The lite side of packaging

Propac Industrial Pty Ltd has introduced a new economy model to their Vertical Form Fill Seal Packaging Machine range. Known as the Propac Lite, the new model includes many features of Propac’s proven AV-xx series of machines but in a simplified version built into a small foot print.

The Propac Lite is aimed at the end user who requires high speed and reliability but does not require some of the more advanced features available on the AV-xx series machines.

The Propac Lite will produce Pillow Bags, Gusseted Bags and Block Bottom Bags at speeds up to 100 bags per minute. The machine is suitable for all laminated film structures and has a bag size range of 60mm to 250mm wide by 350mm long. The machine also has a ‘Double Draw’ function that will allow the production of bags up to 700mm long.

An extremely versatile machine and while small of stature is robust enough to allow direct mounting of filling systems such as Auger Fillers and Combination Weighers, further simplifying the complete packaging system. Propac Industrial Pty Ltd offer the complete range of Vertical Form Fill Seal machine models to produce bags from 60mm wide up to 600mm wide in both intermittent motion and continuous motion operation.

Propac Industrial Pty Ltd is a wholly Australian owned company established in 1992 specialising in the manufacture of high speed, high performance Vertical Form Fill Seal Machines. Propac Industrial Pty Ltd is the leading supplier of Vertical Form Fill Machines in Australia.

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AIFST supports student food development

The student creators of a high fibre, gluten free pumpkin and spinach snack and a chocolate banana ravioli dessert are this year’s finalists in the seventh annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Student Product Development Competition with the winner to be announced at the ‘Our Food Our Future’ 41st annual AIFST Conference in July 2008.

For the final judging on Monday 21st July 2008, the two finalists will undertake a detailed final report, oral presentation, poster display and provide product samples.

Finalists share $1500 in prize money from the competition’s main sponsor, Earlee Products; and can also win an additional $1000 for the best meat innovation from Meat and Livestock Australia, $1000 for fruit or vegetable innovation from SPC Ardmona and $500 from Sensory Solutions for the best application of sensory techniques in their product development presentation.

Open to undergraduate student members of the AIFST, the competition is intended to promote professionalism and innovative thinking, while providing an opportunity for students to showcase their originality, talent and team skills.

“The competition is a great opportunity to get hands on experience in product development,” said Choc Banana Ravioli team leader Yvonne Lake.

“It also gives us valuable exposure to food industry representatives, which is a great leg-up for employment opportunities,” she added.

The AIFST Convention encompasses the latest information and hot topics of interest to food and packaging manufacturers and their suppliers, service industries such as hospitality, primary industry representatives and food marketers.

Held in co-location with FoodPro exhibition over four days, different aspects of the food industry including regulatory issues, business development and the future of food will be held under the microscope.

Focusing on the role of education and training in the food industry will be respected international speakers, Frank Yiannas (manager of Walt Disney World’s food safety and health department) and Professor John Floros (president of the US Institute of Food Technologists).

AIFST was established in 1967 to represent individuals involved in the Australian food and allied industries. Committed to building professional standing in the sector, AIFST has developed a strong reputation for facilitating networking, communication and education in the food industry.

The 41st annual AIFST Convention will be held at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour from 21 — 24 July 2008.

For further information on the AIFST Student Product Development Competition or to register for the AIFST Convention, visit

Ongoing commitment to waste management

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has called on Environment Ministers to reject calls for a national container deposit system ahead of discussions at the Environment Protection and Heritage Council meeting in Melbourne on Thursday 17 April.

AFGC Chief Executive Dick Wells said that industry supports an informed debate that considers all the economic, social and environmental aspects of waste management policy but was not supportive of simplistic responses to complex problems.

“While there have been calls from South Australian Minister Gail Gago for the establishment of a national container deposit system, this would address only 3% of the entire waste stream and would duplicate systems that already exist for recycling bottles and cans through kerbside collections.

“The current co-regulatory arrangements through the National Packaging Covenant have commitment from all sectors of industry and the majority of state and local governments and where there has been active involvement we are clearly seeing results.

“For example, Victoria is now recycling 24 kg more packaging per capita per year than South Australia – without a container deposit system.

“We’ve also seen considerable improvements in NSW and Queensland, who have been the actively involved through the Covenant in identifying projects to recover a wide range of packaging, not just bottles and cans,” Wells said.

Wells said that through the proactive engagement of industry and governments, the Covenant is now targeting solutions to increase glass recovery and improve recycling in the commercial and industrial sector.

“The AFGC, through its commitment to the National Packaging Covenant and the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF), is also working with partners across Australia to increase the recovery of food and beverage post-consumer packaging and to reduce littering.”

