Wattie’s Squeeze & Stir soup

Product name: Wattie's Squeeze & Stir Creamy Chicken

Product manufacturer: Heinz Watties

Ingredients: Water, Skim Milk, Cream (19%), Potato, Marinated Chicken (5%), [Contains Soy, Mineral Salts (450, 451)], Onion (3.5%), Maltodextrin, Maize Thickener (1414), Salt, Chicken Stock, Rice Thickener (1414), Natural Flavour, Yeast Extracts, Carrot Juice, Herbs

Shelf life: 12 Months

Packaging: Plastic Sachets

Product manager: Anne Lindsay

Brand website: www.watties.co.nz/

What the company says
The solution to enjoying soup instantly is here! Wattie’s Squeeze & Stir soup delivers the goodness and flavour of real soup with a rich soup paste in a convenient single-serve sachet.

Wattie’s Squeeze & Stir soup is the perfect snacking solution for your mid-morning or late-afternoon slump and is now available in eight delicious flavours. This unique soup paste contains no preservatives and is full of flavour – simply squeeze the soup paste into a mug, add boiling water, stir and enjoy.

Now in two delicious new flavours, just in time for winter, Creamy Chicken and Sweetcorn & Chicken. The perfectly sized 70g single-serve will easily become a winter essential for your desk drawer, bag or briefcase.

Wattie’s Squeeze & Stir eight delicious flavours are available in the instant soup aisle of leading supermarkets nationwide. Retail price around $1.49 each.

Pitango Free Range Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Product name: Pitango Free Range Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Product manufacturer: Pitango Pty Ltd

Ingredients: Chicken Stock 52%, Vegetables 38% (Carrot*, Potato*, Sweet Potato*, Corn*, Onion*, Green Peas*, Garlic*), Free Range Chicken 7%, Corn Starch*, Salt, White Wine*, Sunflower Oil*, Thyme, Sweet Paprika, Pepper.

Shelf life: Six weeks

Packaging: Pouch

Product manager: Sharon Addington

Brand website: www.pitango.com.au

What the company says
Pitango, famous for creating delicious, organic and fresh chilled soups and meals, will release their own spin on this loved classic this autumn: Pitango Free Range Chicken and Vegetable Soup.

This is a classic, well-loved soup and Pitango made sure they stayed loyal to the recipe. They used real, fresh ingredients and only the best free range chicken. The aim was to create a product that had an honest homemade taste and flavour, something that Pitango is known for!

Launching nationally in April, the Pitango Free Range Chicken & Vegetable Soup will be the perfect option for those cold winter nights in, or to warm you up at lunchtime on those chilly days!

Pitango Free Range Chicken & Vegetable Soup will launch across Woolworths stores nationally from 7th April. Pitango soups and meals can be found in the chiller section. RRP $6.99.


Pesticide food contamination strikes 300 in Tokyo

More than 300 people have fallen ill in Tokyo, Japan, with Maruha Nichiro Holdings, the country’s largest seafood company, at the centre of a food poisoning scandal.

Police have launched an investigation into the company after it was revealed last month that some frozen food products had been contaminated with an agricultural chemical called malathion.

Local media have said police believe the pesticide was mixed into products at the Gunma plant north of Tokyo, which manufactures frozen foods like pizzas and lasagnes.

According to SMH, consumers have reported symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and other symptoms of food poisoning, and the Maruha Nichiro has received about 460,000 phone calls from consumers about the poisoning and has so far recovered about 1.2 million out of the 6.4 million packages it aims to recall.

The company said that none of the affected products have been shipped overseas.


Garlo’s launches kosher pie

Garlo's Pies, the pie brand headed up by ex-football player Sean Garlick, has launched its first batch of kosher pies.

The pies will be stocked in the kosher section of a number of Coles and IGA stores throughout Sydney.

The first step in the brand's plan to sell to an international market, Garlo's has also produced Halal pies for the past five years – a response to society's increasing multiculturalism, it says.

The kosher pies are prepared according to kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws, and with the approval of the Kashrut Authority of Australia and New Zealand.

