A daily shot of potent antioxidants

With their unique nutritious properties, super fruits are becoming the fruit of the 21st Century, and Vitality Brands is leading the way with Well Naturally ‘AntiOx Shots’ – a new super fruit juice blend that contains the recommended daily dose of potent antioxidants.

A refreshing, tasty juice in a convenient 90ml shot bottle, AntiOx Shots contain Mangosteen and Pomegranate – nature’s super fruits, both valued for their high concentration of natural plant antioxidants that may help boost and protect the body’s immune system.

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit with an exquisite flavour, known throughout Asia as the ‘queen of fruits’ – and is as common in Thailand as an apple is in Australia! AntiOx Shots also include Mangosteen rind, where 95% of its antioxidants are found.

Pomegranate is an ancient fruit dating back to 1000 years BC, and is an abundant source of antioxidants responsible for reducing stress in the body. A glass of its juice is believed to have enough folic acid to provide 100% of adult’s daily requirements, and has also been linked to improved heart health.

Antioxidants are particularly important for good health in today’s busy world, as they neutralise roving molecules called free radicals to counteract their effect on the body. Free radicals are molecules with lots of energy, thought to initiate cancers like prostate, lung, breast and liver, as well as heart disease and immunological disorders, and are caused by factors like stress and pollution.

The antioxidant potential of a product can be determined by its ORAC score, or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. An ideal daily ORAC intake is between 3,000 and 4,000 units per day, and analysis has shown that one AntiOx Shot has an ORAC score of 3,600 units!

One daily AntiOx Shot contains the ORAC value of the combined quantity of approximately: 40g red grapes + 1 banana + 1 tomato + 40g broccoli + 40g rockmelon + 1 carrot!

An AntiOx Shot a day helps you achieve your daily high dose of antioxidants to counteract the effects of free radicals and maintain a healthy body.

AntiOx Shots are sold at Woolworths supermarkets nationally in 3-bottle packs, at an affordable RRP of $5.95. It is a shelf-stable product, but is best served chilled.

For more information contact:

Vitality Brands



Improved flameproof safety mixers

Mixquip, a division of Teralba Industries Pty, has been involved in the manufacture of Fluid Mixing equipment for over 30 years.

Mixquip Clamp-on agitators are now being fitted with improved safety and flameproof motors as part of their extensive range of mixing equipment.

These quality Australian made mixers can be used to blend and mix any liquids of viscosities up 15,000 cPs. They can be simply fitted to all open top tanks up to 8,000 litres and relocated to additional vessels. For ease of use, they include swivel joint assembly allowing shaft angle adjustment to be varied by up to 30o in two planes obtaining optimum mixing position.

Mixquip Clamp-on mixers have all Stainless Steel wetted parts and have been successfully installed into many and varied applications which include food, dairy, meat process, beverage, wine, soft drink, juice and now extending to dangerous substances such as alcohol, ethanol and other potentially flammable products which require mixing.

For further information contact:


02 4626 5000


Printers at FoodPro

With traceability a hot topic in the food industry, accurate date and batch number marking on food packaging is vital. Visy Technology Systems, which develops solutions for product marking and coding applications, will showcase the Hitachi PXR-P (P), a new ink jet marking machine at FoodPro 2008.

This machine can handle white pigment inks for a high-contrast print onto dark packaging materials. In the past this has been a challenge for manufacturers as traditionally ink jet printer inks are mostly black.

Visy also will be demonstrating a unique ink jet printer and ink suitable for printing detailed graphics and words directly onto baked food items. The display will be a cooperative effort between Visy Technology Systems and Edible Advertising Pty Ltd. This technology can be use to apply custom-designed graphics for pie tops, breads and other specialty pastry items.

The new 3138-N model Label-Aire labeller, designed to print then apply a barcode label to adjoining panels of finished goods, will also be on show. Supply chain requirements recommend adjoining panel barcode label presentation and this DAT (Dual Action Tamp) machine can achieve this without the need for two label machines on the line.

See Visy’s new labelling solutions at stand 5010 at FoodPro 2008, which runs from Monday 21 July to Thursday 24 July, 2008, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information contact:

Peter Petherick

Group Exhibition Manager

03 8420 5402




Mercure launches first ever specialist Queensland wine list

For the first time ever, a major hotel group is taking Queensland wines seriously, with the launch last week of the “Grands Vins Mercure” wine list, showcasing some of the State’s most attractive wines.

The new Queensland Grands Vins selection is available at Mercure hotels in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns, giving visitors a true taste of the Sunshine State.

Wines come from a number of boutique wineries in the Stanthorpe region, recognised as Queensland’s premier wine area, as well as from the emerging South Burnett region.

White wine varieties such as verdelho, chardonnay and semillon-sauvignon blanc blends predominate, but red varieties including merlot, petit verdot and shiraz are also represented.

Accor Regional General Manager Queensland, Neil Scanlan, said that the launch of the Queensland wine list was not only significant for the Queensland wine industry, but also for Queensland tourism.

“Queensland wine has improved dramatically, but there is still reluctance by most hotels and restaurants to fully represent the State’s wine produce,” he said.

“When visitors come to Queensland they want to get an appreciation of the destination in many ways, but particularly via its wine and food, and Mercure is committed to providing guests with a real taste of the State, even if they don’t get the opportunity to visit the wineries.

“Mercure hotels have always positioned themselves as the ‘keys to the region’, providing an authentic taste of the city or the region in which they operate, so the Grands Vins selection is a perfect addition to the brand’s offering.

“What is really important with the Grands Vins wine list is the pricing. We want to dispel the myth that good wine is only associated with high-end restaurants and high-end prices. Mercure’s Grands Vins shows it is possible to enjoy great wines – many from smaller vineyards – at very attractive prices, by both the glass and by the bottle.”

The launch of the Queensland Grands Vins list is part of a national roll-out of the concept, with State-based lists prepared for NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Internationally, Mercure has been offering Grands Vins selections in Europe and South America for over 20 years.

The Grands Vins wine list is designed to make wine selection easier, grouping wines in particular styles to help guests choose the most suitable wine for every occasion and for every dish, while introducing wines from a range of distinctive wineries that guests might not otherwise have a chance to experience.

