Trade event for food processing industry
Brisbane Convention
& Exhibition Centre
June 2019

Seminar Program

A free seminar program led by industry experts covered trending topics and pertinent issues on Sunday 26 – Monday 27 June at FoodTech Qld.

Seminars focused on a variety of topics relevant to the food manufacturing and processing industry. Topics include the importance of pH in food management, the issue of energy efficiency, industry technology developments on infrastructure, and the increasing demand for food traceability across both industry and consumers.

Sunday 26 June
11:00 - 12:00 The importance of pH for flavour, texture, appearance & shelf stability

Measurement of pH presents a critical Quality Control step in the production of food products. The pH offers an indication of contamination from bacteria or chemicals while also providing a convenient method to estimate the acid development of a product. It can also be an indicator for flavour, texture, odour, shelf life stability and freshness. It is best practice to measure pH frequently throughout the food manufacturing process. Come learn about how to obtain accurate and reliable pH measurements, how to troubleshoot a pH sensor and how to select the right sensor for your specific food application.

  • Corinne Winch

12:00 - 1:00 7 Facts About Listeria You May Not Know

Listeria is a major cause of food illness. Testing for Listeria in food and work surfaces is common practise but poorly done. Many tests are found to be negative but often it is because of poor sampling or not using good methods. Much is poorly understood about this food pathogen. This presentation will cover some important facts about Listeria to ensure you do not miss finding this microorganism.

  • Louis Petrin

1:00 - 2:00 Energy Efficiency and Future Proof Technologies in Heating, Cooling & Freezing

Energy, in the form of electricity and gas, is one of the largest business costs in the food sector. Rapid technology change in the provision of heating, cooling and freezing can substantially reduce these costs, whilst also locking in future-proof systems immune from future regulatory impacts. These new technologies include CO2 heat pumps to generate high temperature water very efficiently, natural refrigerants that minimize energy use for cooling and freezing, solar power generation integrated with cooling and heating systems, heat recovery systems to re-use energy for hot water generation, heating systems to minimize energy consumption and peak demand, and thermal storage systems and modern control solutions to smooth out peak energy use.

This seminar provides an overview of the current state of these technologies and modern control systems that optimize the way these systems interact. Case study examples will be used to demonstrate the commercial business cases that support the adoption of these technologies individually and in combination, and tips and guidance will be provided on what solutions work best for many common food industries.

An overview of available government financial support for these new technologies in QLD and NSW as well as low cost finance options available to support energy efficiency projects will be provided, and examples will be shown how these mechanisms can be combined to achieve projects that are cash positive from a very early date.

  • Michael Bellstedt

2:00 - 3:00 Food Safety Program Validation

It is important that you understand the requirements for the validation of your food safety plan and shelf life. You need to direct your laboratory service provider rather than be blindly following their advice. This is an opportunity to learn about the choices you have, the decisions you need to make and the questions you need to ask your laboratory about the analyses they are recommending and currently performing. In fact, they may be giving you results by methods that are unacceptable to the Food Standards Code.

  • Glen Pinna

Monday 27 June
10:00 - 11:00 2016 Mintel Food & Drink Trends – Ingredients to Watch

This presentation explores hero ingredients, as well as emerging ingredients, that have made a big impact on product innovation in recent years.

– The ingredients in the presentation line up with some of Mintel’s key food and drink trends, including:
– ‘Alternatives Everywhere’ which explores the rise of vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free alternatives.
– The ‘For Everybody’ trend that looks into the idea of active nutrition and evolution of sports nutrition for mainstream consumers.
– ‘Fat Sheds Stigma’ which is all about the rising awareness of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats, and the promotion and use of ‘good fats’.

  • Laura Jones

11:00 - 12:00 9 Billion Dinner Guests - Smarter Ways to Feed the Market

The growing challenge of feeding our global population isn’t news. Our population will hit 9 billion by 2050 and as members of the supply chain that will feed our markets we have to find smart solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. Our food industry must scale up, control costs and quality at record pace. So can we do it?

Wiley’s Commercial Technology Director, Brett Wiskar, will show us how technology, data and innovation can feed our hungry markets and their growing thirst for our food products.

