, research and development, marketing fresh ready-made meals, the process of paddock to plate and how technology can help.

Presenters include: Charles McElhone, Group Manager – Trade and Industry Strategy, Dairy Australia, Dairy Industry Association of Australia; Phil Clarke, Deputy Chief of Operations, CSIRO; and Paul McGuire, Marketing Manager Darfresh and Ready Meals, Sealed Air.

All seminar sessions are 40 minutes and will include question and answer time at the end, with the exception of the first session on Monday, which will be 90 minutes.

For more information, click here.


Entries for HACCP Awards close soon

Time is running out to get involved in the HACCP Awards, which recognises those who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of Australia’s food supply, with entries closing 13 June.

The awards are run alongside the HACCP Conference, which recognises pioneers in food safety.

Held in Sydney from 26 – 28 August, and hosted by Advancing Food Safety, SAI Global, the conference will explore topical issues in food safety.

The three-day conference will kick off with Advancing Food Safety’s industry-renowned interactive workshops followed by two days of educational talks and seminars from some of the industry’s most respected professionals.

Among the keynote speakers are Steven Newton, MD at Newton Risk-Stream Management, who will forecast a global food pandemic and recommend actions to prevent it. Ros Harvey, Founding Director of Sense T, will discuss food traceability, safety and technology, drawing on her studies through the creation of the world's first economy-wide intelligent sensor network. Gary Smith, Director of Training, Improvement Solutions & Food Safety at SAI Global USA, will discuss the risks associated with allergens along the supply chain.

Tim Jacob, General Manager, Assurance Australia SAI Global said, “The calibre of speakers on this year’s panel truly represents why this is Australia’s premier event when it comes to food safety. This is the biggest and best line up we’ve had to date, providing industry professionals with a valuable discussion forum that also presents priceless networking opportunities.”

The HACCP Conference will finish with the prestigious HACCP Conference Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, on 27 August. HACCP Awards nomination categories include:

  • Outstanding Individual Nominated by an agri-food industry company
  • Outstanding individual working as a registered food safety auditor
  • Outstanding company (single site and multi-site) and
  • The Ross Peters Memorial Award for Excellence in Food Safety.

The 21st Australian HACCP Conference and 2014 HACCP Conference Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held at Doltone House, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont.

For more information, click here.


Entries now open for the Sydney International Wine Competition

The 34th Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) – the only international wine competition that judges its 400+ finalists in combination with suitable food – has opened for entries for the 2015 competition.

With no minimum production requirements, it is one of the few international wine shows available to experimental and small makers to test their wines beside major producers. 

The competition is open to grape wines from all countries, but the competition can only accept a maximum of 2000 wines for judging, on a first come first served basis. 

Competition director of the Sydney International Wine Competition, Warren Mason, said the show favours food friendly wines of balance and harmony that are immediately attractive for use with food. 

“A wine that is successful in traditional wine shows often tastes quite different when matched with food.  Each year, we have first time entrants who, because of the nature of traditional wine shows, have been reluctant to enter their wines.  This show offers the opportunity for their wines to show their true qualities,” Mason said.

“Our show offers comprehensive feedback for winemakers through the individual judges’ comments on the Award winning wines, published on the competition’s website.  But the main aim of the Sydney International Wine Competition is to help consumers confidently select wines – at different price points -that are more appropriate for dining,” he said.

The competition will be judged by an international panel of judges in mid-October. The panel includes six senior winemakers, five Masters of Wine and two Master Sommeliers, drawn from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and UK.

Award winners will be notified in November, with trade and public tastings held in Sydney in early February 2015.

For more information, or an entry form, click here.


Who’s on show at foodpro 2014?

We profile eight suppliers to the food and beverage manufacturing industry who will be showing off their latest and greatest products at foodpro later this month.

foodpro, Australasia’s largest and longest running food manufacturing trade show will be held in Melbourne for the first time later this month, and some of the industry’s leading manufacturers will be on show.

Held once every three years, foodpro 2014 will span over 20,000 square metres at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre showcasing every aspect of the Australasian food processing industry.

About 10,000 people are expected to see more than 300 suppliers of the food and beverage sectors at the most prestigious high-profile trade event for the industry within the Asia Pacific region.

Suppliers include:

1. Summit Machinery
Summit Machinery is using foodpro 2014 to launch the latest slicer and shedder by FAM Cutting Machinery.
FAM has developed the Centris 315, the most compact industrial centrifugal slicer and shredder in the market. The unique cutting method and high-quality blades of the Centris 315 ensure that a wide range of products can be sliced or shredded with precision, resulting in little or no yield loss.

The machine has the smallest footprint of any industrial centrifugal shredder in the market making it perfect for small to mid-sized companies as it requires limited floor space.

Summit Machinery will be at booth P42.

2. CST Waterwaster Solutions
CST Waterwaster Solutions will showcase the latest in wastewater and green energy technologies at foodpro this year.

