• Sealed Air team
    Sealed Air team
  • L-R: Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry and HMPS MD Mark Emmett
    L-R: Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry and HMPS MD Mark Emmett
  • Aldus Tronics team
    Aldus Tronics team
  • SMC team
    SMC team
  • The SMC team, clients and expo attendees celebrating the company's 60th
    The SMC team, clients and expo attendees celebrating the company's 60th
  • SMC celebrates its 60th anniversary
    SMC celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • SMC ANZ MD Wayne Driver welcomed everyone to the SMC stand for the 60th celebration
    SMC ANZ MD Wayne Driver welcomed everyone to the SMC stand for the 60th celebration
  • SMC robot
    SMC robot
  • L-R: Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry and Schur national business manager ANZ Dez Giraldi
    L-R: Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry and Schur national business manager ANZ Dez Giraldi
  • L-R: Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry and Thermo Fisher Scientific account manager David McKinnie
    L-R: Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry and Thermo Fisher Scientific account manager David McKinnie
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FoodTech Qld wrapped up in Brisbane this week, after three days of exhibitors, speakers and forums. More than 130 exhibitors showcased the latest manufacturing, technology and product development for the food and beverage manufacturing sector. 

Automation and pneumatics specialist SMC was front and centre with its eight step process for customers to save energy and dollars from their bottom line. It was also a chance for SMC ANZ Group MD Wayne Driver to lead a celebration of the company's 60th birthday and introduce new ANZ sales and marketing director Tim Keech. A baptism by fire having been in the role for less than a week. 

SealedAir showcased the new Cryovac brand’s food tray, the HydroLoQ. Sustainability, retail and market director Alan Adams told PKN’s sister title Food & Drink Business it offered the ideal “sustainable elimination”. The base of the tray is a design that draws liquid away from the contents (like raw chicken) and holds it in the bottom pockets by surface tension. It removes the need for absorption pads, which inevitably end up in landfill, Adams said. 

Professor Pierre Pienaar from the World Packaging Organisation and Australian Institute of Packaging and Yann Pastor from Deloitte led a discussion into how to unlock value through sustainability. 

Professor Pienaar also joined Adams to talk about the sustainability drive for 2025, what the road there looks like and what some leading organisations are doing to have a real impact. 

The expo ended with a power panel on sustainability and minimising waste with Professor Pienaar; Jayne Paramor, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation; Yann Pastor, Deloitte; Nerida Kelton from the Australian Institute of Packaging; and Alan Adams, Sealed Air.

FoodTech will be back in 2022 while FoodPro will be in Melbourne from 5-8 July 2020.

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