Investing in dairy

Fonterra has announced the investment of $44 million to increase production capabili­ties across its eleven produc­tion sites in Australia.

The investment initiative comes out of Fonterra’s newly formed ANZ business unit, which brings together a num­ber of Australia and New Zealand food companies to strengthen the company’s abil­ity to develop innovative prod­ucts and drive growth in the dairy sector.

Fonterra’s upgrade of pro­duction technology, equipment and processes will enable it to meet consumer demands for top quality, convenient and nutritious food.

“A main focus of Fonterra Australia and New Zealand is to drive sustainable growth in the dairy sector by developing innovative products and dif­ferentiating ourselves from our competitors,” Fonterra gener­al manager operations and sup­ply chain Bruce Donnison said.

“This involves looking at the entire supply chain and devel­oping ways to maximise our infrastructure, enhance manu­facturing capabilities, logistics and warehousing solutions, packaging formats and shelf presentation.”

Over the next year a num­ber of capital projects will be undertaken to upgrade process control systems tech­nology, maximise plant output, minimise downtime and main­tain dairy food quality and integrity.

A $17 million upgrade of the company’s Darnum Park site in Victoria has extended its production capabilities to include nutritional and infant milk powders. A new milk dryer enables the site to produce up to 6.5 tonnes of milk powder/hour and high-speed product pack­ing lines are able fill 10 tonnes of milk powder/hour.

“This is an example of build­ing production infrastructure that is efficient, flexible and meets consumer needs,” Donnison said.

“The nutritional baby food products will service the South East Asian market.”

A new milk dryer and bag­house system will be installed at Fonterra’s Cobden, Victo­ria, dairy manufacturing site in 2008. The multimillion dollar upgrade will enable the site to manufacture a wider range of high-quality, specialised milk powders.

September PCA dinner meetings

Members of the food industry in New South Wales and Victoria are invited to attend the upcoming Packaging Council of Australia’s dinner seminars.


Supermarket Wars – A Global Perspective

What can Australia expect? What should companies be doing?

International guest speaker:

Mr Andrew Seth, co-author of the highly acclaimed book Supermarket Wars and former chairman of Lever Brothers, UK, and Added Value Group.

Seth’s presentation will cover the following:

  • Retailers and brand suppliers – a partnership or a contest?
  • The global market in food retailing – who’s leading it, where and why?
  • The big issues for the consumer today and tomorrow – how are these issues changing the market?
  • How are retailers and suppliers reacting to these issues and how are these changes affecting brands and packaging manufacturers?
  • Winners and losers in the global supermarket game – who are they today and who will they be tomorrow?

Dinner details:


Date: Tuesday 25th September

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Melbourne Functions, Caulfield Racecourse

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New South Wales:

Date: Thursday 27th September

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Parramatta Leagues Club, Wentworth Room

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Top food manufacturers help the hungry

Foodbank, Australia’s largest food-relief organisation, presented four of Australia’s largest food manufactures with awards at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s annual industry dinner on September 10th, for supporting Australia’s hungry.

Nestlé received the Leadership Award for providing regular donations across a wide range of staple foods and for raising awareness on the issue of hunger.

Dairy Farmers and Fonterra both received the Innovation Award for donating more than 500 tonnes each of fresh dairy products and finding creative ways to manage the logistics of preserving and donating short-shelf life, fresh products.

Goodman Fielder Baking won the Collaboration Award for donating thousands of loaves of bread to Foodbank daily, guaranteeing fresh bread in Foodbank Warehouses.

Last year, Foodbank distributed 12 million kilograms of donated food, making more than 15 million meals every day to feed approximately 35,000 people.

According to the organisation, this would not have been possible without the donations made by its industry partners.

Endress+Hauser support education and training

A proactive initiative by Endress+Hauser to alleviate the shortage of skilled instrument technicians in the manufacturing industry has been recognised by the RMIT School of Electrotechnology in Melbourne.

John Immelman, Endress+Hauser managing director, was recently presented with a certificate of recognition by the School of Electrotechnology in appreciation of Endress+Hauser’s significant contributions in instrumentation, documentation for training materials, service and repairs, and technical instruction.