Every wine offered has been selected by an expert tasting panel comprising sommeliers, wine connoisseurs and food and beverage professionals, and, importantly, final judging was conducted with appropriate food courses to ensure the wines are “food friendly”. Some 80% of wine sold at Mercure hotels is consumed with food, so compatibility with food was a major judging criteria.

The Grands Vins Mercure wine list has been designed to be simple and accessible for guests, providing four main styles to choose from:

  • FRESH AND TASTY – these are attractive, expressive and slightly fresh wines that retain the flavour of fresh grapes and are easily distinguishable by their nose and mouth feel;
  • FRUITY AND LIGHT – wines that are readily enjoyable, lively, simple and pleasing to the palate;
  • BALANCED AND ELEGANT – wines with a harmonious nature that develop subtle flavours, delicate and refined;
  • SPICY AND FULL-BODIED – wines with more character, more complex and powerful.

The Mercure Grands Vins regional lists complement each hotel’s standard wine list, which together provide a comprehensive range of Australian wines. Mercure Grands Vins was first introduced in France in 1983, and the programme celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Grands Vins lists are available in 20 countries around the world.


Pitango’s new fare – a breath of fresh air

New Zealand’s fresh organic food company Pitango has unveiled the world’s first carbon neutral meals in a move that’s sure to delight the tastebuds as much as satisfy the environmental conscience.

Pitango, recipient of the 2007 OANZ Organic Exporter of the Year Award and ranked #37 of the Deloitte Fast 50, was established in 2000 by passionate entrepreneurs Ofer and Yasmin Shenhav. The pair had a vision to create fresh, organic and healthy meals that stand the test – and the taste – of time.

That vision is already paying big dividends with Pitango’s existing range of organic soups and natural dips distributed around New Zealand and throughout Asia, North America and Australia. In fact, Pitango is the nation’s number one fresh soup manufacturer, accounting for an impressive 38.5% of the market.

Not the sort of people to rest on their laurels, the Shenhavs have now combined their focus on sustainability and their proven culinary skills to create a brand new range of rich Risottos and delectable Curries that provide convenient yet premium solutions for today’s busy lifestyles and lead the world in carbon neutral performance.

“We felt very strongly about identifying opportunities to pioneer planet-friendly food preparation practices that delivered beautiful and natural meals without compromising our global sustainability values,” says Yasmin.

“We have been so incredibly blessed by the success and popularity of Pitango’s existing range and believed we could do more as a company to lead the world in terms of reducing emissions and ensuring a healthier, safer and cleaner planet today and for the future.”

That belief is now a reality with Pitango teaming up with carboNZero™ to become the world’s first carbon neutral fresh food manufacturer. The carboNZero™ programme is managed by LandCare Research NZ and encourages and supports individuals and organisations to minimise their impact on climate change by providing them with tools to measure, manage and mitigate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

According to carboNZero™ spokesperson Ann Smith, Pitango’s commitment to the programme was never in question, despite a lengthy certification process.

“Becoming certified is certainly not easy but Ofer and Yasmin were 100% behind the move and they have now shown others that creation of premium products that deliver on consumers’ growing concerns about the environment is not only possible, but also realistic.

“Together we have identified Pitango’s current emissions, created all-new strategies for minimising those emissions and then developed a solution to offset those through the purchase of carbon credits in New Zealand – keeping the benefits local while making a global statement.”

Pitango’s new carboNZero™ gourmet range includes:

Risotto: – Pitango Organic Pumpkin, Leek and Spinach Risotto with Parmesan

– Pitango Organic Chicken and Garlic Risotto with Red Capsicum and Wine

– Pitango Organic Feta and Tomato Risotto with Basil

Curry: – Pitango Organic Lamb and Pumpkin Curry

– Pitango Free Range Butter Chicken Curry

– Pitango Organic Vegetable Korma Curry

– Pitango Free Range Red Thai Chicken Curry

– Pitango Organic Moroccan Vegetable Tagine with Chickpeas and Raisins

Porridge: – Pitango Organic Blueberry, Cream and Vanilla Porridge

– Pitango Organic Honey, Apricot and Sultana Porridge.

Each of the new meals is ready to heat and serve, providing delicious, convenient options for today’s busy lifestyles.

Already proven exceptionally popular in early supermarket trials, the brand new range will be released with a full roll out across the country very shortly.

There is little doubt that consumers will take full advantage of Pitango’s innovative approach to fresh food – after all, there’s nothing like satisfying your hunger for fine cuisine, and minimising your carbon footprint. Healthy eating never felt so good.

For more information contact:

Yasmin Shenhav

Pitango Innovative Cuisine Marketing Director



Salinity still looms over rural Australia

The environmental debate may have shifted but Australia still cannot afford to overlook the threat of salinity.

Future Farm Industries CRC (FFI CRC) CEO Kevin Goss told the Second International Salinity Forum Science Brief in Adelaide today that recent drought conditions had taken the spotlight off salinity.

“Concerns about water over-allocation and the onset of climate change have become a priority for government policy makers, but the plight of farmers and rural communities immediately affected by dryland salinity should not be overlooked,” Goss said.

“There is already two million hectares of farmland affected by salinity which has caused major productivity and habitat losses, and which threaten extinction of about 300 plant and animal species.

“The amount of land subjected to salinity could possibly double if investment into research and adoption of water efficient farming systems is wound down or discontinued.”

He said that while earlier predictions regarding the extent of salinity were exaggerated, 30 years of media campaigns, training programs and extension initiatives to reduced salinity had proved largely ineffective.

“But I was pleased to see in 2007 all State Governments adopt a set of new salinity management investment principles that guided them to more targeted and effective application of public funds.

“However, I am yet to see any evidence that they are being followed except in regional trials in the North Central Catchment Management Authority of Victoria and the South Coast Natural Resource Management Group within WA that are working with FFI CRC.”

He said research into salt-affected land, such as that done by the former CRC for the Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity (CRC Salinity), had already come up with new ways to be productive and reduce environmental impacts.

“Much of the research done to reduce the impacts of salinity, particularly the use of more drought tolerant perennial plants, can be applied to more productive and sustainable farming systems.

“In other words, much of the dryland salinity mitigation research done by CRC Salinity can now be used to help farmers remain productive in a drying climate while still providing them a salinity benefit.