Releasing a kosher range involved the supervision of a Rabbi from the Kashrut Authority of Australia and New Zealand, sourcing kosher-approved ingredients and purchasing new equipment including ovens, sinks and benchtops dedicated to the production of kosher pies.

Rabbi Aaron Groner is the supervising authority for the entire process, overseeing the process right through to when it's sealed and packaged. Groner said the pie's launch is "a big deal for the Australian Jewish community."

"This recent addition to our Kosher Directory has generated a huge amount of excitement across all ages and stages. In fact, from word-of-mouth to social media, the Jewish world is talking about Kosher Garlo’s Pies," he said.

Sean Garlick, managing director and founder of Garlo's Pies said there was a strong demand from the market for a kosher pie.

"We're always looking at ways to diversify our products. This increases our reach and offers more people the opportunity to try the unique taste of a Garlo's Pie," he said.

Earlier this year Garlo's opened a new 1,350 square metre facility in St Peters, allowing the brand to more easily satisfy orders from supermarket giant, Coles, and the Australian Navy while also considering other expansion opportunities, including exporting to the UAE.

Campbell Arnott’s donates more than 160,000 cans of soup to Foodbank

Australia's largest food relief organisation, Foodbank, has received more than 160,000 cans of soup – equivalent to around 300,000 serves of vegetables – from Campbell Arnott's.

The collection of vegetables soups was unlabelled, so label company Labelmakers and packaging firm, Amcor, as well as a number of Foodbank volunteers in the Victorian warehouse, provided the packages with a simple label and packed them into cartons.

The cans will now be disseminated to food relief agencies in metropolitan, regional and remote areas to help feed the less fortunate.

Foodbank CEO, John Webster, said "Foodbank currently provides food for close to 500,000 people a month but we know from our recent survey, the End Hunger Report, that there are still more than 65,000 people being turned away from charities empty handed due to lack of supplies. This donation of a nutritious meal in a can will certainly help us to bridge that gap."

"Campbell Arnott’s are great supporters of Foodbank’s work and we’re proud to be in a position to play a part in helping to eliminate hunger. We believe soup is the perfect donation as it is wholesome, nutritious and filling," said Anne Ricci, marketing director at Campbell’s.

Earlier this year, Campbell’s donated 15,000 bottles of V8 juice, representing 225,000 serves of vegetables, to Foodbank to mark the official opening of its $14.6 million PET line at its Shepparton facility in Victoria.

Multinational packing and processing company, Tetra Pak has also recently donated to Foodbank, handing over a ride-on floor sweeper to the warehouse in Wetherill Park, NSW.

Tetra Pak, in partnership with Murray Goulburn and the Australian government, also provides an annual donation of 600,000 litres of long life milk to Foodbank.


Wattie’s Creations

Product name: Wattie's Creations

Product manufacturer: Wattie's

Ingredients: (Wattie’s Creations Chicken Tikka Masala)

  • Vegetables (Tomato Puree, Red Onion, Red Capsicums, Red Chillies, Garlic)
  • Sunflower Seed Paste
  • Canola Oil
  • Sugar
  • Spices (including Garam Masala)
  • Ginger Paste
  • Corn Starch
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice

Packaging: Foil Fresh Pouch

Brand website: www.watties.co.nz

What the company says
Wattie’s Creations, a new range of cooking sauces, has just hit supermarket shelves making it even easier for Kiwis to create great tasting international cuisine at home.

The large range has flavours to suit every taste with 17 different meal options available across Mexican, Indian, European, Italian and Asian cuisine offerings. Now everyone can be a rock star in the kitchen in less than 30 minutes for most dishes and with only a few additional ingredients you can create a truly authentic meal.

To ensure Wattie’s Creations delivers on taste, every product within the range has been chef developed to ensure the meals are authentically flavoured and of the highest quality.

The extensive number of meal options available within the Wattie’s Creations range is in response to growing demand for diversity in the kitchen.

“Variety and great taste are two things we really focussed on during development. Kiwis are becoming more and more adventurous in the kitchen. They don’t want to cook the same thing every night – they want great tasting meals which don’t compromise on flavour, but also don’t take all night to cook,” says Andrew Stiven, Wattie’s general manager of marketing.

Each Wattie’s Creations Meal serves four and RRPs at around $3.99. 


