AIFST working with young professionals

AIFST believes are young professional members are the future of the Institute and the industry.

AIFST membership offers young professionals the help they need to start to build their industry network as a foundation of their career through first-hand interactions and connections with those working in the industry, assisting further in helping to find career opportunities available in the food industry.

AIFST has a dedicated Young Professionals Community of Interest which offers graduates the chance to network with peers and participate in activities – this is an informal and in many cases, social way to connect and interact with your peers.

Young Professional members can also nominate to sit on one of the many Communities of Interest Committees including the Young Professionals Committee, as a way of getting further involved with AIFST activities and to further meet others in a specific field or location.

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

Young Professionals 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

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Please email [email protected] directly to register for this event.

This event is for students, graduates and young members. Ever wanted to learn more about McDonalds, their vision and mission and what career opportunities are available with them? Well, this is your chance to find out! Come along to the McDonalds Australia Sydney head office tour.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Presented by Chris Preston and Fiona Fleming of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, this workshop is designed to help you to find out what you need to know and do in order to be compliant with the new mandatory Information Standard under the Australian Consumer Law which regulates country of origin information for food sold in Australia.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

On 1 July 2016, a new mandatory Information Standard under the Australian Consumer Law was introduced regulating country of origin information for food sold in Australia. This detailed and complex standard may be difficult to navigate to find out exactly which requirements applies to your food products.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Ever wanted to know how sugar is processed? Now is your opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and find out! Join a refinery tour of Sugar Australia and see what happens to sugar during processing, a tour of their operations, an overview of Sugar Australia and its brands and products.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The NSW Microbiology Community of Interest presents an evening of Fermentation Fun, including how to make fermentation work, what happens when foods are fermented and why fermentation occurs. The event will cover three specific examples of fermented foods or beverages including wine, cheese and chocolate.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Celebrate the end of another fantastic year in the food industry and AIFST! This year's NSW Christmas Party will be held at Oliveto restaurant in Rhodes, Sydney. Enjoy a lovely two course sit-down dinner overlooking the water, with easy access to parking and public transport.

Sponsorship opportunities:
Gold and silver and sponsorship is available.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Catch-up with colleagues in your industry over a 2016 celebratory dinner and drinks evening at The Bentleigh Club, Bentleigh. Enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. 

Sponsorship opportunities:
Major sponsorship and company prize donations available.

9 December

Join us at the Regatta Hotel, on the banks of the Brisbane River - a Grand Victorian hotel offering gastropub food - for an evening of networking with local food professionals.

12 December 2016

We’re joining with our friends at Food South Australia to celebrate the Christmas season! Get together for drinks and nibbles at an Eat Local SA venue - no work for you to do or anything to bring, except for your staff and partners! LIMITED SPOTS...

REGISTER HERE - FREE!