“For example, saltbush and other perennial plants that remain green throughout the year can provide an additional source of fodder during the drier months or in periods of drought.

“In higher rainfall areas these plants can increase farm productivities by 50% through efficient use of rainfall and groundwater.”

To find out more information about the conference, visit:



7.5 million Australians do it every day..

According to the results of a Newspoll survey* released today, 7.5 million Australians are drinking enough instant coffee each day to fill one and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The survey commissioned by Riva Classic coffee found that 15 million cups of instant coffee are consumed across Australia each day. The survey also found three-in-four people enjoy drinking their daily instant coffee before 9am.

In a state-by-state comparison of daily instant coffee drinkers, NSW, SA and TAS (combined) topped the charts with 76% of people enjoying their ‘morning mojo’ before 9am. While Victorians and Queenslanders are just behind at 68%.

The reason behind this trendy morning ritual is all in the flavour. The Riva Classic Newspoll survey found that three-in-four enjoy instant coffee because of the taste.

This comes as no surprise to Riva. Since 2002 Riva has conducted research to identify Australian coffee palate characteristics and found that Australians prefer a smoother cup of instant coffee.

Australia’s laid back attitude has transcended to the palate but it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Riva Classic coffee has just been reformulated with a lighter roast to respond to the Australian preference for a smoother, softer blend which is still richly flavoured. It is now a more mellow formulation to bring the best of Brazil blended for the Australian palate.

Other Riva Classic coffee survey findings:

– Men (21%) are a little more likely to drink instant coffee three or more times a day, compared to women (16%).

– Those aged 18-34 (66%) are more likely to enjoy drinking instant coffee as a ‘pick me up’, compared to people aged 35+ (46%).

– Those aged 18-34 (27%) are more likely to enjoy drinking instant coffee to help them concentrate, compared to people aged 35+ (15%).

* This Newspoll survey was conducted by telephone in January 2008 among a representative sample of 1202 respondents aged 18 years and over nationally.

For further information contact:

Jessica Somers Edelman

02 9291 3359


Beth McCorkindale


02 9291 3354



New range for light yoghurt lovers

Being health conscious no longer has to mean sacrificing all tasty food for bland, artificially flavoured, high-sugar alternatives.

Responding to the eternal dieters’ dilemmas, Dairy Farmers this week launches Thick & Creamy Light yoghurt – a delicious range of yoghurts with a full, creamy texture that are 99% fat free and contain 60% less sugar than previous products.

The unique, home-style yoghurt formulation, which is made using Dairy Farmers’ award-winning milk, is guaranteed to delight tastebuds and inner nutritionist alike.

According to Dairy Farmers’ General Manager of Marketing and Innovation, John Wardley, the arrival of Thick & Creamy Light represented a particularly exciting development for consumers.

“Consumers are increasingly conscious about their health and they are also more discerning. They refuse to compromise on taste, texture and quality just to eat healthier,” Wardley said.

“The arrival of Thick & Creamy Light means consumers no longer need to trade off taste with health attributes.”

Thick & Creamy Light is an extension of Dairy Farmers’ Thick & Creamy yoghurt brand, whose secret lies in the unique production method, which is gentler on cultures than traditional yoghurt-making techniques.

Using this tried and trusted recipe, Dairy Farmers has produced a diet range that is a welcome addition to the dieter’s toolbox amid growing concerns around obesity and diabetes.

“We were literally overwhelmed by the consumer response to our Thick & Creamy range last year. Our consumer call centre was flooded with phone calls from everyday Australians congratulating Dairy Farmers on discovering what has traditionally been the Holy Grail of yoghurt making – a healthy product that doesn’t compromise on taste or texture,” said Wardley.

“We are anticipating another strong response from consumers when Thick & Creamy Light hits the nation’s supermarkets this week. The product scored exceptionally well in consumer research when compared to other diet yoghurt products on the market.

“And, it has all the attributes consumers expect from Dairy Farmers’ products – great taste, made from high quality Aussie milk, in innovative packaging to stand out on shelf.”

Thick & Creamy Light can be purchased in single serve 170g cups, ideal for consumers on the go or as a breakfast snack. It also comes in 550g tubs to keep at home. It is available in the following flavours:

· Field Strawberries

· Country Vanilla Cream

· Vine Passionfruit

· Country Fruit Salad

In addition to the new Light range, the original Thick & Creamy is available in low-fat and regular varieties, in a range of additional flavours including Citrus Cheesecake and Orchard Peaches and Mangos.

For more information contact:

Anneliis Allen

Dairy Farmers Corporate Affairs



Celebrating 40 years of forklift sales in Australia

Counter-balance forklift truck supplier, Toyota Material Handling, will this month celebrate its 40th anniversary of sales in Australia.

Toyota sold its first forklift truck in Australia in April 1968, and Toyota Material Handling now sells over 6000 units a year in Australia. It has led the national counter-balance forklift truck market uninterrupted for 21 years.

Toyota is the world’s leading materials handling brand, with more than 50 years’ experience in forklift trucks. The corporation launched its first commercial forklift model, the Toyota Forklift LA, in Japan in March 1956. Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) is now the world’s largest manufacturer of materials handling equipment

. An industry-leading commitment to research and development has allowed TICO to unveil new products and services every year since 1956.

Toyota began forklift truck exports in 1958 and sold its first forklift in Australia in 1968. The president of Toyota Material Handling Australia, Steve Harper, said the 40-year anniversary of sales in Australia was an important milestone in both the history of Toyota forklift trucks and the development of TMHA as a business.

“From the very start, Toyota forklift machines have reflected the vision and ingenuity of Toyota people and their drive to put the customer first,” he said.

“Success really is about putting the customer first. That was a key factor when Toyota commenced forklift truck sales in Australia in 1968 and applies equally well today.

“Toyota thinks about the needs of any manufacturing or warehousing operation, how to help it improve productivity and how to optimise conditions so forklift operators are comfortable and efficient. These issues are at the heart of what Toyota does as a forklift manufacturer. We would not be the company we are today without our focus on the end-user,” Harper said.

“The Toyota way of working and thinking is critical in this process. The company is admired the world over for the Toyota Production System, which inspires team members to optimise quality, constantly improve processes and eliminate natural waste.

