FIAL comes on board for Food & Beverage Industry Awards

Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) and Food & Beverage Industry News are excited to partner with each other for the upcoming food and beverage industry awards program, which will be held in September 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the awards will be a digital enterprise, but nonetheless will be a key event in the food and beverage calendar.

FIAL facilitates various industry lead solutions via initiatives in innovation, markets and food waste to sustain, support and grow the Australian food and agribusiness sector.

FIAL is the catalyst that encourages the food sector to collaborate to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace. It influences the industry by sharing knowledge, building capability and creating connections.

It is a not-for-profit organisation and is responsible for the Food and Agribusiness Industry Growth Centre Initiative created via the Australian Federal Government.

The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre policy, fosters innovation and entrepreneurship utilising an industry-led approach designed to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority. It leads Australia’s food focus sector transition into smart, high value and innovative sector, said FIAL general manager, commercial, Rod Arenas.

“We facilitate part of Australian Government’s Deregulation Agenda to reduce regulatory burden for individuals, businesses and community organisations,” said Arenas. “These Regulation Reform Agendas will contribute to a lower cost, business friendly environment, freeing resources at the firm level to focus on growth, competitiveness, productivity and investment. The initiatives enable national action on key issues such as deregulation, skills, collaboration and commercialisation.”

FIAL is a natural fit for the awards, as it is at the cutting edge of the latest innovations in the food and beverage manufacturing and processing space.

“It’s great to have FIAL on board as they bring a lot of experience to the awards, especially in terms of judging and knowledge of the industry,” said Prime Creative Media’s general manager  of events, Simon Coburn, whose company runs the awards and published Food & Beverage Industry News. “We look forward to bringing the awards to the industry, albeit under trying circumstances. It’s great to have an organisation like FIAL onboard and we look forward to working with them to make the awards the best event for the industry.”

“FIAL’s involvement in the FBIN virtual Awards is to acknowledge and celebrate success within the food and beverage manufacturing industry,” said Arenas. “It also offers a national platform for industry to showcase innovation and advancement and in turn facilitate business opportunities, for the winners of the individual awards in helping to grow individuals organisations and in showcasing capabilities both domestically and internationally.”

As well as practical advice and help, FIAL also offers opportunities for food and agribusinesses to take part in workshops, training programs, as well as creating dialogues with other businesses and help make connections with domestic and overseas buyers. The goal is to strengthen small and medium businesses global connections to enable them to find new markets for their products or alternate suppliers of key product or services.

“We’re also ensuring Australian businesses can still connect with various markets by hosting a series of virtual events,” said Arenas. “We’re connecting buyers with innovative export ready Australian food and beverage suppliers. We have stepped up to address this urgent need for market connectivity – launching the Australian Food Catalogue (AFC) platform with numerous new advancements and on-line events. This upgraded, free digital platform empowers collective sourcing via connecting qualified international buyers with Australian export-ready food and beverage suppliers. The AFC is endorsed via the industry growth centres initiative, Austrade and supported by the Australian Government.

“Increased digital connectivity has allowed more of us to work from home. The sector wants online solutions that deliver tangible outcomes in accelerating commercially driven collaboration. FIAL continues to deliver opportunities to transform current models, in order to achieve strategic industry growth,” said Arenas.

Export-ready Australian food and beverage suppliers are encouraged to sign up to the Australian Food Catalogue today by visitinghttps://www.australianfoodcatalogue.com.au/onboarding. For upcoming virtual events hosted by FIAL, visit https://fial.com.au/eventscalendar.

 

 

Food & Beverage Industry Awards – Paddock to Plate

Do you bring your products from the paddock to the plate?

You’re invited to nominate now for Paddock to Plate in the Food & Beverage Industry Awards. The Awards are seeking companies who source their product direct from the producer and maintain freshness while meeting a consumer demand, such as longer shelf life and/or ease of preparation and cooking.

Want to be a part of the premier Food and Beverage awards night of the year?

The Food and Beverage Industry Awards will return for its 16th year this July. To continue celebrating those companies and individuals who go above and beyond in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, join us for a gala dinner awards night to be held in Sydney.