Pitango free range chicken and mushroom risotto

Product name: Pitango Free Range Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Product manufacturer: Pitango

Ingredients: Free range chicken, portobello muschroom, onion, carrot, herbs, spices, risotto rice, white wine

Packaging: 1kg Pouch

Product manager: Sharon Addington

Brand website: https://www.pitango.com.au

What the company says
Pitango, famous for creating new, exciting, organic and free range meals, will this month launch a new family sized 1kg heat and eat meal to their popular risotto range.

Introducing Pitango Free Range Chicken and Mushroom Risotto.

Made with 20 percent free range chicken pieces and fresh Portobello mushrooms, this risotto is a high quality, convenient and easy meal option.

‘We are thrilled to be releasing this 1KG Pitango pack into our stores across Australia’ comments Patrick Noone, Costco Country Manager ‘we are sure our members will love the Pitango taste and quality, particularly the brand’s ethos of sourcing high quality organic and free range ingredients’.

Wade Gillooly from Pitango adds ‘this new family 1KG size addition to our range should delight fans of Pitango as it combines all the taste and quality of our regular range with a brand new recipe and at a great value price!’

Pitango Free Range Chicken and Mushroom Risotto will be available in Costco’s throughout Australia from the 24th October, 2013.


Garlo’s Pies launches new ordering app

Australian pie maker, Garlo’s Pies has launched a new iPhone and Android App designed to make ordering easier for the company’s office and wholesale customers.

The free App has been designed to ensure fast and convenient delivery, and to meet the demand for large orders. Managing director Sean Garlick, says that customers who have trialled the app were impressed with its ease of use.

“Offices supplying staff with lunch also benefit,” said Garlick.

“With the App, it is even easier for workplaces to provide staff with a tasty lunch for less than $5. We deliver the pies cold, so they can sit in the fridge or freezer until the office is ready to eat.”

The application also saves each purchase, making it easier for customers to place repeat orders instead of having to enter in values every time they wish to place an order.

The addition of the App adds to the success of the family-operated pie business this year, who recently moved into a new manufacturing facility in St Peters to keep up with the demand for its product.

Garlo’s also signed a lucrative deal with supermarket giant Coles earlier in the year resulting in a significant increase in production.


McCormick releases new Marinade in a Bag varieties

Building on the success of the original range of McCormick’s Marinade in a Bag varieties, McCormick has now extended its range to include two new flavours; Native Herb & Spice, and Spicy BBQ.

Research from last year's launch of the product indicated that 72 percent of consumers found the McCormick Marinade in a Bag more convenient to use than competing products, and 80 percent of respondents said that they would recommend the product to friends.

The research also found that consumers wanted more flavour varieties, which has now inspired the creation of the new range.

 “We have listened to consumer feedback and developed two new flavours to build on our existing range,” said Karen Marshall, Marketing Innovations for McCormick Marinade in a Bag.

“We kept hearing from shoppers that they wanted flavours with more ‘spice’, so this barbecue season we’ve come to the party with two varieties that have tested extremely well with consumers."

McCormick’s new Marinade in a Bag varieties

  • Native Herb and Spice: A rich blend of tomato and paprika with native mountain pepper, lemon myrtle and oregano. Perfect on all proteins, especially lamb.
  • Spicy BBQ: Combines the bold flavours of pepper, chillies and BBQ sauce, to create a sweet, hot and spicy flavour. Great on beef, chicken and pork.

McCormick’s new Marinade in a Bag varieties will be complemented with a national PR campaign, blogger engagement and print advertising.

In addition, McCormick Marinade in a Bag will also be involved in the Big Aussie Barbie event, which raises much needed funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.


Passage Foods’ pumpkin curry named Ready Meal of the Year: video

This year's Ready Meals category winner of the Food magazine awards, Passage Foods, won for its innovative ready-to-eat Pumpkin Curry Side Simmer Sauce.

The inspiration behind the new line came from a collaboration between Passage Foods and market research company, AC Neilson which found that Australian consumers are demonstrating a growing interest in the Indian tradition of sharing multiple meals at the dinner table. 