“Without the ongoing loyalty of our customers, we would not be where we are today,” said Harper. “TMHA looks forward to its 50th anniversary of sales in Australia in 2018, as well as delivering ever-stronger solutions to industry.”

Toyota Material Handling Milestones

1956 : Toyota Industrial Equipment production begins in Japan

1958 : First export of Toyota forklifts from Japan

1968 : First Toyota forklift imported into Australia

1985 : 500,000th Toyota forklift produced

1995 : One millionth Toyota forklift produced

1996: 25,000th Toyota forklift sold into Australia

1997 : Sales of Toyota forklifts exceed US$1,092 million

1999 : Toyota’s worldwide sales and supply network covers 169 countries and 699 Dealers

1999 : 30,000th Toyota forklift sold into Australia

1999 : Toyota in Australia wins National Occupational Health and Safety “Solutions Award” for its swing-down gas bottle bracket

2000 : 1.3 millionth Toyota forklift produced

2000 : Toyota acquires both BT Industries, manufacturer of BT Lift Trucks, and Raymond forklifts

2001 : Toyota combines all its lift truck operations in a single business area called Toyota Material Handling

2003 : Toyota’s worldwide sales and supply network covers 170 countries, 80 distributors and 675 sales outlets

2003 : Toyota Industries Corporation Australia Pty Ltd (TICA) established in Australia to distribute and sell Toyota Industrial Equipment

2004 : Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) wins TICO’s 2004 Global Excellence Award

2005 : Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) becomes authorised distributor of Raymond forklifts

2006 : Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) integrates the BT range of warehouse forklifts, thereby giving its customer base the most comprehensive range of products in the industry

2006 : Toyota 8-Series 1.0 – 3.5 tonne forklift released in Australia

2007 : Toyota retains its position as the world’s largest supplier of forklifts, according to industry magazine Logistik Journal. Toyota tops the magazine’s World’s Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers list with US$8.814 billion in worldwide forklift sales in 2006 and worldwide sales of 190,000 units.

2007 : Toyota Industries Corporation Australia (TICA) changes its name to become Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA).

2007 : Toyota celebrates market leadership in the Australian counter-balance forklift market for 21 consecutive years.

2008 : Toyota Material Handling celebrates 40 years of retailing the Toyota Industrial Equipment brand of products within Australia.

For further information contact visit www.toyotamaterialhandling.com.au

Feature on QLD industry

FOOD Magazine invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its QLD industry feature in the May 2008 issue.

This feature will cover the latest trends and developments in the QLD manufacturing sector. Editorial will include coverage of the latest equipment, industry success stories and innovations.

To submit an article, propose a story idea, or send in details email: food@reedbusiness.com.au.

Submitted images should be high-resolution and in jpg format. The editorial deadline is Monday, 14 April 2008.

Feature on Beverages

FOOD Magazine invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Beverages feature in the May 2008 issue.

This feature will cover the latest trends and developments in the Beverage industry. Editorial will include coverage of the latest equipment, industry success stories and innovations in ingredients and processing.

To submit an article, propose a story idea, or send in details email: food@reedbusiness.com.au.

Submitted images should be high-resolution and in jpg format. The editorial deadline is Monday, 14 April 2008.

Efficient chilling system for food processors

Virtually every sector of the food processing industry requires a controlled rate of cooling at one time or another.

Often the solution implemented is vat-style cooling or freezing, which although effective can create a bottleneck in an otherwise fluent system and even create double handling.

Materials handling specialist Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd has overcome this problem by combining consistent product movement with the temperature-controlled vat environment.

Spiral Chillers convey products that require a precise rate of temperature drop. This is achieved by using a tailor-made system from most materials including food grade stainless steel (the latter specifically for applications in the food and beverage industries).

By conveying product in spiral configurations within a temperature-controlled environment, this solution provides a logical cooling and setting function in the food manufacture and processing industry or any general engineering application.

Spiral Chillers allow an extremely efficient use of vertical space without sacrificing horizontal travel length or speeds.

In addition, the equipment can be used to hygienically and quickly transfer product between floors using only a small amount of floor space.

Its ability to operate across a very wide temperature band ensures that it performs exceptionally well carrying product in chilling and/or freezing processes – anything from a controlled, gradual temperature drop through to a sudden blast freeze.

This spiral conveyor is compact, reliable and has an applicability and efficiency in almost every food industry process including baking, glazing, cooling, setting, defrosting, dairy, dehumidifying, chilling and freezing. Facilitating continuous product flow, Spiral Chillers allow precise set-up of travel speeds so that each unit of product arrives at the appropriate manufacturing process at exactly the right temperature and physical condition.

This travel speed is set in relation to temperature-controlled drying and cooling times, so effectively a company does not have to specifically store product on shelving or massive bench tops while waiting for the curing process to complete.

Operating environments can be in temperatures as low as -40ºC. It also works efficiently across the entire humidity spectrum – from completely saturated environment to that of low humidity. When required, stainless units can be given hygienic wash downs.

Designed to carry product between floors and machines, Industrial Conveying’s Spiral Chillers have a controlled slope for smooth transfer, are designed to suit individual products, can be assembled on site, can be gravity or powered systems, and are ideal for inline accumulation.

Modular in design, the system is quickly and easily installed regardless of the shape and size of premises.

Units can join together for long holding time if the application requires this. At all times a first-in first-out configuration is possible. This allows different product to run at different speeds for different running times.

The Spiral Chillers allow precise set-up of travel speeds so that each unit of product arrives at the appropriate manufacturing process at exactly the right temperature and physical condition.

If required, stainless units can be fitted to achieve hygienic wash downs.

For more information contact:

Don Erskine

Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd General Manager

03 5440 5100



Eumundi Food Fest 2008

Foodies on the Sunshine Coast are advised to put Sunday 13 July in their dairy as the date for the 2008 Eumundi Food Fest. The annual event (now in its sixth year) brings together local producers, growers, chefs, restaurateurs, entertainers and food lovers with a host of activities and entertainment throughout the day.

Eumundi Food Fest Coordinator Wendy Birrell says Eumundi’s village atmosphere is the ideal setting for an event that has become a “must do” for those with an appreciation of fresh and fabulous food.

