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‘Light’ wine: good for your waistline or just producers’ bottom line?
Dieters can now have their wine and drink it, guilt-free and minus the hangover. That’s the promise of so-called “light” or low-alcohol, low-calorie wines. But these wines are not considerably lighter and may actually push people toward drinking more.
Everything but the squeal: researchers steak claim with beef patent
How times have changed: agricultural businesses in the US and Australia no longer rely on cheap labour, economies of scale, and the absence of regulation. Instead they are turning to patent protection, in ways that might amuse, bewilder or horrify some observers.
Salt reduction a bitter challenge
In the wake of Australia’s health conscious consumer, food manufacturers are having to address sodium reduction in their recipes, but this isn’t as you might think.
Coles’ milk deal gives supermarket suppliers a reason to be sour
A couple of years ago, milk was at the vanguard of the relaunch of private labels by the major supermarket chains. Now, it might be surfing the wave of the next big change
Times are changing for drink makers
Soft drinks are some of the most popular and most talked about beverages on the market, but despite their dominance innovation in the sector is starting to stall.
Can Australia really feed Asia?
While this renewed interest in the potential of Australian agriculture is welcome, how realistic are calls to double or quadruple Australia’s food production?
Securing the safety of genetic modification
A growing number of genetically modified crops are now based on intentionally changing RNA. However this new technology may prove to be risky business.
Parasites and imports – a sticky situation for Australian honey producers
The threat of varroa mite, transshipping and an ageing industry are all posing as major hurdles for the Australian Beekeeping industry.
Sweet news: No evidence that artificial sweetener aspartame’s bad for you
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation Chris Forbes takes to task the myths on artificial sweeteners.
24 hours with M&J Chickens
Food magazine recently launched its Industry Map, where we ask food manufacturing professionals to shed light on the trials and tribulations of their work. Here, Harry Souris, national operations manager at M&J Chickens, discusses poultry and growing a family owned business.
Private labels debate: should we get over it?
The debate over private labels at grocery stores rages on but one beverage industry veteran, Peter Brooks, has told grocery manufacturers bemoaning the rise of private labels to ‘get over it’.
Australian Goat Exports Surge [Infographic]
With the focus of Australian meat on beef, lamb and pork, its good to take note of the other livestock markets growing in Australia. With a surge of 12% in the last year, goat meat could be another rising star of Australian agriculture.
The future of meat is not meat says Bill Gates
If technologist and uber-philanthropist billionaire Bill Gates has his way, we will all be eating meat substitutes in the near future. But the jury is still out on whether the mainstream accept hi-tech foods as readily as we have smartphones.
Reducing methane from dairy cows: it’s all in the oil
The Carbon Farming Initiative is about to provide incentives for dairy farmers to reduce emissions from their milking cows. Emissions will be reduced by changing the cows’ diet. The proposed new methodology…
Living to tell the tail: how and why Australia survived the horse meat scandal
The horse meat scandal was devastating for a number of international brands, forced to pull their products from the shelves and deal with the subsequent loss in consumer confidence. Australia stands unscathed from the whole incident. How? And why?
Is “Brogurt” the next big thing in dairy?
Is the world ready for male-focused yoghurt brands? At least one company in the US thinks so, so when will we see this marketing strategy come to Australia?
24 hours with Masterol Foods
Here, Nathan Cater, managing director at Masterol Foods, which manufactures and distributes vegetable oils, processing aids and ingredients, takes our Q&A.
Coke chokes the NT container deposit scheme
NT’s container deposit legislation scheme is hardly going to make a dent in CCA’s profits and the company knows it. The legal case against the scheme is more about sending a message to other Australian states that may be considering a similar scheme.
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Food mag awards in focus: Prepared Foods
The Food Magazine awards will return in 2013 and with entries closing on 24 April, now’s your chance to have your product recognised by industry peers!