Wells said the AFGC looked forward to constructive and ongoing commitment from industry, government and those NGOs who are interested in working together to develop new and innovative solutions to managing packaging waste in the new millennium.

Environment Ministers are meeting on Thursday 17 April at the Environment Protection and Heritage Council meeting to discuss a range of issues including waste management policy.

For more information contact:

Rosie Schmedding


Packaging Automation seals the deal

When London based Taiko Foods needed a new tray sealing machine to accommodate increased production of its Dim Sum range, the food company had no hesitation in choosing Packaging Automation (UK) Ltd equipment for a second time.

Taiko Foods has purchased a PA182 tray sealer to cope with increased orders for its ready meals from UK high street retailer Waitrose, and is pleased with the result — which the company says cuts production time by 50%. Taiko first contacted Packaging Automation around five years ago when it wanted a new machine to cater for growing demand for its products and, after extensive trials, the PA217 was chosen as the best machine for the job.

However, with the sale of its Dim Sum and Sushi dishes taking off, Taiko’s sales and marketing manager Derek Lewis explained that it turned to Packaging Automation again to provide the additional equipment needed to help the company seal the extra thousands of packs a day it now produces.

He said that “the PA182 is a fantastic machine and is working superbly. When we needed new tray sealing equipment we did not consider any other suppliers but went straight to Packaging Automation because we believe they are the best in the business.”

Lewis also explained that the consistency of seal provided by the PA182 was ideal for Dim Sum. “The PA182 is a very good sealing machine, which has helped us halve production time. It seals the product very well. In fact, everything about Packaging Automation is very good, from the quality of the machines to the standard of service we have received. If we needed another machine we would go straight to PA. We always recommend them when we are in discussions with other companies.”

The PA182 tray sealer is one of Packaging Automation’s most popular machines and is in use worldwide. It accommodates trays up to 120mm deep as standard, and can seal and trim film from a reel on to trays of CPET, polypropylene, PVC, board and foil. Its hygienic design eliminates bug traps and the compact design with small footprint means it can be used in smaller production areas. It is easily portable and can quickly be moved from one production line to another if required.

Packaging Automation UK Ltd was established in 1963 and is the UK’s leading manufacturer of tray sealing machinery for the food industry. In 2004, the company signed an exclusive distribution agreement with MPI for the distribution of the full Packaging Automation range of equipment in Australia. MPI, based in Sydney, is one of Australia’s foremost suppliers of packaging systems, with over 40 years experience in the industry.

For further information contact:

Naresh Aggarwal

MPI Sales Director

Sultry Sally potato chips will seduce

Potato chips are a firmly entrenched favourite when it comes to savoury snacks, and now thanks to Australian ingenuity Sultry Sally is set to turn the potato chip market on its head.

Available in four classic flavours – Rock Salt, Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar, Cheese & Onion and Thai Sweet Chilli & Lime – Sultry Sally potato chips are not only 97% fat-free, but are preservative and gluten free as well. Made from real Australian potatoes (with their skins left on) they are produced using a new baking process entirely unique to Sultry Sally.

Sultry Sally Director, Tim Pethick, says that “our ground breaking baking process allows us to take out most of the fat, but none of the flavour. The result is a spectacularly satisfying snack without any guilt.”

The Sultry Sally branding adds a new dimension of desirability to packaging in the snack food category. Reminiscent of post war Vargas Girls, the Sultry Sally logo reminds of the simple glamour of days gone by.

Sultry Sally will be available in shops in June with RRP $3.99 for 125gm packet.

PCIS offers radiation-free carton inspection

Detection Systems have released their second generation of Package Contents Inspection Systems (PCIS). The ultra compact second generation is easy to install, simply dropping over existing product lines and occupying minimal line length. PCIS uses radio waves to detect items with wrong count, wrong fill level, and wrong position or orientation as they are conveyed down a production line at high speed while inside sealed cartons.

Series 4400, for inspecting cartons of bottles, jars or cans, is the first of the second generation to be released. PCIS sees through the outer packaging, whether cardboard or shrink wrapped plastic or other, to reveal the true picture of the contents inside the carton. Bottle opacity and fill liquid colour do not affect performance. PCIS technology offers accurate inspection as it focuses in on each item inside the package. It has no speed vs accuracy trade-off, so ultra high production rates are easily accommodated.

PCIS equipment uses safe, low energy radio waves to reveal the true picture of the internal contents. No special handling or shielding requirements are required. PCIS equipment is ultra reliable, typically only requires a single factory calibration, and has negligible running costs.

