Posted: Aug 26, 2014  |  By: JMP Engineering Pty Ltd

Palletising bulky and unstable packages

There are many options available for companies wanting to palletise bulk products like bags, bales and sacks. Conventional layer machines and robotic pick-and-place systems are commonplace in many facilities, although they're not always suitable for handling unstable or irregularly shaped packages without some form of modification. This article looks at the pros and cons of these traditional methods in the context of handling bulky, and sometimes unpredictable, packages. Read more »

Posted: Aug 19, 2014

Fighting food fraud in the saffron market

Saffron is the world's most expensive spice. But as an object of desire it can also be a victim of fraud. A number of ISO standards have been developed to help fight against this fraud and assist quality saffron producers. Read more »

Posted: Aug 18, 2014

Salt's sweet spot - Goldilocks dilemma

Two reports from a global collaborative study involving hundreds of investigators from 18 countries are shaking up conventional wisdom around salt consumption. Read more »

Posted: Aug 6, 2014  |  By: Ron Mines FAIP*

Board grades for shelf-friendly packaging

Ron Mines, better known as the Boxologist, shares his knowledge about the best board grade to use for outer boxes. Read more »

Posted: Jul 31, 2014

3540-calorie chain restaurant meal wins an Xtreme Eating Award

The Xtreme Eating Awards highlight chain restaurant meals that are shockingly high in calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. Read more »

Posted: Jul 28, 2014

Super spaghetti and other dietary fibre futures

Super spaghetti is just one of the items on the plate of Adelaide researchers as they develop better quality pasta with improved health benefits. Read more »

Posted: Jul 22, 2014  |  By: Gidon Eshel, Bard College

The true cost of cattle is much, much higher than you imagine

That eating beef is environmentally costly is by now widely appreciated. My colleagues and I decided to calculate just how costly beef production is for the environment, and how it stacks up against pork, poultry, dairy and eggs. Read more »

Posted: Jul 21, 2014

Wurst news: AU$488 million for sausage price fixing

In Germany, the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling approx 338 million euros (AU$488 million) on 21 sausage manufacturers as well as 33 individuals for conducting illegal price-fixing agreements. Read more »

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Big data mining helps identify contaminated food sources

Identifying the source of foodborne disease outbreaks is not always easy. Some outbreaks have quite long incubation times and getting consumers to remember exactly what they ate some weeks ago is almost impossible. However, IBM has developed a tool that may help. Read more »

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Global cereal and vegetable oil prices down, meat prices up

Cereal and vegetable oil prices have dropped amid improved global supplies, resulting in a drop in the FAO Food Price Index for the third consecutive month, but it is not all good news as meat prices are up and food insecurity is still rife in Africa. Read more »

Posted: Jul 14, 2014  |  By: Janette Woodhouse

Dead lizards and what ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

"Rotting lizard found in baby formula" makes an arresting headline. It has all the features to make it popular - innocent babies, uncaring international food processors, biosecurity threat to the nation … But are we sure its true? Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Reducing spoilage

Innovative packages are the key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products to keep for longer and halt consumers' throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs. Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Gluten-free, wheat-free, lactose-free

Individual nutritional lifestyle choices are changing the bakery market in developed countries like Germany. Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Home baking boom benefits bakery mixes market

The resurgence in home baking has increased sales not only for ingredients used for baking from scratch but also the bakery mixes. Read more »

Posted: Jul 10, 2014  |  By: Bio-Rad Laboratories Pty Ltd

Real-time PCR for food testing

Real-time PCR methods are ideal for fast investigations when urgent answers are needed (eg, contamination of a production plant). The recent E.coli O104:H4 German outbreak being a perfect example. Read more »

Posted: Jul 10, 2014

You really need to attend Foodtech Packtech

New Zealand's largest three-day food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology event is worth putting into your calendar as a 'must attend'. Read more »

Posted: Jul 7, 2014  |  By: IBISWorld

Sweet or sour? The forecast ups and downs of the Australian sugar industry

Wilmar International and MSF Sugar's announcements that they will no longer export through Queensland Sugar Limited is likely to have a significant impact on the Australian sugar supply chain - but it's not all bad news for the sugar industry. Read more »

Posted: Jul 7, 2014  |  By: Busch Australia Pty Ltd

Suck it up - vacuum packing fresh meat

The vacuum pump remains at the heart of every packaging machine. The quality of the vacuum pump largely defines the quality of the packaging machine and, therefore, the quality of the packaging. Read more »

Posted: Jul 7, 2014  |  By: Heather Bray and Rachel A Ankeny

Making a meal of GM food labelling

In this final instalment of GM in Australia - a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops - Heather Bray and Rachel Ankeny explore the murky world of food labelling. Read more »

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

Traffic light labels get the green light

The embattled Health Star Rating (HSR) system has received yet another blow to its credibility after new research has suggested that not only is the HSR system confusing to consumers, so too is the existing Daily Intake Guide system. Read more »

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