Process turns waste whey into profitable products

An innovative method of extracting protein from whey has the potential to turn a waste product of cheese making into a valuable by-product which can help make baby formula, baked goods or feed for fish farms or piggeries.

The process won the Innovation in Health Sciences prize at Curtin University’s Innovation Commercialisation awards recently.

It involves using biopolymers (polymers made by living organisms) to cause the protein to precipitate, or sink, to the bottom of the whey and be collected.

“The pH and the amount of biopolymer is critical. You can add those and nothing will happen because you want to optimise the conditions,” Curtin University food engineer Dr Tuna Dincer says.

"If you don’t get the pH right of the addition, nothing will happen.

Disposing of whey—which is 94 per cent water—can be a headache for some cheese makers, with a kilo of cheese resulting in up to nine kilos of whey as a by-product.

World-wide, 62 billion litres of whey are produced each year, while in Australia cheese makers discard 280 million litres of whey every year.

The Curtin research team’s one-step extraction process has been designed for small to medium-size cheese producers.

Large cheese makers often have equipment to process the whey, but in many cases, smaller cheese makers pay to truck whey to farms where it is spread into the soil under supervision.

Trucking whey from factory to farm can cost cheese makers three to four cents a litre.

"We targeted small/boutique to medium manufacturers who do not have the money to invest in equipment," Dr Dincer says.

"We wanted to design something so simple it does not require extra equipment.”

The Curtin research team includes Dr Tuna Dincer, Dr Corinne Vallet and Professor Vijay Jayasena (now with the University of Sydney), with the work funded by Dairy Innovation Australia.

The team, which is involved with Curtin’s Zero Waste Food group, is seeking further research funding and ultimately commercialisation.

“We have done proof of concept at the lab scale, with a maximum of five litres,” Dr Dincer says.

“At the moment we are applying for research funding to do pilot scale trials and we need to do feeding trials as well.”

Reprinted fromScienceNetwork WA …see original article here-

Fonterra management appointment

Judith Swales has been promoted to the new role of Managing Director Oceania, joining the Fonterra management team after leadership roles with Heinz Australasia and Goodyear Dunlop Australia. 

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings says the appointment of Swales was a natural choice to ensure opportunities for growth and innovation in both consumer and foodservice portfolios that will maximise the Co-Operative’s volume and value strategy. 

“Judith has extensive experience in business transformation and has led the reshaping of our Australian operations. She will continue to progress our detailed plan to lift our performance and turnaround is reaching a point where she is more than capable of taking on expanded responsibilities.”

Spierings believed that the new Managing Director’s understanding of the relationship between brands and consumers would assist Fonterra in building effective partnerships in the highly competitive supermarket sector in Australia.

Combining brand portfolios and businesses together was a major driving force behind Fonterra choosing to focus resources on achieving faster results in an efficient and sustainable manner.

A number of Fonterra’s consumer brands, including Mainland, Perfect Italiano and Anchor have been sold on both sides of the Tasman, leading Swales to ensure growth across the Australasian markets.

The appointment of the new Managing Director will take effect on the 1st November as Fonterra works through the process of appointing a permanent person to the role of Managing Director of New Zealand. 

ChAFTA win means its time for mid-sized business ministry say consultants

Welcoming the news ChAFTA will come in to force by December, mid-size businesses exporting to China will now be able to confidently invest in growing new markets, at the same time as creating new jobs in Australia according to Grant Thornton CEO, Greg Keith.

“ChAFTA has significant potential for job generation as Australian mid-size businesses grow. Legislation provides confidence for ongoing investment into Asian expansion strategies and driving business confidence across the country.”

“This is the perfect time for Australian mid-size businesses to develop their Asian growth strategies.”
“We’re closing the gap on competitors like New Zealand who implemented its agreement in 2008, and now has 97 per cent of its products enter duty free. Full implementation of ChAFTA tariff reduction commitments will take up to 15 years on some products according to the agreement.”

“Take NZ beef, for example, which already enters the China market duty free. The significance of legislating ChAFTA by December will mean that Australian beef producers will make a start on its tariff reduction journey, catching up to New Zealand’s tariff free beef in 2024,” said Keith.