The School of Electrotechnology said Endress+Hauser’s material and non-material contributions over the last two years had benefited the School enormously, particularly the students in their practical training.

The RMIT in Melbourne is the only Australian institution offering a five-year apprenticeship course with dual trade qualifications in electrical and instrumentation.

As all Australia’s key industry verticals rely on process control instrumentation and control systems to manufacture or process their products, industry has recognised that using electricians without instrument training to maintain and repair sophisticated process controls is not cost effective.

Endress+Hauser’s, as part of its commitment to education and social development, is pleased to be associated with RMIT.

Pure water from fruit available now

Ingredients: water from fruit

Brand owner: 018 Pure Water From Fruit

Brand/product manager: Michael Sinclair

Packaging supplier: Fullview Bottle Company

Graphics package designer: Elastic Cie

Vote now on the News Barometer

Members of the food and beverage industry can have their say on pertinent issues facing the industry through voting on the FOOD website’s News Barometer.

Updated weekly, the results of the barometer will shape editorial in the magazine and on the website, highlighting key industry trends, developments and the opinions of those that are affected by such issues.

Click here to have your say.

Innovative, functional chocolate

Functional chocolate suppliers, HERZA Schokolade, has launched a new range of small chocolate pieces and compounds including small pieces of aerated chocolate and two-colour chocolate drops, available as chocolate pieces or compounds, ideal for ice cream, frozen gateaux or breakfast cereals.

An important area of HERZA’s range is chocolate pieces fortified with bioactive substances such as vitamins, dietary fibres, omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients.

A large number of chocolate articles can also be ordered with sugar replacements or reduced sugar content and the whole range is available in organic and Fair Trade quality.

When creating exclusive new specialities such as the chocolate pieces fortified with bioactive substances, the company benefits from interdisciplinary cooperation within the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, a supplier of innovative ingredients.

HERZA also benefits from collaborating with Hydrosol, specialists in stabilising and emulsifying systems, and DeutscheBack, experts in individually developed functional systems, baking premixes and baking concentrates.

Novel processing techniques

HERZA has set itself the task of using familiar ingredients to develop products that meet the most sophisticated requirements in terms of appearance, melt, bite and flavour.

A roasting technique involving the careful selection and combination of cocoa beans, gentle roasting, and long conching times results in the characteristic, intensive cocoa flavour of HERZA’s chocolate.

Food Ingredients Europe

At Food Ingredients Europe, from 31 October to 1 November in London, HERZA will be presenting its new range of products.

Grinders’ new grind

Ingredients: coffee

Brand owner: Grinders Coffee (Coca-Cola Amatil)

Brand/product manager: James Hondrakis, Giuseppe Cianchi

Packaging supplier: Goglio, Jet Technologies

Graphics package designer: James Philip Design

Food Safety Conference update

Food safety experts from Australia, New Zealand and around the world will meet in Sydney to discuss the future of food at the second Food Safety Conference from 19th to 21st September, 2007.

The conference, held in the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, will feature international and Australian experts from industry, consumer organisations and government who will examine the latest developments and challenges in food safety.

In particular, the way ‘future foods’ will affect consumers, manufacturers and regulators in the international arena will be discussed.

According to the NSW Food Authority the conference is timely as food safety is a major international issue both for emerging and major economies as the industry faces changes in technology and increased consumer demand for foods that are convenient, safe and healthy.

Speakers at the conference will include:

  • Dr John O’Brien, CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Dr Gerry Moy of the World Health Organisation
  • Dr Andrew McKenzie, executive director of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority

Australia and New Zealand speakers will include:

  • Dr Rebecca Huntley, the author of ‘The World According to Y’
  • Mr Peter Kell, CEO of CHOICE
  • Dr Bruce Lee, director of CSIRO’s Australia’s Food Futures Flagship
  • Mr Robert Kerr, commissioner with the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

The conference will include a series of master classes that will run concurrently on Wednesday, 19th September 2007, including:

  • Beyond Groundhog Day, facilitated by the ABC’s Julie McCrossin
  • Food Allergy — a fact of life, organised by Anaphylaxis Australia Industry
  • Labelling, organised by the Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • Standardisation, organised by Standards Australia
  • Dietary Modelling, run by FSANZ

Click here to register or to view the full program.