WHEN: Thursday, 18 July 2019
WHERE: Doltone House Darling Island, Sydney
TIME: 6:30 pm

Click here to purchase tickets.

 

 

Nominations for Food Awards still open

Nominations for the 2019 Food & Beverage Industry Awards are still open. Proudly sponsored by Flavour Makers, Total Construction and Rockwell Automation, the awards are in their 16th year.

Last year the event was a sellout, and brought together the movers and shakers within this multi-billion dollar industry.

Categories include:

  • Beverage of the Year sponsored by Rockwell Automation;
  • Ingredient Innovation;
  • Food & Safety Equipment and Materials sponsored by Total Construction;
  • Packaging Innovation;
  • Innovative Technology of the Year;
  • Health Foods; Best in Design;
  • Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods;
  • Paddock to Plate; and
  • the coveted Best of the Best sponsored by Flavour Makers.

If you have an innovative product or packaging that you think meets the criteria go to the nominations section of the awards website, here.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday May 31, 2019.

Nominations open for 2019 Food and Beverage Industry Awards

Nominations for the 16th Food and Beverage Industry Awards are open for 2019. You can now submit your favourite food and beverage companies and services that bring the wow factor to the industry.

With 2018’s event showcasing some of Australia and New Zealand’s latest and greatest innovations, the number of applications in each category is expected to ramp up in 2019.
In 2018, finalists, winners and sponsors displayed their products and services on the big screen at an awards night at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with some companies offering attendees a chance to taste their new wares on the evening. More than 200 people came together for a night of great food, celebrations and music.

The 2019 awards evening is set to be another thriving event that will bring industry professionals together. All companies working in the food and beverage sector can enter a variety of categories celebrating the equipment, technology and innovative ideas behind new products and services. From automation and data management systems that help businesses create thousands of consistently great products, to companies that are taking centre stage at an international market – the categories aim to highlight all aspects of the industry. Nominated companies should be able to show how they stand out against the rest with the best processing and manufacturing methods, food safety standards, and technology that has helped grow their products or services into a ‘must-have’ item in the food and beverage industry.

The categories
for 2019 include:
1. Beverage of the Year
2. Paddock to Plate
3. Ingredient Innovation
4. Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods
5. Health Foods
6. Packaging Innovation
7. Best in Design
8. Innovative Technology of the          Year
9. Food Safety Equipment and              Materials
Best of the Best is the top award of the night, which goes to the product that stands out in a crowd of products and services that make it as a finalist in one of the above categories
It is free to submit a nomination, and a company can be nominated in up to three separate categories. To nominate a company that you think should be recognised for their dedication to the industry, visit foodmagazineawards.com.au.
Next year’s awards evening will be held in July, in Sydney.

Sponsorship opportunities available for Food and Beverage Industry Awards

Companies wanting to grow their business while supporting a well-established awards program have the chance to take part in the 2019 Food and Beverage Industry Awards.

The awards celebrated 15 years in 2018, with more than 200 people from companies such as PepsiCo, COYO yoghurt, and packaging solutions company HMPS attending an awards ceremony in Sydney.

Next year’s celebrations will also take place in Sydney, in July.

The categories for 2019 include:
Beverage of the Year
Paddock to Plate
Ingredient Innovation
Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods
Health Foods
Packaging Innovation
Best in Design
Innovative Technology of the Year
Food Safety Equipment and Materials
Best of the Best – Awarded to the product that stands out in a crowd of products and services that make it as a finalist in one of the above categories.

Flavour Makers is already on board as a platinum sponsor – supporting the Best of the Best award.

The company offers a complete end-to-end food development and manufacturing solution by bringing strategic insight, culinary expertise, and innovative manufacturing technologies to the table of every partnership.

Flavour Makers’ product development cycle delivers a comprehensive ‘idea to shelf’ solution for customers seeking complete product development.

Rockwell Automation is sponsoring Beverage of the Year, which celebrates companies that have developed an ingredient innovation to fulfil a market need, as well as recognising any obstacles that have been overcome to introduce the beverage to the market.

Rockwell Automation helps revolutionise the way food and beverage manufacturers operate, by providing accessibility to relevant, real-time information.