“Despite representing a combined economy larger than Queensland and employing more than 3.7 million people in Australia, the interests of mid-size business are not represented, even though they are best equipped to deliver results for Australia. Now more than ever is the time to appoint a Minister for mid-size business,” said Keith.

Mid-size businesses are the engine room of the economy driving business confidence, injecting $AUD241 billion into the economy through wages and salaries and have a combined annual turnover of $AUD1.1 trillion. They are well placed to succeed in export markets, but their interests need to be looked out for in order to deliver results.

“Mid-size businesses will deliver but we need to equip them with the right networks, market intelligence and assistance in penetrating supply chains. Winning export markets is a complex equation and while the tariff reduction schedule is a great first step, it’s just one ingredient.”

“If we do it well we can address more than just tariff barriers. Mid-size business needs an ongoing voice at the table as the working groups address non-tariff barriers to make sure it’s commercially relevant, in areas including recognition of qualifications, product standards, quarantine regulations to name a few.”

“Small business interests are being catered to by Kelly O’Dwyer, larger business already at the table. Mid-size businesses that have the scale and agility to build momentum and success in new markets are not being represented,” he noted.


Safety fuses for food manufacturers

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Distributed by Compressed Air Australia, HoseGuard Safety Fuses are available in aluminium and, on special order, 316L stainless steel, and are suitable for any application where compressed air is used:
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HoseGuard Safety Fuses for Compressed Air Systems meet OSHA and MSHA requirements, and are CE compliant to help managers comply with Workplace Health and Safety Act directives.

When failure of a hose assembly or plastic piping constitutes a whiplash hazard, HoseGuard Safety Fuses can be restrained or shielded by suitable means.

Nestlé tops category in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

A 'zero water' factory in Mexico, a UK confectionery factory that turns waste into renewable energy are just two examples of the kind of work that has helped Nestlé achieve an industry leading score of 99 out of 100 in the 'Environmental Dimension' of the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

The DJSI is a globally recognised independent benchmark that measures company performance across three dimensions: Economic, Environmental and Social.

With an overall score of 89 out of 100 in the DJSI ranking, Nestlé was among the top performing food product companies. In the Index’s 'Environmental Dimension', its score of 99 is the highest in the industry, which underlines its commitment to water stewardship and environmental sustainability.

For instance, Nestlé says it is committed to achieving water efficiency and sustainability across its operations, and one example is the introduction of 'zero water' technology at its dairy factory in Jalisco, Mexico, which allows the plant to operate without using any local groundwater.

The UK provides another example of new, more sustainable production processes: an anaerobic digestion system at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory turns confectionery waste into renewable energy and clean water.

Nestlé's status as the leading Nutrition, Health & Wellness company was recognised with a top score of 100 for Health & Nutrition in the Index, a testament it says, to work done in areas including product innovation and renovation.

Versatile HMI for food manufacturers

Rockwell Automation has released its new Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 Performance graphic terminal to simplify and streamline visualisation in large, complex applications including food manufacturing. 

The PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal expands on the recently released PanelView Plus 7 Standard model with a larger screen option, more processing power, expanded connectivity and greater software support.

The Performance model has six screen-size options, including a new 19-inch option – the largest to date from Rockwell Automation. The 19-inch screen offers machine builders and end users more display area on which they can design, control and monitor large applications. The Performance model also includes new keypad options to complement the terminal’s standard touch screen.

A more powerful CPU supports larger displays and larger applications. While the Standard model supports applications with up to 25 screens and 200 alarms, the Performance model supports applications much larger in size and complexity.
With the addition of an embedded Ethernet switch and two Ethernet ports, the PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal can support a device level ring (DLR) topology for single-fault resiliency. 

The terminal also has expanded mobile connectivity. Remote desktop services enable a plant manager, maintenance technician or support provider to securely access the HMI from a remote location to troubleshoot a problem, walk through setup procedures, review alarming and more. In addition, plant operators can monitor HMI data within the plant using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.

With video playback support, machine builders and end users can now incorporate helpful videos into the terminal to support operator training and troubleshooting. Microsoft Office viewers and Internet Explorer support give operators instantaneous access to network-based Office files and HTML pages, such as standard operating procedures, directly from the terminal.

The PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal also retains the benefits introduced with the PanelView Plus 7 Standard terminal. This includes the ability to save projects and critical machine information on an SD card. For example, machine builders can save a single machine’s configuration on an SD card and re-use it for multiple similar machines, while operators can archive machine data for faster terminal replacements and easier troubleshooting.



2015 Food Magazine Awards blow guests out of the water

Last Friday night at a gala event held on a water-borne platform at Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour known as the Dockside Pavilion, the 2015 Food Magazine Awards not only showcased the very best in Australian food manufacturing products, they also exhibited the vibrancy of a sector is that is moving ahead in leaps and bounds in terms of innovation and exports.

With 300 guests representing a number of food making sectors, companies and regions and organised by the publisher of Food magazine, Cirrus Media, the awards actually surprised many of the guests with the innovation that was on show.

The MCs for the night, the Chaser Boys entertained well into the night and by all accounts, the sponsors and guests were thrilled at the nights’ winners.

In fact, according to many in the audience, the night was an experience well worth remembering. 

Anni Brownjohn – President – The Right Food Group and Chair – National Organic Standards Board of Australia, said: “Thank you for once again taking the lead by providing the platform for the Australian food industry to recognise and congratulate the best in the business.”

Anna Meiler Mintel’s Account Director – ANZ- said: “I just wanted to drop a quick note to day that the Food Magazine Awards last Friday were fantastic! It was so well organized, everything was just perfect, from the location, drinks, food, the Chaser (please book them every year) and the band.”
“I loved the fact that the exhibitors were all fairly start-up and not too established (interesting new ingredients and concepts) and the same for the awards.”

However, the most important part of the night was the announcement of the winners of the various categories, which were:

1.    Inside Out Nutritious Goods for their Unsweetened Almond Milk  (Beverages)

2.    five:am for their Organic Cacao Yoghurt (Dairy)

3.    Baked Goods award is La Tortilleria for their Corn Tortillas (Baked Goods)

4.    Della Rosa Fresh Foods Group for their Santino Ultra Premium Stone baked Pizza Range  (Ready Meals)
5.    Morlife for their Dark Chocolate 5 Berry Mix (Labels)
6.    Kez's Kitchen for their Kez's Free & Naked Choc Mud Bars (Health and Wellness)
7.    Coolsan Australia for ChillSafe (Food Safety and Innovation in non-food Award)
8.    Bake Mixes for their Chewy Cacao-Chip Muesli Bars Mix (Organics Award is)
9.    Woolworths for their Created with Jamie Beef Meatballs & Wagyu Chorizo (Meat and Smallgoods Award)
10.    NOSHU Foods for their NOSHU Guilt Free Donuts (Snack Foods Award)
11.    B.-d. Farm Paris Creek (Sustainable Manufacturer Award is)
12.    Passage Foods for their Street Kitchen – Rogan Josh – Scratch Kit (Prepared Foods Award)
13.    Kelly Cube for their Kelly Cube Wholefood Meal Kit (Packaging Design Award)
14.    Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices for their Revolutionary System of Herbs & Spices (Ingredient Innovation Award)
15.     “Heilala Vanilla (Community Engagement Award)
16.    Thank You Group (Employer of the Year Award)

The Best of the Best Award went to Kelly Cube, whose entry was described as “a scrumptious and nutritious ready to cook restaurant quality meal with a simple and fun recipe in a box, totally sustainable packaging and a concept that supports local farmers and growers. All they needed to add was free tickets to the footy finals and 12 months’ worth of video games in the back of a Ute and the world’s 3+ billion men would be instant customers. This is forward thinking combined with healthy eating with a dash of positive community engagement all rolled into one economically fat stroke of genius. This is what Australia’s food industry should be all about. “

So another year has passed and another Food Awards has rewarded a number of Australian companies for their skill and expertise in the field of food making.

Well done to all the winners, sponsors, guests and everyone else involved and we hope see you all next year!


Not all bad news for manufacturing jobs: survey

Manufacturing workers have some reasons to be optimistic about their employment futures despite recent bad times, a survey has found.

According to the just-released 2015 Hays Salary Guide, while those looking for manufacturing jobs will need to be realistic when it comes to salary and opportunities, the sector is showing resilience and companies in some areas are doing well.

The survey noted the obvious negatives in the industry – the upcoming death of car making in this country and the affect the mining industry’s change from the construction phase to the operation phase will have on manufacturers in that area.