Models as short as 50mm are available, to fit almost any production line. In some cases PCIS can even be installed inside existing packaging machines.

Several more models from the second generation will be released during coming months.

For further information contact:

Lachlan Maher

Detection Systems Pty Ltd

Have your calcium and absorb it too

Soy Life Milk now contains Vitamin D, which is proven to assist the body in absorbing dietary calcium.

Good nutrition is important during life to build and maintain adequate bone mass. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb dietary calcium, assisting in bone growth and integrity and promoting strong teeth. It also helps regulate the amount of other minerals in the body such as phosphorus, which plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart and nervous system.

Soy Life milk now provides 12.5% of the Recommended Dietary Intake of Vitamin D in every serve, as well as at least 38% of your daily calcium needs.

The Soy Life fresh milk range includes: Original, Low Fat and Hi Cal+. There are also yoghurts available in delicious flavours including Vanilla Crème, Apricot & Mango, Boysenberry and Blueberry. Fresh new-look packaging for milks and yoghurts will be on shelves from March 2008.

The new milk formulation with added Vitamin D has the best taste yet, perfect in smoothies, coffee, on cereal or just to enjoy on its own.

Since they are 100% dairy free, Soy Life products are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and those wishing to exclude lactose, gluten and dairy from their diet. And for those who are becoming more aware of what we’re putting into our bodies, it is good to know that Soy Life products are made from non-genetically modified soy, with no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours. They are also lactose, gluten and cholesterol free.

All Soy Life products are rich in soy protein and full of phytoestrogens — plant chemicals that are believed to have many benefits, including antioxidant effects.

The new-look packaging makes the products easier on the environment because the milk cartons do not have plastic spouts, and the yoghurt cups are made from polypropylene rather than polystyrene. Polypropylene is collected for recycling by more councils throughout Australia and takes less energy to produce than polystyrene.

The new formulation with new-look packaging is available now.

Committed to sustainability

Food prices, including dairy, are on the rise partly driven by demand for biofuels. This has seen the price of basic grains, such as rice and corn, more than double in price over the past twelve months and dairy prices have also been on the increase.

There is growing uncertainty surrounding even the supply of food, with farmers in some parts of the world currently receiving more for biofuel crops than traditional agriculture. The conversion of land from food production to biofuels is alarming, especially as the European Union is demanding that all fuel must have in excess of 5% biofuel in the near future. But the world cannot live on biofuel!

The Director of Fonterra’s Milk Supply Division, Barry Harris, is working to ensure a sustainable supply of dairy products. This commitment has required a huge research and development (R&D) investment into the industry including developing better pasture management to improved packaging and waste management.

While New Zealand’s agricultural products, including dairy, are regarded by the global consumer to be the epitome of clean and green, and sustainably produced, Harris insists that it is vital exporters show their sustainability credentials in a credible way. And then when they have achieved that this will open up new export opportunities.

However, industries such as dairy do not work in isolation but rely on a complex chain of suppliers from seed to ingredients and packaging. Therefore the food industry, in its entirety, must commit to sustainability. This commitment cannot be piecemeal.

Yet it seems somewhat ironic that while the global marketplace is demanding companies show their sustainability credentials there is still no universally agreed formula for doing so. Leading the way, Fonterra are currently developing a methodology, in conjunction with the Government, for establishing the carbon footprint of its products and supply chain.

“This process requires us to look at the life cycle of the product from the farm and processing to transport and the consumer. From this data we are able to develop an emissions profile for the life cycle of that product, and better understand where opportunities lie for further reductions on emissions.

“Because of Fonterra’s commitment to sustainability, NZ’s dairy farmers are well positioned to gain an edge in the global marketplace. This whole system of developing carbon labelling is also opening up new career opportunities in the food industry, and food techies with skills in quality auditing will become desirable.”

Harris also points out that while Fonterra is still in the formative stages of developing sustainable dairying, there have already been some positive outcomes for the dairy industry such as more efficient fertiliser use, and energy savings.

Opportunities for the future include farmers installing bio-digesters for waste treatment (which also produce energy), using nitrogen inhibitors in fertilisers to reduce nitrogen leaching into the waterways which reduces their carbon footprint.

Fonterra is also working with scientists to help develop better seed mixes that will ensure more digestible pastures thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cows. There is also a selective breeding programme, based on genomics (similar to horse breeding), where cows with desirable characteristics are selected. These characteristics include gut flora that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving digestion.