It was this information that prompted Passage Foods to develop its Passage to India sides range – a ready-to-eat/heat and serve side simmer sauce featuring Australian pumpkin and a balance of spices. 

The product is the first ready-to-eat Indian pumpkin meal on the Australian market, made from all natural ingredients while also being gluten-free and vegan friendly.

While traditionally Indian curries require spices to be fried in order to achieve the right flavour profile, Passage Foods has managed to replicate authentic flavours by using a retort process.

The company spent months tweaking with the recipe to ensure that the taste and consistency was just right, and are now extremely proud to have the product on supermarket shelves. 

The side simmer sauce is packaged in a shelf stable pouch, sold throughout Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, with a shelf life of up to two years.

Chris Doutre, sales and business development manager for Passage Foods, said that Passage Foods has now become the market leader in Australia's Indian simmer sauce industry and also exports its products to the US, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Malaysia and Taiwan.

In addition to the success of the Passage to India line, Passage Foods also offers a host of other simmer sauces from varying cuisines, with a number of new products in the pipeline.

"There are new products coming up all the time," said Doutre.

"We have a number of new projects happening and we don't just only produce strictly Indian, because Passage Foods is all about a journey of cuisine, so we've got Passage to India as well as Passage to Asia, Passage to Morocco, Passage to China and Passage to Indonesia."

Doutre believes that the company's success in recent times is due to its commitment to innovation and product development.

"I think today, to be able to stay on top in the industry, you've got to be innovative. You've got to be able to come up with new ideas all the time."



Roth Cuisine’s Eye Fillet Medallions

Product name: Eye Fillet Medallions

Product manufacturer: Roth Cuisine

Ingredients: beef, garlic mash potato (potato, cream, garlic, butter, salt, pepper), carrot, zucchini, mushroom & pepper sauce (demi glaze (thickener(1422)(from tapioca), maltodextrin (from corn), flavours (demi glace (4.9%)(contains flavour enhancers (627, 631)

Shelf life: seven days, refrigerated consistently at 4°C and under.

Packaging: Torus Pak, filling Volume: 650ml Material: Copolymer PP + Base Film PA/PP

Product manager: Rory Hanley

Brand website: https://www.rothcuisine.com.au/

What the company says 
Grilled eye fillet medallions with garlic scented mash potato, carrots & beans finished with mushroom & green peppercorn glase.


Tilda Kids

Product name: Tilda Kids

Product manufacturer: Tilda Rice

Mild & Sweet Curry: Steamed Basmati, green beans, sweet potato, apricots
Cheese & Tomato: Steamed Basmati, tomato, cheese
Sunshine Vegetable: Steamed Basmati, butternut squash, sweetcorn, carrots
Sweet Vegetable & Wholegrain: Steamed Basmati, sweetcorn, sweet potato, carrots

Shelf life: 18 months

Packaging: microwaveable pouches that are plastic and BPA (Bisphenola) free.

Product manager: Ryan Willett, brand manager at Manassen Foods Australia

Brand website: https://www.tilda.com/kids

What the company says
Developed in conjunction with UK children’s nutritionalist Dr Sarah Schenker, Tilda Kids is a unique kids range of ‘rice & veggies’ mid-week meal accompaniments that meet all the needs of mums and kids.

Providing children with one of their five-a-day recommended fruit and vegetable servings Tilda Kids features a selection of the best natural ingredients and is sure to help busy mums keep their little ones happy and satisfied during meal times.

Suitable for children that have been weaned and are happily eating solids, Tilda Kids has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.

Kids can choose from four familiar classic flavour varieties such as Cheese & Tomato, Sunshine Vegetable, Sweet Vegetable & Wholegrain and Mild & Sweet Curry.

Available in 125g pouches, each meal has been specially developed to cater for a child’s taste, palate and growing appetite. They can be eaten on their own or as an accompaniment to all their favourites – meat or fish.

Working closely on the development of the range, Dr Sarah Schenker comments, “Rice is a good grain for children because it’s easily digestible so when they are babies, it’s one of the first grains they eat, but it then seems to disappear from their diets until they are much older. Tilda Kids is a great range as it helps children enjoy rice, which is a good alternative to other starchy carbohydrates that children need for energy.”

