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Global Table site visits offer a chance for delegates to go straight to the source.

On Friday 6 September, the Global Table program gets out of the conference centre and into innovative Australian businesses. Get a first-hand look at the state of food innovation in Australia today.

Try a new product, see innovation in action, create new business opportunities or test an enterprise’s capability through one of the tours managed by Global Table. Site visits also include eating and drinking destinations selected by the team at our sister event, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, to deliver a truly Victorian food and wine experience to site visit attendees.

Full itineraries for each visit will be released closer to the event.

Details of departure locations will be confirmed and released four weeks before the event. Please note that the finish times of each tour may vary due to traffic or other unforeseen circumstances.

Site visits are $170 and can only be purchased with a Global Table ticket.

Agtech site visit day

This tour will take participants to the State Government of Victoria’s Centre for AgriBioscience research facility in Bundoora where the latest in agtech research is taking place. The AgriBioscience campus is a partnership between the Government of Victoria and La Trobe University. See how bioscience research is addressing productivity, sustainability, environmental impacts, DNA sequencing and more.

The Agtech site visit will then make its way to the regional Victorian town of Tatura to visit the Government of Victoria’s On-Farm Internet of Things Trial, where research by the Centre for AgriBioscience is put into practice.

This tour will depart Melbourne at 8.00am and return to Melbourne at approximately 6.00pm.

Waste site visit

The issue of food waste is a significant one, with costly consequences for the entire supply chain.

Waste to energy: On this tour, participants will visit the Yarra Valley Water facility in Mitcham to see how food waste from airlines, commercial suppliers and wholesale fruit and vegetable markets can be turned into energy. The Yarra Valley facility processes up to 33,000 tonnes of food waste each year, which is enough to power around 2,000 homes.

Waste to product: More and more businesses are looking at new ways of converting food waste to product. Victorian gin distillers Four Pillars is one such company. See how the team is coming up with new products from their distillery byproduct.

This tour will depart Melbourne CBD at 8.00am and return to the CBD at 4.30pm.

Food Innovation site visit day

Visit research and development agencies to get a better look at consumer awareness in the retail environment, as well as small-scale product development and manufacturing. The morning will be spent with Monash University, where staff will demonstrate their virtual supermarket and 3D product printing capabilities, before moving to CSIRO, Australia’s national science research agency, where participants can see the agency’s pilot plant machinery and research facility in Melbourne.

This tour will start in in Melbourne CBD at 8.00am and conclude back in the CBD at approximately 4.30pm.