The dairy industry as a whole is also being encouraged to adopt new technologies. “By adopting new technology in our processing factories we have managed to save the equivalent of the electricity consumption of Hamilton!” But to be successful and competitive all of Fonterra’s suppliers must in time commit to sustainability, from small to large companies, from the CEO to product development, every supplier regardless will have to show their sustainability credentials.

Yet the future is very promising for New Zealand’s exports, insists Harris because, “little ole New Zealand is out there engaging with people in Europe and the UK. Our scientists are talking with other scientists, searching for solutions that will ensure sustainability of food supply. New Zealand is not sitting back but forging the path forwards. And we can do that because New Zealand’s exports already have integrity and credibility.”

Put a little zip into packaging

Get the edge on convenience, freshness and branding with resealable packaging innovations.

Resealable packaging technology company, ITW Zip-Pak, pioneered the zipper feature for flexible packaging and adapted it for automated applications.

The company’s experience and package design expertise will go on show at FoodPro 2008 in July, with a range of slider and transverse direction zips and retrofit machinery.

Glenn Woodworth, of ITW Zip-Pak Australia, said the company’s packaging solutions provided reseal opportunities while promoting the customer’s brand.

“Our packaging solutions enable flexible packaging to be easily opened and closed, keeping foods fresher, and adding consumer convenience to any brand,” Woodworth said.

“Zip-Pak has the largest range of reclose zips available world wide. We also have offices and technical support in Australia and New Zealand.”

Zip-Pak Australia will display a large range of packaging samples with reclose zips, gathered from overseas, at stand 3075 in area 40 during FoodPro 2008, which runs from Monday July 21 to Thursday July 24, 2008, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information contact:

Glenn Woodworth

New range for light yoghurt lovers

Being health conscious no longer has to mean sacrificing all tasty food for bland, artificially flavoured, high-sugar alternatives.

Responding to the eternal dieters’ dilemmas, Dairy Farmers this week launches Thick & Creamy Light yoghurt – a delicious range of yoghurts with a full, creamy texture that are 99% fat free and contain 60% less sugar than previous products.

The unique, home-style yoghurt formulation, which is made using Dairy Farmers’ award-winning milk, is guaranteed to delight tastebuds and inner nutritionist alike.

According to Dairy Farmers’ General Manager of Marketing and Innovation, John Wardley, the arrival of Thick & Creamy Light represented a particularly exciting development for consumers.

“Consumers are increasingly conscious about their health and they are also more discerning. They refuse to compromise on taste, texture and quality just to eat healthier,” Wardley said.

“The arrival of Thick & Creamy Light means consumers no longer need to trade off taste with health attributes.”

Thick & Creamy Light is an extension of Dairy Farmers’ Thick & Creamy yoghurt brand, whose secret lies in the unique production method, which is gentler on cultures than traditional yoghurt-making techniques.

Using this tried and trusted recipe, Dairy Farmers has produced a diet range that is a welcome addition to the dieter’s toolbox amid growing concerns around obesity and diabetes.

“We were literally overwhelmed by the consumer response to our Thick & Creamy range last year. Our consumer call centre was flooded with phone calls from everyday Australians congratulating Dairy Farmers on discovering what has traditionally been the Holy Grail of yoghurt making – a healthy product that doesn’t compromise on taste or texture,” said Wardley.

“We are anticipating another strong response from consumers when Thick & Creamy Light hits the nation’s supermarkets this week. The product scored exceptionally well in consumer research when compared to other diet yoghurt products on the market.

“And, it has all the attributes consumers expect from Dairy Farmers’ products – great taste, made from high quality Aussie milk, in innovative packaging to stand out on shelf.”

Thick & Creamy Light can be purchased in single serve 170g cups, ideal for consumers on the go or as a breakfast snack. It also comes in 550g tubs to keep at home. It is available in the following flavours:

· Field Strawberries

· Country Vanilla Cream

· Vine Passionfruit

· Country Fruit Salad

In addition to the new Light range, the original Thick & Creamy is available in low-fat and regular varieties, in a range of additional flavours including Citrus Cheesecake and Orchard Peaches and Mangos.

For more information contact:

Anneliis Allen

Dairy Farmers Corporate Affairs

Microwave technology for food processing

Industrial Microwave Systems, L.L.C., the producer of patented microwave systems, announces the first commercial process licensing and installation of its Cylindrical Heating System. This system, developed by IMS, employs an aseptic process created through the joint efforts of IMS, North Carolina State University Department of Food Science, and the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (South Atlantic Area).

This new microwave technology, which features a unique, ultra-rapid method of heating aseptic and extended shelf life pumpable food products in a tube, has been installed for Yamco, L.L.C., a North Carolina company. Yamco will officially open a new food manufacturing facility on 26 March, 2008, and showcase this technology for the processing of low acid sweet potatoes.

