If the success of foodpro 2017 is anything to go by, Australia’s food industry is showing no signs of slowing down. The largest foodpro to date, the event boasted record numbers of exhibitors and the largest visitor attendance ever in Sydney, with thousands of industry members enjoying the show’s 50th anniversary.
First taking place in 1967, the show has since played an important role in the growth of the country’s food processing, packaging and manufacturing sectors, and has contributed to the industry’s development and significance. Making up 4% of Australia’s GDP, the industry employs hundreds of thousands of people and contributes significantly to the success of Australia’s exports. Federal Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Michael McCormack visited the show on opening day, remarking that foodpro “is a fantastic example of the importance of food manufacturing in Australia. There’s never been a better time to produce food. There’s never been a better time to market it overseas.”
The presentation of stands at the show was excellent, with many exhibitors putting on interactive demonstrations that had visitors highly engaged. Deciding winners for the best stand awards was a tough decision for the foodpro committee, whom ultimately decided on a tie for best overall stand, awarding both Multivac and Sealed Air. Best shell scheme went to Wilmar BioEthanol; Best Stand under 100m2 to Columbit Foods.
The show’s brand new Supply Chain Integrity Zone, presented in partnership with Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) was a huge success, with exhibitors such as SmartTrace and AgLive debuting exciting new technology. foodpro 2017 was also the first to have two seminar streams, both of which were all well attended. The Supply Chain Integrity Zone seminar program had many highlights – of note was CSIRO’s session on ‘future personalised food nutrition’, where Dr Amy Logan shared on how the future of food lies in the integration of intelligent manufacturing with real-time sensors that capture individual needs.
Event Director Peter Petherick is exceptionally happy with the event, remarking, “foodpro 2017 was the best we’ve had, absolutely. It was marvelous seeing the show floors so busy, with visitors so engaged in what was on offer. From demonstrations of the larger equipment to ingredients exhibitors showing new additives – there was no shortage of interesting and valuable opportunities available. I can’t wait to see what advancements, partnerships and products come from this show.”