Pic’s Peanut Butter brings ‘slugs’ to the Australian market

Pic’s Peanut Butter, all natural peanut butter company made with 100 per cent Australian ingredients, has brought Peanut Butter slugs to Australia.

These are a hearty shot of smooth peanut butter.

The single-serve sachet is 30g of smooth Pic’s Peanut Butter, made from freshly roasted hi-oleic peanuts, a pinch of salt and nothing else.

It is the perfect addition to a picnic basket, children’s lunchboxes, or a work desk drawer.

The peanut butter slug allows people to enjoy a snack with a healthy trifecta of good fats, protein and fibre.

Pic’s Peanut Butter founder Pic Picot said the team was truly excited to introduce this unique product into the Australian market.

“Our much-loved peanut butter is now available in an individual, easy to use and enjoy sachet that is the pocket fuel every peanut butter lover needs and wants,” said Picot.

The slugs are packaged with a double foiled wrapping and feature an easy-open spout at the top of the package for ultimate convenience and to avoid leakage.

The new single-serve slugs come in a dispenser pack with an easy to open box, now available for retailers.

The Pic’s Peanut Butter Slug will retail for RRP$1.00, making peanut butter a snack that is both accessible and affordable for everyone.

Brownies and lemon drizzle squares

Fibre One Chocolate Fudge Brownies and Lemon Drizzle Squares are tasty snacks that allow you to fill up without filling out.

With just 90 calories per square, the soft-baked squares are also naturally high in fibre (5g per square) and lower in fat. And the best bit is that there’s no compromise on taste. They are as good for you as they are tasty.

You can indulge guilt-free with these brownies. They are high in fibre with chocolate flavour fudge pieces and chocolate flavour drizzle.

And when the afternoon sugar cravings strike, forget the vending machine or lolly jar, liven up your tastebuds with the Lemon Drizzle Squares – high in fibre bars with lemon flavour pieces and lemon flavour drizzle.


Slim Secrets Bare Bar: Salted Caramel & Banana 40g

Manufacturer: Contract manufacturer in Melbourne

Launch date: 1st June

Ingredients: Oligofructose (100% natural prebiotic fire), Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Hydrolised Whey Protein Isolate), Almonds, Cocoa Butter, Bananas 4.5%, Sugar Free Caramel Chips 4.5% Natural Flavour, Colour (Caramel I), Stevia Extract, Salt 0.5%, Antioxidant (Mixed Tocopherols).

Shelf Life: 13 months

Packaging: 12 x 40g

Product Manager: Angela Taranto

Country of origin: Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients

Brand Website:  www.slimsecrets.com.au

Description: The perfect combination of salted caramel with a hint of banana in a gluten free clean protein bar.

The new Salted Caramel & Banana Bare Bar not only tastes delicious but is low in carbs, sweetened with stevia and packed with protein and fibre to help you control your cravings and feel fuller for longer.

Best of all the bar has only 127 calories so it won’t weigh you down. It’s even achieved the ultimate 5 star health rating under the Australian Government health initiative.

Sale of raw apricot kernels now prohibited: FSANZ

The retail sale of raw apricot kernels is prohibited as from today, when changes to the Food Standards Code come into effect.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ has found that raw apricot kernels (both with and without skin) pose an acute public health and safety risk.

“Raw apricot kernels contain cyanogenic glycosides, which are broken down to release cyanide when eaten,” McCutcheon said.

“There have been a number of cases of cyanide poisoning related to consumption of apricot kernels, with some consumers eating them believing they can help cure or prevent cancer, although there is no credible evidence that is the case.”

The prohibition does not apply to apricot kernel-derived ingredients, which can be shown to be safe to use as ingredients in other foods.

In September 2015, the FSANZ Board approved a proposal to prohibit the sale of raw apricot kernels. In November 2015, Ministers responsible for food regulation agreed to adopt the changes, which will be gazetted today.