Information-enabled manufacturing allows manufacturers to improve yield, drive productivity, mitigate security risks and optimise resource management.

Total Construction is sponsoring the Food Safety Equipment and Materials award, which celebrates new products and advancements in technology designed to improve and maintain food safety standards in manufacturing facilities.

Total Construction specialises in design and construction projects throughout Australia.

The company has a diverse range of skills across construction and engineering, which allows it to help deliver on companies’ needs from concept to completion.

Sponsorship allows companies to align their brands with innovation and excellence across the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

Companies wanting to be a part of the prestigious awards program should get in quick to ensure maximum promotion in the lead up to the awards.

For more information on becoming a sponsor you can email Food and Beverage Industry News’ business development manager Sonia Bonner at Sonia.bonner@primecreative.com.au or call her on 02 9439 7227.

Nominations for Food and Beverage Industry Awards open

Nominations for the 16th Food and Beverage Industry Awards are open for 2019.

From November 7, you can submit your favourite food and beverage companies and services that bring the wow factor to the industry.

With 2018’s event showcasing some of Australia and New Zealand’s latest and greatest innovations, the number of applications in each category is expected to ramp up next year.

This year, finalists, winners and sponsors displayed their products and services on the big screen at an awards night at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with some companies offering attendees a chance to taste their new wares on the evening.

READ: Insights from the Food and Beverage Industry Awards winners

More than 200 people came together for a night of delicious food, celebrations and music.

The 2019 awards evening is set to be another thriving event that will bring industry professionals together.

All companies working in the food and beverage sector can enter a variety of categories celebrating the equipment, technology and innovative ideas behind new products and services.

From automation and data management systems that help businesses create thousands of consistently great products, to packaging solutions, to companies that are taking centre stage on an international market – the categories aim to highlight all aspects of the industry.

Nominated companies should be able to show how they stand out against the rest with the best processing and manufacturing methods, food safety standards, and technology that has helped grow their products or services into a ‘must-have’ item in the food and beverage industry. 

The categories for 2019 include:
Beverage of the Year
Paddock to Plate
Ingredient Innovation
Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods
Health Foods
Packaging Innovation
Best in Design
Innovative Technology of the Year
Food Safety Equipment and Materials
Best of the Best – Awarded to the product that stands out in a crowd of products and services that make it as a finalist in one of the above categories

It is free to submit a nomination, and a company can be nominated in up to three separate categories.

To nominate a company that you think should be recognised for their dedication to the industry, please click here. 

Next year’s awards evening will be held in July, in Sydney.

 

Insights from the Food and Beverage Industry Awards winners

It was a balmy night in August that brought together innovators, entrepreneurs, risk takers and industry stalwarts for the 15th annual Food and Beverage Industry News Awards.

MC’ed by the ABC’s War on Waste host Craig Reucassel, the gala event was a sell out and showcased all that was good about the food and beverage industry in 2017 and 2018.

READ: Food and Beverage Industry awards to be held in Sydney in 2019

Below are the champions in each category.

Best of the Best, sponsored by Flavour Makers, and Beverage of the Year, sponsored by VEGA Australia, were awarded to Utonic

Young South Australian drinks company Utonic Beverages was awarded Beverage of the Year, sponsored by VEGA Australia and the top award – Best of the Best, sponsored by Flavour Makers.

Utonic is a functional beverage manufacturer that aims to create and promote a healthier body and mind through naturally great tasting drinks. Each drink is backed by science and designed to serve a purpose, whether it’s providing an afternoon boost, recovery from a big night out or stress relief after a hard day at work.

Utonic co-founder, Michael Brinkley, said the company was stoked to be awarded Beverage of the Year. “Industry recognition means a lot to a young company like us and it’s encouraging to know we bumped out some major drink brands to win this award.”

The awards were won by the Utonic Repair natural tonic. The drink aims to restore the body with powerful antioxidants from blueberry, pomegranate and sour cherry, as well as containing turmeric and ginger, which have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea functions.

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Founded in 2016, the company was created by founders Brinkley, Tyson Goldsack, Leigh Morgan and Toby Yap, who shared a belief that it should be possible to lead a healthy life while also achieving daily goals in today’s high-pressure, fast-paced, work, sporting and social environments.

