FoodTech Qld, the brand new food and beverage industry event that is being staged in Queensland, will kick off Sunday, June 26 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Diversified Communications (the organiser of the Foodpro Exhibition and other food industry events), said the three-day event was specifically created to support the state’s strong food manufacturing industry, and more than 3,000 visitors are expected to head to FoodTech.
The Queensland economy has outperformed that of other Australian states over the last decade, and is forecast to grow more than 60 per cent by 2031.
More than a thousand Australian and international food companies have established processing facilities in Queensland, taking advantage of the range and quality of local produce and proximity to Asia Pacific markets.
Queensland’s thriving food and agribusiness industry grows one-third of Australia’s primary produce.
It employs more than 43,000 people and contributes more than $13 billion each year to the Queensland economy, according to a 2014 Queensland Government report.
“The Queensland food sector relies heavily on technology and new developments, and staying on top of trends and technological advances is crucial to sustaining business and remaining competitive here and globally,” event director Peter Petherick said.
“Foodtech Queensland will curate the latest technology and products and bring them to local businesses.”
Queensland has more than 1400 food processing facilities and is the nation’s primary beef producer. It is fast becoming a hub for beverage production, and is a large processor of value-add product manufacturing. Through the exhibition and seminar sessions, the show will shine a spotlight on these food manufacturing categories.