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foodpro 2020 postponed to 2021

After many weeks of monitoring the evolving situation around coronvirus (COVID-19), talking to the industry and consulting with its partners, Diversified Exhibitions has made the difficult decision to postpone foodpro 2020. Originally scheduled to run from 5-8 July, 2020, the event will now take place in 2021.

The company said the decision has been difficult due to the importance of this event to our industry. However following the recent Government advice on social distancing, travel restrictions, and the logistics required before the event, postponement is unavoidable.

The success, as well as the safety, of its exhibitors and visitors, has always been its priority and this continues to be the case, they said in a press release. The company will release information from itself and vendors that will include logistical details resulting from this postponement.

Diversified said it is committed to supporting the food manufacturing and processing industry and its customers by offering the option to credit any deposits towards foodpro 2021. In the statement, it also said it fully understoodand appreciated the level of planning that is required to attend foodpro and would like to thank exhibitors, speakers, partners, visitors, and the venue for their continued support and patience during this difficult time.

For more than 50 years foodpro has been bringing together the food manufacturing and processing industry and we will continue to support our community long into the future.
For further information and queries, please contact the foodpro team.

Foodpro celebrates 50th anniversary with successful show

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 per cent 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.”




DTS Food Assurance heading to foodpro

DTS Food Assurance specialises in testing, inspection and certification services for food manufacturing industries such as the meat, dairy, confectionery, beverage, seeds and grain sectors.

Visitors to next week’s exhibition can find the company at Stand W58.

The company is one of the leading food assurance service providers in Australia, utilising large food microbiology and chemistry laboratories, as well as extensive inspection and certification scope. With more than 60 years of experience, DTS Food Assurance has continually offered solutions to food processing companies from the farm, right through to the consumer.

The company provides an extensive range of services, helping to achieve a rapid time-to-market for high-quality food products. It has a dedicated team of technical specialists with expertise in areas such as auditing and inspection, chemical analysis (including forensic), certification, allergen testing, risk management, and microbiological consultation. Its commitment to high-quality service ensures customers are provided with the latest technologies and methodologies.

In addition, the company’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited and it has 12 quarantine-approved premises. Its Seed division uses enhanced and innovative testing methodologies, offering seed certification to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies, Seedcare, and domestic standards. DTS performs GMO testing, International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) certificates, and field inspection services, as well as phytosanitary clearance and electronic reporting.

Delivered by Bureau Veritas together with AsureQuality, DTS offers inspection and certification services to help ensure food products meet safety, ethics, and sustainability standards. The company’s network of auditors provide independent and integrated inspection, verification, and certification to retailers, producers, and processors in agricultural and food industries.

Through its partners, DTS has an extensive portfolio of international and domestic accreditations, including management system and product certifications, as well as regulatory and approved supplier programs.

Coding, labelling, inspection and integration solutions at foodpro

Matthews Australasia will demonstrate a range of coding, labelling, inspection and integration solutions at foodpro. All are designed to allow manufacturers to understand what’s happening on the production line.

Mark Dingley, Matthews’ GM of operations, said, “Having this information is vital to driving continuous improvement and enhancing a business’ profits.

“Attendees will see new models on our stand, where we’ll showcase the latest technologies, but we’ll also be showing how humble, end-of-line equipment — such as ‘ordinary’ coding, labelling, marking and inspection devices — can be integrated with a business’ existing systems to deliver real-time intelligent insights. This is where the real power lies to improve business performance: information, delivered immediately, thus allowing perceptive decisions to quickly be made.”

Five solutions on show:

 Serialisation: The company’s serialisation solution makes it more difficult for counterfeiters to sell fake product, because it’s difficult to duplicate valid encrypted codes. Serialisation codes are applied during manufacturing using specialised marking technologies – a core focus of Matthews’ technologies. See Matthews’ serialisation solution in action at foodpro, and understand how you can protect your brand.

Lasers: The laser coding solutions can apply permanent barcodes and human-readable text on primary and secondary packaging, including glass, plastics (such as PET, polystyrene and polypropylene), metal and cardboard. With no consumables and easy implementation, Matthews’ laser coders are extremely fast and cost-effective, with high-quality results. See Matthews’ laser coders in action for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection, too.

TTO: Matthews will also demonstrate their Linx thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs), coding on to flexible packaging films and self-adhesive labels. TTOs are great for date/batch codes, logos, product descriptions, ingredients lists, nutritional panels and fully compliant high-density barcodes. TTOs print easily onto generic film packaging, so are an extremely cost-effective printing solution, especially for snack foods, confectionary and fresh produce.

Inkjet: Continuous inkjet coders (CIJ) are perfect for marking irregularly shaped products and high-speed lines in food, beverage and grocery with graphics (such as logos) and text. They code variable information, including date codes, batch numbers, promotional codes, serialisation codes and product-identification codes. Matthews will have our new Linx inkjet coders on display at foodpro, including the new 8900 series.

Labelling: The company will have a wide range of labelling technologies on display, including Label Printer Applicators (LPA), Label Applicators (LA) and label printers.

Flexco to launch splice press at foodpro

Flexco is launching the Novitool Aero Generation 3 Splice Press at foodpro. The new generation press features state-of-the-art technology and the exclusive Aero Recipe Management Tool for producing consistent, high-quality endless splices. It is easy to operate, producing endless splices in a fraction of the time of water cooled presses.

