Fonterra tops the list of IBISWorld’s Top 100 food and beverage companies

Fonterra has remained to be on the top of the IBIS list of food and beverage companies by revenue generated.

The largest 100 food and beverage companies in Australia generate in excess of $100 billion in revenue (up from over $96 billion in 2014-15) and employ more than 130,000 Australians. 

Strong growth in food processing industries, in addition to milk production in Australia benefitting from joint ventures and expansion of airfreighted fresh milk exports to growing Asian markets has pushed Fonterra into the #1 spot for over two years.

According to IBISWorld senior industry analyst Spencer Little, industry revenue is set to decline in the beer industry as alcohol consumption continues to fall.

"The two newcomers to the list are Green's Foods and a2 Milk. a2 Milk posted revenue growth of 40.2 per cent over the year through June 2015, on the back of fresh milk exports to China and substantial sales growth in a2 Platinum Infant Formula across Australia and New Zealand," Mr Little said.

"After purchasing the remaining 50 per cent interest in the a2 Milk Company Limited joint venture and converting it to a fully owned subsidiary, a2 Milk began exporting fresh milk to China in August 2014. Sales of the company's infant formula skyrocketed in 2014-15."

Top Ten Food and Beverage Companies revealed by IBISWorld

  1. Fonterra Co-Op Group
  2. Lion Nathan National Foods
  3. Coca-Cola Amatil
  4. JBS Australia
  5. Devondale Murray Goulburn
  6. Teys Australia
  7. Bidvest
  8. Inghams
  9. Food Investments
  10. Nestle

Conveyor Belt Systems for Sustainable Food Industry Operations

Moving food products from point to point during processing is both essential and unavoidable. 

. Conveyor belt systems make up the most important part of all installations in the food industry. Needless to say, the efficiency and sustainability of such conveyor systems is a big concern to all stakeholders in this industry as well as the State Agencies concerned.

While the manufacturers look into efficiency and sustainability as a means to cut down on production costs and increase bottom-lines, Federal and State agencies are more concerned with general energy efficiency and waste reduction with regards to impacts on the environment. It is a win-win situation that has encouraged the development of conveyor belt systems and conveyor belt scales  that promote the sustainability of various industrial operations.

1. Good Hygienic Design

A good design of the conveyors that positively promotes hygiene is going to ensure that only the highest levels of food safety are maintained. This will no doubt provide economic benefits by the mere fact that it is going to guarantee the production of high quality products. The production of high quality food products is basically self-sustainable when it comes to acceptance by the consumers.

2. Ability to be Cleaned Easily

Conveyor systems in the food industry need to be constantly cleaned for obvious reasons. If they are designed in such a way as to facilitate cleaning, and easy cleaning at that, then this will be another feature that is going to help maintain sustainable operations in this industry.

The cleaning of conveyor belt systems can be done using either the automated Cleaning-in-place features or manually. Those systems that are easy to disassemble and reassemble without the need for tools make it even easier for the components to be thoroughly cleaned.

3. Non-Fray Fabric Conveyor Belts

When it comes to the fabric conveyor belts, the ideal surface is generally smooth and homogeneous, and thus easy to clean. The no-fray or fray less fabric conveyors are ideal for the food industry since they minimize fiber contamination on the food products being conveyed. Quality can be adversely affected due to such contaminations; the end result being losses.

4. The Belt Scale

Having a belt scale along the conveyor system provides an excellent way of maintaining and monitoring accurate flow rates of materials and products. The best conveyor scales need to be accurate, dependable and also capable of repeatable operations day in and day out. With such features, wastage is kept at bay and overall production costs down.

5. Easy to Access Conveyor Belt Scales

With quick and efficient means to access the conveyor belt scales, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and calibrations exercises for these readers will be carried out without major snarl-ups on general production. Any time that is saved during all manufacturing processes usually translates to savings in terms of resources.

6. Constructed using Quality Materials

Generally, the stainless steels provide exceptional corrosion resistance. This is one of the reasons why it is used widely in the food industry. The selection of the right grade of stainless steel for a food production conveyor system will largely depend on the intended use among other considerations. Bottom line here is that a conveyor system constructed with good quality materials will be both efficient and durable.

7. Energy Efficient

Being energy efficient is not only good for manufacturers, but also for the environment. There are those conveyor systems with energy efficiency features, such as the gravity feed that make use of the force of gravity to substitute their power at convenient points.

There are also other measures that if well implemented, can result in even more energy efficiency. Things like selecting the right size for your factory, switching the system off when not in use, ensuring that it is kept well maintained for optimum efficiency and upgrading where necessary, are all going to help save energy.

Benefits of Conveyor Belt Systems in the Food Industry

  1. Reduced Errors hence Increased Productivity

With the automation of product and material movement, not only is more of it moved round, but it is also done efficiently. With the inclusion of the conveyor scales that monitor the weights of materials and products during production, errors in ingredient quantities and package weights are virtually eliminated.

  1. Sustainably Sanitary

There are those conveyors specifically designed to recycle excess products, such as toppings in food production, an example being the pneumatic conveying system. These evidently reduce waste and hence facilitate great economic returns to the manufacturers.

  1. Easy to Setup plus Improved Safety in Operations.

Conveyor systems can be purchased and easily installed where needed. Some can actually be installed by the owners themselves and that makes the whole exercise a lot easier on the pocket. Complete automations of the conveyance process means that there will be less human contact and even lesser risk of accidents.

Sunpork launches new BBQ pork range

Sunpork Fresh Foods Chinese BBQ style pork roast is set to hit shelves in Victoria and South Australia on September 1, followed by launches into NSW and Queensland in the following weeks.

Made from 100 per cent Australian pork, the roast is marinated in a delicious and fragrant Chinese BBQ sauce and then slow cooked, SunPork Fresh Foods Marketing Manager Mary-Jane Knudsen said consumers now have the opportunity to cook this classic and versatile favourite at home.

“The pork only takes about 30 minutes in the oven (depending on the weight), and the result is a fantastic, full flavoured take on this traditional favourite that usually requires hours of preparation and slow cooking,” Ms Knudsen said.

“This is sure to become a family favourite for many households as Chinese BBQ Pork Roast is loved by most of us. It’s so good to be able to prepare a dish like this at home and enjoy without the effort of dining out.”

The Pork Roast in Chinese BBQ Sauce joins the Pork Schnitzel with Peri Peri Crumb, which was launched last month.

Sold through Woolworths, SunPork is continuing to add to its popular range of pre-prepared pork products, making it easy to serve fast and tasty meals at home.

Other products include a shredded meat range, Slow Cooked BBQ pork ribs and Slow Cooked pork belly.