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Our food consumption and eating patterns are constantly shaped by the world around us. Historically, we see food trends influenced by social change and world events, the environment, economics, medicine and technology. However, we must also acknowledge that if you are in the food business, you are also in the fashion business...

Investing in world-first technologies that haven’t been tried or tested can be a daunting step for food manufacturers, let alone any company, but for one Australian juice company, an investment into innovative world-first technology has now paid off. CEO of Preshafruit, Alastair Mclachlan shares his insights on disrupting and challenging crowded markets.

Digital disruption plays a big part in transforming the way companies and agencies operate, and how they talk to their customers. This is no different for the food industry. We take a sneak peek into the mind of one of Australia’s most reputable speakers on future trends to find out about digital disruption and what this will mean for the future of food.

With an extensive career in the food industry, Managing Director of Simplot Australia and Chair of the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) Terry O’Brien says it’s important to have a broad contextual view of the future of the food industry.

I believe Australia needs to break away from the notion that innovation is something that only happens while wearing a lab coat. In what is a crowded dairy marketplace, Chobani Managing Director Peter Meek shares three important insights on how the dairy company has managed to go from strength to strength.

He lived and worked in China for 18 years and now runs an organisation to help regional Queensland’s economic development, particularly for the food and agriculture sector. Through his role as CEO at Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) and its Food Leaders Australia (FLA) initiative, Dr Ben Lyons shares some insights for cracking the Chinese market.

There’s no doubt about it, innovation is the word of the moment. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has firmly put innovation on Australia’s agenda for future prosperity and has committed billions across all industries as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. But if you’re one of the many business owners or company workers who thinks ‘innovation’ sounds great in theory, but you have no idea how to put it into practice, you’re not alone.

Joining a member organisation means you join a community of like-minded professionals. They tend to host both professional and social events throughout the year, which are both great ways to get to know your industry peers, and more importantly, for them to get to know you.

AIFST offers industry stakeholders several opportunities to promote their business/products to the broader AIFST membership. By working with AIFST, companies and individuals are provided with networking opportunities to meet and greet like-minded professionals within the Australian food industry at both a geographic and discipline level.

Messages around nutrition can be overwhelming, so overwhelming in fact that many consumers are left confused about which product to choose. Equally, it’s confusing for food manufacturers when evaluating just what nutritional features and messaging to include in and on their products.