The IMS Cylindrical Heating System enables liquid, semi-liquid, and pumpable foods and beverages to be uniformly and volumetrically heated on a continuous flow basis while pumped through a tube. The patented technology employed by the IMS cylindrical heater provides uniform spatial and temporal delivery of high-intensity thermal energy to the flowing components, solving the problem of ‘hot spots’ in traditional thermal processing technology.

This results in benefits that allow manufacturers currently using conventional heat exchangers an opportunity to greatly improve product quality while reducing floor space and increasing operational efficiency.

For Yamco, the installation of the IMS Cylindrical Heating System will enable it to produce a superior, nutrient-rich, shelf-stable sweet potato product that can be sold as a premium food ingredient for use in products such as baked goods, nutraceuticals, and infant formulations. Because the pumpable food product is heated so quickly and evenly, the unique thermal process allows for ultra-rapid sterilization with minimal product degradation.

Extensive testing of the heating system and process at North Carolina State University has ensured the delivery of an aseptic sweet potato puree that exhibits maximal nutrient and colour retention and minimal flavour loss. The capability of producing such a superior sweet potato product presents an advantageous opportunity for North Carolina farmers, who account for 40% of the United States’ annual sweet potato production.

A joint U.S. patent for the ultra-rapid heating process has been filed by IMS, North Carolina State University, and the USDA. The three parties worked together to test and develop the total aseptic process and packaging system. When issued, the patent, as it pertains to sweet potato puree processing, will be exclusively licensed to Yamco.

For more information about the Cylindrical Heating System and other innovative microwave technologies for industrial use,


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Global price increases for packaging

Scholle packaging has announced a global price increase across all segments of their flexible packaging product range for dairy, wine, beverages, food, processed fruit and industrial products.

According to the company, the packaging industry can no longer absorb the sustained increases in petroleum derivatives particularly related to flexible packaging feedstocks and fuel used for distribution.

Rather than compromise on their commitment to their customers, Scholle packaging have decided that it is necessary to institute a comprehensive price increase in tandem with their cost-saving Lean enterprise processes.

“Value for our customers is one of the core principles of the Scholle Corporation. As such, we are continually dedicated to providing innovative products that are practical solutions for our customers’ needs,” says Scholle Packaging Asia Pacific’s Managing Director Michael Edwards.

Scholle’s latest advances include new aseptic flexible packaging technologies and Jerribox®, an environmentally responsible alternative to rigid pails.

Headquartered in Elizabeth West, South Australia, Scholle Packaging has delivered industry-leading flexible liquid packaging solutions for retail, institutional and industrial markets in Asia-Pacific for more than 30 years.

Scholle, the global leader in bag-in-box packaging, continues to leverage its manufacturing footprint and resources to supply to the global marketplace and is committed to enhancing their customers’ products by providing unprecedented innovation, quality and customer service.

For more information contact:

Stephanie Bond

Scholle Industries Pty, Ltd.

08 8255 4366

Cost-effective labelling system

At this year’s interpack show OYSTAR Erca-Formseal will be presenting the new generation of its EF400 standard packaging machine.

Designed for a format of 4 x 6 125-gram cups and a capacity of 40,000 cups per hour, two main enhancements really stand out: The machine’s forming station has an in-mould labelling system consisting of four moulds, mounted on a horizontal shaft, and the detection of defective products of the EF400 is simplified. This lets the labels be introduced in two steps while the moulds are in a horizontal position.

An advantage is that the labelling unit has a footprint only half the size of the one before. Other advantages of an in-mould labelling system include a perfect label positioning on the whole pack, up to 20% savings on plastic, a higher vertical pressure resistance of the cups and the ability to perform a label height change over within minutes.

A unique feature of the new EF400 is simplified detection of defective products via Ethernet. The control system is installed in an ELAU unit that monitors both the axes of the servo drives and input/output via a PROFIBUS network. The control system is connected to the MDS supervision PC (Maintenance Diagnostic System) via an Ethernet link.

The customers of OYSTAR Erca-Formseal come from the dairy and the food & beverages industry. Buyers of the EF400 benefit from reduced investment and operating costs. OYSTAR Erca-Formseal is thus making a major contribution to optimizing total cost of ownership and sustainability.

OYSTAR Erca-Formseal, which invented form/fill/seal technology 50 years ago, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of machines for packaging liquid and pasty dairy products. Over 2000 efficient thermoforming systems from OYSTAR Erca-Formseal are now in use in over 60 countries. Thanks to their flexibility for handling different formats, due mainly to modern in-mould technology, they continually enable new product marketing approaches.

