contech2015 meeting the challenge


contech2015 meeting the challenge
13 MAY 2015
Proudly sponsored by Manildra
Dear Industry Colleagues
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Australian Industry
Group (Ai Group) Australasian confectionery and food industry
technical conference – ConTech2015.
To be held on 13 May at the ‘G’, as it is colloquially known – the
Melbourne Cricket Ground in East Melbourne will open its doors to
ConTech in 2015. The ‘G’ will take you to a different challenge, one
that won’t involve Test Cricket, AFL or other sporting challenges– this
one day conference is for the Australasian confectionery industry to
meet the challenge.
We are amidst challenging times – every day challenges surround us.
So themed MEETING THE CHALLENGE – ConTech2015 will feature
challenges confronting the confectionery industry – in the global and
local marketplace, across the supply chain to challenges around
innovation, product development and the need to keep the customer
This jam-packed program features local and international speakers
presenting the latest information on consumer and market insights,
retail trends, new product development, confectionery ingredient and
packaging innovations, processing techniques and more in a blend of
both technical and general presentations. This day is for food science
technologists, new product developers, sales and marketing
professionals, regulatory and corporate affairs personnel, business
owners and students.
Plus you will have the opportunity to attend the industry networking
dinner and in the days immediately following ConTech2015 the two
day practical CREATING THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE workshop.
ConTech2015 is brought to you with the continuing support of the
ConTech Principal Sponsor – The Manildra Group – and we thank
them for their generous support of the industry and in particular
Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing, Imperial College
David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at the Imperial
College London and a much sought-after speaker at food and drink
business events around the globe. Based in the UK, David spends most of
his year working with businesses and talking at conferences in Europe,
North and South America, Asia and Australasia. He has unparalleled
knowledge of global food industry trends and is insightful, engaging and
energetic in his presentations. David has held a variety of Non-Executive
Director positions in food firms around the world.
David’s presentation at ConTech2015 will share insights on global and local
retailing, the rise of discounters and convenience and boutique stores and
will discuss implications for the Australasian confectionery industry.
Customer Innovation Manager, AAK (DENMARK)
Anders Pedersen has worked as a food technologist for ingredient
suppliers developing tailor made ingredients, including emulsifiers,
stabilisers and speciality fats, supporting the confectionery producers for
more than 20 years.
He is currently Customer Innovation Manager at the global speciality fat
producer AAK. During his 14 years at AAK Anders has worked in most
geographic regions in the world and is currently responsible for key
customers coordinating technical development for the use of speciality
fats. Anders has broad experience in problem solving and trouble
shooting and is involved in production trials in a wide variety of
Anders keynote presentation will help you address that age old challenge
of bloom development … why does it occur? Anders’ technical expertise
will offer insights to overcome blooming challenges specifically in filled
chocolate and the importance of control every step of the way, with a
focus on cooling conditions.
The pair to challenge is ‘opportunity’ so through ConTech2015 we
invite you to challenge yourself and your colleagues, engage and
collaborate, to learn and to be inspired to find opportunity.
Act now and register today … early bird date for the discounted
registration closes on 22 April 2015.
See you there!
Yours sincerely
Timothy Piper
Director – Victoria & Principal Advocate for the
Confectionery Sector, Australian Industry Group
General Manager, Darrell Lea
Prior to taking over the operations at Darrell Lea, Klark worked in the VIP
Petfood Group, where his focus was special projects, engineering and
process improvement. Klark was a key part of the management team that
oversaw the acquisition of Bush’s Pet Foods after it was placed in
receivership. He based himself at Bush’s Dubbo factory to lead the
successful turnaround of this facility. Since the Darrell Lea acquisition in
2012, Klark has been responsible for its turnaround.
Under Klark’s guidance, the company has returned to profitability,
through various decisions. The heavy hands-on approach Klark has
implemented has been a key skill with the turnaround’s gaining the
support from his peers and staff around him. Adding to his list of
achievements and touching on his competitive streak Klark is the two
times Australian GT champion.
In his keynote presentation at ConTech2015, Klark will share his
experiences saving the Australian confectionery icon – Darrell Lea.