The team created a range of scientifically blended drinks produced from concentrated real foods and targeted nutrients. The drinks have no added sugar, preservatives, chemical highs or negative side effects.

“We wanted to produce a functional drink range, free from artificial flavours and preservatives,” said Brinkley. “Sports drinks are typically loaded with artificial ingredients and sugar and we knew there was a better solution.”

The drinks include ingredients such as passionflower, sour cherry, chamomile, kale and spirulina. “It’s a very new category,” said Brinkley. “We chose ingredients that had functionality but also tasted good.” It was about getting a balance of good flavours and creating a product that was truly healthy, he said.

Utonic released to the market in April 2017, focusing on South Australia first. “Our sales strategy was to focus on our home state first and fine tune our marketing and communication before going national,” said Brinkley.

The award came just weeks before Utonic started national distribution with Manassen Foods. The full Utonic beverage collection is avaliable Australia wide from October.

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Paddock to Plate, sponsored by Manark Printing, was awarded to Australian Primary Hemp

Supporting the Australian agriculture industry while developing a sustainable food source, is paramount to the makers of Australian Primary Hemp.

The company’s journey began in August 2016, with four friends and a vision of growing and manufacturing a sustainable, high-protein product in Australia. Co-founder and sales director, Skye Patterson said that research highlighting hemp’s nutritional content, sustainability, success in similar western countries and the opportunities to easily integrate into current farming made their decision obvious.

At the time, national food standards didn’t allow for the sale and consumption of hemp food products in Australia. But, this did not deter the team. “We were pretty confident it was going to come to fruition,” said Patterson. “On a global sense it was popular, so it was just a matter of time until it took off in Australia.” Laws to legalise the consumption of hemp foods in Australia were passed in late 2017. Now after just two years of business, the company is one of the country’s largest producers of Australian-grown hemp.

Australian Primary Hemp handles every step of the hemp process – from farming and production, to packaging and selling. This allows the company to ensure the quality and freshness of all products including de-hulled hemp seeds, cold-pressed hemp seed oil and hemp protein powders.

The company’s headquarters are based in Newtown, Geelong, where day-to-day business operations and processing facilities are kept. The hemp is grown across Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia with the company’s partnered farmers.

“We started growing hemp ourselves and then with the legal changes, the demand for hemp food products grew astronomically,” said Patterson. “We needed to expand our growing capacities, which led to building relationships with partnered growers to increase our hemp supply.”

The company continues to grow its four core products – hemp oil, hemp seeds, hemp balance and hemp boost. It also launched hemp milk kits in September, so people can make hemp milk from home. Patterson said the hemp milk is best when sweetened with a few dates.

The company also has hemp-based recipes online, including hemp granola bars and hemp tabbouleh. Hemp food is still a relatively new concept in Australia, but Patterson said it is a growing industry. With a focus on health and sustainability, Australian Primary Hemp hasn’t looked back, she said.

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Ingredient Innovation was awarded to Botanical Innovations

Botanical Innovations is an Australian manufacturer of phenolic rich flavours, fragrances and ingredients for functional foods and beverages, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical applications. The company invests heavily in research and development, which has led to innovations and the development of a unique range of products.

Botanical Innovations won the ingredient innovation section for its apple cider vinegar powder. The company’s managing director, Kerry Ferguson, said a number of people had asked if Botanical Innovations offered natural preservatives that didn’t have a strong flavour. “We look at what the needs are in the market. There’s a demand out there,” she said.

The apple cider vinegar powder is naturally fermented. “It has two functions. It can be used as a flavouring and it can also be used as a natural preservative,” said Ferguson. The benefit of Botanical Innovation’s apple cider vinegar powder is that it’s got a neutral taste. “It hasn’t got a terribly strong flavour,” she said.

Botanical Innovations is a business-to-business company that supplies to bakeries and other food manufacturers. The apple cider vinegar powder increases the shelf life of products. A bread could last two or three days longer with the powder, said Ferguson.

People wanted natural, cleaner products that were not laden with chemicals, she said. Ferguson is passionate about health and providing alternative products to consumers.

“I never used to read labels, but now I do,” she said. “I believe very strongly in the use of natural products.”

