Take the opportunity to reconnect with business peers and discover what’s new in food and drink production, as FoodTech registrations have opened.
Australia’s triennial destination event for the industry returns in 2022, and this year FoodTech Queensland has found a new home on the Gold Coast from July 7 to 8 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Event organisers have carefully curated the show floor with food and drink production suppliers, plus the brand new FoodTech Qld Conference stream which is set to run across the two days.
This year’s event also features several networking functions designed to truly make the most of the attendee’s time in the Gold Coast.
For those who are new to the event, FoodTech Qld is brought to you by the organisers of Australian food manufacturing trade event, foodpro. A source of several innovations that still help to shape the industry today.
Carefully curated show floor
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a line-up of world leading exhibitors covering the breadth of the food and drink production and processing sector.
The show floor covers everything from processing machinery and plant equipment, packaging solutions and ingredients, through to supply chain technologies and food science.
The 2022 exhibition show floor has been designed to maximise business relationships and create the opportunity for valuable conversations to take place, which is of even greater importance post-pandemic.
FoodTech Qld’s world leading exhibitors have the products, services, and expertise to make sure businesses can drive production efficiencies and boost end-consumer demand in this competitive, and thriving, food and beverage market.
FoodTech Qld conference
The education element of FoodTech Qld is also evolving in 2022, with a dedicated two-day conference stream with content led by The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), long time industry partners of FoodTech Qld and foodpro.
AIFST has a strong reputation for facilitating education and training to assist food industry professionals.
FoodTech Qld will also be working closely with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), the peak professional body for packaging training and education in Australasia.
Content will be focused across themes including ‘The Agrifood Industry of the future’, ‘The Future of Food’ and ‘Innovation & Design for the Future’. The conference program has been curated to highlight ideas about the future of food and allow attendees to hear from experts from across the industry – with a key focus on sustainability in both business and food production.
The full conference line-up will be available soon, and two-day conference tickets can be purchased at registration – conference tickets include access to a host of networking functions, refreshments, and plenty of opportunity to explore the show floor.
FoodTech is run on four overarching tenants that help to define the event, explore, source, learn, and connect.
FoodTech organisers have worked hard to ensure the safety of all attendees and have put together a system which meets COVID-19 guidelines.
Attendees will be asked to preregister online prior to the event before reading and consenting to the regulations and data collection required for contact tracing. QR codes will also be utilised across the event.
Queue management, crowd control, visitor flows at exits and entries, and rigorous cleaning are other areas organisers have put particular focus to ensure a COVID-safe event.
FoodTech will continue to follow the advice of the state government.
Gold Coast offerings
Both visitors and exhibitors will be able to take advantage of the Gold Coast backdrop with ample networking opportunities.
These events have been designed to create a relaxed environment for peers to catch up face-to-face in a light and social setting.
There will be pre-show social events hosted poolside at The Star Gold Coast, where attendees will have the opportunity to catch up before they even hit the show floor.
As an example, after the first day of show, there is a cocktail function at the Home of the Arts (HOTA), where attendees can relax and talk about the day’s events.
Tickets to these events will be available for all attendees, and to make the visit as smooth as possible, transfers to FoodTech Qld networking events are included in the price.
How to attend
Registration to attend FoodTech Qld officially opened in early April, with all professionals involved in the food and drink manufacturing and production industry are encouraged to register.
Conference tickets will also be available to purchase alongside the free exhibition. For early access to event registration, be sure to subscribe to receive event updates.