The range caters for fussy eaters as each pouch contains a blend of hidden vegetable puree as well as small pieces to help boost youngsters vegetable intake.

Each pouch takes only 40 seconds to cook in the microwave, is full of goodness, no nonsense and carries the Tilda reassurance of being made using only the finest quality ingredients.

The Tilda Kids range is available in Woolworths and most Coles stores and leading independent retailers with an RRP of $2.35 for a 125g pack.


The Spice Tailor Indian sauces

Product name: The Spice Tailor

Product manufacturer: The Spice Tailor

Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Coriander, Garam Masala, Guntoor Chilli, Black Cardamon

Shelf life: Two years

Packaging: Three transparent ingredient pouches, riveted together and held with an eye-catching sleeve, keep the product looking fresh and delicious, reflecting the three easy steps to cook an authentic Indian meal in just 10 minutes.

Product manager: Mike Toms

Brand website: https://www.thespicetailor.com/

What the company says
The Spice Tailor range of eight authentic and easy-to-cook at home Indian sauces is set to change the way Australians cook curry at home.

Aussies will be able to whip up a Keralan Coconut Curry or a Rustic Rogan Josh in just 10 minutes, following three simple steps. But the light, delicate flavours and fresh authentic aromas of each sauce will ensure that convenience doesn’t compromise quality.

The Spice Tailor is the brainchild of British chef Anjum Anand, the international face of modern Indian cooking, who created the range out of a desire to make her native food lighter and more accessible.

The Spice Tailor will be available exclusively on the shelves of Coles supermarkets for just $4.99 RRP from Monday 8 July. Each sauce is free from artificial colours, preservatives and added flavours.

The Spice Tailor range of sauces creates eight delicious flavours:

  • Keralan Coconut Curry: a coconut-based dish flavoured with curry leaves and mustard seeds and soured with tomatoes and tamarind. A true classic from the state named after the coconut.
  • Original Tikka Masala: this dish is firmly rooted in Indian history. An Indian classic, Tikka Masala inspired the invention of Australian favourite, Butter Chicken.
  • Rustic Rogan Josh: similar to the Kashmir original, this dish shares the distinctive blend of spices and depth of flavour but is deep and hearty like a North Indian curry should be.
  • Delicate Korma Curry: sumptuous ingredients such as cream, nuts, dried fruit and saffron were added to bring extra glamour and richness to this divine dish.
  • Spiced Spinach Curry: a typical everyday dish of Punjab, the beauty of this curry is that it subtly takes on different notes depending on which ingredient you add to it.
  • Mangalore Herb Curry: a lighter, lesser known dish with fresh and fragrant flavours of coriander and mint, with a hint of coconut to bring it all together.
  • Punjabi Tomato Curry: the North Indian province of Punjab is known for rustic and robust curries with hearty flavours of onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices throughout. This curry has extra onions for a sweeter, thicker base and more tomatoes for a beautifully balanced taste.
  • Southern Pepper Curry: this Southern Pepper Curry combines black pepper, curry leaves and fennel seeds with a harmonious tomato based sauce that gives the dish a fragrant punch, making it truly unique.


Betel Leaf Beef By Two Sisters

Product name: Betel Leaf Beef

Product manufacturer: By Two Sisters

Ingredients: rice noodle, beef (14.3%), bean sprout, cucumber, water, chinese lettuce, fish sauce, brown onion, sugar, lemon, betel leaf (1.7%), peanut, coriander, mint, hot mint, garlic, chilli.

Shelf life: five days

Packaging: Ingredients are specifically vac sealed and supplied in a bowl with instructions on the sleeve label.

Product manager: Thu Fampidi

Brand website: https://www.bytwosisters.com.au

What the company says

We’re a Melbourne-based duo that’s offering something new and exciting: traditional Vietnamese food that’s ready-to-eat, straight from your fridge. We offer catering and pre-prepared meals that are healthy, nutritious, and lightning fast to prepare.

Travelling through Vietnam many years ago, we lived on beef wrapped in betel leaf served with vermicelli noodles. It's a no-fuss, quick, and easy meal to eat. And so yummy, you'll drink the very last drop of sauce from the bowl.

