FoodTech QLD 2016 Recap

insignia recently exhibited at FoodTech Qld, alongside our technology partner AutoCoding Systems. A new trade event for the food and beverage manufacturing industry in Queensland, over 3,000 visitors were expected to descend upon the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to see 133 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in food processing, ingredients, plant equipment, science and technology.

The food sector continues to rely heavily on technology and new developments, especially to assist with remaining competitive and meeting growing demands for Australian grown and produced food from global consumers.

During the three-day exhibition, our team demonstrated a range of technologies, including film printing; automated print & apply labelling; continuous ink jet; laser coding; thermal label printing; and also featured a selection of our prime product labels created for current customers within the Australian food manufacturing industry.

Our collaboration with AutoCoding Systems meant we could provide a practical demonstration of their coding and packaging verification solution which automatically controls packaging line devices and identifies rogue pieces of packaging, preventing costly product recalls.

Since FoodTech was the first event of its kind in Queensland, there was plenty of interest from local media. insignia was proud to have the opportunity to speak with Food & Beverage magazine to discuss how Domino's A520i, a continuous ink jet coder designed for wash-down environments, was a game-changer for dairy and beverage manufacturers. Watch the video below.

FoodTech was also a topic of interest for both Channel 10 and Channel 7 news, with reports that industry experts are tipping Queensland is set to become the next major food bowl for China and South East Asia. Event Director Peter Petherick estimates exports of primarily agricultural products are approx. $6 billion per year, with this projected to hit $20 billion by the turn of the decade. Thanks to this explosion in demand for Australian made and grown produce and agricultural products, the future of Australian food and beverage manufacturing is looking ripe.