Expo season kicks off: what to expect from interpack and foodpro in 2014

Every three years a ripple of excitement spreads through the food manufacturing and packaging world: interpack and foodpro, two of the biggest events on the expo calendar, open their doors once more. With them, they bring the promise of innovations, new products, knowledge and networking opportunities — each one holding the potential to increase your productivity and profits.

With interpack and foodpro held only once every three years, if you’re in the food manufacturing industry, you really can’t afford to miss out. This is your chance to discover future products and innovations, meet the suppliers who are leading the way — and make sure your company is part of it.

So what can you expect from interpack and foodpro in 2014? Should you be booking your flights? Here’s our rundown of the events…

interpack 2014 Interpack 2014

What? In their own words, “Interpack is far more than just a packaging show”. Essentially, it’s a gathering of anyone who is anyone in the packaging industry and all related technology processes. We’re talking equipment and machinery for packaging and processing, packaging materials and production tools for materials — with each company presenting their latest ideas, innovate concepts and technological visions.

Where? This international fair takes place in the bustling German city of Düsseldorf. (Our tip? Don’t leave without at least sampling a few local beers…)

When? 8-14 May 2014. So if you haven’t already booked your flights, you really need to move.

Who will we see? It might be quicker to answer “who won’t we see?”! The 2011 show received 2,700 exhibitors from 59 countries and 165,000 visitors — and the 2014 show promises to be bigger still. Companies span across:

  • processes and machinery for packaging food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods
  • packaging materials, packaging means and packaging production
  • processes and machinery for confectionery and bakery
  • services for the packaging, confectionery and bakery industries

 What’s new in 2014? There are two big things in 2014. This year, Interpack has grown to include a whole new section: components for processing and packaging. Suppliers in this category can show off what they have to offer to the exhibitors at Interpack, just a short walk away at Düsseldorf’s City Hall (Stadthalle). Exhibitors and visitors at Interpack and “components for processing and packaging” can visit both fairs without having to buy a separate ticket.

Second is the new theme for Innovationparc Packaging. This is a forum dedicated to packaging concepts for the future, and this year the focus in on “Save Food”. The aim is for visitors and exhibitors to exchange creative and visionary ideas to develop sustainable packaging concepts that will reduce food loss around the world.

Where can I find out more? Everything you need to know about visiting interpack 2014 is online at http://www.interpack.com/

*** Update: couldn’t make it? We sent a couple of our experts. Here’s what they found were the need-to-know things. (Just a hint: efficiency, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), total cost of ownership (TCO) and making it easy were among the top four.)

 

foodpro 2014       foodpro 2014

What? One of the longest-running trade shows in Australasia, foodpro is Asia Pacific’s major food manufacturing event and a must attend for anyone in, or associated with, the food processing industry.

Where? In 2014, foodpro will be held in Melbourne for the first time in its history. And Melbourne has some big boots to fill. The 2011 foodpro exhibition was celebrated as the largest and most successful yet, with record crowds (9,000 industry professionals), record exhibitor numbers (over 325) and the largest floor space it’s ever had. (But we’re quietly confident the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will come up trumps.)

When? 22-25 June 2014

Who will we see? Suppliers across every aspect of food processing products and services, from food machinery and packaging, to ingredients and additives. Here’s an overview:

  • Processing equipment for general food, fresh products, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, bakery, confectionary and beverages
  • Ingredients, including additives, flavours and raw materials
  • Plant equipment including flooring, air-con, heating, refrigeration, lighting, computers, cleaning supplies and distribution
  • Packaging, including barcoding and labelling
  • Food safety products, including monitoring and testing equipment, handling equipment, hygiene products, safety equipment and inspection equipment
  • And more on processing, such as conveyors, filters, lab and scientific equipment, pumps, robotics and weighing systems


What’s new in 2014?
foodpro 2014 is supported by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Incorporated (AIFST). The AIFST will hold its 47th Annual Convention alongside the show, allowing delegates to meet with representatives from the food manufacturing and allied industries, as well as attend some great seminars and workshops.

Anything else I should know? It’s worth noting that foodpro is a trade-only event, open to anyone professionally involved in the food processing and manufacturing industries — and entry is free.

Where can I find out more? Visit http://www.foodproexh.com

*** Update: couldn’t get there? Here’s our wrap up of the highlights — including innovations from an 80-year-old company, highly precise palletising machines and the Best Smelling Stand.

Our team will be visiting Interpack to see all the latest and greatest in technology from around the world, and we will have a wrap up for you.

Matthews Australasia will also be exhibiting at foodpro in June, at stand H18, so please do stop by if you are at the show. (Update 26/6: our checkweighing and vision systems were a huge success.)

Mark Dingley
Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia. With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications. Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile
Mark Dingley

by Mark Dingley

Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia. With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications. Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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