Vinegar has historically been used to treat diseases and wounds. More recently it’s been used in food and beverages as a health supplement. Botanical Innovations highlights that potential health benefits of apple cider vinegar, and fermented vinegars and extracts, include weight loss, lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. It can also help in preventing and treating diabetes and alleviating asthma symptoms.

Other products the company develops include fermented grape seed extract, fermented papaya extract, cherry seed oil, quandong seed oil and sweet pea flower powder.

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Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods was awarded to Sunshine Meats

Sunshine Meats started as a small butchery in Redfern, Sydney, in 1988. Founder Jose Pereira took the opportunity to buy the small butcher shop, despite having little financial backing. Thirty years later, his investment is still paying off.

Sunshine Meats has now moved away from being a traditional butchery, but business developer Nalita Ferraz said the company’s values remain the same. “We still get phone calls from people wanting traditional meat cuts. We’ve definitely evolved into a totally different business, but it’s always about quality,” said Ferraz.

Sunshine Meats won the award for its smoked duck breast. Smoking is what the company focuses on. The company has a range of duck products including chorizo, duck thigh and duck breast.

Sunshine Meats’ director, and Jose’s daughter, Celina Pereira, said consumers are becoming more interested in duck. “There is a need for these kinds of products,” said Pereira. “With almost two year’s development to fine tune the recipe, it has really made the product what it is.”

The company sells its products at independent and specialty stores. Creating duck products was a great opportunity for Sunshine Meats, as restaurants were using duck due to it gaining popularity with consumers, said Pereira. “Chefs need to rely on a product that’s always going to be consistent. Sunshine Meats is mostly retail based, but we would like to explore the idea of food services. The possibilities are endless,” she said.

Ferraz said providing quality smoked products cuts back the time people spend in the kitchen without compromising on food quality. “You can achieve a meal that would take two hours, that can now be prepared in half an hour,” she said. For an industry perspective, chefs can use Sunshine Meats’ products and save time by not smoking meats themselves, but still having a great product to use, said Ferraz. “When we are talking about our products we try to talk about the convenience aspect.”

Pereira and Ferraz agree there are plenty of meals that can be made with the smoked duck breast and other duck products made by Sunshine Meats. But their favourite is a risotto with smoked duck breast or chorizo.

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Health Foods, sponsored by JCurve Solutions, was awarded to COYO

COYO is a brand dedicated to making delicious and healthy coconut yoghurt and ice cream. The company won the Health Foods award for its coconut yoghurt kids’ pouches.

COYO started with a natural, unflavoured coconut yoghurt and the range has since expanded into offering other flavours such as blueberry, and plum and guava. COYO co-founder Sandra Gosling said the idea was born in 2009 by her husband Henry Gosling. Henry was born in Fiji and grew up with coconut as part of his diet. Sandra said with her background in bacteriology and gut health, and her husband’s life experiences, the company was able to flourish. “It puts us in a unique position,” Sandra said.

“We come very much from that health platform and remaining true to our values. We have a philosophy that all our foods and all the we produce has to be delicious. It has to be good for us and it has to be functional,” she said.

Despite becoming a successful business, Sandra wasn’t sure at first that coconut yoghurt would work. “It was all about Henry’s idea. He woke up on a Sunday morning with this ridiculous idea saying, ‘I’m going to make yoghurt out of coconut’. I just said, ‘Don’t be stupid, go back to bed’,” she said.

“After a lot of research we found that no-one was doing it. At first, I wasn’t sure about it, but then with my interest in gut health and the benefits of coconut, I thought, ‘Hang on, this could be good’.”

There was a lot of soy yoghurt at the time, but no coconut yoghurt, Sandra said. “It’s been a long, very satisfying journey.” More people are becoming interested in plant-based yoghurts. “The tidal wave is coming so it’s very exciting. From an environmental point of view, we have to make some changes, but they have to be changes that are very palatable. It has to be a win-win for everybody, including farmers,” said Sandra.

