Update on Coronavirus
As we prepare for another successful edition of foodpro, we understand that you might have questions about the 2020 event as it relates to the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak from mainland China. In following the advice from the Australian Department of Health and the World Health organisation, the organisers of foodpro (Diversified Communications Australia) are closely monitoring the current situation with regard to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus. We will remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation and respond appropriately to protect the health and safety of our staff, attendees and exhibitors to our events.
On 2nd February, 2020, on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, the Prime Minister announced strict new travel restrictions: • Effective immediately, foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China, will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China. • Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family will still be able to enter Australia, as well as airline crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment. These are temporary measures and will be reviewed in 14 days.
At this stage, the risk of transmission in Australia is low. Australians should therefore be alert but not alarmed. Diversified Communications has been responding to public safety situations for many years and has an effective crisis management protocol in place. We have great confidence in our partnerships with the cities and local authorities where our events take place. As this is evolving we will continue to provide regular updates as and when they become available.
For further information and updates –
• The Australian Department of Health will provide updates as more information on this situation becomes available via https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.
• For additional information on nCoV visit the World Health Organisation’s Novel Coronavirus (2019- nCoV) webpage. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
When and where is foodpro 2020?
foodpro 2020 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5-8 July 2020.
Sunday 5 July 2020 11am – 5pm
Monday 6 July 2020 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 7 July 2020 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 8 July 2020 10am – 3pm
How can I attend? Is it free?
The easiest way to attend foodpro is to register online – by registering online you will be able to fast track your entry and skip the queues. Once you register online, you will be sent an email confirmation with a barcode which you can use to print your entry badge onsite. Each visitor is required to complete an individual registration, in order to generate a personalised entry badge. Your badge will give you entry to foodpro on any of the days during show time.
foodpro is free for all professionals working in the food processing & manufacturing industry.
Can I register my colleagues too?
Yes, there is the option to register up to 5 additional colleagues during the registration process. Each visitor will receive a unique email confirmation to the email address provided.
Can you tell me who is exhibiting?
Please refer to the Exhibitor Directory for the most up to date list of exhibitors signed up. The Exhibitor Directory will be updated closer to the show.
Can I attend the AIFST Annual Convention?
Do I need a Visa for Australia?
Most visitors will require a Visa to enter Australia. Applications need to be made well in advance at the Australian Consulate in your own country or in some cases can be made online. It is not our company policy to provide invitation letters to visitors wishing to attend our shows. For more information on applying for a Visa visit the Department of Immigration website.
Can I bring my children?
As this is a business event for those people working in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and contractors servicing these industries, we ask visitors to not bring anyone under the age of 15 to the show. This is for their own safety as there is heavy machinery in operation on the show floor. Proof of age or industry involvement may be requested at the door. Tertiary students with valid student ID will be admitted. Due to OH&S, prams, strollers and trolleys (ie shopping trolleys) are strictly not permitted at the event. Under no circumstances are any children permitted into the exhibition halls during the setting up and disassembling of the show.
Can students attend?
Students enrolled at a tertiary level or registered apprentices may attend the show if they have the appropriate student identity card. All students will need to register online. Primary and Secondary school students will not be admitted, regardless of any courses they are studying.
Students must be mindful that foodpro is a business event and as such need to be respectful of Exhibitors and their time. Exhibitors are present to engage in business conversations. Please be considerate of their time and of any promotional material available.
Will I need to bring identification with me?
Yes. Proof of industry involvement may be requested at the registration counters or the entrance, and can include:
- A business card in your name; or
- Employee verification on company letterhead;’ or
- Evidence of membership of a relevant professional or industry association.
Who can attend?
foodpro is strictly a trade event for professionals working in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and contractors servicing these industries. Persons not in these industries, including children and students under the age of 15 will not be admitted.
I'm an exhibitor, where can I order my badge?
Exhibitor badges can be ordered through the Exhibitor Services Website. Please contact your stand coordinator for log in details. Log in details and information will be made available in March 2020.
If you require any assistance, please contact Lauren Ridley at email@example.com