49th Annual AIFST Convention - The Pulse of the Industry - June 2016

The overarching theme of the Convention was The Pulse of the Industry, demonstrating the current innovation and advanced technology employed by the food industry. Experts also discussed challenges, such as Australia's increasing ageing population, and how digital technologies will disrupt the food and agriculture industries.

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DAY 1 - 27 JUNE 2016

Session 1: Emerging Trends and Insights

Justin Nel, Mintel
Vanita Smith, DuPont Nutrition and Health - If you would like a copy of this presentation please contact the speaker directly via email Vanita.Smith@dupont.com
Sarah Hyland, AIFST
Vic Cherikoff, Vic Cherikoff Food Services


Session 2:  Food Safety: Keep your Finger on the Pulse

Stan Bailey, bioMerieux
Karen Mocatta, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Dr Patricia Desmarchelier, Food Safety Principles
Scott Crerar, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)


Session 3: Emerging Analytical Methods – safety perspective around pathogens

Martina Koeberl, National Measurement Institute
Katherine Tung, Bruker

Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam, Charles Sturt University (CSU)


Session 4: E2E Innovation and How to Keep it Progressing!

Dr. Andre Teixeira, CSIRO - If you would like a copy of this presentation please contact the speaker directly via email: onjadebteixeira@yahoo.com
Peter Meek, Chobani (N/A)
Andra Gough, Asia Pacific Marketing Innovation, Mondelez International (N/A)
Elliot Chapple, Pozible 


Session 5: Food safety: Keep your finger on the pulse

Stan Bailey, bioMerieux
Julian Cox, University of NSW
Prof. Ben Howden, Microbiology Diagnostics Unit
Tania Martin, Department of Agriculture & Water Resources


Session 6: Advancing Technology

Prof. Roger Hellens, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Asa Jamting, National Measurement Institute
Dr Kai Knoerzer, CSIRO


Session 7: Sustainability - Supporting Innovation

Tanya Barden, AFGC (N/A)
Peter Kenny, Colmar Brunton
Prof. Dan Yang Ying, CSIRO
Matthew Fisher, The Kraft Heinz Company


Session 8: Functional Foods – The New Market Opportunity

Ross Naidoo, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Sushil Dhital, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (N/A)
Prof. Lynette Ferguson, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre
Mel Helmy, POD Research & Strategy


Session 9: Innovative Food Processing Techniques

Dr Roman Buckow, CSIRO (N/A)
Dr David Poulsen, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr Tom Lewis, Fermen Tasmania
Alastair McLachlan, Preshafruit


Day 2 - 28 June 2016

Young Professionals in Food Networking Breakfast

Jana Cameron, Path4Food


Session 10: The Changing Regulatory Environment

Geoffrey Annison, AFGC
Glen Neal, FSANZ
Dr Kevin Buckett, Health Star Rating Advisory Committee
Robert Williams, Robert Williams Legal


Session 11: High-Value Protein Product Opportunities

David Foote, Australian Country Choice
Dr Janet Howieson, Curtin University

Josh Hemelaar, Gelita
Prof. Todor Vasiljevic, Victoria University 


Session 12: Improved Foods for the Ageing Population

Assoc Prof. Karen Walton, Uni of Wollongong 
Dr Aarti Tobin, CSIRO (N/A)
Vitish Guddoy & Annet Hoek, Barossa Village Inc
Fergal Barry, Strategic Access


Session 13: Export Trade & Opportunities 

Dr Ben Lyons, TSBE & Food Leaders Australia  (N/A)
Tony Mahar, National Farmers’ Federation
Najib Lawand, FIAL
Debra Clement, Gourmet Garden


Session 14: International Year of Pulses – Pulse-based Functional Food Opportunities

Prof. Chris Blanchard, Functional Grains Centre
Prof. Vijay Jayasena, Western Sydney University  (N/A)
Stephen Donnelly, Blue Ribbon & Foods From the Earth
Dr Janice Rueda, ADM (USA)


Session 15: Where the Rubber Hits the Road - The ‘Cold’ Face of the Food Industry

Gary Kennedy, Correct Food Systems
Brian Stanners, Lenard’s Poultry Stores

Susy Klein, Inghams (N/A)
Anthony Pavic and Jeremy Chenu, Baiaida


Keynote Address: Digital Disruption and its Impact on Food Markets

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Data61, CSIRO