When challenge meets opportunity there is a silver lining and Klark has
taken up the opportunity – he has applied his practical and hands on
approach to the transformation process. Come along to hear and learn
from Klark’s insights.
Neil Smith
Chair – Ai Group Confectionery Sector Technical
Committee & Manager, Scientific Affairs, Regulatory
2Affairs & Nutrition, ANZ, Mondelez International
Opening address by: Tim Piper, Director – Victoria & Principal Advocate for
the Confectionery Sector, Ai Group
Keynote speaker: Professor David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food
Marketing, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Techtonic shifts in global retailing: Implications for the confectionery
Jessica Lamisere, Trend & Innovation Consultant – ANZ Mintel
The informed consumer
Candy Break proudly sponsored by MWT Foods
Dr Vijaya Rajendram, Chief Executive Officer, Neptune Bio-Innovations
Scientific breakthroughs in substitute products and driving forces behind
Michael Phillips, Innovation Manager, Murray Goulburn Co-op Co
Think differently - innovating with dairy
Dermott Dowling, Managing Director, Creatovate Innovation &
International Business Consultancy
Smile  you’re innovating!
Presentation of the Sollich Award
Lunch proudly sponsored by MPD Dairy Products
Stewart Gunn, General Manager – Corporate Business, Orora Australasia
Didn’t you know - It’s about the packaging?
Keynote speaker: Anders Pedersen, Customer Innovation Manager, AAK
New ways to improve bloom stability in filled chocolates
Candy Break proudly sponsored by Ferndale Confectionery
Bill Shrapnel, Director, Shrapnel Nutrition
Sugar, carbohydrates and health: sorting the science from the bull dust
Sophie Lodge, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Wrigley Pacific (Mars
Be treatwise® - leveraging the confectionery category response
Keynote speaker: Klark Quinn, General Manager, Darrell Lea
Seizing the opportunities
A highlight of ConTech2015 is the
industry drinks and dinner which
provides much sought after
opportunity and time to relax
and enjoy.
This year we are very pleased to
have Vinh Giang1, the 2013 South
Australian Entrepreneur of the
Year, as our guest speaker. Vinh
is a magician and professional
speaker and has been building
businesses from a very young
age. Through his love of both
business and magic, he has
discovered many common
threads between the world of
business and the world of magic.
Proudly sponsored by Manildra
Vinh Giang
Vinh is unique in that he not only shares powerful stories
from his journey, highlighting key principles of success, he
uses the art of magic as his vehicle creating a fun yet
mysteriously entertaining atmosphere that is truly profound
and inspirational.
Coming from the humble origins of a refugee family from
Vietnam, Vinh has since worked with companies all over the
world. He is fascinated with the psychology behind the
mysterious art of magic, and has devoted himself to
understanding the ways in which people are fooled not only
by illusions, but by the tricks that life plays on us, and that
we play on ourselves.
Vinh will open your mind to new possibilities, as he takes
you on an unforgettable journey through his moving family
story, remarkable insights into human psychology, business
and the wonderful art of magic.
( Appears by arrangement with Saxtons Speakers Bureau)
Pre Dinner Drinks proudly sponsored by Manildra Group
ConTech Dinner proudly sponsored by Manildra Group
Guest speaker: Vinh Giang - Rather a mind opened by wonder, than one
closed by belief
(Appears by arrangement with Saxtons Speakers Bureau)
The program is correct at the time of printing. Ai Group reserves the right to alter or delete items from
the programs as circumstances dictate and takes no responsibility for any errors, omissions and
Return registration form by close of business 22 April to receive reduced
conference rate.
Register your booking now:
Why not plan for this to be your business
networking activity and bring along your
work team, business colleagues, clients and
partner to a great night out.
Table bookings of 8 receive a 10% discount.
Managing Director, Creatovate Innovation &
International Business Consultancy
Innovation Manager, Murray Goulburn Co-op Co
Dermott founded Creatovate Consultancy
because he believes the most sustainable
growth strategy is an organic one driven by
the twin pillars of innovation and
international business.
