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The Foodpro food manufacturing technology show kicks off this Sunday at the new ICC Sydney exhibition centre in Darling Harbour, and will run for four days, finishing on Wednesday.

The triennial show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will host 360 exhibitors from Australia and around the world as well as hundreds of new products, technologies, machinery and equipment.

NEW TECH: The innovations on show will span processing, packaging, ingredients, plant equipment, science and technology across two exhibition levels at the ICC Sydney.

ZONES: Foodpro will be divided into six zones, each dedicated to various steps in the food manufacturing process: ingredients, food science & technology, processing equipment, plant equipment, packaging and the new Supply Chain Integrity Zone. This new zone will feature exhibitors showcasing technology applicable to smaller scale productions.

AIFST CONVENTION: The AIFST is holding its annual convention alongside the show, and will provide two big days of insights into the world of food science and technology.

SEMINAR PROGRAM: A program of free practical educational sessions on processing technology and issues affecting businesses will be hosted at Foodpro. The types of industry issues to be covered include traceability, sustainability, best practices, case studies and demonstrations. These seminar sessions will be held on level 3 of the ICC exhibition building. FIAL will also be presenting supply chain integrity seminars featuring presentations on traceability issues.

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