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The Foodpro 2017 show has sold all its exhibition space more than three months before the event’s opening.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the food manufacturing and packaging event, which celebrates innovation in the industry.

Packaging exhibitors will include Select Equip, which will showcase G. Mondini’s platform technology called The Platformer.

According to the company, The Platformer offers the missing link between thermoforming and tray sealing lines.

By combining the Mondini trave with the Platformer, the line becomes a thermosealer.

This gives meat, seafood and poultry processors the ability to switch between thermoformed in-line trays from a reel or premade trays any time during production.

It reduces scrap to one per cent, with a changeover time of less than 10 minutes.

The Select Equip stand will also host Tavil, who will reveal its automatic, case packing line technology:

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This technology features instantaneous format change, high speed pick and place anthropomorphic robots, and automatic palletising solutions, providing food processors the versatility to choose different carton and pallet mosaics in seconds.

Pac Food will bring its Cook Chill Bags technology to the show:

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Designed with high gauge bags and an extra barrier to extend shelf life, this allows food to be cooked in large volumes and stored safely; avoid bacterium growth; and create a more efficient food production facility.

Other exhibitors already on board in the packaging section at Foodpro include Sealed Air, Globus Group, Columbit, Visy Technology System, Heat and Control, and Matthews Australasia.

The show will be held from 16 to 19 July at Sydney's International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour.

Food & Drink Business

Universal Robina Corp, which owns Snack Brands Australia, and German-based snack food maker, Intersnack Group have announced a strategic partnership. URC will sell 40 per cent of its business in Australia and New Zealand to Intersnack.

A distribution deal between Made Group and Coca-Cola Amatil will see its beverage brands Rokeby Farms and Impressed expand into 50,000 restaurants, cafes and convenience stores around the country.

The World Health Organisation's European division has criticised the region's baby food market as it found a large proportion of products are high in sugar and incorrectly marketed for children under the age of six months. WHO has developed a draft Nutrient Profile Model as a result to combat misleading marketed products.