• The Convenience Culture is the theme of Food & Drink Business LIVE forum taking place on 12 October in Melbourne.
    The Convenience Culture is the theme of Food & Drink Business LIVE forum taking place on 12 October in Melbourne.

With just two days to go, The Convenience Culture LIVE breakfast forum is shaping up to be a morning of top-level consumer and business insights, attended by leading industry players. Take a look at the full programme and at who's attending.

Staged for the first time in Melbourne, the Food & Drink Business LIVE Breakfast Forum will address how the convenience mega-trend is influencing new product development and packaging design plus material and format choices.

Companies registered to date include:

1963, 3D Systems, ABB, ADM, APPMA, Auspouch, Australian Institute of Packaging, AuthenticateIT, Birdstone Collective, BrandOpus, Brownes Dairy, Bulla Dairy Foods, Carman's Fine Foods, Chobani, Chr.Hansen, Citi Supplies, Coles, Confoil, David Jones, Daylight Agency, Delicious Foods Australia, Diversified Communications Australia, Don KRC, Ecolean, EKSO, Empauer, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (Auspack), Fibre King, Flavour Makers, Foodmach, Fonterra, Harvest Moon, Heat and Control, Jalna Dairy Foods, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Kodak, Lewis & Son, Lion Dairy & Drinks, Mansfields, Margin Partners, Mars Australia, Matthews, Metromotion, Michaelona, Miller Leith, MLA, Monash Food Innovation Centre, Multi-Colour Corporation, Orora, PGA Laminating, Plastequipment International, Pro Pac, Qdesign Enterprises, Red Jade Australia, Roy Morgan Research, Sabrands, Scalzo Foods, Simplot, SPC Ardmona, TBSx3, TetraPak Oceania, The Edison Agency, VISY Industries, WWF Australia, Xtra

The event runs from 8am to 11am on Friday 12 October, at The Pavilion, Arts Centre, Melbourne. You can view the full programme here. And purchase last minute tickets here.

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