“The Tucker Tent is the main hub of the Food Fest, it will be the place to enjoy all sorts of foodie fun – with cooking presentations and demonstrations throughout the day,” says Birrell.

The Eumundi Food Fest will also include a Farmer’s Market, showcasing the sub-tropical, the unusual and unique local foods and produce.

“And our Food to Go area also has a great variety of takeaway delights, many of which are tapas style, allowing people to enjoy a variety of flavours and creations,” explains Birrell.

“It’s an ideal setting to design your own gourmet picnic from the stalls around, then sit back, relax and listen to local musicians while sipping a quality Sunshine Coast wine.”

A great day out in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the Eumundi Food Fest is an event not to be missed.

For further information contact:



Aussie company wins clean air contract for US brewery

Aeris Atlantic LLC (Aeris’ subsidiary on the east coast of USA) has won its first service contract in the brewing industry with The Boston Beer Company, Inc.

Boston Beer is America’s leading brewer of handcrafted, full-flavored beers and brewer of the renowned Samuel Adams range of beers.

The initial contract is for the application of the AerisGuard Air-Conditioning Performance Solution to Boston Brewery’s newly acquired facility in Pennsylvania. The brewery has been idle for several years and the air-conditioning system had become fouled with commonly occurring biological contamination and this had resulted in a significant impact on system efficiency and particularly reduced air-flow and poor temperature control.

Boston Beer chose the AerisGuard system due to its unique ability to restore efficiency by environmentally removing the contamination build-up and then protecting the system from recontamination.

Application of the AerisGuard technology at this facility is anticipated to generate over US$200,000 to Aeris over the next 12 months as well as opening up additional opportunities in the large brewing industry in the USA.

Aeris Environmental Ltd is an environmental services company focusing on the international environmental hygiene and system performance market. The Company has three core patented technologies centered on multi-enzyme biofilm removal solutions, residual anti-microbial coatings and corrosion protection coatings. Aeris has developed products for application in the air-conditioning and refrigeration service and manufacturing industries together with the large water treatment market.

The AerisGuard Performance Solutions clean and protect air-conditioning and refrigeration systems from commonly occurring bacterial and mould contamination problems. Systems protected by AerisGuard provide significant equipment efficiency, energy reduction, human health and asset management benefits.


Australians positive about safety of food supply

Almost 65% of Australians felt that food safety was the same or had improved during the previous year, according to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Consumer Attitude Survey launched this week.

When launching the survey today, FSANZ’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve McCutcheon, said that food plays a vital role in our lives and it is important for consumers to feel confident in how it is regulated.

“The survey, commissioned by Food Standards Australia New Zealand, gives a good insight into consumer confidence in the Australian and New Zealand food supply as well as food safety and labelling knowledge,” McCutcheon said.

“It shows that Australian consumers have positive levels of confidence in the safety of the food supply, with 64.5% saying they felt food safety generally was about the same or had improved during the previous year ago. Food safety concerns ranked twelfth after such issues as drought, household finances, the environment and healthy eating.

“Recognition of, and confidence levels in, those agencies regulating and monitoring the food supply were also high”.

“Consumer need for nutritional information on labels and their belief in their ability to make an informed decision about the product from the label were both high. Trust of food labels has room to move.

“The most commonly referred-to label information was the best before/use by date (73.1%), the amount of fat (61.8%), country of origin (59.1%) and the amount of sugar (56.5%).

The survey reveals that about a third of people believed they had suffered food poisoning in the previous year.

“The majority of these people didn’t report their illness and only about a tenth thought it had something to do with home cooking,” explained McCutcheon.

“Food poisoning such as Salmonella and E. Coli, imported foods and food hygiene were the three key concerns regarding general food issues”.

FSANZ, Australia’s peak food safety regulator, will use the information to better understand, prioritise and target consumer concerns. Outcomes of the research may also feed into specific standards development work.

“Consumer confidence in a safe food supply, and their ability to make an informed choice about the food they buy, are FSANZ’s key priorities,” said McCutcheon.

The Consumer Attitude Survey 2007 is available at https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/newsroom/publications/consumerattitiudes/index.cfm

A Snapshot of Australian results

1. Consumers ranked healthy eating fourth (23.4%) as a major concern below drought/water shortages, household finances/cost of living and pollution/environmental issues when compared to a range of other current social issues. Food safety was ranked twelfth (8.6%).

2. A large proportion (43%) of Australian consumers reported that they felt food safety generally had remained ‘about the same’ over the past year with a further 21.8% saying it was ‘a little worse’ and 21.5% saying it was ‘a little better’.

3. Overall, 61% of Australians were confident that the food supply as a whole was producing safe food for consumption.

4. 51% of consumers reported having concerns about the safety of particular types of foods. Fresh fruit/vegetables (24.7%), meat (unspecified) (18.8%) and raw chicken/poultry (17.9%) were the top three types of foods reported to be of concern.

5. When presented with a list of general food issues that are commonly of concern, food poisoning such as salmonella and E. Coli (48.4%), storage times of foods sold as ‘fresh’ (47.6%) and the safety of imported foods (38.2%) were the top three issues of concern nominated by respondents.

6. Almost one third of respondents (31.6%) thought they had had food poisoning in the last year. However, of that 31.6%, over half (59.7%) did not report their illness to anyone. Those that did report their illness most commonly reported it to their doctor, staff at the food outlet or person/household responsible for the food preparation.

7. FSANZ was spontaneously mentioned as having a role in food regulation and monitoring by 8% of respondents and State and Territory health departments/authorities by 30%. When prompted, awareness of FSANZ rose to 60.2%.

8. Overall, 54% of respondents expressed confidence in the current measures taken by the organisations regulating and monitoring food. Confidence in the work of FSANZ was significantly higher than that for all organisations regulating and monitoring food.

9. More respondents considered there should be a ‘high level of regulation’ to manage food safety (44%) compared with public health issues such as obesity (28%).

10. 33% of respondents who had a role in grocery shopping reported they ‘always’ referred to labelling information when purchasing a product for the first time. The best before/use by date (73.1%), the amount of fat (61.8%) and the country of origin (59.1%) were the top three types of information on a food label most commonly looked for.