But it found that many manufacturers have realised that times are changing and are taking on the challenges of diversification and specialisation. And it also noted the strength of the food and beverage (F&B) and building products sectors as positives.

The F&B sector, the survey said, grew in 2014 and should grow even more in 2015. However, it is also experiencing a shortage of highly-skilled job candidates, due to too few university graduates specialising in food technology and food science. The industry is looking to employ such candidates from Europe in order to deal with the shortfall.

The survey found that the outlook for employment in the building materials sector is also positive. It put this down to the strong construction sector in New South Wales and Western Australia as well as the high amount of high rise development in Victoria.

It said that the building industry’s tight deadlines have resulted in an increase in demand for highly skilled blue collar workers on temporary assignments.


NMW 2015 wraps up

This year, National Manufacturing Week attracted a significant number of C-level executives, managers and other business decision-makers responsible for making technology investments in their businesses.

"We've had a huge amount of interest and a good number of leads, from all around the world, including quite a few from New Zealand," said Alistair Boyd of Innovative Welding.

"It really helped our cause to give both a presentation and a demonstration at NMW – in fact, one visitor to our stand had been specifically directed by colleagues in the United States to come to the demo – we were blown away to have interest from the US!"

NMW 2015 also presented a full speaker program, with industry experts including ASEA's Linsey Siede, Dr John Blakemore, KPMG's Dr Gary Veale and international LEAN guru, Bob Sproull sharing strategies for boosting performance and underwriting innovation.

Among high-profile attendees at the speaker events was David Southwick MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation.

As well as attending Andrew Lowe, Shelston IP's presentation on Turning Innovation into Market Success, Mr Southwick toured the exhibition showcase, commenting: "Having run businesses before entering politics, I understand the great opportunities trade shows create in networking and education."
"It's been great to attend the National Manufacturing Week exhibition and meet many innovative businesses. NMW has established a fantastic synergy of innovators and new solutions, which is great news for local industry," Southwick said.

Above all, the common thread in feedback is that visitors attend NMW to see and touch new technologies, says Anthony Reed, NMW 2015 Exhibition Director.

“Almost everyone comes away from NMW having seen game-changing products and services.  A comment that was overheard more than once during this year's event is that it's just an eye-opener about the range of technologies that is available to industry,” Reed said.

Reed Exhibitions has announced the details for NMW 2016: May 11 – 13 in Sydney. Drawing on the growing importance of 3D printing and related technologies for rapid prototyping and new product development, NMW 2016 will include a dedicated 3D Printing Conference.

NMW opens tomorrow

The doors open tomorrow for National Manufacturing Week 2015, featuring over 250 exhibitors and more than 40 speakers.

NMW will be co-located with the Safety First Conference & Expo, advanced manufacturing expo Austech and the Smart Logistics Conference. This year's highlights include:

  • New Product Zones – the rapidly-changing face of industry is reflected in new areas including Advanced Materials (with composites and metals for aerospace and defence as well as civil and construction applications), Intralogistics (next-generation logistics, materials handling and distribution solutions). These new areas bring NMW 2015 to a total of NMW 11 Product Zones, clearly laid out to make it easier to find specific areas of interest.
  • New ideas from a broad range of industry experts in NMW's rolling speaker sessions, including

    • Creating a high-performing manufacturing company
    • Unusual approaches to getting an idea from Development to a Fully Testable Product
    • Increasing Productivity by increasing energy efficiency
    • Specialist support for manufacturers around innovation, making design ideas 'workable', rapid prototyping
    • Advances in wind, solar and waste management technologies
  • Live demonstrations of new technologies, including for automated product inspection, steel finishing, metal marking, world-record-speed riveting, lifting, welding and more.

Anthony Reed, Exhibition Director for NMW 2015 said, “Industry is full of manufacturers who are achieving inspiring success by extending or re-imagining what they already do. NMW aims to support these innovations, by providing the forum that brings people with different ideas and experiences together to exchange of ideas and information."

"NMW also presents technologies and innovations that can be used with immediate effect: and I believe this year's showcase will spark ideas that will ripple across the industry, opening up new opportunities for the future."

NMW 2015 runs May 26 – 29 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and entry is free to the trade. For a full list of exhibitors and keynote events, click here.

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