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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.
Food labels are about informing choice, not some nanny state
Food labelling requirements aren’t a manifestation of the nanny state, they’re there to provide accurate, easy-to-understand information.
Will community support seal the deal on SPC’s future?
It was only a few weeks ago that the future of Australia’s last remaining fruit and vegetable processor, SPC Ardmona, was in doubt.
Can Australia win from FTAs in the Asian Century?
Australia and South Korea are entering a Free Trade Agreement, but before you think “advanced Western country gains access to a large Asian market”, think again.
Should the food industry resign from the health department too?
Furore over links between Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash’s office and industry continues with revelations that her former chief of staff is connected to the alcohol, as well as the food industry.
WA’s canola case shows GM crops are still being demonised
The risks of GM crops have been talked about for 25 years and not a single shred of reliable evidence of significant harm to environment or human health has been found.
SPC Ardmona’s bailout is crucial given China’s food safety record
In denying federal assistance to SPC Ardmona, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he wants to signal the end of the corporate “free ride”. But he should bear in mind that the consequences of leaving Australian food manufacturing by the roadside are far greater than any short-term economic agenda.
Industry winning the fight against better food labelling
Since Australia’s food and health ministers confirmed their commitment to the health star rating system, there’s been a steady trickle of food industry media aimed at undermining the scheme. And it appears to be working.