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Adding GST to fresh food is a recipe for poor health
Recent calls by Australian government ministers and senior officials to broaden the goods and services tax (GST) base to include fresh fruit and vegetables would make the population’s diet go from bad to worse.
CSIRO cuts ‘will rob Australian industry of research expertise’
The federal government’s cuts to CSIRO will make it more difficult for the organisation to fill the research and development gap left by Australian businesses, according to CSIRO chairman Simon McKeon.
The 11 ‘easies’ of Retail Ready Packaging
Some of you might be familiar with the five easies of RRP, but you might not be aware that there are a few other principles to follow in order to keep consumers and retails on-side.
Track and trace – the benefits of global standards
GS1 Australia’s Andrew Steele reports on the importance of traceability standards in food manufacturing.
ACCC signals strategic change in battle with supermarkets
The corporate regulator’s ongoing battle with the major supermarket chains took an interesting twist on Monday when it alleged that Coles had engaged in unconscionable conduct against various small suppliers.
Packaging secrets and sins: Q&A with Gwen Blake
Great packaging can be the difference between success and failure, says Gwen Blake, managing director of Boxer and Co and author of Packaging a Punch.
Alcohol tax reform: a minimum price is in the public interest
For some years now, it’s been clear that an overhaul of alcohol taxes is sorely needed. But governments have baulked at taking their own advice and have instead sent out for yet more guidance.
Some like it raw – the rise of the raw confectionery movement
A number of consumer trends have taken place over the last number of years that have forced the confectionery industry to look outside the box – in particular, the raw food movement.
Powdered alcohol, seriously? A health risk we don’t need
The approval of any form of powdered alcohol in Australia needs to be considered very carefully before it is allowed for sale.
24 hours with Charlie’s Cookies
Jacky Magid, owner of baked goods brand Charlie’s Cookies, runs us through a day in the life of a food manufacturing professional.
There’s more to pack integrity than meets the eye
The days of careless wrapping of packaged food and drink bound for retail are all but over, as large supermarket chains force greater liabilities on suppliers who take short cuts.
Six mistakes Australian food manufacturers are making
Michael Carp, the founder of baked goods brand Kez’s Kitchen, says local food manufacturers need to reassess their branding and product development if they’re to remain competitive and grow market share.
It’s time to innovate: SPC’s plan for the future [video]
Fruit processor SPC, will use the $100 million co-investment from the Victorian government and its owner, Coca-Cola Amatil, to make productivity and efficiency gains, and innovate in-line with consumer demands.
24 Hours with SPC Ardmona
Bronwyn Powell, Marketing and Innovation Director at Australian fruit and vegetable processor, SPC Ardmona runs us through a day in the life of a food manufacturing professional.
Let’s reap the economic benefits of local food over big farming
While Australia’s national food and agriculture debate centres on boosting production and increasing exports, our local food industry is being neglected. That’s a shame because countries such as the United States and Canada, which have explicitly prioritised local food, are now reaping the economic benefits.
What’s the best production line for your food business?
There are a few key factors to consider when upgrading or investing in a new production line. Heat and Control has some pointers to help you get started.
Putting safety first in food manufacturing
Even discussing the possibility of a product recall is enough to send shivers down the spine of a food or beverage manufacturer, but effective food safety and product recall systems are imperative for manufacturers both big and small.
Reformulation specialisation – how to successfully tweak a winning recipe
There is always a certain amount of risk involved when a company chooses to tweak a winning recipe.
10 things you didn’t know about plastics
Did you know that the word Nylon is derived from New York and London?
Why don’t we believe Australia’s fisheries are sustainable?
Worldwide, fish consumption now exceeds beef. Despite our love of fish, more than two-thirds of Australians think that our fisheries are unsustainable, a view that is strongly at odds with the scientific evidence.