Bewitching wine

Brand owner: Jon Heslop

Brand/product manager: Richard Abraham

Packaging supplier: Plasdene Glass-pak (bottles), Quantum Trading (cartons)

Graphics package designer: Kim Heslop

New belgian chocolate range

Ingredients: Belgian Milk: sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, lactose, emulsifier, flavour

Brand owner: Coles

Brand/product manager: Natalee Chiodo

Packaging supplier: Dender Print, Belgium

Graphics package designer: Elmwood Design

Mount Franklin goes pink for charity

Ingredients: mineral water

Brand owner: Coca-Cola Amatil

Brand/product manager: Joanne Pitsikas

Packaging supplier: Labelmakers, Visy

Graphics package designer: Carpe Diem

FoodWorks reveals future strategies

FoodWorks has announced its current and forecasted plans to achieving ambitious targets in the next two to three years, with plans to launch new and/or redevelop three hundred stores within the network and introduce one hundred and fifty ‘new generation’ entrepreneurial retailers in the coming years.

According to the company, successful internal capital raising that exceeded targets of $10 million and its powerful entry into Western Australia, with the opening of twenty six stores, is evidence of an independent supermarkets revival.

FoodWorks has identified nine hundred potential new sites nationwide and plans to secure a significant number of these with purpose-built ‘perfect stores’ and fill them with ‘new generation’ retailers.

FoodWorks is striving to create the ‘perfect store’ by drawing on key attributes of past and current stores and conducting extensive research on its international peers, analysing the ideal design and store layout for particular demographics, geographics and store sizes.

The first of FoodWorks’ ‘perfect stores’ is currently being constructed in Casterton, regional Victoria, with the opening planned for March next year.

Another important growth initiative for the company is a new strategic focus marketing of the brand aimed at positioning FoodWorks at the top of consumers’ minds.

While FoodWorks is concentrating on growing nationally, increasing brand presence in New South Wales and Western Australia is a priority.

Cartons for eco bananas

Eco-Punnet is the latest innovation in banana packaging — a product-specific packaging solution, created by Pacific Coast Eco Bananas (PCEB), an Australian owned family business run by Frank and Dianne Sciacca, and Amcor.

The packaging needed to adequately represent PCEB’s new style of banana (identifiable by its colourful wax tip) that tastes better, is more visually-appealing and is grown with significantly reduced inputs of fertilisers and chemicals.

The banana punnets needed to be as environmentally-friendly as the fruit, as well as have a strong visual appeal.

Eco-Punnet complies with retailers’ guidelines on desired banana sizes and non-clustered fruit.

The patented Eco-Punnet is a family of revolutionary packaging solutions that facilitates the packing of four or six individual premium bananas.

The Eco-Punnet is made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.

It offers enhanced ripening, greater protection and presents to the consumer as an attractive and informative retail pack.

The construction eliminates the need for plastic inserts and wraps, as well as waxed corrugated shippers, benefiting both the environment and cost efficiencies.

It accommodates bananas of varying size, features a spring mechanism to hold the fruit in place, has sufficient strength to dramatically reduce the outer transport packaging and provides the marketing platform to promote Eco-Bananas point of difference to consumers.

When the project began it was not certain that single banana packing could be mechanised so completion of this project represents significant innovation.

ConBiz early bird registration extended

The deadline for theConBiz 2007 early bird registration for NSW Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia (CMA) members has been extended to Wednesday, September 12.

ConBiz 2007 will be held from the 18 to 20 October at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, South Kingscliff, NSW.

Seminars will cover the following areas:

  • An overview of the Australasian and global economies.
  • Smart and sustainable manufacturing futures for the confectionery supply chain.
  • The role of school canteens and creating a healthier society.
  • Private equity.
  • Managed innovation.
  • The art of business.

