Food manufacturing industry to benefit from Victorian Government support of foodpro 2014

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 21st May 2014

Supporting foodpro’s move to Melbourne in 2014, the Victorian Government Department of State Development, Business and Innovation is getting behind the event by running the Victorian Government Business Lounge on the show floor. The main focus of the Business Lounge is to nurture and develop Victoria’s burgeoning food manufacturing sector.

The Department’s business development managers will use the Business Lounge to meet with foodpro visitors and introduce a range of Government programs on offer. Food manufacturers visiting the event can find out how the Victorian Government can help them enter new export markets, adopt new technology, collaborate with other businesses, overcome barriers to market, and access government support.

Exhibition Manager for foodpro Peter Petherick said the Business Lounge is open to foodpro visitors from Victoria, as well as interstate and international visitors interested in doing business in the host state.

“The Business Lounge means that visitors can not only come to foodpro to see how the latest technology can make their businesses more efficient, but they can also be educated on the many ways Government can help grow their business,” Mr Petherick said.

“We commend the Victorian State Government and DSDBI on the initiative and believe it’s a great way to stimulate innovation and investment opportunities in Australia’s thriving food manufacturing sector,” Mr Petherick said.

Visitors interested in pre-booking a meeting at foodpro with a DSDBI business development manager will be able to do so through the foodpro website,

Held once every three years, foodpro 2014 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and feature over 300 exhibitors. Suppliers on show include companies specialising in food and beverage processing equipment, plant equipment, food science and technology, food safety, packaging and handling. Running since 1967, in 2014 foodpro will come to Melbourne for the first time.

foodpro provides visitors with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with specialist suppliers and compare an extensive range of ingredients, packaging solutions, as well as food processing machinery and technology all under one roof.

The event showcases the latest global innovations and trends to help Australian food manufacturers decrease operating costs and increase efficiencies.