11. Respondents who had a role in grocery shopping identified labels on food packaging (83.5%), fact sheets/brochures (36.1%) and the internet (33.2%) as the top three sources of information on the nutritional content of foods.

12. The majority of Australians (70%) expressed confidence in their ability to make an informed decision from the information provided on food labels. Trust was at a lower level with 48% of consumers feeling they could trust the information provided on food labels.

13. Most respondents (81%) reported knowledge about food hygiene/food safety in the home, and most (86%) felt they had some degree of control over food hygiene/food safety for food prepared at home. These high levels of knowledge and control translated into a very high level of overall confidence in food hygiene/food safety precautions at home, with 92.4% of respondents reporting some degree of confidence.

14. 62% of respondents indicated overall confidence that food hygiene/food safety precautions were sufficient when eating out. Confidence was highest that the food hygiene/food safety precautions were sufficient in local bakeries, restaurants and supermarkets/grocery stores. Confidence was lowest for temporary food stalls/food vans, sausage sizzles/fetes/community events and takeaway/fast food outlets.

National Manufacturing Week is coming

Companies in the food processing and manufacturing sector will have an opportunity to see latest developments in manufacturing technology at this year’s National Manufacturing Week, which will be held at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from Tuesday May 27 to Friday May 30.

“For companies in the food processing and manufacturing sector, NMW is a proven ‘one-stop show’ from Australia’s leading industrial exhibition organiser, and is the only event that brings together market leaders from a wide selection of national and international manufacturing communities,” said John Gorton, Reed Exhibitions’ group director — industrial events.

According to Gorton, the Automation & Robotics pavilion will be of special interest to those working in food processing and manufacturing.

“The Automation & Robotics pavilion has been the fastest-growing sector of NMW since being launched in 2006, with most of the major companies exhibiting again in 2008,” said Gorton.

“With food processing and manufacturing companies looking to the latest technology for efficiency and quality — and to cope with skills shortages — many are increasingly considering automation and robotics to meet their requirements, and the demands of their customers.

“From simple controls to full ‘lights-out’ systems, some of the biggest productivity improvements in a manufacturing facility can be achieved using the leading-edge technology on display at NMW.”

Owned and organised by Reed Exhibitions, NMW 2008 covers all major aspects of the manufacturing sector in a fully integrated event, incorporating an exhibition, seminars and information sessions and related industry association forums and meetings.

“With manufacturers looking to the latest technology for efficiency and quality — and to cope with skills shortages — many are increasingly considering automation and robotics to meet their requirements, and the demands of their customers,” said Gorton.

Fof further information contact:

John Delpech, Reed Exhibitions

02 9422 2568



High-performance labeler for brewery

Many successful companies in the beverage industry initially started unobtrusively and on a small scale. Experiments were often carried out at home before being developed and finally put into practice.

The career of Coopers Brewery in Australia also began in a similar way. In this case, it all started when Thomas Cooper brewed ale for his sick wife following a handed-down family recipe. It was not only Thomas’ wife Ann, however, who was enthusiastic about the tasty home brew. The neighbors also tried it and were then keen for more.

The news of Thomas Cooper’s ale spread like wildfire and, before the former Englishman knew it, he was supplying his Sparkling Ale to a multitude of customers. As if that were not enough, Cooper introduced another successful product to the regional market in the form of Extra Stout.

“We are now engaged in the brewery business,” wrote Thomas Cooper to his brother John in the year 1862, the year in which Coopers Brewery was established in South Australia.

To this very day, Coopers Brewery has remained a family brewery. The company therefore enjoys a unique position in Australia. The brewery is managed by the fifth generation of the family in the person of Dr Tim Cooper. Dr Cooper is actively supported by other family members at management level.

Coopers Brewery is currently the third-largest brewery in Australia. At the present time, Coopers’ market share in the premium beer market is 12%, and this is the fastest growing segment of the beer market.

The aspect that was particularly important to founder Thomas Cooper, namely the brewing of beer of outstanding quality, has been retained over the generations.

According to Dr Cooper, “times have changed and the brewery has grown, but the quality of our beers has stayed the same.”

“Coopers quality is still our passion,” comments Marketing Manager Glenn Cooper.

Expanding products

The range offered by the brewery has expanded with time. Today, along with Sparkling Ale and Best Extra Stout, the company produces Original Pale Ale, Mild Ale, Premium Lager, Premium Light, Dark Ale, and Extra Strong Vintage Ale.

Added to these is the non-alcoholic Birell, a Carlsberg product manufactured under license.

Ale has been a sales hit in Australia and abroad. The fact that many Australian’s appreciate an ale is clearly shown by the sales proportion of Coopers branded products. 66% of total sales is achieved with Pale Ale, and a further 18% is attributed to Sparkling Ale.

Best Extra Stout, Premium Lager, Premium Light, Birell, Dark Ale, and Extra Strong Vintage Ale follow in the order of beer sales. Pale Ale and Sparkling Ale are also the most popular export products within the beer range. The main export market is the U.S.A., followed by Europe.

The level of interest in Coopers’ premium quality beers that can be discerned in these markets is modest, but also continuously increasing. Coopers Brewery continues to be particularly strong in the domestic market in South Australia where the company holds a 21% share in the bottled beer market and a 27% share in the draft beer market.

Five years ago, in order to promote distribution in other parts of Australia, the company established a distribution specialist in the form of Premium Beverages, which operates outside the core region. It is evident that the name alone of Premium Beverages is in total harmony with Coopers’ philosophies.

While Coopers Brewery holds an 80% share in Premium Beverages, the remaining 20% is in the hands of American Beverage Distributors, who facilitated the importation of Budweiser.

Other company pillars:

It is interesting to see that, building on history, Coopers Brewery also appears to feel an obligation to those who brew beer for a hobby, and offers them an extensive range of home brewing kits — a total of 19 in number. These are to be found in supermarket chains as well as in home brewing specialty stores. Home brewing kits can also be ordered on the Internet.

Believe it or not, Coopers Brewery is currently the world’s largest provider of home brewing kits. Exports go to 14 countries worldwide, including Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to home brewing kits, Coopers Brewery has discovered another business area for itself: malt extract. And the company also excels in this area. With seven different varieties of malt extract, Coopers is the largest Australian exporter of malt extract.

