Posted: Apr 17, 2014

Packing beverages to succeed

If you want to sell your product successfully, you have to make it stand out. Read more »

Posted: Apr 11, 2014  |  By: *Sandra Jones, University of Wollongong

Fat free and 100% natural: seven food labelling tricks exposed

Sandra Jones from the University of Wollongong looks at seven tricks that many food processers use to make their products have greater shelf appeal. Read more »

Posted: Apr 9, 2014

Regulatory bodies are looking at energy drinks and consumer health

Regulatory bodies and consumer groups are taking a closer look at links between energy drinks and health issues - especially for younger consumers. Read more »

Posted: Apr 9, 2014

Multidisciplinary investigation of trans fat

Trans fat, derived from the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils, is present in many processed foods and bakery items. But in the US the FDA is currently reviewing evidence that trans fats are not generally recognised as safe (GRAS) for any use in food. Read more »

Posted: Apr 3, 2014  |  By: Pierre Pienaar MSc FAIP

Packaging education in Indonesia

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) recently held its first international packaging training course and workshop for 2014 in Indonesia. Read more »

Posted: Mar 31, 2014

Europe looks at meat transportation, storage and the cold chain

A variety of carcass chilling regimes, combining maximum surface temperature and maximum transportation times can achieve bacterial growth results equivalent to or lower than the current requirements. Read more »

Posted: Mar 28, 2014  |  By: Australian Institute of Packaging

Interview with John Nickless MAIP, Innovia Films Asia Pacific

John Nickless, National Account Manager for Innovia Films Asia Pacific, talks about what the AIP means to him and looks back over his career in the packaging industry. Read more »

Posted: Mar 24, 2014  |  By: FLIR Systems Australia Pty Ltd

Thermal imaging cameras in the food industry

Repeated warnings about illnesses due to tainted and improperly cooked foods highlight the need for tighter process control. Food processors need tools that automate crucial operations in a way that minimises human error but keeps costs down. Thermal imaging cameras are such a tool. Read more »

Posted: Mar 20, 2014  |  By: Burkert Fluid Control Systems

Using steam to reduce costs in pet food production

As with human food, pet food manufacturers are required to ensure that production processes are carefully controlled. A large part of achieving this is dependent on the cooking process, which involves the controlled use of steam. Read more »

Posted: Mar 13, 2014

Multiparameter, real-time, inline monitoring - revolutionising QA/QC in the beverage and food industries

Near infrared technology can be used for the real-time measurement of dissolved CO2, sugars/Brix, alcohol/ethanol and organic acids in the beer, soft drink, spirits, pharmaceutical and food industries. They can also be used to monitor CIP cycles. Read more »

Posted: Mar 6, 2014

From cassava to KFC: global standardised diet threatens local crops

A new study of global food supplies has confirmed what experts have long suspected: in the last 50 years, human diets around the world have grown more and more similar - by a global average of 36%. Read more »

Posted: Mar 4, 2014

Meeting the huge demands on industrial packaging - smaller carbon footprint, sustainable, minimal resource input but still strength

Manufacturers of industrial packages are being hit particularly hard by price rises resulting, in part, from rising energy costs. Their containers, pallets, technical components and work-piece carriers are usually made of plastics. Although they are light and robust, a lot of energy is required for the injection-moulding of plastics packages. Furthermore, the manufacturers need granulate for this, which is in big demand and no longer available in limitless quantities. Read more »

Posted: Mar 3, 2014

Pointing the finger: communicating food risk accurately and quickly

When German health authorities incorrectly linked a deadly E. coli outbreak to Spanish cucumbers in 2011, farmers across the European Union watched produce rot in their fields and warehouses, losing millions of euros in the process. Read more »

Posted: Feb 28, 2014

Preliminary Salmonella detection in 24 hours

A newly developed laser-based detection system is able to identify Salmonella, E. coli, Vibrio, Listeria and many more foodborne pathogens in less than 24 hours. Read more »

Posted: Feb 28, 2014

Hello ladies

Food crop yields and profitability soar when non-fertile flies are dropped over growing areas where they mate with the females but do not father a next generation of pests. But male pests sterilised by radiation tend not to be as attractive to the females - so what is needed is a way to "George Clooney-ise" the sterile flies. Read more »

Posted: Feb 25, 2014  |  By: Jo Adetunji, The Conversation

Scientists warn of chemical dangers in food packaging, but not without their critics

Environmental scientists have warned the long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health. Read more »

Posted: Feb 21, 2014  |  By: David Helsby, President, RadTech Europe

Food safety and UV-cured printing inks

There is much to be said in favour of radiation-curing inks, as world-leading manufacturers of packaging print equipment already know. Because UV inks cure faster, work throughput is much more positive than with traditional print drying tunnels. Read more »

Posted: Feb 19, 2014  |  By: Krones (Thailand) Co Ltd

Advances in aseptic beverage filling

Aseptics have now breached the final building block in a beverage bottling line with the incorporation of the stretch blow-moulding machine in the aseptic concept. Aseptics now extend from preform decontamination through the aseptic blow module and aseptic filler to the aseptic closer. Read more »

Posted: Feb 18, 2014

Food scientist salaries

The median salary for food scientists in Australia is $102,689, according to the latest Institute of Food Technologists Employment and Salary Survey. Read more »

Posted: Feb 14, 2014  |  By: Janette Woodhouse

$950,000 for UHT facility for Pactum Dairy in Shepparton

Long-life milk manufacturer Pactum Dairy Group has developed a state-of-the-art new ultrahigh temperature (UHT) milk processing facility at Shepparton with $950,000 in Victorian government funding - a significantly smaller amount than has been promised to SPC Ardmona. Read more »

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