Mike Bambridge, managing director of CST Wastewater Solutions will appear alongside Craig Morgan, national energy consultant, consulting visitors on specific problems and suggesting innovative solutions. Both have decades of experience in assisting organisations to manage energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and the impacts of climate change.

The Rotary Drum Screen will be one of the wastewater technologies on show, which facilitates pretreatment, grit removal and anaerobic wastewater treatment.

“The latest Rotary Drum Screen has a low investment cost, as well as low operational and maintenance costs. Our wide range of in-house experience means we offer custom-designed machines if needed,” Bambridge said.

CST Waterwaster Solutions will be on booth R16

3. APC Technology
Food and beverage computer solutions and equipment designer, APC Technology has launched a new stainless steel cabinet range, which will be on display at foodpro 2014.

The ruggedised stainless steel cabinet has been designed to meet the high standards and durability demanded in a food and beverage environment, including corrosive resistance to chemical cleaning agents.

The cabinet includes a fully sealed unit that water cannot penetrate, while allowing for water to be sprayed under the pedestal to dislodge any food products. The design is streamline, eliminating gaps and collection points with a specific focus on the base.

APC Technology will be at booth G52

4. Spray Nozzle Engineering

Spray Nozzle Engineering and its sister company Reel-Tech will be showcasing spraying and wash-down solutions at foodpro.

Reel-Tech will be launching Safe-R-Reel, the only spring rewind speed control device available for stainless reels in the food and beverage industry. The Safe-R-Reel provides a safer solution for fast retracting reels.

The Drip Pro Hi-Flo GEN-3 check valve will also be on display at foodpro. The product has been designed to control and reduce drips that contribute to scorched particles, in the most demanding environments.

Spray Nozzle Engineering will be at booth S10.

5. Matthews Australasia
Matthews Australasia will be presenting a range of coding, labelling, vision and product traceability solutions this year.

Its checkweighing range includes the weighprice labeller, a reliable, compact, fully automatic machine, which precisely weighs and labels goods and can be integrated into existing production lines.

In conjunction with iQVision Matthews will also demonstrate its vision systems and show how a business of any size can incorporate this technology for inspection, guidance, identification, measurement, tracking and counting across a range of industries. 

On display will also be Matthews' Linx thermal transfer overprinters (TTO) which code on to flexible packaging films and self-adhesive labels, and are typically used for snack foods, confectionery and fresh produce to print date and batch codes, logos, product descriptions, ingredients lists, nutritional panels and barcodes.

Matthews Australasia will be on stand H18.


6. Atlas Copco
Atlas Copco will have a number of its products on display:

The new GAVSD+ (variable speed drive) oil-injected screw compressor which offers improved performance, energy efficiency, and the smallest footprint in the market (up to 55 percent smaller). 

The NGM membrane nitrogen generators, which provide a cost-effective, reliable and secure supply of nitrogen. The generator's working principle is based on membrane air separation, which allows nitrogen to pass and other gases to permeate.

The ZS oil-free screw element blower provides a continuous and reliable supply of 100 percent oil-free air. The ZS range cuts energy costs by an average of 30 percent when compared to lobe technology.

The Energy Recovery System allows manufacturers to recover rejected heat and reuse it in their production cycle, allowing overall efficiency improvements of any compressed air system and a reduction in the plant's total energy consumption.

Atlas Copco will be on stand H48.

7. Thompson Meat Machinery 
Meat processing equipment manufacturer, Thompson Meat Machinery will present its Thompson 400 Bandsaw at foodpro 2014.  

The Thompson 400 Bandsaw incorporates four key safety features, making it the most efficient and the safest tool in the butcher and processor's armoury.

The base bandsaw is the Thompson 400 Supercut High Speed Bandsaw featuring a 3kW high speed motor, precision machined wheel and blade scrapers and tilt table. The cutting action of the Thompson 400 provides 1960m/min, the ability to cut through frozen products and a blade that produces a clean, straight cut that reduces bone dust.

The Thompson Bandsaw Blade Guard is constructed from stainless steel that encloses the bandsaw blade at all times, operational only when actively engaged by the operator via a foot pedal. Pneumatically controlled, the default position of the guard is always down and can only be raised when the operator is in the correct position.

Thompson Meat Machinery will be on stand O30.

At Foodpro 2014, SEW-EURODRIVE will showcase its product/service offering – comprising gearmotors, drive electronics as well as service, support and training – to the food and beverage industry. The company will exhibit elements from its expansive electronic, electro-mechanical and mechanical solution set, which make up the complete end-to-end drive range.

A particular point of interest on the SEW-EURODRIVE stand will be its Movigear mechatronic high efficiency drive unit. Movigear is popular amongst food and beverage manufacturers due to its IE4 Super Premium Efficiency rating and high degree of ingress protection (IP66), protecting against wash-down processes. Movigear also features an optional anti-stick Teflon outer coating to protect against chemical/caustic cleaning processes.