Coopers produces about 5,000 metric tonnes of malt extract every year. This is supplied to Australia’s food industry as well as to the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea.

With a total turnover of 141 million Australian dollars, figures still show that, in spite of all its success, Coopers Brewery is in no way resting on its laurels. In the last five years, overall sales have risen by a total of 39 million Australian dollars.

From 2006 to 2007 alone, sales figures have grown by just under 18 million Australian dollars. In 2007, Coopers Brewery realised a total turnover of 141 million Australian dollars with a staff of 116 employees.

Such growth rates have been made possible by Dr Cooper’s ground-breaking decision to invest in a new brewery. By 1997, it was apparent that there was no more available at the former brewery for planned future growth. Coopers purchased a brownfield site in Regency Park a north-western suburb of Adelaide , where Dr Cooper took three years to design and construct a new brewery, which allowed for future growth in demand.

At the same time, technical solutions of the highest quality were chosen for the brewery while it was still under construction. The first meetings with KHS were held in 1996. KHS equipment that has already been installed in the new brewery – the home of Coopers since 2001 — includes an Innokeg Till Transomat 5/1 keg line, an Innopack Kisters WP wrap-around packer, an Innofill DRS ZMS filler, which is virtually pre-destined for bottling beer with low oxygen pickup, and an Innopas P pasteurizer, and Innoket SE with potentially world-record-breaking performance.

“We are extremely satisfied with KHS equipment. For this reason, and also because KHS again presented us with precisely the solution we needed, the decision was quite firmly made in favor of our trusted supplier when it came to our latest investment in labeling equipment,” says Dr Cooper.

KHS provides exactly what Coopers Brewery needs in the truest sense of the word. The modular KHS Innoket SE 2090 labeling machine, designed especially to meet Coopers’ requirements, is even a world first. The reason is that this labeling machine, with a pitch circle of just less than 2.40 meters, achieves a labeling performance of up to 72,000 bottles/hr for the first time.

“Many people did not think that this high output was feasible, but KHS has won through. Our Innoket SE passed the acceptance tests with top marks – both with regard to the quality of the labeled products and with respect to the high performance capability,” explains Dr Cooper.

Ready for all eventualities

Today, the Innoket SE labels all styles of beer bottled by Coopers Brewery in glass bottles. The company currently relies mainly on the 375-ml size, but 750-ml are provided for three of the naturally conditioned ales. From the point of view of the Innoket SE, this range of glass can be extended at any time, as the labeling machine is equipped for processing widely differing bottle sizes and shapes. The glass bottle is the bottle type of choice for Coopers Brewery.

75% of Coopers’ beers produced are supplied to the consumer in glass bottles. Another 22% goes to the restaurant trade in kegs, and the remaining 3% of beer sales is distributed in aluminum cans. At present, the Innoket SE works exclusively using the cold glue labeling process. But this too must not be looked upon as fixed. The modular design of this generation of labeling machines provides plenty of flexibility to meet future requirements. If, at a later date, Coopers Brewery should decide to apply adhesive-pressure labels, for example, either additionally or exclusively, this wish can be easily implemented and without any problems by changing labeling stations on the central labeling carousel.

The base version of the Innoket SE has been deliberately kept simple. It is comprised of a table structure and the central labeling carousel mentioned above. This labeling carousel can be flexibly equipped with a wide variety of different labeling stations. Wet glue, self-adhesive, hot glue, or roll-fed units in any combination – everything is feasible. Also possible is the docking of a camera module.

“With the Innoket SE, we are exceptionally well-equipped for all future consumer requirements relating to the label dressing of our bottles,” says Dr Cooper.

The Innoket SE at Coopers Brewery is currently equipped with three cold-glue labeling stations that apply the body and shoulder labels for the bottles remaining on the Australian market, and additional back labels for exported products. Wet glue labeling technique involves spreading glue over the entire surface of the paper labels. In the Innoket SE concept, the stations are driven by a servo motor. Movements within the stations are controlled by an external double cam race. Glue segments remove the labels gently from the labeling magazine and guide them with an optimum peeling angle to the gripper cylinder, which finally applies the label to the bottle. Long life of KHS cold glue labeling stations The tried and tested KHS cold glue labeling stations are characterized by a long service life. Overhauls are only required after 20,000 hours of operation at the earliest. Several factors are responsible for the long service life of KHS cold glue labeling stations. The first important feature is the rotation of the glue segments that prevents vibration, overload, and wear.

Other aspects, which contribute to the long service life, include direct drive without additional gear stages, a conical coupling without play, and multiple labyrinth seals. Added to this is the advantage of the external oil circulation lubrication system. The quantity of lubricant and its distribution are exactly defined. All lubrication points are automatically monitored. This system ensures lubrication regardless of station rotation. For cleaning purposes, the labeling station is equipped with an integral hot water spray, which selectively flushes off the gluing segments as well as the glue drum.

According to Dr Cooper, “along with high performance, flexibility, quality, and user-friendliness, the robustness of our Innoket SE and the associated long service life are also important for us.”

The Innoket SE is equipped with the VarioDrive electronic bottle turret control system. The VarioDrive is a single unit comprised of a turret, motor, and electronic components that makes it possible to rotate containers individually – to suit the particular bottle format and style of dressing. These drives can be flexibly adapted or expanded to suit new container shapes and dressings at any time, and can be quickly programmed. If, for example, Cooper’s Brewery should ever decide to use relief or contour bottles in the future that require labels to be applied in the specified position with millimeter accuracy, combining VarioDrive with a camera module would provide a solution for this difficult task. A camera module can very easily be docked with the Innoket SE for this situation.

The Innoket ALM label hopper ensures maximum machine efficiency. With the Innoket SE, a high level of user-friendliness and maximum machine efficiency are ensured for Coopers Brewery by, among other things, three Innoket ALM label hoppers (ALM = Automatic Label Magazine) — one for each cold glue labeling station. Each Innoket ALM label hopper is designed in such a way that five additional back-up units, which are used in succession, are assigned to one active label storage unit. The operators only have to replenish labels when all the labels stored here have been used up. Each Innoket ALM label hopper assigned to a cold glue labeling station holds up to a total of 50,000 labels.

