2013 Conference Summary


Despite the unsettled trading environment, the AMIC 2013 Meat Industry Conference was well supported by government and industry with registration attendance totalling 340 and all feedback received to-date being very positive. Some of the details were:-


The Maersk Distinguished Australian of the Year
Jon Hayes (General Manager, Wodonga Abattoir).

AWX / MLA Future Leaders Award
This award seeks to identify the next generation of industry leaders within AMIC who will participate in building industry programs for the future. The winners were Bill Scott (GM Scott, Cootamundra) and Tim Sullivan (Sanger Australia).

Special Recognition Awards
This award recognises people who have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators over many years, often silently and behind the scenes not always as an elected official of a Peak Council. In 2013, Mr Peter White, former CEO of AMH and Mr Richard Rains, former CEO of Sanger International.

Cryovac-AMIC Industry Award
This is an amazing opportunity for someone under 39 who receives $15,000 to travel and experience somewhere in the world the vacuum packaging marketplace of tomorrow. The winner was Ross Shorrock, Teys Australia.

Intralox Excellence in Industry Award
Winner – Barry Harth of G&B Stainless.

Golf Tournament (sponsored by NAB Agribusiness)
Winners: Peter Fenwick (Visy Board); Andrew Voke (MAREL) Ryan Clarke (EuroPumps Engineering); Hugh Mackay (Hapag-Lloyd).

Fishing Tournament (sponsored by AMIC)
Winner –Michael Bellstedt of Minus 40 – a 91 cm Snapper that Jetstar would not allow on the plane, at least straight away !


ABC Country Hour operated live from the Conference (Thur 19 Sept). Radio interviews included Brady Sidwell (OSI Hong Kong); Russell Smith (Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd); David Foote (CEO, Australian Country Choice); Steve Kay (US Cattle Buyers Weekly) and Tom Maguire (Teys Australia and Chairman of AMIC’s Animal Welfare Committee). Also present were Beef Central’s Jon Condon; from Rural Press Liz Wells, Kate Stark and Ken Wilcock and freelance journalist Ian Paterson.


AMIC is finalising permission from each of the speakers to have their papers posted on the AMIC website. As soon as this process is complete we will advise all members and Conference attendees on where and how to obtain copies. Any queries after that point, contact the Executive.


The 29 booths were sold out well in advance of the Conference with new entrants this year including Euro Pumps Engineering, Insignia, BASF Australia, Castle Chemicals, Retracom Contracting, MOSCA, Transform Solutions, Labour Solutions TridentGLOBAL and Fujitsu New Zealand.


24 sponsors supported the AMIC Conference with the main sponsors being the Australian Meat Processor Corporation Ltd, AMCOR, ANZ Bank, AWX, Hamburg Süd, MLA, Mediterranean Shipping Co, NAB Agribusiness, Rabobank and Visy Board. Official sponsors included Bank of Sydney, Cryovac, Food Processing Equipment (FPE), Intralox, Jasol Australia, Maersk Line, Marfret, Meltwater, The Mullica Hill Group, NSW Ports, Philadelphia Regional Port, Port of Brisbane, RACV Royal Pines and Wirra Wirra. We thank them all for their support.


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GALA DINNER (sponsored by Hamburg Süd, Mediterranean Shipping Co & MLA)
The Gala Dinner was attended by over 320 people. The evening focussed around a Gourmet Food cooking theme that helped promote great taste, good food and plenty of discussion. The food experience was lead by MLA’s Lachlan Bowtell who together with TV Meat the Butcher personality/star, Anthony Puharich, oversaw our own AMIC master chefs competing in a cook-off to make the “Lambada” Burger. Thanks to Anthony and Lachlan for a great bit of fun.


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AMIC this year, in association with the Cancer Council and following a great initiative and gesture by Tania Carey at Food Processing Equipment (FPE) organised a “High Tea” as a joint event with AMIC to raise funds for the Cancer Council. A number of other events at the Conference also served as staging points for further collections (i.e. Teddy Bear Chefs) – a total of over $7,300 being collected for cancer research.


Thank you to everyone who attended and to our sponsors, exhibitors, session chairmen and speakers. We hope this was a quality presentation that reflected the professionalism of the organisation and the great industry we all work in. Any queries contact the Executive.