We spoke with Kate Jennings from ACO Australia, who will be presenting at Foodpro, about why drainage is such an important part of hygiene in food processing.

She will speak on the integration of hygienic drainage systems into food processing designs on Tuesday 18 July at Foodpro.

FDB: Can you tell us about your career so far in the food processing and manufacturing industry?

Kate: I've worked for ACO for five years, and it was here that I was introduced to the food processing and manufacturing industries.

ACO has broad, worldwide competencies in food processing and manufacturing, and it's so exciting to learn from ACO’s experts, food processing firms, installers, and associated equipment manufacturers.

FDB: What is your role at your company now? What does your day look like?

Kate: I am a product manager and manage a diverse range of eight products. My typical day sees me discuss projects and product queries with our Australia-wide sales team, chat directly with customers who are designing projects and installing our products, and work on developing new and exciting products.

FDB: What are you most excited about sharing on at foodpro?

Kate: We are so excited to share our latest product addition, ACO Food. It's a hygienic drainage system specifically designed to suit the needs of the food and beverage processing industries, where hygiene and cleanability is of utmost importance.

FDB: In your opinion, what is the most exciting technology or change happening in the food processing and manufacturing industry?

Kate: Drainage is so crucial to the hygienic functioning of a food processing operation, and ACO is committed to creating the optimum hygienic drainage systems across every aspect of the drainage process: initial design, installation, cleaning and maintenance.

FDB: What role do you think foodpro plays in the industry?

Kate: Foodpro is a fantastic platform for companies to showcase their latest innovations and show consumers what products are available across the market. It is so valuable to physically see how products function within this industry.

FDB: What’s the one point or idea you want every visitor to your seminar to take home?

Kate: The main point I would like visitors to our seminar to take away is that drainage must be considered during the initial phases of designing any operation. Drainage is absolutely pivotal in designing a safe environment for food and beverage production.

Foodpro will include a line-up of speakers between the Monday and Wednesday, and all sessions are free to attend.

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