Over 130 exhibitors are heading to FoodTech to showcase the latest processing machinery, ingredients, additives, packaging, and ancillary products.
The focus will be on the state’s strongest food manufacturing categories, such as meat, beverages and fresh produce, and will serve to connect businesses in these areas with new technology and ideas.
Wiley, for instance, will be talking to FoodTech Qld visitors about its new service on data insights and production optimisation. The new offering is in response to growing demand for data analysis that supports the next generation of food manufacturing, according to the company.
“Improvements in access to the data surrounding food manufacturing technology is enabling us to more easily identify operational efficiency and strategic options for our clients," MD Tom Wiley said.
Visitors to the Wiley stand will be able to meet Kuka’s KR AGILUS robot (pictured above) and find out how it's changing the way food is processed, packaged and delivered.
Matthews Australasia will be demonstrating some of the latest coding technologies such as small character continuous inkjet coders (CIJ), thermal transfer overprinters (TTO), and label print applicators (LPA).
“The Linx TT series of thermal transfer overprinters produce crisp and durable printing on flexible packaging films and self-adhesive labels,” GM of operations Mark Dingley said.
“As they allow food processors to print easily onto generic film packaging, TTOs are a cost-effective printing solution – especially for snack foods, confectionery and fresh produce.”
Milmeq will be showcasing Brisket Cutting & Evisceration Robots for Lamb Processing, which the company says are the first of their kind. The first commercial installation was just completed in New Zealand, and Milmeq said it expects strong demand from Australian lamb processors.
These sorts of products are finding traction due to the decrease in skilled labour, as butchery and other related trades, a continued focus on health and safety, and rising energy prices, according to Milmeq CEO Mike Lightfoot.