The Process and Packaging Group is one of the world’s leading providers of packaging equipment and technology, process know-how, and packaging services . Its product portfolio includes granulating, drying, tablet coaters and presses, blister machines, tube fillers, and cartoners, tray and case packing machines, palletizing equipment, as well as aerosol filling machines, wrapping machines, filling and sealing machines for pre-formed cups and bottles, form-filling and sealing machines for sachets and cups and chub machines.

OYSTAR also possesses extensive know-how in the key areas of dairy products, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. This expertise forms the basis for the OYSTAR Group companies’ specialization in optimizing, designing, and constructing whole packaging machinery lines.

The EF400 from OYSTAR Erca-Formseal can be viewed at interpack (in Düsseldorf, Germany on April 24-30, 2008) at the booth of the OYSTAR Group (Hall 6, Booth C 80).

For further information please contact:

In Australia and NZ – SUTTON GROUP Ltd

Food Solutions Expo 2008

The Food Solutions Expo provides practical solutions for the food research, machinery, packaging, cold chain, temperature, water and labelling problems faced every day by food processing companies.

Exhibitors will also have on display new and innovative technologies.

This year, the Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing Imperial College London, Professor David Hughes, will speak on regional and global developments in the food and drink industry and the implications for Victorian businesses. Hughes will discuss the megatrends that are driving change in the commercial world of food and drink and the counter-trends that present exciting opportunities for small- and medium-scale enterprises in domestic and export markets.

There will also be a panel discussion on packaging that will be facilitated by Prof Hughes and will include experts from Coles, government bodies and consultants, covering issues of consumer trends and what manufacturers need to work towards.

Exhibitor spaces are limited for as little as $900 for a 3 x 3mtr booth at this niche expo held in Victoria and organized by Regional Development Victoria, Industry Capability Network, the Packaging Council of Australia, Food Science Australia and the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating (AIRAH), the Food Industry Machinery Manufacturers of Australia (FIMMA) and the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI). Visitor registration is $55 inclusive of GST.

For more information and to get a registration form to exhibit or visit, log onto the expo website at

Werribee Racecourse, Bulban Rd, Werribee, Victoria Wednesday

June 25, 2008


Heather White – Exhibition Manager

03 5976 3905

mobile 0438 669 903


NMI approved in-motion weighing system

Scale Components announced the launch of the Australian National Measurement Institute (NMI) Pattern/Type Approved SC4000 in-motion catchweighing system this week.

The SC4000 is designed for dynamic in-line catchweighing applications in an extensive range of transportation, distribution, logistics, packaging and general process weighing installations. NMI approval enables the SC4000 to be certified for legal trade measurement.

According to Scale Components Product Manager, Ray Chappelow, catch weighing is the term used in legal metrology by trade measurement authorities to describe an automatic weighing instrument that determines the mass of discrete items (for example freight items) that are transferred across the weight receptor (scale).

“In layman’s terms, this means capturing the weight of a product as it passes across the scale,” Chappelow said.

“The SC4000 is available in various configurations for the transportation, distribution, logistics and packaging industries as well as many other industries. A stainless steel version is available for food, beverage and other industries that require this standard.”

The SC4000 is NMI Approved for conveyor speeds of up to 60 metres per minute and weighing capacities of up to 60 kg. A Systec IT8000 stainless steel weighing terminal is used as the digital weight display.

The SC4000 can be included in many value-oriented solutions to capture and process dynamic weight information. This information can be combined with automatic barcode information such as consignment or tracking number and dimension information from one of the company’s many dimensioning systems to provide a turnkey data capture solution.

“Our distribution, logistics and transport customers derive real value from these dynamic weighing systems that are designed to be integrated into solutions for freight hubs or logistics and shipping systems. Scale Components have the right equipment to move your business forward,” concluded Chappelow.

For further information on contact:

Ray Chappelow

Scale Components

07 3274 1972

Eels sealed by Packaging Automation

Packaging Automation Ltd, distributed in Australia by MPI, is supplying the seafood company, F.R Bradley Ltd, with a new tray sealer. The UK based family-run business, has found a cost effective solution to cater for a huge increase in demand for its jellied eels.

Part of the challenge for Packaging Automation was ensuring that the seal was consistently secure – particularly as the tray was wet. The Packaging Automation technical team carried out extensive testing on the semiautomatic PA182 tray sealer before coming up with the correct combination of sealing pressure and tooling to maintain a secure seal.