Amazonia detoxes its supply chain with new software

Australian company, Amazonia, is using Unleashed Software’s inventory management software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to support what it said was a 60 per cent year-on-year sales growth by providing its expanding and dispersed workforce with better visibility and control of the supply and sales data of its health food products.
Amazonia finds and develops organic, functional foods and supplements. Its portfolio includes frozen and fresh Brazilian acai berries and the RAW range of protein and nutrition. The company partners with third party logistics (3PL) provider, McPhee Distribution Services, which stores and ships the products.
“When we increased our team to 25 employees across Australia, we needed a way to ensure every staff member had the necessary knowledge and tools to do their jobs – for us, that means instant information to support our retail clients and exporting business,” said Dwayne Martens, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amazonia.
“We picked Unleashed because it not only gives us real-time information on what we have right now, but also because it provides accompanying sales reports to allow us to predict what we’ll need over the next quarter. The best part is that it’s all in the cloud, so we’ve got people right around the country logging into our system to access up-to-date data for various purposes.”
Unleashed’s cloud-based capabilities allow Amazonia’s State Sales Managers, for example, to track sales and batch numbers in real-time. This means staff can forecast stock requirements and place purchase orders to ensure the company’s regional operations are properly restocked to meet existing customer requirements and account for growth. By providing powerful monitoring, it also creates visibility into every batch of products, from source, through production and after shipment.
All orders placed through Unleashed are instantly prepared for invoicing, giving Amazonia an accurate, item-by-item breakdown of all purchases for greater visibility into stock levels – previously, large orders would only appear as one holistic value.
Gareth Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Unleashed Software said: “Whether its exporting acai to Spain or Israel, or restocking its local health food shops, sophisticated inventory management gives Amazonia the ability to ensure its staff can meet customer demand by always having granular visibility into stock, sales and supply chain.”


Cut down on salt, drink less and move more: Australia’s blueprint to control chronic disease

Chronic diseases are responsible for nine out of ten deaths in Australia, and for much of the health expenditure about which governments are so concerned.

The risk factors underlying these chronic diseases in Australia need to be urgently addressed. Factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, poor nutrition, smoking and alcohol misuse contribute to a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory illnesses.

Our new report, released this week, proposes a set of chronic disease targets especially designed for Australia. These draw from the World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan targets for 2025 and include an additional area: mental health.

The focus is on population-based approaches to prevention, but we also target those at high risk of chronic disease. The 2025 targets Australian experts propose are:

  • Life – a 25% reduction in preventable early deaths from chronic diseases
  • Alcohol – at least a 10% reduction in harmful drinking
  • Exercise – a 10% reduction in inactivity
  • Salt – a 30% reduction in salt intake
  • Tobacco – a 30% reduction in adult tobacco use and a 60% reduction for people with mental illness
  • Obesity – no rise in the level of obesity
  • Diabetes – no rise in the level of new diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) – a 25% reduction across the population
  • Mental health – a 10% reduction in suicide rates (by 2020); to halve the employment and education gap for people with mental illness.

How are we doing?

Australia addresses some risk factors better than others. We perform well on tobacco control, for instance, and were the first to introduce plain packaging with graphic health warnings, in 2012. Ireland and the United Kingdom have since introduced plain packaging, and France, Norway, South Africa and Canada are committed to such legislation.

The drop in smoking rates to 12.8% reflects coordinated action using taxation, regulation of sales and advertising, and community education. But we still have work to do.

Australia’s performance in other areas is of major concern. In 2011/12, 63% of adults, or 10.8 million people, were overweight or obese. This makes us one of the heaviest nations in the world. Obesity carries significant health risks for heart disease and stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers as well as a range of other chronic diseases.

Salt intake is another area of concern; Australia is falling behind countries such as Britain in this area. In 2013, Australian men consumed 7.1 grams of salt each day and women 5.3 grams. Most salt in the Australia diet comes from processed foods and convenience foods, such as bread, cereals, soups and sauces, pizza and sandwiches.

