foodpro 2023 to feature sustainability-related themes to bolster food and beverage manufacturing sector

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Key suppliers leading the charge for sustainability will be front and centre at foodpro 2023 to be held from 23 to 26 July 2023, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Felicity Parker, foodpro product manager, said this is the first year that the event will highlight sustainable companies in a push to strengthen the food and beverage manufacturing industry. 

“Not only do we have a great range of environmentally conscious exhibitors, we also have a range of top speakers who will be discussing aspects of the topic,” Parker said. 

In particular, featured suppliers will be recognised with Sustainability Spotlight floor tiles guiding to their booth to tackle water and energy conservation programs as well as products and materials that can be reused or regenerated.

The Smart Food Lounge, sponsored by Schneider Electric, will include presentations on topics titled, “The Benefits of Commercialising Excess Food,” “Sustainable Packaging for the Food Industry from the Australian Institute of Packaging,” and “Leveraging Bio Ingredients to Reduce Food Waste.”

The event will also give the floor to a discussion on “The Sustainability of Meat from the Australian Meat Industry Council.”

Luke Norris, operations manager for foodpro, stated that foodpro has been putting a great deal of effort into enhancing its own sustainability with reference to the event. 

“We have introduced water refill stations, recyclable and compostable food packaging, and a separated bin system to support the removal of unnecessary packaging and resource recovery,” he said.

The MCEC, which is also the venue partner, has implemented energy and emission reduction steps to lessen the negative environmental effects of our event.

foodpro’s name badges will also be recyclable such as the Hurricane (or Cyclone badge) is composed of 100 per cent recyclable class 5 PP (Polypropylene) plastic. 

All badges will be collected at the end of the show and transferred to a facility where they will be manufactured into another product.

Other sustainable companies gracing the event are packaging firm SEE, electric utility company Flow Power, chemicals company Omya Australia, and O’Brien Energy Services.

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