  • Brett Wiskar

12:00 - 1:00 Next Generation Case Ready Protein Packaging

A look at what is arriving on our shelves for meat packaging today, what we likely see tomorrow and some ideas about what we may see in the future.
In Australia fresh meat cases have evolved away from overwrap in store produced packs to centrally processed Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) packs. This change is being driven by the cost advantage of centralising processing. Globally, traditional MAP gas packs are being superseded by newer packaging mediums which can deliver improved value all the way from processing and supply chain efficiency to consumer aesthetics, convenience and eating experience.
This presentation will review the new formats that we are beginning to see on our shelves today in niche applications and take a look at the reasons why these new packs will become main stream and the next generation of case ready packaging in Australia.

Beyond the technologies of today we will review the next innovative packs that are emerging being driven by the demand for differentiation and improvements in sustainability.

Mega trends, urbanisation and climate change, are impacting on the form and function of retail. Our supermarkets are changing and will change. The changing landscape of retailing will demand new packaging concepts to fit consumer behaviour and drive ever higher levels of resource conservation. What will the future packaging formats that support these trends look like?

  • Alan Adams

1:00 - 2:00 Spray Technology in Food Production

The presentation will cover the trends in the food industries around need to minimise waste, improve efficiency, increase product quality and maintain high safety standards through the utilisation of advanced spray technology. Manufacturers processes continuously improve so meet consumers demand of better quality products and wider range of offerings, therefore advanced spray technology allows manufacturers to precisely deposit glazing’s, oils anti-microbials, flavours, chocolates etc. on their products with very little human interactions. Additionally through advanced spray technologies manufacturers have the ability to safely sanitize and clean their equipment and factory spaces. These advances will ultimately result significant operational advantages for the manufacturers in an environment where there is a consistent need to control productions costs.

  • Igor Zlateski

2:00 - 3:00 Where Did it Come From? Real Traceability Delivers Security

Track and trace, as well as food safety, are all about ensuring transparency with respect to the food’s origin and its path through the entire supply chain. Whether it involves processing, filling or packaging, every process step requires its data to be gathered using a reliable method. This is particularly important in the hygienic conditions which come as standard in the food industry.

Case study:
RFID allows real-time identification of where the tomatoes come from. Due to paperless identification, no truck driver has to leave the truck at the weighbridge anymore and the driver safety is enhanced. This efficiency gain means that the truck is spending less time at the weighbridge and that truck jams in front of the weighbridge and the tomato drop hill have become a thing of the past.

  • Tim Baron

3:00 - 4:00 10 Reasons why IoT Should Be In Your Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to revolutionize how we work, learn, and live—in the very near future. The Industrial IoT is the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies strictly in manufacturing and distribution. The Industrial Internet of Things (known as Industrial
IoT) is the next wave of innovation impacting the way the world connects and optimizes machines, customers and suppliers.

It covers all aspects of a manufacturing business—blurring traditional boundaries between plant operations, supply chain, product and demand management. The Industrial IoT is ushering in a new era of vastly improved productivity in the world of supply chain and production process, and can provide distributors with a distinct competitive advantage.

This presentation will define the Industrial Internet of Things, including the business implications of the ongoing increase in Industrial IoT adoption for distributors and manufacturers—and why they need to pay attention.

10 Reasons to be discussed are:
1 Agility
2 Functional Collaboration
3 Automation
4 Innovative Technologies
5 Identification of budget busters vs Opportunity
6 Partner Advantages
7 Do-It-Yourself Customisation
8 Strategic Alerts
9 Customer Service Edge
10 Continuous Improvement

  • Joe Wrightman

4:00 - 5:00 Automated Systems to Improve Efficiencies in Meat Processing

With shortages of skilled labour, increasing safety requirements and pressure to drive down operational costs in order to remain price-competitive, it is no wonder automation is becoming increasingly commonplace in meat processing operations.

In this session we will demonstrate how some of Milmeq’s industry-leading innovations for the meat processing industry including the MFAST robotic inventory management system, evisceration and brisket-cutting robots for sheep processing, and next-generation plate freezers are helping Australian meat processors to improve product quality, operator safety and operating efficiencies.

The presentation will include videos of equipment in operation, case studies of successful installations and ROI calculations to assist in demonstrating the benefits that can be gained by implementing these systems.

  • Martin Kirk

Download the FoodTech Qld 2016 Seminar Program