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Food and beverage topic experts and representatives from leading companies will unpack next-generation solutions, product innovations, trends and technologies in an all-new double program line-up at this year’s foodpro.

Presentations will take place over four days from 23-26 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

New to foodpro 2023, the Product Innovation Stage, sponsored by Wiley, will showcase the latest product developments to support the evolving food manufacturing industry. Located in the Plant Equipment Zone, speakers will cover topics such as connected packaging, digitisation and functional ingredients.

Also making its debut at foodpro 2023, the Schneider Electric Smart Food Lounge will host drop-in presentations focused on the theme of smart food, encompassing efficiency and sustainability of the food manufacturing supply chain.

The Smart Food Lounge will cover trends, technologies and solutions to support compliance and traceability, while reducing waste and inefficiencies. 

“The presentations were invaluable for visitors and exhibitors to learn about what’s driving the industry currently, and into the future,” said Felicity Parker, product manager for foodpro.

“foodpro is always more than just a chance for suppliers to exhibit. We’re pleased that this year offers a range of new features with opportunities for learning and discovery, including our dedicated presentations areas.” 

In addition to the new stages, association partner, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), will be hosting two training courses at foodpro on Monday 24 July centred around the fast-growing flexible packaging segment, as well as active and intelligent packaging. 

The Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST) will also be hosting their annual convention during the four days of foodpro. 

The theme for AIFST 23, The Science of Food – Security and Sustainability, will speak to the challenges and exciting opportunities ahead for the agri-food industry, and the important role food science and technology will play. 

Sessions of key interest include:

Sunday 23 July

Smart Food Lounge:

  • Cryogenic Freezing Addressing Food Safety & Spoilage Concerns
  • Smart Food Factory – How to Enhance Agility & Versatility in Production
  • PIDA Awards & WorldStar Packaging Award Winners: Meat Trays & Packaging for Protein

Monday 24 July

Product Innovation Stage:

  • Intellectual Property Relating to Product Innovation in the Food Sector
  • How Ignition SCADA can Improve Food Production Processes
  • Natural Blend Solutions for Food Preservation
  • Hygienic Design & Operational Excellence for the Food Industry

Smart Food Lounge:

  • Addressing Market Demand for Food & Beverage Insights
  • Everything You Need to Know About Precision Fermentation
  • Good For Business, People & the Planet – the Triple Benefit of Commercialising Excess Food

Tuesday 25 July

Product Innovation Stage:

  • Unlocking Australia’s Food Supply Chain with Sustainable, Automated & Connected Packaging
  • Novel Ingredient Development from Upcycling
  • Digitalisation – Where to Go from Here?

Smart Food Lounge:

  • PIDA Awards & WorldStar Packaging Award Winners: Sustainable Packaging Design for the Food Industry
  • Leveraging Bio-based Food Ingredient Solutions to Reduce Food Waste
  • Harnessing Digital Disruption to Transform Supply Chain
  • The Sustainability Motor for Decarbonisation Promises

Wednesday 26 July

Product Innovation Stage:

  • Supporting the Healthy Ageing Market with Innovation Food Concepts
  • Maximising Profit & Minimising Giveaway Through Yield Control Management
  • The Benefits of Low Temperature Spray Drying 

Smart Food Lounge:

  • How Smart Packaging Unwraps a New World for Consumer Brands

To register for the event, click here. For more details, click here.

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