Feed & Food Extrusion Technology, Auckland, NZ

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Date(s) - 16 Jun 2014 until 18 Jun 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The FoodBowl


This short course is presented by FoodStream in conjunction with THE FOODBOWL, part of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network.


Course information can also be downloaded as a pdf here.

This course covers the principles of extrusion, the design of extrusion processes, and the formulation of extruded products. Principles learned will be demonstrated using the twin screw extruder in the FoodBowl facility.

The program is relevant to the production of all types of extruded products – eg expanded snacks, breakfast cereals, pastas and third generation snack pellets, pet foods and aquafeeds. The course is relevant to both single and twin screw extrusion technology.

The course will cover topics from the basics of extruders and their configuration, through what is happening chemically and physically inside the extruder barrel, to an understanding of extruder dies and extruder instability.

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Monday to Wednesday 16 to 18 June 2014

Tea/coffee will be available from 8:00 am on the first day, ready for the program to start at 8:30 am. Presentations will conclude by 4:30 pm on the final day.


The FoodBowl, Te Ipu Kai, 28 Verissimo Drive, Auckland Airport 2150

Registration Fee:

$1750 plus GST (NZD or equivalent invoiced in AUD for Australian participants).  Includes handout notes directly related to the presentations, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas.

  • A 10% discount applies for registrations received by 9 May 2014 and paid within 14 days of invoicing EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 23 MAY.
  •  An additional 10% discount applies for three or more course registrations received together from the same company.

More detailed notes on extrusion processing are available as a bound volume at an additional cost of $160 (NZD) per copy (can also be ordered at the course).

Registrations close 4 June 2014 (to allow sufficient time for the printing of course notes).

To register use the booking form below.

On receipt of your enrolment form, an invoice will be issued, with payment required prior to the course.

Course Presenters:

The main presenter is Mr Dennis Forte a chemical engineer with extensive experience in extrusion processing and die design, having worked with a variety of companies and extruded products, including breakfast cereals and snacks, pet foods and aqua-feeds, pasta, and confectionery.

Mr Gordon Young is a food process engineer who has worked in extrusion technology in both University research and with private companies.  We is also experienced in a wide range of other food processing technologies, including specific expertise in drying technology and thermal processing.

Who should attend?

This program is relevant to anyone interested in the use of extrusion technology and extrusion systems.  The program takes participants from the basics of what extrusion is and what it can do, through to a detailed understanding of the design of formulations and processes, and the operation and troubleshooting of extrusion systems.

Accommodation and Transport:

Participants must organise their own accommodation and transport.  A hotel close to the venue is Jet Park Hotel.

What participants need to bring:

Participants are required to bring covered-in shoes, preferably steel-capped, for the practical session in the pilot plant, as well as usual items such as notepad, pen or pencil, and highlighter.

Cancellation Policy:

Fees, less a 10% handling charge, will be refunded if participants cancel their registration prior to the closing date for registrations. Fees will not be refunded after that date, but a substitute participant will be accepted at any time.

Foodstream Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if necessary (e.g. due to insufficient registrations). In this case a full refund of fees will be available.  FoodStream’s Liability is limited to the registration fee only, and FoodStream cannot be held liable for air fares, accommodation, or other related expenses.

Further information & enquiries:

Use the contact form on this page, or contact:

  • Gordon Young, Foodstream (Australia) Ph +61 414 681200
  • Debbie Fielder, The FoodBowl (NZ) Ph +64 9 254 4730, Freephone 0508NZFOOD

Extrusion training can also be offered to companies on-site at their facility, at a level suitable for operators, or for technical staff.


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