Bradley chose to make use of Packaging Automation’s hire facility for the equipment, which is now filling and sealing 10,000 pots of jellied eels a week, for distribution to all of the UK’s major supermarkets.

Owner Frank Bradley said: “We couldn’t fill the pots of jellied eels quickly enough with any of our other machines so we searched the market for new equipment which could do the job. Packaging Automation was chosen over two other suppliers because of the PA182’s better design, effectiveness, speed and attractive price.”

He added: “Overall we’ve been very impressed both with PA and the PA182 which is tidy and allows easy access underneath the machine for cleaning – which is important for a product like ours.”

In extensive use worldwide, the PA182 is one of Packaging Automation’s most popular machines and is available to purchase or hire. It accommodates trays up to 100mm deep as standard, and can seal and trim film from a reel on to trays of CPET, polypropylene, PVC, board and foil. Its hygienic design eliminates bug traps and the compact design with small footprint means it can be used in smaller production areas. It is easily portable and can quickly be moved from one production line to another if required.

Packaging Automation UK Ltd was established in 1963 and is the UK’s leading manufacturer of tray sealing machinery for the food industry. In 2004, the company signed an exclusive distribution agreement with MPI for the distribution of the full Packaging Automation range of equipment in Australia. MPI, based in Sydney, is one of Australia’s foremost suppliers of packaging systems, with over 40 years experience in the industry.

The company produces a wide range of tray sealing equipment, from simple manual units and semi-automatics through to in-line fully automated systems. It also manufactures a growing range of volumetric container filling and sealing machines, conveyors and other ancillary equipment.

Packaging Automation’s equipment has applications across a range of markets including food, medical, personal care and DIY.

A free beginner’s guide to heat sealing is available at:

For further information contact:

Naresh Aggarwal

MPI Sales Director

02 9648 3011

Samantha Ashton

Packaging Automation Ltd Commercial Manager

Rotopack bag collator patent applied

ADM Packaging Technology, an Australian company, is behind the design, and development of the new Flexible bag collator for the Packaging industry. The Rotopack bag collator is made through a new, innovative design that has never been built before. In light of this development, Rotopack has applied for a patent.

The Rotopack is used on end-of-line packaging. It is located at the end of bagmakers, flow wrappers or any line that requires product collating. As the bags come off a conveyor and drop down a chute, they land upright in a divider rack in an orderly fashion. The separated products travel around the table presenting themselves ready for easy collecting and place in cartons, making the process more efficient, cost effective and profitable.

The procedure is simple. As each bag lands the table indexes forward to accept the next bag. This is done in a continuous and or intermittent motion. The Rotopack adapts to speed change as the packs land into the divider rack and the collated bags make their way around to the packer. The packer gently picks up two bags or more with two hands each time and places the bags into the case.

The process of packing can be cut in half making the collator efficient, fast and effective to your packing line. Where speed and efficiency is a daily topic in the packaging industry, the Rotopack can now offer great advantages to achieve better than ever, higher outputs.

The Rotopack can regularly collate up to 120 bags per minute for any product size and weight fitting into the different size divider racks made available. The divider rack has a unique design that allows the bags to be totally separated, with the curved angles allowing extra hand placements for the operator to collect the bags. The divider rack can be changed over within five minutes and is available in small, medium and large.

The operator also benefits from the Rotopack by not having to lean over the table to pick up bags, minimising back injuries and excess movements around the table. The time consumed using the old system, include sorting – to pick up the bag, orientating and inspecting, then packing one by one, has been greatly reduced to become more efficient.

To date inefficiency has continually meant lost jobs and lost orders to cheaper offshore competitors.

The different bag styles collated onto the Rotopack include pillow, gusseted, stand-up pouch and four edge seal bags for the flexible packaging industry. The types of products that can be packaged range from any dried foods to liquids.

The Rotopack is not only limited to packaged products, other products collated include injection moulded parts, stackable processed foods, and more.

Our latest release includes a semi-automatic case erector for single or dual lane setups attached to the Rotopack. The case erector is a compact device mounted to the end of the bag collator to aid the process of erecting the box with the least amount of effort. It is a mechanical device that activates when the box is force dropped over the top. The box is then locked down to free both the operator’s hands. Once the box is full the operators simply pushes the case forward to the case taper.

The Rotopack, with all its advantages for end users, is a low cost setup when compared to the short and long term benefits and returns on investment. By increasing production without increasing labour it is also possible capitalise on the complete packaging line investment.

The Rotopack will revolutionise the way packing is done by moving from manual packers to smart packers. It can run at high or low speeds, collating almost any stackable product and is one of the most exciting machines in the field of packaging today.