Creatovate consults to market leaders in
the food and beverage industry on their
idea-to-innovation process, fast growth
companies on their international business
strategy and. start-ups on concept
Michael Phillips is the Innovation
Manager for Cream Cheese and Whey
Products at Murray Goulburn. He has
been in research and development with
Murray Goulburn since 1992. His key
areas of responsibility are for whey
products and speciality dairy ingredients,
predominantly for the Japanese market.
More recently he has been
working with nutritional powders.
Michael has a keen interest in confectionery, particularly in milk
chocolate and caramel. He is also interested in sodium reduction in
snack foods and other processed foodstuffs.
Creatovate has helped clients from a diverse set of categories from
yoghurt to beans to malt to innovate and grow. Dermott comes from
a strong international business and innovation background having
worked in New Zealand, Asia, United Kingdom and Australia for
global companies like Fonterra, Foster’s and Lion. Dermott also
teaches post graduate Global Business Strategy at Swinburne
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Neptune BioInnovations
General Manager, Corporate Business Orora
Dr Rajendram has a background in
chemistry and toxicology. He is a
Chartered Chemist with the Royal
Australian Chemical Institute and is a
member of the Institute of Company
As General Manager for Corporate
Business at Orora Australasia, Stewart
Gunn is responsible for leading
development and co-ordination across
Australia and New Zealand.
Stewart has extensive experience
across the FMCG and industrial
manufacturing sectors, including in
sales, marketing and operations roles
within and across most packaging formats in Australia, New Zealand
and greater Asia.
Stewart’s 30 years’ experience in the packaging industry includes
strong connections with the confectionery industry.
Vijaya, after completing his PhD and Post-Doctoral work in Australia,
worked in senior research positions with global multinational
organisations like Nestlé and Pfizer.
In the course of pursuing his passion for research and development
in food and nutrition he formed his own venture, Neptune BioInnovations in 2008.
Trend & Innovation Consultant ANZ, Mintel
Director, Shrapnel Nutrition Consulting
Jessica Lamisére joined Mintel in 2012
as the Trend and Innovation Consultant
for Australia and New Zealand. She is
responsible for creating categoryspecific reports for the ANZ markets,
trends and changes in different parts of
the industry. Jessica came to the role
Prior to joining Mintel, she was the editor of Food Magazine, a
national publication focused on the Australasian food industry. In
her role as editor and primary journalist, Jessica covered everything
from farming to marketing of food and drink and also developed,
hosted and reported on the inaugural industry roundtable which
addressed issues in the industry with prominent industry
He is also a consultant and mentor to a
number of companies in Asia specialising
in health care nutrition.
Tagged The Sceptical Nutritionist, Bill
Shrapnel is a nutritionist and author. He
is the Director of his own consultancy
firm, Shrapnel Nutrition Consulting which
was formed in 1995. He has a Master of
Health Planning, Graduate Diploma in
Nutrition & Dietetics and Bachelor of
Applied Science.
Bill is a former nutrition manager of the
National Heart Foundation and public
health services dietitian
His major interests include the role of diet in the prevention and
management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity;
dietary fat and health; and the nutrition quality of carbohydraterich foods.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL PRICE – Paid by 22 April 2015 Ai Group member $599*
WHEN: Wednesday, 13 May 2015
WHERE: Melbourne Cricket Ground
RSVP: 1 May 2015 or Early Bird special 22 April 2015
ACCOMMODATION: Pullman Melbourne on the Park (formerly The Hilton on the Park), Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.
Superior room: $230.00 per room, per night to a Deluxe executive room - $340.00 per room, per night. Please quote ‘CONTECH’ when
booking. Also :
PARKING: If staying at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park - $35 per vehicle per day additional. There will be limited parking at the MCG.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Jolimont rail station is a 2 minute walk to the MCG with trams numbers: 75, 48 and 70 again, within easy walking
distance of the MCG.
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($599 Early Bird Special)*
☐ Dinner $165 (Dinner is not included in the conference registration fee)
☐ Table of 8 $1188 (10% discount)
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