It goes without saying that the Innoket SE, which has been worked out down to the last detail, can only operate perfectly when the label and the adhesive harmonize with the technical solution. With Innocoll label adhesive, KHS is at the same time providing Coopers Brewery with the glue that is exactly matched to the application. In addition to the qualitative evaluation of the label material, which included testing the interaction between glass bottle, glue, and label, a test run was carried out in the KHS in-house laboratory under practical conditions before the label adhesive was adopted.

As Dr Cooper explains, “all this has been well worth the effort. The Innoket SE was delivered and hooked up and has been running like clockwork since then.”

All in all, for Coopers Brewery the Innoket SE represents an important building block for future success.

“Outstanding beer quality is one side of the success coin,” comments Glenn Cooper, “the perfect presentation at the point of sale, which is appropriate to outstanding beer quality, is the other.”

Dr Cooper agrees. “Coopers Brewery is ready for a new era of success; regionally, nationally, and internationally.” And at the same time, maintaining the tradition of the best quality at all levels – which is something that brewery founder Thomas Cooper would be sure to find particularly pleasing.

For further information contact:

Kurt Hofmann

General Manager, KHS Pacific,

03 9335 1211



Product contamination insurance for food

XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Capital Ltd last month launched its primary food and drink Product Contamination Insurance with integrated crisis management cover for the Australian market.

The policy is a combined offering of both risk transfer and a crisis management service. It covers Accidental and Malicious Contaminations as well as extortion demands and provides cover for first and third party recall expenses through to the Insured’s loss of gross profit and rehabilitation expenses. In the event of a recall the policy also includes priority access via a 24-hour hotline to Sydney-based crisis management consultants, including PR specialists, Weber Shandwick. XL Insurance will also dedicate a portion of the premium for risk improvement projects such as recall and crisis planning, with an initial free consultation with Weber Shandwick.

Ed Mitchell, XL Insurance Senior Underwriter for Product Recall, said: “With a growing number of recalls in Australia and a limited product recall market XL Insurance is pleased to bring extra product contamination insurance capacity and experience to the industry. We understand the importance of clients being able to access our underwriters locally and will be looking to offer clients coverage on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction with our established liability offering.”

He added: “Following our model of partnering with local specialist crisis consultancies in the US and UK we also recognise the importance of being able to offer policyholders access to Australian-based consultants. We are therefore delighted to be working with Weber Shandwick in Sydney who can bring their own, as well as other specialists’, expertise to the table for our clients. With increasing regulatory scrutiny and public interest in food safety, companies are as much concerned about protecting their brand and reputation as the immediate financial impact. Our coverage is designed to help manage the crisis and protect the policyholder’s brand as well as covering the costs relating to the recall.”

According to Emma-Jane Granleese, Managing Director of Weber Shandwick, a food contamination issue handled poorly can have an enormous impact on future sales. “In 1991 Australia experienced just 15 food product recalls, last year that number ballooned to 68 recalls and the trend is expected to continue upwards. As the number of recalls rise it is increasingly important for companies to be prepared to handle the worst case scenario should it happen. With the correct preparation and planning, and a specialist team on hand when needed, we can help minimise the impact of a product recall on a company’s brand.”

XL Insurance has been offering catastrophe Product Contamination Insurance for the last 10 years and in 2007 expanded the product into the primary insurance market. XL Insurance will focus on the food and drink sector and offers primary Accidental Contamination capacity of AUD15 million and Malicious Contamination / Extortion capacity of AUD30 million as well as excess capacity of AUD30 million for Accidental and Malicious Contamination / Extortion.

About XL Insurance

XL Insurance is the global brand used by member insurers of the XL Capital Ltd (NYSE: XL) group of companies. Through its operating subsidiaries, XL Capital is a leading provider of global insurance and reinsurance coverage and services to industrial, commercial and professional service firms, insurance companies, and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. As of December 31, 2007, XL Capital Ltd had consolidated assets of approximately USD 57.9 billion and consolidated shareholders’ equity of approximately USD 10.1 billion.


New modular heat exchanger

Teralba Industries Pty continues to provide heat transfer solutions with the newly released, high-flow Dimpleflo Modubloc Heat Exchanger for processing large volumes of up to 200 tonnes of product per hour and is capable of handling pressures of up to 580 psi/40 Bar.

This all new ‘Dimpleflo’ Modubloc design uses a unique, bolt together system to join tubes enabling endless options by adding or re-configuring the Heat Exchanger to meet any changed or increased application in the future.

The ‘Dimpleflo’ Modubloc is an all Stainless Steel tube-in-tube Heat Exchanger making it totally hygenic and suitable for corrosive environments.

Due to it’s tight involute configuration, the ‘Dimpleflo’ Modubloc provides the ultimate in high efficiency heat transfer of slurries in a compact, cost-effective design.

This NEW design builds on the renowned attributes of Dimpleflo Heat Exchangers that combines a free-draining, compact configuration with extremely high heat transfer co-efficients in an overall package that has proven to be practically maintenance free.

These Heat Exchangers provide a clear drainage passage both in product and service channels which provides the ultimate in hygiene for food, beverage and pharmaceutical applications. The New Modubloc is also capable of processing fluids with up to 85% solids.

For further information contact:

Teralba Industries

02 4626 5000


Air knife for wide surface coverage

EXAIR’s new 54” (1372mm) Super Air Knife produces a laminar sheet of airflow to blowoff, dry or cool wide surfaces.

Ideal for parts, webs and conveyors, the energy efficient design minimises compressed air use by entraining 40 parts room air to one part compressed air. At 80 PSIG, the sound level is extremely quiet at 77 dBA.

The 54” Super Air Knife directs the compressed air across a precise machine surface that ensures uniformity and low noise. The compact 45mm x 37mm profile along with inlets on each end and the bottom permits easy mounting in tight spaces.

The Super Air Knife is maintenance free and has no moving parts to wear out. Multiple units can be mounted end to end without dead spots. The Super Air Knife is available from stock in many lengths from 3” to 54” (76mm to 1372mm).

Construction is aluminium, suitable for most industrial applications, or stainless steel commonly used in food, pharmaceutical, and corrosive applications with temperatures up to 427°C.

For more information contact:

Compressed Air Australia Pty Ltd

1300 787 688