CMA Members wishing to attend the Family Business Australia (FBA) and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) workshops on October 20 are encouraged to register immediately as there are only a limited number of places available.

The FBA workshop will focus on family business best practice and the bottom line, and the AIM workshop will focus on the management of mature workers.

ConBiz 2007 is open to all CMA members as well as manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in the confectionery industry and members of the media and the trade press.

Click here for more information or to register.

Food safety seminars

Advancing Food Safety (AFS) is running a breakfast seminar series, offering busy professionals the latest industry information and networking opportunities within the agri-food industry.

A seminar in September, Food Safety Audit Outcomes — Have You Had a Dilemma?, will address what a business can do in various situations, as well as identify what a company’s role and responsibilities are in terms of regulatory requirements under the Food Standards Code and other food safety programs.

Australian coffee expands overseas presence

Gloria Jean’s Coffees has developed a new global supply chain to ensure more efficient delivery to its growing network of 765 stores in 26 international markets.

The company has been working with supply chain management consultants Logiworx to develop the new global supply chain which will be managed by logistics provider, Kuehne and Nagel.

Expanding the company’s Castle Hill, Sydney, base, Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ new supply chain will incorporate a new warehouse in Alexandria, Sydney, with plans to open three more major regional distribution centres across the globe.

Kuehne and Nagel will manage warehouse distribution centres in Sydney, Rotterdam, Jebel Ali (UAE) and Singapore to distribute supplies to stores worldwide.

According to company, the new supply chain will dramatically increase efficiencies for the company, enabling it to implement its global expansion plans.

In the last year, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has grown their in store numbers by over 22% in Australia and by over 82%internationally.

The global supply chain strategy will roll out progressively over the next year.

Strengthening trade opportunities with Japan

In an effort to boost export opportunities for Australian manufacturers with Japan, the Japanese Government is funding an informative free seminar run by Austrade, the Australian Government’s export development agency, on October 3 in Sydney.

According to Austrade, local governments in regional Japan are implementing strategies to assist investment and welcome trade.

A keynote speaker at the seminar will be former Australian businessman Simon Robinson, who currently oversees a thriving resort condominium and property development firm in the ski fields of Hokkaido, and will have completed over 120 apartments and houses in the Niseko area by the end of this year.

Mr Robinson said land in many Japanese locations is more afforable and has higher returns than anywhere else in the world.

He has observed that as infrastructure investment in Japan increases, it brings with it opportunities for Australia as many Japanese businesses find it less expensive to bring in exports from Australia than to source from local distributors.

Click here for more information.

Call for editorial submissions

Have you got an exciting new product or innovative processing technique that you want to share with others in the food and beverage industry?

FOOD Magazine invites food manufacturers and processors to submit editorial for the magazine and the FOOD website, highlighting the novel developments at your company that are contributing to the growth of both your business and the Australian food and beverage sector at large.

Food scientists and packaging manufacturers are also encouraged to contribute editorial that will be of benefit to others in the industry, including new trends and technological advances.

November FOOD Magazine

The November issue will focus on the New Zealand food industry and food safety issues.

NZ manufacturers or companies implementing novel, or efficient food safety practises are invited to submit editorial.

New products

FOOD Magazine also invites machinery suppliers to send in new product information for each of the magazine’s sections including Ingredients, Packaging, Processing and Safety.

In November, there will be a focus on equipment that enhances the health and safety standards of food premises, workers and food products.


The deadline for November editorial is Tuesday 2nd October.

All editorial and new product information should include a high resolution, colour image that is at least 118 pixels/cm or 300dpi at postcard size.

Material can be sent to editor of FOOD Magazine.

New distributor for Lincoln Foodservice

The Comcater Group, an importer and distributor of commercial foodservice equipment, has announced its appointment as Australian distributor for Lincoln Foodservice from December 2007.

Lincoln Foodservice designs, manufactures and markets commercial and institutional foodservice cooking equipment, serving systems and utensils.

Comcater hopes to grow Lincoln Foodservice’s Australian-market penetration.