Reducing Australia’s salt intake by 30% would result in 3,500 fewer deaths a year from strokes and heart attacks and save millions of dollars in the health-care system.

Four out of five Australian children (aged five to 17) don’t get enough physical exercise and more than half of Australian adults are physically inactive. Lack of physical activity contributes to early and preventable deaths and has about the same impact on people’s health as smoking and obesity.

Alcohol is implicated as a cause in more than 200 medical conditions such as cancer and stroke. Alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments are rising, and there is increased risk of injury through accidents and assaults associated with drinking.

Fixing our health and our economy

Chronic diseases are expensive, and monitoring both diseases and risk factors is essential to avert future costs and harms. Health spending on diabetes has been predicted to rise by 400% over coming decades, reaching A$7 billion in 2033. This is largely due to excess weight and obesity.

So how can we reverse this trend?

We need good information about the health of our population so that progress on risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure can be tracked. Carrying out the Australian Health Survey every five years is essential, so that we have direct measures of blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels from a population sample. However, there is currently no national commitment to regular health surveys.

To address inequities, both monitoring and interventions need to be planned with the needs of disadvantaged groups in mind. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rural Australians and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds bear a greater brunt of chronic disease and risk factor exposure.

For the millions of Australians living with chronic diseases, better coordination of care is key to improving health outcomes. This can be as simple as different health care professionals sharing patient information and coordinating appointments.

Or it may mean preventing chronic diseases from progressing. Vision and foot checks for people with diabetes, for instance, can help prevent complications such as amputations and loss of sight.

Information systems, including e-health records and patient registers, can also help. An IT system that prompts a check on whether a person with chronic lung problems has had the flu vaccine, for instance, could prevent significant illness or hospitalisation.

Finding our way

Australia has an opportunity to act on prevention and to invest in highly cost-effective policies and programs. We have a new national strategy for diabetes, and existing strategies in areas such as alcohol and obesity. What is missing is a focus on implementation.

A broad-based collaborative effort between Commonwealth, state and territory and local governments will be essential if Australia is to put in place effective prevention of chronic diseases by 2025.

Over time, Australian governments have not given adequate or sustained attention to keeping their population well. This must change if Australia is to have a thriving population and economy.

The Conversation

Rosemary Calder, Director, Health Policy, Victoria University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Melbourne-based premixed snack line now available in over 100 retailers

Since launching in May 2014, Melbourne-based, healthy, premixed, snack brand, Funch has seen rapid growth, expanding their product line from two to eight, and increasing their stockists to nearly 100 outlets, all within 15 months.

Funch is the brainchild of the locally born and bred, energetic and entrepreneurial duo, Tanya Duncan and Lisa Bourne.

“When Funch first hit the shelves we had to spend a lot of time explaining the concept,” Funch Co-founder, Lisa Bourne said.

“People weren’t expecting to find such a healthy, wholesome snack that tasted amazing and was simple to make. Back then, healthy snacks in this ‘premixed-make-it-at-home’ space didn’t exist.”

With a local organic health food store the first to give the Funch products a go, Lisa and Tanya spent hours standing in stores handing out samples and explaining just how simple the products were to make.

“In store tastings have been fundamental in the growth and uptake of the Funch range. We find that people are open to the Funch range once they’ve read the list of clean ingredients and taste just how delicious they are,” Lisa said.

Through Funch, Lisa and Tanya support people who are looking to make healthy food choices, but due to a lack of skill, knowledge, confidence and time, need an easy and convenient option.

“Funch is all about supporting people like us who are doing their best to make healthy choices so all of our ingredients have a health offering. We want each of our products to bring benefits that stretch well beyond an amazing taste,” Lisa said.

 “The Funch line is a reflection of the everyday need that myself, and so many others have, to keep our diets healthy while within the constraints of a busy lifestyle,” Tanya said.