The kids’ pouches were introduced after extensive research, she said. “Our yoghurt doesn’t contain any sweeteners. In the children’s market they screw their noses up a bit so we use an unrefined brown rice syrup so we’ve actually now created a new range,” said Sandra. “The pouches have been incredibly well-received. The kids are loving it.” The Goslings then found out that some adults were wanting slightly sweeter yoghurts as well.

COYO has now adapted to cater to the sweeter tooth by creating two bases – one without sweetener and one with unrefined brown rice syrup. “In our ice-creams again, we are very low sugar but no less delicious than other ice creams. We use chicory root – it’s only about a tenth as sweet as sugar,” said Sandra.

The COYO kids pouches come in vanilla, strawberry, and banana and mango flavours.

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Packaging Innovation, sponsored by Jet Technologies, was awarded to Result Group

When it came to creating packaging for Grape N’Go, Result Group was there to deliver the next innovation in packaging for table grapes, working alongside Fruit Master and Navi Co Global. Result Group was challenged to deliver packaging that was user friendly, improved shelf life, protected the product from damage and spoilage, improved overall sustainability and reduced product waste.

Result Group general manager, Michael Dossor, said Grape N’Go was developed using good design principles based on addressing the product life cycle to achieve a more environmentally sound packaging alternative to what already existed on the market.

With Fresh Lid re-closable film, the company managed to meet the brief. “By delivering a fully recyclable pack, as well as addressing the food waste challenges, we were able to address key issues faced by today’s packaging and consumer brand owners,” said Dossor.

Result Group is involved in the development of a new range of label applicators developed specifically for the fruit and vegetable sector.  “These will be equipped with multifunction labelling capability and offered via a cost-effective platform. We are also using laser coding and marking technology. The great part about laser coding is it gives you the ability to print human readable text as well as symbols and logos, but all without using printing inks,” said Dossor.

“Remove the ink and the environmental footprint is unsurpassed. All we are doing is using the laser coder to etch the surface of the product. That also helps when it comes to authenticity projects for companies exporting,” he said.

Result Group staff enjoyed working on the Grape N’Go project as it had numerous environmental benefits, said Dossor. These include a longer shelf life and consumption window due to the printable Fresh Lid film. With Fresh Lid, less material is used and the need for additional self-adhesive labels is eliminated, which results in a plastic footprint reduction. “The packaging is also 100 per cent recyclable and easily facilitates household kerbside recycling,” said Dossor.

“Customers have an appetite for wanting to know that brands are doing their best in the area of sustainability. Packaging is an area that is closely aligned with Result Group’s own sustainability goals and corporate social responsibility,” he said.

Result Group aims to keep embarking on projects that aim to deliver a sustainable packaging solution while reducing the environmental impact through the use of equipment in innovative ways.

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Best in Design, sponsored by Wiley, was awarded to Oji Fibre Solutions

Oji Fibre Solutions produces market pulp, paper and fibre-based packaging products throughout Australia and New Zealand. The company aims to deliver environmentally sustainable products and to work with customers to develop solutions that enhance their business operations.

The company successfully opened its state-of-the-art corrugated packaging facility in Yatala in March 2018 and received the award for this plant. The new facility enables Oji Fibre Solutions to meet anticipated growth in demand for packaging solutions. Corrugated packaging products are one of the fastest growing segments of Oji Fibre Solutions, with its paper and product specifications being well-suited for the fruit, vegetables and meat sectors.

National sales and marketing manager, Philip Nuttall, said winning the award was a great step to creating more brand awareness. “We’ve invested $70 million in the new plant. It’s great to be recognised for the work,” said Nuttall. “Our biggest strength is our papers.” The company wanted to continue growing in the food sector, he said.

The majority of Oji Fibre Solutions’ operations are based in New Zealand, where kraft pulps, packaging papers and a range of packaging products are manufactured from locally-grown softwood plantations, producing materials that are suitable for primary sector packaging systems and are in demand across the globe.

Nuttall said Oji Fibre Solutions targeted horticulture and meat companies, but it could help other businesses in the industry as well. “We’ve got the potential to be a corrugated supplier to anybody in the food and beverage industry,” said Nuttall. “It’s giving people choice.”

