Posted: Dec 19, 2014

COAG report rejects container deposit scheme

The highly contentious container deposit scheme (CDS) has been rejected by a COAG report as being excessively expensive, vindicating arguments against the scheme made by an alliance of Australian food and beverage industry bodies. Read more »

Posted: Dec 12, 2014  |  By: APPMA

Everyone who is anyone in the food industry will be exhibiting at AUSPACK 2015

With AUSPACK less than three months away the expansive line-up of multinational as well as local companies set to exhibit in 2015 is continuing to grow each day. Read more »

Posted: Dec 4, 2014

New options on the horizon for children with cow's milk allergy

There are currently no approved treatments for children with milk allergies except avoidance, but that may be going to change. The clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company DBV Technologies has begun enrolling cow's milk-allergic subjects in a Phase I/II clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Viaskin Milk, an epicutaneous patch for the treatment of children with IgE-mediated cow's milk allergy (CMA). Read more »

Posted: Dec 4, 2014  |  By: Benjamin Jude and Eric Lemaire*

Optimising clean-in-place processes in food and beverage operations - Part II

Existing clean-in-place (CIP) processes are time intensive and waste large amounts of energy, water and chemicals. In Part 1 of this article the risks and costs associated with inefficient CIP processes were discussed, but new innovations in CIP technology can now allow plant operators to cut costs in an environmentally friendly manner while still conforming to regulatory safety standards. Read more »

Posted: Dec 4, 2014

Blooming chocolate

Even chocolate products can lose their gloss after a certain amount of storage time has passed and develop 'bloom' - a creamy grey/white patina. Now, armed with sophisticated analysis, companies can effectively protect their products from developing this unaesthetic coating or bloom. Read more »

Posted: Dec 4, 2014  |  By: Benjamin Jude and Eric Lemaire*

Optimising clean-in-place processes in food and beverage operations - Part I

Clean-in-place (CIP) processes are often intensive and waste large amounts of energy, water and chemicals. New innovations in CIP technology allow plant operators to cut costs in an environmentally friendly manner while still conforming to regulatory safety standards. Read more »

Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Increasing the life span of cheese

Natural, edible coatings with an antimicrobial capacity have been found to increase the shelf life of soft cheeses. Read more »

Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Flying robots to take over inventory control

Inventories in large warehouses could soon appear quite different and proceed to take flight, in the truest sense of those words. Read more »

Posted: Nov 24, 2014

Keeping computing systems in food plants clean

Computers in food plants have to be cleanable so they don't add any contamination load to the end products. So they must be able to withstand the cleaning and sanitation regimes of the plant. Read more »

Posted: Nov 24, 2014

Bacterial slime or what to feed the world after catastrophic crop failure

Is it possible to feed the whole world after a complete collapse of the agricultural system? Read more »

Posted: Nov 23, 2014  |  By: Emily Caldwell

Diabetes and heart disease risk linked to carbs, not fat

Doubling or even nearly tripling saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study. Read more »

Posted: Nov 20, 2014  |  By: Australian Institute of Packaging

What's on during Packaging and Processing Week 2015?

2015 is the 30th anniversary of AUSPACK. As part of the celebrations, the AIP and the APPMA have organised a week of events: Packaging and Processing Week 2015. The week's activities include the Industry Excellence Awards, National Technical Forums and the presentation of the 2015 APPMA Scholarship. Read more »

Posted: Nov 19, 2014  |  By: Innova Market Insights (Australasia) Pty Ltd

The top food, beverage and nutrition trends for 2015

What will the top trends be for 2015 in the global food, beverage and nutrition sectors? According to Innova Market Insights, the top trends include clarity of labelling, snacks, convenience, protein and texture. Read more »

Posted: Nov 18, 2014

Detecting mycotoxins in situ

Modern analytical techniques can help food producers to quickly and economically detect mycotoxins - harmful metabolic products of mould - at the processing location. Read more »

Posted: Nov 3, 2014  |  By: Jan Meerdink*

Turning hogs into hot dogs

This article is the second in a trilogy about meat harvesting. The first discussed the state of the technology. This part describes the process itself with a focus on process optimisation, chain integration and an optimal balance between raw material, process and final product. Read more »

Posted: Oct 30, 2014  |  By: Alessandro R Demaio, Harvard University

Your fault you're fat? I don't buy it

Does our fatness and our love of alcohol come down to stupidity or poor self-control on the part of individuals? Or is something bigger at play here? Are people making poor but informed choices on what they eat and drink, or are we all being duped by industry? Read more »

Posted: Oct 23, 2014

Recouping the costs of free-range eggs

Free-range eggs currently account for over 20% of the 4 billion eggs produced in Australia each year. IBISWorld has released a report analysing how the various operators along the supply chain will take advantage of the trend. Read more »

Posted: Oct 23, 2014  |  By: John Merriman

Extending shelf life of seafood key to exports

Innovations in packaging have allowed a newly formed Australian seafood company to expand its business to national and international markets. Read more »

Posted: Oct 17, 2014  |  By: Geert Leenen

No time for waste: technical developments in meat harvesting

Meat harvesting, the process of optimally scraping residual meat off animal carcasses, is a fast-moving industry subject to many of the megaforces that will dominate both production and consumption in the near future. Read more »

Posted: Oct 16, 2014  |  By: Jane Martin, University of Melbourne

Big junk vs people power: how we can fix our collective weight problem

It's clear that much more needs to be done about the obesity epidemic, but where should we best focus our efforts? Educating people to eat better and do more exercise? Or policy changes that will pull the levers to promote behaviour change at the population level? Read more »

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