Posted: Feb 27, 2015

Thousands of tonnes of fake and sub-standard food seized

4000 kg of counterfeit strawberries and 275,000 litres of drinks were only part of the haul of fake and sub-standard food seized in a recent INTERPOL and Europol operation. Read more »

Posted: Feb 13, 2015  |  By: James Wong, Monash University and Julian Millie, Monash University

Explainer: what is halal, and how does certification work?

Halal food certification in Australia has become a contentious issue. Read more »

Posted: Feb 12, 2015  |  By: Christina Benjaminsen

Robotic harvesting of chicken breasts - getting more food from raw materials

Can an industrial robot succeed at removing the breast fillet from a chicken and, at the same time, get more out of the raw materials? The answer now is yes! Read more »

Posted: Feb 12, 2015  |  By: GS1 Australia

Smart solution for sharing digital assets in your supply chain

Developed in collaboration with industry, GS1 Australia's SmartMedia is a multisector solution for managing and sharing up-to-date and authenticated images, multimedia files and other product-related digital assets and data with trading partners. It allows trading partners to access all digital assets in one location, saving time and money, and improving accuracy. Read more »

Posted: Feb 12, 2015

More than just an exhibition

As part of AUSPACK's 30th anniversary celebrations, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and the APPMA have organised a whole week of events: Packaging and Processing Week 2015. Read more »

Posted: Feb 12, 2015  |  By: SICK PTY LTD

Automated loading and unloading of trucks - a flexible loading system saves time at PepsiCo

There are no manned forklift trucks driving about loading truck trailers with boxes of chips at PepsiCo's Broek op Langedijk site in the Netherlands. Instead, the recently installed Joloda loading system saves 30 minutes/load as it pushes 42 pallets of chips into an extra-long truck in one fully automated operation. Read more »

Posted: Feb 11, 2015  |  By: Shermine Gotfredsen, General Manager, APAC, Universal Robots

Falling dollars = rising robotics

A new generation of lightweight robots could help Australian food manufacturers take advantage of the falling dollar. Read more »

Posted: Feb 11, 2015

Cleanability: how to ensure things are clean and safe

Up to 30% of time in food and beverage is spent cleaning. Any reduction in this time that does not compromise the quality of the outcome directly contributes to a company's bottom line. Read more »

Posted: Feb 10, 2015

Quick bacteria test for beer

A new polymer powder is the key to a faster, simpler method for breweries to detect contamination in their beer. Read more »

Posted: Feb 10, 2015  |  By: Frans van der Steen, Meat Technology and Development Manager, Marel

Wanted: Optimal carcass valorisation 2.0

Within the meat industry, great efficiencies, and thus added value, can be achieved by optimally overviewing, monitoring and connecting the entire chain, from hog to hot dog. This chain consists of farmers, slaughterhouses, residual meat producers and processors producing final products. While each party involved tends to have a good overview mainly of their own part of the production process, a food technological approach adds value by overviewing as well as monitoring the entire chain for optimal economic and societal utility. It does so, among others, by connecting supply and demand within the chain, allowing for optimal carcass valorisation 2.0 to take place. Read more »

Posted: Feb 10, 2015

Detecting spoilage with a smartphone

Smart packaging that alerts you to possible food spoilage or contamination of products - that's one of the possibilities being considered by a team of MIT chemists who have devised a simple wireless sensor that can be read by a smartphone. Read more »

Posted: Feb 5, 2015

How smart is your factory?

Managing the extreme complexity of real-time process control is one of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today. Read more »

Posted: Feb 3, 2015

Pathway to profit through smart packaging innovations

Active and intelligent packaging technologies are already seen by many brand owners and retailers as a route to increasing profits or improving the bottom line through savings in the supply chain. Read more »

Posted: Jan 29, 2015  |  By: CST Wastewater Solutions

Proven wastewater technologies combine to double green energy and environmental benefits

Proven DAF technologies can be very profitably combined with the latest anaerobic waste digestion technologies which not only extract very high levels of harmful COD contaminants from wastewater streams and sludge by-products, but also convert them into profitable green energy. Read more »

Posted: Jan 29, 2015  |  By: Mark Dingley*

Why reliable, cost-effective ID and inspection solutions will reduce your costs

Inspection is key to improving your business's production methods, reducing waste and increasing efficiency. Taking that one step further, reliable inspection is a must for any business that is serious about making the most of its resources and being competitive. Read more »

Posted: Jan 21, 2015  |  By: APPMA

Why you need to come to AUSPACK 2015

For those involved in food and beverage manufacturing or processing, AUSPACK is a must-attend event with the entire industry on display - from processing, packaging and filling machinery, through to packaging materials, product identification solutions, materials handling, ancillary components and more. Read more »

Posted: Jan 19, 2015  |  By: Chris Round, Caroline Judd, Simon Casinader*

The great bottle battle - Coke vs Pepsi

Coke took Pepsi to court in Australia, alleging that the release of Pepsi's glass 'Carolina Bottle' infringed the rights and reputation of Coke's iconic glass 'Contour Bottle', or its outline or silhouette. Read about the great bottle battle and how you can protect your shapes based on the Federal Court of Australia decision in The Coca-Cola Company v PepsiCo Inc & Ors (No 2) [2014] FCA 1287. Read more »

Posted: Jan 15, 2015  |  By: Pierre Pienaar FAIP*

Guide to food packaging security

Packaging security is critical to food, keeping food fresh as well as safe to eat. Packaging security encompasses everything from consumer tampering to bioterrorism to product counterfeiting. Read more »

Posted: Jan 12, 2015

How resveratrol - the elixir of youth - provides health benefits

It seems that resveratrol, the red-wine ingredient once touted as an elixir of youth, activates an evolutionarily ancient stress response in human cells. The finding should dispel much of the mystery and controversy about how resveratrol really works. Read more »

Posted: Dec 22, 2014

2015: Top nutrition trends predicted

After the excesses of the holiday season, most people's thoughts turn to dieting in the new year - even if the diet only lasts until Australia Day. So what will the top nutrition trends be for 2015? Read more »

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