foodpro, the event that serves as a bastion for the food manufacturing and processing industry, has released its education program for 2017, presenting industry experts and topical seminars that will provide pertinent and insightful insight into industry issues.
Curated with the intent to inform, challenge, and ultimately provide solutions to issues and developments in the industry, the seminars are free to attend. Each educational offering will provide a unique opportunity to learn directly from some of the industry’s best leaders and experts, including Brett Wiskar of Wiley, Ron Cotterman of Sealed Air and Glen Pinna of Biotech Laboratories.
Guaranteeing maximum impact in minimal time, the sessions will run throughout the day on a diverse range of topics that includes: Taking Action to Tackle Food Waste Challenges; Mixed Reality – The Future of Decision Making in the Food Supply Chain; A New Era in Foreign Body Identification – Learn How to Protect Your Brand and Intelligent Information Driven Manufacturing: and The Path to Industry 4.0.
Of particular interest and relevance is the ‘Labelling and the Law’ seminar, presented by the Food Authority NSW. Speaker Andrew Davies will explain the Food Authority’s labelling provisions under the Food Standards Code and outline the approach to compliance and enforcement. Davies will also introduce the new labelling portal that provides industry and consumers with an easy to understand guide to labelling laws. This session will give processors and manufacturers the opportunity to have direct contact and insight into the legal requirements of labelling and how to achieve compliance.
Alongside the sessions provided by foodpro, learning opportunities are furthered by Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), which as part of the brand new Supply Chain Integrity Zone Initiative, has also curated an educational program. Seminars in this area will focus on traceability and security in the supply chain, looking at both practical solutions and industry forecasts for the future, with solutions geared towards smaller scale manufacturers.
foodpro event director Peter Petherick describes the opportunities presented through the seminars as an incredibly unique situation.
“We have some of the best in Australia’s food manufacturing and processing industry gathered together in one place, and the experts are sharing vital insight that you probably aren’t going to get anywhere else,” he said. “I can’t think of a more important place to be for anyone who wants an idea of what the future holds for the industry.”
The educational opportunities are furthered by the co-location of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology‘s (AIFST) annual convention with foodpro. AIFST’s Convention hosts a full two-day program with a line up of speakers that include Barry Irvin, AM, of Bega Cheese; Professor Martin Cole of CSIRO and Brianna Casey of Foodbank. foodpro visitors can book a convention pass to gain access to the sessions that will focus on food safety, packaging, sensory, nutrition and more.
Whether a visitor is representing a small manufacturing business or a large-scale food processor, the opportunities to learn are constant and wide-ranging at foodpro. Beyond visiting exhibitors to see display of cutting edge products, foodpro is an unrivalled occasion to meet industry members, network and of course, learn.
foodpro 2017 will undoubtedly be the most important event in the food processing industry’s calendar this year. The trends, focus on valuable insight and education and opportunities will be second-to-none.