Minister says food and beverage industry pillar of strength in manufacturing

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has welcomed comments by the Federal Minister for Industry, Hon Karen Andrews at the National Press Club that again confirms the strengths of Australia’s food, beverage and grocery manufacturing sector.

The $122.1 billion Australian food, beverage and grocery manufacturing sector is the biggest manufacturing sector with 273,000 jobs and is a backbone to regional Australia.

During the speech, the Minister called out this sector as essential and noted that Australia is well regarded internationally for the food products that we make.

“While the supermarkets kept their doors open, it was the food and grocery manufacturers and suppliers working around the clock 24/7 that stepped up to keep their shelves stocked with the essential products needed by Australians week after week during the COVID-19 crisis” said AFGC acting CEO Dr Geoffrey Annison.

Annison said that while we make safe, nutritious food here and enough for 75 million people, we also value add to the raw commodities from our farms and sell that to the world. Our exports are worth nearly $35 billion with a strong import trade as well bringing in ingredients to add to the products we make here.

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Australia and with the support from the Federal Government through either reducing red tape, short term incentives and allowances and helping business to navigate new markets, we have had the confidence and ability to remain strong during the COVID-19 crisis,” Annison said.

“While this sector is vital and strong, the AFGC will work with Government to shape the future landscape for manufacturing in Australia as laid out by Minister Andrews. Building competitiveness is a priority especially as global competition is likely to be fierce as other countries look to Australia as a potential market for their industries, and will not hesitate to take share from Australia in export markets.”

Fine Food Australia expo in Melbourne showcases the country’s best

Fine Food Australia kicked off on the 10th of September with more than 1000 exhibitors showcasing some of Australia’s best food and beverages, machinery and equipment.

The event, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, runs until the 13th of September.

Fine Food Australia is a trade exhibition that helps people share new ideas, techniques and trends in the food and beverage industry.

Fine Food Australia delves into all corners of the industry, including the bakery sector, tea, dairy, meat, organic and free-from foods, and liquor.

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Exhibitors include food manufacturers and equipment specialists, ranging from Xiamen Huamerica Reliance Foods, which specialises in seafood and poultry, to Woombye Cheese Company, to Woojung Bakeware and trend-following cafes such as the Vegan Shack based in Melbourne, which is giving cooking demonstrations of its plant-based ‘snitty bakon’ burger.

Events include the national final of Australia’s longest running culinary competition – Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Award, a food and beverage exporters forum – hosted by Export Connect, and a Coles ‘meet the buyer event’, which connects people with key executives from Coles. One-on-one meetings are also available with key executives from the supermarket chain.

Export connect is also presenting a forum on organic food in the Singapore and Hong Kong markets. Exporters who have recently returned from Asia will give insight into these markets.

As well as this, coffee and chocolate lovers have the chance to learn more about these fields.

The cafe stage showcases leaders in the cafe industry, who are running interactive masterclasses and discussions that provide the audience with new ideas and inspiration for their businesses.

Belcolade International master chocolatier Stephane Leroux will also be demonstrating how to turn chocolate into a work of art. His work includes chocolate masterpieces that are almost unrecognisable as they are transformed in to floral sculptures.

More than 26,000 visitors attend the annual event – meeting face to face with industry leaders, food suppliers and small to large business owners.

Fifteenth Food and Beverage Industry awards night sells out

The Food and Beverage Industry awards will roll into its fifteenth year with a full house.

The sell-out event features companies from across Australia and New Zealand that have a focus on health, safety and trends that continue to make the industry thrive.

The event will be at the at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, in Sydney. It celebrates the success of dozens of companies that have made it as finalists this year.

Event-goers will be able to sink their teeth into an evening of food, drinks and festivities on the 16th of August.

READ: Food and Beverage Awards Industry finalists announced

The awards program recognises successful and innovative people in the industry.

The categories are:
Health Foods – Sponsored by JCurve Solutions
Beverage of the Year – Sponsored by Vega Australia
Packaging Innovation – Sponsored by Jet Technologies
Innovative Technology of the Year – Sponsored by NHP
Best in Design – Sponsored by Wiley
Paddock to Plate – Manark Printing
Food Safety Equipment and Materials – COG Advertising
Ingredient Innovation
Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods

As well as the chance to win in their category, finalists are also automatically entered for the ‘Best of the Best’ award, sponsored by Flavour Makers.

If you missed out on getting your ticket to the Awards, please contact the Event Organisers: 03 9690 8766 or event.organiser@primecreative.com.au.

 

Mindfulness is a key factor in people’s food choices for 2018

Mindfulness and individual choice are at the forefront of people’s minds when it comes to food choices in 2018.

Although these are not new trends, they are ongoing factors that continue to shape the consumer food market.

Consumers are developing a more holistic way of questioning what they eat.

Rather than random selection, they’re looking to connect with a brand’s values – be it health and wellness benefits, a social conscience, or enhanced nutrition.

READ: The top six food trends for 2018 – a manufacturer’s guide

Consumer packaged goods companies must become more innovative and relevant to meet consumer needs.

This pushes companies to run incubator programs for product innovation and experiment with creative technology in stores to keep consumers satisfied.

Studies conducted by Haines Consulting Group show that consumers are increasingly mindful in their food choices. It is the main driver to consumer behaviour in the food industry.

Modern consumers want to know what is in their food and how it was sourced, so they can make better decisions about their health and how the product impacts the environment and the community.

This behavioural shift means that brands must advertise and create an environment that empowers consumers through convenience, health and choice.

The technology and tools available to consumers mean they have more insight into their personal health than ever before.

Knowing how many steps they’ve taken, calories they’ve burnt, or how much sleep they’ve had, can play a big role in people’s food choices.

For brands, messaging is key, to help consumers make the desired choice for their health.

Consumers are becoming more educated on nutrition and food quality, as they want to make responsible food decisions.

Food is becoming less of a commodity and more of an individual choice.

Preferences need to be catered for and shopping needs to feel relevant and personal.

But, it’s a fine line to find the balance of enough options to overwhelming choice.

The ability to personalise is essential, but people don’t want to be confronted with too many choices.

Brands also need to effectively communicate food messages about nutrition and health.

Another trends that isn’t new, but is proving important to consumers, is fitting products into people’s busy lifestyles.

Products need to be conveniently packaged and marketed to tick the convenience box for consumers.

This trend is evident in the uptake and increase in food delivery services and meal packages, blurring the line between restaurants and supermarkets.

E-commerce is set for huge growth with fast ordering and delivery services, meaning shoppers can get everything they need quickly and easily.

Understanding all of these consumer trends can help business increase engagement and ultimately increase brand sales and success, Haines Consulting Group explains.