The Brisbane-based Yatala Packaging Plant created 300 jobs during the construction phase and now has about 70 employees. The plant has a five-star Green Star environmental rating. It is designed to consume reduced amounts of water and electricity as part of the company’s focus on sustainability. Some of the sustainable features include a rainwater harvesting system, which will reduce potable water consumption by 80 per cent. A 100kW solar PV system, daylight sensors and an efficient lighting control system in the warehouse are also part of the facility.

The new plant aims to provide customers with innovative and environmentally sustainable products that enhance their competitiveness, while attracting new customers.

It will enable the company to expand its operations in Australia and provide customers with innovative products.

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Innovative Technology of the Year, sponsored by NHP, was awarded to HMPS

HMPS won the award for its HMPS8000 robotic flat-bread packer. The company shows there is an intricate process to packing, stacking and sorting flatbreads. While most people simply enjoy the end product, HMPS was behind the development and build of a system that created the best packaging solution for a flatbread producer.

HMPS CEO, Shaun Westcott, said the company needed to meet its clients’ needs to create a product that would allow the flatbreads to be packed in a variety of formats, while increasing productivity. “The project is designed to improve the throughput, productivity and efficiency of our client” he said.

HMPS was tasked with packing four different-sized flatbreads, in five different-sized stacks. This needed to be done to fit the customer’s existing carton range and the application required a cycle rate of up to 110 packs per minute. It also needed to adhere to food safety requirements and remain flexible with little operator involvement. “We were successfully able to achieve that for them,” said Westcott. But, the task came with challenges. The HMPS team realised the biggest challenge would be catering to the variety of product sizes, packing formations and varying weights, while still maintaining a good production speed.

By taking this into consideration, the team opted for the HMPS8000 robotic flat-bread packer as the ideal solution. “We value the opportunity our customers give us to develop new and innovative solutions and recognise our staff for working tirelessly to make it happen. Developing innovative and cutting-edge solutions for our clients, remains an ongoing focus for our team,” said Westcott.

HMPS was grateful for the recognition the award gave the company as it continued to offer automated and customised solutions to clients, he said. The company works on projects worldwide, including current jobs such as a specialised packaging solution for packing of pet food pouches in Thailand.

HMPS is an Australian-owned company specialising in the design, development and manufacturing of high-quality machinery for packaging processes. The company started off designing and developing bag-in-box machinery in the 1980s. It has since grown to offer case packers, RSC, palletisers, carton erectors and sealers, pick-and-place applications and specialised robotic solutions. HMPS machinery is exported to Asia, South Africa, New Zealand, Europe, USA and other markets across the globe.

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Food Safety Equipment and Materials, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to CCP Technologies

CCP Technologies is an Australian company that specialises in product development and product management within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). The company builds business-to-business hardware and software solutions, which provide customers with a critical control point monitoring platform. For companies such as Earth Walker and Co, this means the Wollongong-based café and general store can save money on refrigeration.

CCP Technologies executive director, Anthony Rowley, said monitoring was important considering that refrigeration made up 80 per cent of some companies’ energy consumption.

“We tuned an eight-foot by eight-foot cool room and saved the owner $120 a-month,” said Rowley.

Earth Walker uses CCP’s wireless temperature monitoring system in its fridges to ensure all perishable foods are kept in optimal condition. Earth Walker co-owner Bianca Poscoliero said she started using CCP’s monitoring system in early 2017, when the café opened. “We’ve got a general store and a café, so we use them in all of our fridges,” she said.

“We’ve had a few incidents – including fridges failing.” Poscoliero knows immediately when something is wrong with a fridge as she receives an email and an SMS. “We’ve also got the app on our phone so at any time we can log on to the app,” said Poscoliero.

Earth Walker saved time and money by not having staff members manually check on fridges daily, she said. “It’s made our lives much easier. It’s a weight lifted off our shoulders. We are saving thousands a-year,” said Poscoliero.

CCP chief executive officer, Michael White, said based on data captured by CCP, 4.9 per cent of refrigerated coolers and freezers in businesses would suffer a complete failure each year. “In the food industry, if something goes wrong with a fridge, it causes enormous business disruption and can jeopardise food safety,” he said.

“While strengthening regulatory compliance remains a key driver for adoption, customers are using our solution to yield energy savings, reduce waste and support preventive maintenance programs,” said White.

