The countdown to foodpro 2014 has begun with the iconic triennial event to open on Sunday June 22 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Southbank.
foodpro Exhibition Manager Peter Petherick said visitor registrations are already promising a strong event, and the 20,000 sqm of exhibition space at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre had been sold out for over six weeks, with a handful of companies even on a waiting list to exhibit.
According to Mr Petherick, the Australasian food manufacturing industry is aware that an exhibition of this magnitude only comes along once every three years; this year’s event promises to bring the latest products, innovative ideas and technological advances from around the world straight to their home turf.
foodpro’s move to Melbourne this year offers a huge opportunity to food manufacturers based in south-east Australia to see the latest technology available to the industry in one place over four days.
The event is divided into four key precincts – Food Science & Technology, Packaging, Processing Machinery and Plant Equipment – to simplify navigation for visitors.
Free educational seminars and workshops for attendees and the Victorian Government’s Business Lounge, where businesses interested in doing business in the host state can access Government education and support, are the two new additions to this year’s foodpro.
The seminars will cover a range of topics such as exporting within the dairy industry, research and development, marketing fresh readymade meals, the process of paddock to plate and how technology can help.
Presenters include Charles McElhone, Group Manager – Trade and Industry Strategy, Dairy Australia, Dairy Industry Association of Australia; Phil Clarke, Deputy Chief of Operations, CSIRO; and Paul McGuire, Marketing Manager Darfresh and Ready Meals, Sealed Air.
foodpro 2014 will run from Sunday June 22 to Wednesday June 25 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank.