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Conferences and INC events provide unique opportunities to gather information, explore ideas, make new business contacts and catch up with colleagues. The Feeding the Future conferences bring together first-class local and international industry experts who share their knowledge and experience on a comprehensive range of topical issues.

Feeding the Future Conference 2021

Feeding The Future 2021

Over two full days, the conference will cover a range of interesting topics including infant nutrition research, regulation, emerging trends, new technologies, and trade and market access.

INC Past Events

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INC Past Workshops

Discover more information about some of the workshops that have been held by the Infant Nutrition Council.

INC's Upcoming Conference

The 4th Feeding the Future conference will be held 19-21 October 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. The conference, and all social events will be held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The conference brings together first-class local and international industry experts who will share their knowledge and experience on a comprehensive range of topical issues.

Over two full days, the conference will cover a range of interesting topics including infant nutrition research, regulation, emerging trends, new technologies, and trade and market access. Delegates will also have the opportunity to network informally at the conference and its social events (welcome reception, dinner and breakfast session).

Past Conference Programs, Speaker & Chair Presentations

Feeding the Future 2019

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 April 2019 at The Glasshouse in Melbourne.

Over one and a half days our program focused on early life nutrition, regulation & innovation, scientific research, emerging trends, and trade and export.

Feeding the Future 2016

April 2016 at The Mint, Sydney and ran over one and a half days.

The Infant Nutrition Council hosted our first ever conference.
The conference consisted of 6 sessions – Breastfeeding; Emerging Trends; Food Defence; Building the reputation of the ANZ industry in the export market; New technologies; Policy through to regulation.

Feeding the Future 2017

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 October 2017 at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, situated on the spectacular Auckland Harbour.

Over one and a half days our program focused on early life nutrition, regulation & innovation, oils and lipids, scientific research, emerging trends, the business of business, and trade and export.

Past Workshop Summaries and Programs

Regulation and Compliance for the Marketing and Labelling of Infant Formula and Toddler Milk Drinks - September 2019

In September 2019 INC hosted one-day Workshops in Melbourne and Auckland on the Regulation and Compliance for the Marketing and Labelling of Infant Formula and Toddler Milk Drinks for manufacturers and marketers of infant formula.

These workshops outlined the Infant Nutrition Council’s role in ensuring industry best practice and provided speakers from a wide range of relevant industries – MAIF Complaints Committee, Women’s Health Action New Zealand, Codex Australia & New Zealand, FSANZ and MPI.

Infant Nutrition Council Chief Executive Jan Carey said the workshop was an opportunity for all members of the industry to refresh their knowledge of the regulation and compliance requirements around the manufacture and marketing of infant formula in New Zealand and Australia.

“Safe manufacturing and ethical marketing of infant formula are essential for all infant formula companies. It is an area we feel both new entrants to the industry and older, more established companies will benefit from learning more about,” Ms. Carey said.

Premium Food for China Workshop - 6 April 2016

6 April 2016 – The Mint, Sydney

 The Infant Nutrition Council and the Australian Food and Grocery Council hosted a workshop on ‘Premium Food for China’.

David Mahon, Managing Director of Mahon China will talk about the challenges in a steadily changing regulatory environment and new trends in local protectionism.

Attendees considered the issues facing food and beverage companies beyond the dairy industry, with a particular emphasis on the current make-up of Australian Food & Beverage exports to China. Processed food and beverage exports to China increased by 28 per cent in 2014- 15 with strong increases in a range of food categories. This workshop concentrated on the underlying consumer forces driving demand in China.

Proudly sponsored by

Infant Formula Labelling Master Class – 6 & 14 May 2015

Melbourne Programme – 6 May 2015

Auckland Programme – 14 May 2015

Everything you need to know about infant formula labelling, all in one informative and interactive workshop!

Presentations made by:

  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Allens Linklaters
  • Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • New Zealand Commerce Commission
  • SA Health

Presentations have been made available to attendees via email.

Generously sponsored by

The Right Formula’ Industry Meeting – 11 September 2014

The Infant Nutrition Council hosted ‘The Right Formula’ Industry Meeting on Thursday 11 September, at the Fonterra Australia office in Melbourne.

An exciting range of speakers presented, with an opportunity given to delegates to get involved in a panel discussion.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Helen Darling Principal, Darling & Associates – Resiliency and Food Safety – Food safety, food security and food integrity
  • Dr Simon Longstaff Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre – The Ethics of Advocacy
  • Dean Stockwell General Manager, FSANZ – Big picture view of regulation and processes, Codex FuF Review, Review of Standard 2.9.1

Jennifer McDonald CEO, Dairy Food Safety VIC –  Ensuring that consumers, both here in Australia and overseas, have confidence in the safety and integrity of infant formula produced in Victoria

Speaker presentations available to download here:

Mr Stewart Baird – Peerless Foods, Event Sponsor

Dr Helen Darling – Principal Darling & Associates

Mr Dean Stockwell – General Manager Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Ms Jennifer McDonald – CEO Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Mr David Jamieson – Senior Trade Advisor (Food & Consumer) Austrade

Proudly sponsored by

Infant Formula and the China Market Seminar – 21 August 2014

On Thursday 21 August, the Infant Nutrition Council (INC) in partnership with the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) hosted a morning tea seminar and Q&A on exporting Australian produced infant formula into China.

Last year Australia exported nearly 4,000 tonnes of infant formula to China, worth $76 million AUD. With these numbers set to continue rising in 2014, Australia is well placed to deliver a clean, premium product to the Chinese market. Maintaining this clean and safe reputation, meeting a rapidly growing demand and understanding changing regulations for exporting to China are some of the challenges that face the infant nutrition sector.

Delegates heard case studies from INC CEO Jan Carey, GrainCorp Foods Group General Manager Sam Tainsh, and infant formula researchers Dr Xueqin Du of Farmland Dairy and Annie Guo of Michiko Dairy Australia. Participants joined in on the panel discussion and Q&A with these industry leaders and learn how Australian producers are successfully exporting infant formula to China.