CCP is harnessing the convergence of cloud computing, IoT, blockchain and big data analytics to deliver solutions to food and beverages businesses that help save them money and time.

Food and Beverage Industry awards to be held in Sydney in 2019

The Food and Beverage Industry Awards 2018 brought companies from New Zealand and Australia together to celebrate new products and the best services and technology the industry has to offer.

After a successful event in Sydney, with hundreds of attendees, it will be held in the city again in 2019.

The location is yet to be disclosed, but the July event is set to be bigger than ever.

At this year’s awards, drinks manufacturer Utonic took out the Best of the Best award and the Beverage of the Year for its Utonic Repair drink.

READ: Winners of the Food and Beverage Industry Awards announced

There will also be awards for food safety, packaging innovation, health foods and best in design.

Sponsors help the premier awards program recognise the successes and innovations of the industry.

Rockwell Automation, Total Construction and Flavour Makers are currently on board to sponsor the 2019 show.

In 2018, Flavour Makers sponsored the prestigious Best of the Best award, which had all finalists vying for the top award.

Flavour Makers offers a complete end-to-end food development and manufacturing solution, bringing strategic insight, culinary expertise, and innovative manufacturing technologies to the table.

The company’s product development cycle delivers a comprehensive solution for customers seeking complete product development.

Total Construction has an in-house team of designers, draftsmen and process engineers who prepare industry-specific feasibility studies, cost plans, detail design drawings and construct for food and beverage companies.

The team has worked on ready meals facilities, dairy production lines, bakery facilities, waste treatment facilities, abattoirs and boning rooms.

Rockwell Automation helps food and beverage manufacturers develop a more agile response to changing consumer tastes.

The company revolutionises the way food and beverage manufacturers operate, by providing accessibility to relevant, real-time information.

Sponsors are getting on board quick as the next awards evening approaches in just 10 months’ time.

To get exposure for your company by being a sponsor, contact Sonia Bonner at Sonia.bonner@primecreative.com.au.

 

 

 

 

Winners of the Food and Beverage Industry Awards announced

Drinks manufacturer Utonic took out the Best of the Best award at the Food and Beverage Industry Awards.

The company was among dozens celebrating the success of finalists and winners at the event at Dockside, Cockle Bay wharf in Sydney on the 16th of August.

All finalists were in the running for the Best of the Best awards – Utonic won for its drinks, which are designed to heal the body with anti-oxidant ingredients such as blueberries, pomegranate and sour cherries.

Anti-inflammatory ingredients in the drinks, such as turmeric and ginger, also provide anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea functions.

READ: Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

Utonic was formed in 2016 with the aim of developing a natural beverage range that helps transform the way people feel.

It offers a range of scientifically blended beverages produced from 100 per cent natural real foods, targeted nutrients and no preservatives.

Utonic also won Beverage of the Year for its Utonic Repair drink. This category was sponsored by VEGA Australia.

Winners of Best of the Best – Utonic

The Ingredient Innovation section was won by Botanical Innovations, which produces apple cider vinegar powder.

Ingredient Innovation – Botanical Innovations

Food Safety Equipment and Materials, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to CCP Technologies Ltd for CCP Network Australia.

Food Safety Equipment and Materials – CCP Technologies

Packaging Innovation, sponsored by Jet Technologies, was awarded to Result Group for its work on Grape N’Go.

Packaging Innovation – Result Group

Innovative Technology of the Year, sponsored by NHP, was awarded to HMPS, for its work on the HMPS8000 robotic flat bread packer.

Innovative Technology of the Year – HMPS

Health Foods, sponsored by JCurve Solutions, was awarded to COYO for its coconut yoghurt kids pouches.

Health Foods – COYO

Best in Design, sponsored by Wiley, was awarded to Oji Fibre Solutions for the Yatala Packaging Plant.

Best in Design – Oji Fibre Solutions

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods was awarded to Sunshine Meats, for its smoked duck breast.

Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods – Sunshine Meats

Paddock to Plate, sponsored by Manark Printing, was awarded to Australian Primary Hemp, which makes hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp balance and hemp boost.

Paddock to Plate – Australian Primary Hemp