24 hours with Pitango

Wade Gillooly, general manager at fresh chilled organic soups and meals brand, Pitango, runs us through a day in the life of a food manufacturing professional. 

What are your primary roles and responsibilities in your job? Give us a day in your working life.
Primarily I oversee the management of the Pitango business.  Day to day this involves managing the sales, financial and operational performance of the business including managing key distribution and customer relationships, product innovation, business planning and strategy for growth.  I also am responsible for the monthly reporting to the company Board of Directors.

What training/education did you need for your job?
I attended the Waikato University in New Zealand where I completed a Bachelor of Management Studies (B.M.S) with Honours.  My major was Commerce and Japanese.  I believe that tertiary education is a great stepping stone to start your career but the journey starts with gaining ‘on the job’ commercial experience.  This is where the real learning starts and never stops!

How did you get to where are you are today? Give us a bullet point career path.

  • 1994 graduated Waikato University (B.M.S)
  • First job as Marketing Graduate with Carter Hold Harvey (forestry and timber products)
  • 1995-2000 worked as Product Manager for Heinz-Watties.  This position was followed by several product and business management roles in the fresh produce and honey industries
  • 2008 joined Pitango

What tools and/or software do you use on a daily basis?
The main software system that I use is SAP for financial reporting.  I also utilise Excel and Power Point packages as well as various customer supplier portals for forecasting and inventory control.  However the main tool I use is the telephone!  Never underestimate the power of speaking one on one with a customer or supplier over sending an email.

What is the one thing that you are most proud of in your professional life?
I’m most proud of the growth of Pitango and the reputation we have built for the brand as a leader in organic, fresh chilled food. This couldn’t have happened without the great team of people that work for the business.

Biggest daily challenge?
It sounds like a cliché but it is letting go of work at the end of the day.  I am very passionate about Pitango but I am also a firm believer in work/life balance.  My family comes first, that is a given, but sometimes it is hard to turn the switch to off!  I find that exercise helps.

Biggest career challenge?
The single biggest challenge I have experienced to date in my career would be the transition to our new parent company following the collapse of our previous one.  In early 2013 our then parent company, Gourmet Foods Group, went into voluntary administration.  This resulted in the collapse of Rosella Food Groups.  My role was to keep Pitango running during the administration process and to successfully complete the sale of the business without interrupting our day to day trading.  The transition to our new parent company, Beak & Johnston is now complete.

What is your biggest frustration in your job?
I can’t say there are any frustrations right now other than finding time to have a holiday.  It’s that work/life balance again!

What is the biggest challenge facing your business?
The biggest challenge would be operational capacity in our factory at the present time.  We are working on building a new plant that can support our growth plans with our customers.

Is there anything else about your job you want Australia to know about?
Food manufacturing and the FMCG sector is an industry that I love being part of.  It offers a lot of scope to develop careers and makes a valuable contribution to the economy.


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Ready meals on the rise

Ready meals are enjoying strong growth in Australia's food retail market, with consumers increasingly looking for quick, easy, healthy and tasty home meals.

According to news.com.au, Woolworths reports a 30 percent growth in its Ready To range of ready meals over the past 12 months.

Rather than being a stodgy TV dinner or a tasteless diet meal, the Ready To range comprises Asian and Italian salads with ready to roast vegetables and marinated beef, pork ribs or lamb.

There's also a "fish, bag and bake" range of fresh fish fillets with a variety of marinade flavours.

"Customers love the fact the food is easy and quick to cook, meaning they have to spend more time with the family, but its all produced with fresh veggies," said Woolworths senior produce manager, Tony Klatt.

"It also means you can have really quality dishes at home, made with fresh ingredients, without all the chopping, tossing and time."

Klatt added that Woolworths is also developing a range of single portion ready meals for those eating solo.


Pitango’s new soup range

Product name:

  • Pitango Vegetable and Quinoa Soup
  • Pitango Portobello Mushroom Soup
  • Pitango Free Range Spiced Chicken Soup
  • Pitango Organic Sweet Potato Coconut & Ginger Soup.

Product manufacturer: Pitango

Pitango Vegetable and Quinoa Soup
Organic vegetables including tomato, sweet potato, potato, carrot, celery, onion, broccoli, green and red peppers, all cooked with quinoa and spices.  

