AIFST working with graduates

AIFST understands that the first year working after being a student can be daunting. AIFST offers a special graduate membership to ensure members can stay connected and involved as they transition from study to working.

A suite of programs are available to AIFST graduate members including:

AIFST offers graduate members the chance to meet firsthand those working in industry to gain a better insight into the job and career opportunities available in the food industry and help them to start to build their industry network as a foundation of their career.

Graduates can network with peers and participate in the activities within the Young Professionals Community of Interest – this is an informal and in many cases, social way to connect and interact with your peers. Graduate members can also nominate to sit on one of the many Communities of Interest Committees as a way to get further involved with AIFST activities and meet others in a specific field or location.

Graduate members can access AIFST member events such as Community of Interest networking functions, industry updates, online resources. More benefits will be launched in 2017, including a Members Directory and Online Discussion Forums.

 

News

Retail Baking Review Project: Validation Sought on Final Draft Qualifications & Units

The May/June edition of food australia will be a bumper issue as we lead up to the AIFST 50th Anniversary Convention. This edition provides the chance to further promote and communicate your business offering ahead of the Convention and foodpro exhibition. 

If you are in the food business, you are in the fashion business. Food trends are inspired by a myriad of influences - from social and political events, economic and geographical dynamics through to generational changes - that shape the resulting shifts in attitudes and behaviours towards nourishing ourselves and the next generation...

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.

Events

11 - 12 September 2018

Innovate & Excite: Acting Today to Advance Tomorrow

The AIFST Convention is the premier food industry event in Australia. Being held from 11 - 12 September 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Convention will once again bring together the largest grouping of Australia’s food industry in one location.

Thursday 25 May 2017

Pit wits against the best and brightest of the Australian food industry at the Annual AIFST Victorian Trivia Evening! Form a team to take on the reigning champions, or come along on the evening and join one on the night.

VIC Trivia evening
3 May 2017

AIFST MEMBERS ONLY

AIFST is currently reviewing a mentoring program and would like to hear from you! Please come along to our planning breakfast and share your experiences, or put forward what you would like to see as part of potential mentoring project.

Whether you are a student, graduate, member, Professional or Fellow, all viewpoints are important and will help shape the future of AIFST's Mentoring Program.

 

Food Science Mentoring program
27 April 2017

Thank you for your interest. Registrations have now closed. For other AIFST opportunities, please contact aifst@aifst.com.au or keep an eye on the website listings

22 March 2017

Innovation Masterclass 2017 - Disrupt your Business: "The Uber Effect" - Sydney

Love it or loathe it, Uber has completely transformed the way millions of people travel from Point A to Point B.

Is your business or work practice set up to be responsive and able to facilitate the modern consumer’s expectation for speed and efficiency? Do you feel equipped to apply innovative approaches to existing business challenges?

Take part in the 2017 Innovation Masterclass to enhance or further develop your skills in these critical areas. Working directly with food, agribusiness and manufacturing industry leaders, you will have opportunities to engage directly as well as network with other sector colleagues

22 February 2017

This event provides an opportunity for QLD-based food manufacturers and academics to hear from two nutritional experts from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) on the changing focus of nutritional guidelines from around the world and how the development of new healthy food products to deliver measurable health outcomes. Following the session, a networking event will be held on the rooftop terrace providing a networking opportunity for students, academics and industry professionals.

16 February 2017

AIFST invites both members and non-members to a FREE meet and greet sundowner with the AIFST Chair, CEO and the WA Community of Interest Committee.

1-2 February 2017

Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Campus

Become an AIFST student member for FREE REGISTRATION

See the Summer School Program here.

More than 500 students over the past six years have attended the AIFST Food Science Summer School, coming together in a format that provides an avenue to learn, network and promote individual research projects.