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ConTech2017
CONTECH2017 DINNER REGISTRATION POST CONTECH WORKSHOP SPONSORSHIP

The Future for Confectionery

When: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Where: The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), East Melbourne

Join us at Australasia's confectionery technical conference, ConTech2017.
This one-day program will provide you with new insights and practical tools and much sought-after networking opportunities.

Program:

8.00am
SESSION 1

Registration and Trade Exhibition
#WHAT’S TRENDING
CHAIR:  Chris Raworth, Senior Manager APMENA R&D Effectiveness,
Mars Chocolate Australia
Opening Address:  Tim Piper, Head - Confectionery Sector, Ai Group
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 
Global food megatrends driving innovation in confectionery
Prof Martin Cole, Deputy Director, Agriculture and Food, CSIRO, proudly sponsored by AAK Aust
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 
Walking the tightrope: how are global confectionery makers balancing health and indulgence concerns via new product innovation
Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director, GlobalData (US)

Energy Break – proudly sponsored by MWT Foods and Trade Exhibition

SESSION 2

FOUNDATION MATTERS
CHAIR:  Michelle Joison, R&D Manager, Dollar Sweets Company
Allergen management – it’s all about the consumer safety
Kirsten Grinter, President, Allergen Bureau (Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager Oceania, Nestlé Australia)
Exploring innovation with compounds
Stuart Dale, Technical Production Manager, Nestlé Australia proudly sponsored by Nestlé Industrial
Sourness and stability in confectionery
Edwin Bontenbal, Direct Business Development Food, Corbion (Purac Asia Pacific) proudly sponsored by Axieo Specialties

Presentation of the Sollich Award

Lunch – proudly sponsored by MPD Dairy Products and Trade Exhibition

SESSION 3

WEIGHTY ISSUES
CHAIR:  Josh Hemelaar, Vice President Sales – China/APA, GELITA Australia
Sugar:  cause or cure?
Dr David Kannar, Associate Professor, School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University
IMO - the guilt free sweetener?
Mark Baczynski, Group Technical Manager, Manildra Group
Modification with soluble fibre
Laura Khoury, Product Applications Support Manager, ADM Australia
Q&A Panel – Dr David Kannar, Mark Baczynski, Laura Khoury

Energy Break – proudly sponsored by ADM Australia and Trade Exhibition

SESSION 4

BUSINESS NEAR AND FAR
CHAIR:  Joseph Haber, Product Applications Manager, Chocolate, Nestlé Australia
Getting your product right for international markets
Craig Malcolm, Trade Adviser – TradeStart, Ai Group
Our export adventure
Emilio De Lorso, Managing Director, Della Rosa Fresh Foods
Nothing but good - the Chobani story
Andrew Pekin, General Manager Technical, Chobani Yoghurt

6.00pm

7.00pm

Pre-dinner drinks – proudly sponsored by the Manildra Group and Trade Exhibition
Dinner proudly sponsored by the Manildra Group
Guest speaker: Olympic champion, entrepreneur and mum,
Lydia Lassila

The conference is brought to you with the continuing support of the ConTech Principal Sponsor - the Manildra Group - and we thank them for their generous sponsorship of the industry and in particular, ConTech2017.

The information contained on this sitelet is correct at the time of publication. Ai Group reserves the right to alter or delete items from the program as circumstances dictate and takes no responsibility for any errors, omissions and changes.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

ConTech2017 will appeal to a broad range of confectionery and wider food industry professionals, including those in the fields of:

  • science and food technology
  • new product development
  • research and development 
  • regulatory matters 
  • operations and management 
  • sales and procurement 
  • marketing, communications and corporate affairs 
  • supply of food ingredients, machinery, packaging and services 
  • confectionery wholesaling and distributing