For further information or demonstration contact:

George Fakhry

ADM Packaging Technology P/L, Technical/Sales

03 9484 8791


Victorian division April dinner meeting

“Global & Local Supermarket Trends – The Implications for Suppliers”

Guest Speakers:

Andrew Seth – International Supermarket Guru

Co-Author of the highly acclaimed book “Supermarket Wars”

Former Chairman of Lever Brothers, UK and the Added Value Group.

Caroline Lloyd – Senior Manager Retailer Services

ACNielsen Australia, The Nielsen Company

Andrew will discuss the following issues:

· Retailers and Brand Suppliers

– A partnership or a contest?

· The Global Market in Food retailing

– Who’s leading it, where and why?

· The big issues for the Consumer, today and tomorrow

– How these issues are changing the market

· Sustainability

– Radical changes are in prospect. Consumers are dancing to a “greener drumbeat”

· How retailers and suppliers are reacting to these issues

– How these changes are affecting brands & packaging manufacturers

· Winners and Losers in the Global Supermarket game

– Who are they today and who will they be tomorrow?

Caroline will discuss the following issues:

· Australian Retail environment

– Supermarkets losing ‘share of stomach’ to café’s, restaurants and specialty retailers

· Private Label landscape in Australia

– Private Label share reaching 20 percent with Aldi still gaining momentum

· Consumer trends in health and the environment

– Impact on Australian suppliers

Melbourne Functions, Caulfield Racecourse

6pm for a 6:30pm start

For full event and registration details CLICK HERE

For further information contact:

Jennifer Salem

Packaging Council of Australia

03 9690 1955


Leak detection system boosts quality control

A non-destructive leak detection system for rigid or flexible packaging is set to take quality control in manufacturing to a new level. South Australian company SI Instruments will showcase the new leak detection system at foodpro 2008 in July.

With safety and traceability of the utmost importance in manufacturing, this new system has an on-board database which connects to a computer via a Blue Tooth connection. Data from up to 10,000 tests can be stored for traceability.

“Most of our product range is used for ongoing checking of the quality of manufactured products. With this system even small leaks of only 10 µm can be detected. It combines speed and precision with simplicity and ease of use for convenience,” SI Instruments’ Eric St. Martins said.

The leak detection system consists of a transparent vacuum chamber combined with a user-friendly digital controller. The vacuum chamber gives 360 degree visibility, and allows visual pinpointing of any leak, as well as being a convenient size with internal dimensions of 400 x 300 x 220mm. Custom-made sizes are available upon request.

Mr St. Martins said the leak detection system and the Food Texture Analyzer will be demonstrated during foodpro 2008. The Food Texture Analyzer from Food Technology combines flexibility of programming with powerful analysis software to cater for all types of food texture analysis.

Mr St. Martins invited show attendees to bring along samples they would like to have tested. To view the system visit stand 5139 in area 9 during foodpro 2008, from Monday July 21 to Thursday July 24, 2008, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information visit, or contact Peter Petherick, Group Exhibition Manager on 03 8420 5402 or email


08 8352 5511

Convention on food future

‘Our Food Our Future’ is the theme for of a four day program at the 41st annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention, 21 to 24 July 2008 at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

The AIFST Convention encompasses the latest information and topics of interest to food and packaging manufacturers and their suppliers, service industries such as hospitality, primary industry representatives and food marketers.

The most recent developments in bio degradable packaging and the science of plastics and food technology will be presented with an interactive workshop focusing on the requirements of food product labeling.

Respected international speakers presenting at the Convention include Frank Yiannas, manager of Walt Disney World’s Food Safety and Health Department; and John Flores, President of the Institute of Food Technologists. Both will focus on the role of education and training in the food industry.

Each day a different aspect of the food industry, including regulatory issues, business development and the future of food, will be held under the microscope.

Delegates can choose from more than 50 talks in a series of concurrent sessions on areas like sustainability, ‘from concept to commercialisation’, supply chain directions, food packaging, food technology and chefs (culinology), and agricultural options in the face of climate change.

The much-awaited Cook Chill for Food Services and Manufacturing book, an essential manual for anyone involved in the manufacture and preparation of cook chill foods, will be launched.

Also on the program are the coveted AIFST Awards, workshops and opportunities to network. Additionally, attendees can visit the industry trade fair foodpro 2008, held at the same venue.

AIFST was established in 1967 to represent individuals involved in the Australian food and allied industries. Committed to building professional standing in the sector, AIFST has developed a strong reputation for facilitating networking, communication and education in the food industry.

For further information or to register for the AIFST Convention, visit