natural colours

Helping you create great plant-based food with natural colours

Oterra make it easy to use natural colours. Whatever your challenge, whatever the food and beverage category, we know we can help. Oterra, formerly Chr. Hansen Natural Colours, has been working with colour since 1876. And we’ve continued to bring the very best of nature to food and beverage manufacturers and consumers ever since.  Read more

How to save time on belt repairs: A grain handling case study

When you work in the grain handling business, ensuring your conveyor equipment is in tip top condition for harvest season is essential. Which is why Kerry Hickmott leans on BSC in Toowoomba for the support and supply of LOCTITE®product for preventative maintenance and belt repair. 

“I run a workshop that primarily builds and repairs grain handling equipment for a major grain producer,” explains Kerry. “In Queensland we have two harvest seasons for grain – these fall over spring and summer. For this reason, we carry out maintenance and repair work from April through to September to make sure the equipment is in good condition for harvest.”

Grain belts are, of course, critical to these operations. Business Development Executive for BSC in Toowoomba, Mark Brocherie, explains why.

“When it comes to handling the grain, conveyor belts are commonly used. This rubber belting can tear from time to time,” he says. “If you do have a tear in the belt, it can lead to premature failure and consequently cause a lot of damage, including a potential breakdown.”

According to Kerry, breakdowns have to be avoided at all costs. 

“Downtime is not an option for us – if it does occur, it has serious implications for our business, not just in terms of immediate costs but in how those subsequent delays will affect our customers,” expounds Kerry. “It’s a competitive business. If people are waiting too long to drop their grain off, they will call another grain depot to make alternative arrangements.”

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Industry

Keep up with the rapidly evolving industry technology

Open IIoT is encouraging food and beverage manufacturers to get onto Industry 4.0 or risk falling behind the competition. Balluff sales manager Jim Wallace told Food and Beverage Industry News that Industry 4.0 concepts were critical when it came to making informed decisions about the production process.   Read more

sustainable

Sustainable coffee: inside and out

Australians love coffee; whether sipping it in a café, watching a friend proudly make you a latte on their new machine, or ordering coffee pods to make your favourite blends at home. Buying behaviours have also changed and consumers expect more from their coffee. Coffee must be sustainable inside and out, starting with the way it is grown, sourced, staffed, manufactured and more recently how it is packaged.   Read more