Also on show will be SEW’s DAS Series ASEPTICplus gearmotors, designed for hygienic production areas. The ASEPTICplus drive package contributes to the reduction of bacteria: reducing the accumulation of debris and air movements.

SEW-EURODRIVE will be on stand number U9.


M+K launch Food Group

The M+K Food Group, a dedicated food group for manufacturers in Victoria will be launched on 28 May at a networking reception held by M+K Lawyers.

Senior associate at M+K Lawyers, Sotheary Bryant said “We recognise that food businesses represent a significant proportion of the total output of manufacturing in Australia. M+K understands the unique challenges that exist within the industry. We also appreciate the many factors that impact a food manufacturer’s ability to remain competitive, improve productivity and grow sustainably in the current economic environment.”

The group will aim to creating a solid network of food manufacturers, leading to shared knowledge between manufacturers and a stronger industry overall.


28 May, 5pm-7pm

Punthill Dandenong

157-163 Lonsdale St, Dandenong


AIP Conference less than a month away

The largest packing conference in Australia and New Zealand is nearly upon us, with less than a month to go.

On 17 and 18 June, the 2014 AIP National Conference: Packaging & Innovation Excellence will cater for delegates from all facets of the packaging industry of both technologist and management levels.

The conference will host 40 speakers from seven countries and will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth.

Some of the technical papers that will be presented over the two days include:

  • Chemical migration from packaging to food
  • Innovative Responsible Packaging
  • Chain of Custody Certification and Sustainable Fibre Sourcing
  • The latest generation in metallocene polyethylene products
  • Zero waste at events and venues
  • The use of polybutene-1 based products in flexible packaging

Keynote speakers include:

  • Bryan McKay FAIP, director packaging development – Asia Pacific, Campbell Arnotts will speak on validating innovative packaging
  • Fran Bova FAIP, packaging manager, Kimberly-Clark Australia will discuss a shelf ready shippers case study looking at various requirements from box making, compatibility with existing case packing equipment, board grade and strength considerations, distribution, marketing requirements and retail shelf requirements.
  • Nicolas Georges, RD&Q director, Premium Chocolate & Dairy, Asia Pacific, Mondelez International will discuss ‘What if the Silicon Valley of food manufacturing was in Australia’?
  • Craig Walker MAIP, national packaging manager – PET, Coca-Cola Amatil. Walker will provide a presentation about the award winner packaging and innovations designed from Coca-Cola Amatil.
  • Bassam Hallak, director, Innovation Discovery & Insights, Avery Dennison –  Consumer Insight trends and impact on Packaging.
  • Nina Cleeve-Edwards MAIP, packaging specialist, Nestle Oceania, on innovation in packaging sustainability.
  • Paul Horn, strategic procurement director – Technical, LION, on Delivering New to Business Innovation.

For the full program, click here.


Nominations are open for the HACCP Conference Awards

HACCP Conference Award nominations are now open in all four categories.

The Annual HACCP Conference Awards aim to provide the food industry with a vehicle to recognise and reward the achievements of those who work to ensure the safety of our food supply.

Category one; outstanding individual nominated by an agri-food industry company, is intended for any individual employed by a private sector company who has contributed to the status of food safety in Australia. This person may be from any size company and from any sector within the agri-food industry, which has furthered the ideals of a safe food supply.

Category two; outstanding individual working as a registered food safety auditor is open to any individual working for an accredited Certification Body as a Food Safety Auditor. The auditor must be nominated by the Certification Body and have been registered as a food safety auditor with RABQSA, IRCA, SQFI, and/or BRC for at least 3 years. The Certification Body must be accredited by JAS-ANZ (or equivalent Accreditation Body) for food safety management system certification (e.g. ISO 22000:2005) or food product certification (e.g. WQA, BRC and/or SQF). The nominating auditor must provide evidence of their food safety auditing history and 2 referees will be contacted independently to verify suitability and candidacy.

Category three; outstanding company sub-categories: single site company and multi-site company is open to food businesses (within the relevant sub-category) who have successfully implemented one or more food safety management standards incorporating HACCP. To be eligible, the standard(s) must have been audited by a third-party Certification Body accredited by JAS – ANZ for food safety management system certification (e.g. ISO 22000:2005) or food product certification (eg. WQA, BRC and/or SQF), and by a registered auditor(s) operating within their designated industry scope. Nominating food businesses will have received no critical corrective actions within the last two years.

Category four; Ross Peters Memorial Award is for excellence in food safety and remembers and celebrates Ross Peters' outstanding contribution to food safety. The winner will have made a notable contribution to food safety in Australia or New Zealand and display visible passion and commitment to driving food safety impact on the Australian or New Zealand food industry.

For more information, or to nominate, click here.