Pitango Portobello Mushroom Soup
Portobello mushrooms, parsley, thyme, lemon and nutmeg.  

Pitango Free Range Spiced Chicken Soup
Free range chicken, turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, chilli, coconut, yellow split peas, coriander.  

Pitango Organic Sweet Potato Coconut & Ginger Soup
‘Northland Rose’ sweet potato coconut, ginger.  

Shelf life: Pitango soups' shelf life is 65 days, and due to their unique cooking process we are able to achieve this without any preservatives or additives. Pitango soups are fresh, and are stored in the chiller/refrigerator section of the supermarket.

Packaging: Pitango soups are packaged in a pouch, and should be stored in a chiller at 2 – 4degrees celsius.

Brand website: www.pitango.com.au

What the company says
Pitango is famous for its delicious, organic, fresh chilled soups and meals, free from preservatives and additives with both gluten and dairy free options.

"We are so excited to be introducing four new flavours to our range across Australia," said Wade Gillooly, general manager Pitango. "We take great time and effort in ensuring we only develop the finest of flavour combinations from the freshest ingredients, and cook in small batches to lock in the taste for each and every pack of soup made.

"We are passionate about creating fresh, exciting, healthy and tasty meals here at Pitango, and are thrilled to be able to include these new offerings to our already established menu of soups, risottos and curries."

Pitango’s new range of soups will be available in Coles stores from 10th June, 2013 – they can be found in the chilled meals section.


Veal ravioli recalled for labelling error

Australasian Fresh has recalled Alligator Brand Veal Ravioli from Costco stores in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand was notified of the recall on April 11.

The NSW Food Authority said the reason for the recall is due to an undeclared allergen (soy) because of a labelling error.

The recalled product is the 1 kilogram (2×500 packets) vacuum-sealed plastic tray.

“The recall only applies to the product with the details above,” a Food Authority statement said.

Products with use by dates up to and including 8/05/13 have been recalled.

“People with an allergy or intolerance to soy should not consume this product as they may have a reaction if the product is consumed,” the Authority said.

Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase and ask for a full refund.

Aussie staple meat pie on the dip

Australia’s staple meat pie is declining in popularity in petrol stations and convenience stores.

Customers are choosing the sausage roll instead.

The SMH quoted a BIS Shrapnel report into the route trade market, which revealed market decline of the meat pie occurred as the value of sausage rolls increased by 4 per cent. Cakes went up by 14 per cent.

Meat pies still rule the bakery products category.

BIS Foodservice head Sissel Rosengren said the gourmet pies division has not changed.

But Four’NTwenty pies brand manager Mark Malak does not agree with the BIS findings. He said research by Aztec showed an increase in the sale of meat pies, outselling sausage rolls by two to one.

The report also showed customers were buying more lollies and chocolates at petrol stations. Confectionary sales at petrol stations and convenience stores have risen by 20 per cent.

Rosengren told news.com.au this is a result of recession, with chocolate being a cheaper treat.

Beak and Johnston purchase Pitango

New Zealand soup and ready-made meal maker Pitango has been bought by Sydney-based Beak and Johnston, owner of brands such as Mr. Beak’s and Cleavers.

Pitango was part of Gourmet Food Holdings, which was placed in the hands of receivers Ferrier Hodgson in late-November last year. GFH was the parent company of brands including Rosella, Water Wheel and Aristocrat.

GFH, which owed as much as $50 million to National Australia Bank, was owned by private equity company Crescent Capital, who also failed in their management of Australian Music Group and sold AMG at a loss last year.

The dollar value of the acquisition would not be disclosed by Pitango’s general manager Wade Gillooly, but he mentioned that it was going from being private equity-owned to family-owned, and said that the buyout would boost its manufacturing operations.

"What [the sale] means is that we preserve the jobs of our production, office and administration staff in Auckland and it allows us to continue to work with all of our suppliers in New Zealand," Gillooly told Fairfax Media.

Pitango produces organic products including soups, curries and pastas, which are sold in supermarkets.

Acording to a profile of Beak and Johnston, the company was established in 1986, exports to more than 15 countries and has revenues exceeding $300 million.