The press has been updated with a larger effective heat zone, ability to control heating temperature for top and bottom separately, forced air cooling in both top and bottom, intuitive HMI controls, and USB connectivity with recipe management capabilities for increased splice quality.

The new Aero Recipe Management Tool makes endless splicing easier and more precise than ever on the Aero Press. Users can either manually enter or import recipes via USB flash drive. Recipes are stored in “groups” on the Aero Press by belt manufacturer, customer, and other categories for easy organisation. Users can recall saved recipes for specific belts, providing consistent, high-quality splice performance regardless of which technician is operating the press.

The press still features a quick cycle time of as short as eight minutes per splice, which translates to less downtime for the end-user, and more splices per hour in a belt fabrication workshop. Improved profitability can be a direct result of this high-speed efficiency. The splice zone, however, has been increased from 120mm to 150mm to accommodate longer finger lengths and provide additional length when setting up the fingers for splicing.

The press boasts better heat and pressure during the splicing process, which produces superior finished splices. The faster processing time makes heating and cooling more efficient. Users can set different temperatures for both top and bottom heating elements, allowing them to modify the splice parameters to achieve ideal splicing results for the belt.

Also on display at the Flexco stand is the the FGP Food Grade Primary Cleaner, a new addition to its line of light-duty belt conveyor products. The easy-to-install, easy-to-maintain food grade cleaner can be disassembled in less than a minute for regular cleaning and sanitation.

Ideal for the food processing industry, the FGP Primary Cleaner can be used from the time the food is harvested to the finished product. The FGP Primary Cleaner is designed to meet strict sanitary guidelines and has been certified by the USDA for use in meat, poultry, and dairy operations. Cleaner blades are available in white, blue, or metal-detectable grey.

Wiley showcasing augmented reality at foodpro

This year at foodpro, Wiley will be showcasing augmented reality with the Microsoft HoloLens and the opportunities that they can offer the food industry. The company sees endless possibilities for this technology, including scenario planning, a variety of 3D simulations, remote collaboration, visualising IOT, design, assisted manufacturing, warehouse logistics and more.

The HoloLens provides excellent environmental, geolocational and situational awareness to those managing or visiting a site. Whether it is overlaying the floorplan on the ground, displaying yet to be installed equipment or during complex services installation, this information combined with the real world at that point in time, creates increased productivity and better quality outcomes.

How the technology can improve human-centred design, complex service co-ordination and increase productivity are hot topics, both around the office and onsite. Wiley is looking forward to discussing these issues with show attendees.

In addition, Wiley’s R&D and innovation director Brett Wiskar, will be speaking on two occasions at the show. Firstly, he will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Mixed Reality – the future of decision making in the food supply chain’.

Computer vision, virtual, augmented and mixed reality combined with real time and contextual data are empowering industry to change how decisions are made.  Businesses in the food value chains, more than ever, need to anticipate and react to inputs and seek better outcomes. There is a need to drive value by making better calls with high quality and more objective data.

Computer systems can ‘see’, assess, decide or support our ability to make judgement calls. Using visual tools to empower our teams and backing them up with smart systems like machine deep learning they can provide the smartest supply chain in the world.

Visit Wiley will at foodpro Stand Q4 at foodpro.

Innovation to take centre stage at foodpro 2017

As foodpro 2017 nears, it’s clear that innovations from across the industry will again feature heavily across the show floor.

Since the last foodpro event in 2014, technology and innovation has grown exponentially in sophistication for the industry. The next generation of innovation will be represented on this year’s show floor, such as:

Nano-Bubble Technologies: with their patent pending injector technology that allows nano bubbles to be added at significant concentration to create incredibly small nanoscopic gas filled cavities in aqueous solution. This technology provides untapped opportunities for the food industry, specifically in the use of ozone sanitisation, which is 3500 times faster at killing pathogens than chlorine. Applications also include meat sanitisation, sterilisation and cleaning of equipment, providing a highly effective and efficient solution to hygiene management.

Coolsan Australia: will be debuting technology that has the ability to dramatically reduce the amount of food waste occurring in cool rooms, warehouses and facilities. The C6 Industrial ChillSafe technology comes in the form of a sachet, which then works to prevent microbial growth, mould growth and excess ethylene. Coolsan is the only company in the world to use low dose H2O2 ROS vapour for cool room and facility hygiene, continually working to improve hygiene by reducing air borne and surface based bacteria. The sachet also reduces spoilage bacteria and ethylene on fresh produce, therefore reducing food waste, saving money, and increasing opportunities for food manufacturers.

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation): will be exhibiting their forward osmosis technology, which uses membranes to concentrate liquids. Forward osmosis uses considerably less pressure than evaporation, therefore it uses less energy, there is significantly less fouling and cleaning is easier. While perfect for the dairy industry, it can also be used in foods and beverages, proteins, water treatment and any application where water is removed.

These are just some of the innovations that foodpro 2017 will showcase; along with a series of free seminars dedicated to education on industry best practice and insight into future trends, the event is also co-locating with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) for their annual convention. AIFST’s Convention hosts a full two-day program with a line up of speakers that include Barry Irvin, AM, of Bega Cheese; Professor Martin Cole of CSIRO and Brianna Casey of Foodbank. foodpro visitors can book a convention pass to gain access to the sessions that will focus on food safety, packaging, sensory, nutrition and more.