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 »

Posted: Oct 13, 2014  |  By: Gary Mortimer, Queensland University of Technology

Predicting the last brand standing in the supermarket price wars

Price wars represent one of the most severe forms of competitive interplay in the market place, often leading to great losses. Retailers suffer losses in terms of margins, consumer loyalty and an inability to pull out of the downward cycle. Read more »

Posted: Oct 9, 2014

Consumer perception, packaging and food waste reduction

What's holding back our efforts to reduce food waste? Read more »

Posted: Oct 9, 2014  |  By: Keith Woodford, Lincoln University, New Zealand

With a free trade deal Australia can win China's dairy market

Global demand for internationally traded dairy products is now dominated by China. Although Australia has benefited from this, with annual dairy exports to China now worth over A$500 million, the growth has been much slower than what New Zealand has achieved. Read more »

Posted: Oct 3, 2014

Snack attack: snack sales on the increase in developing regions

Globally, sales of snack foods reached $374 billion in 2014, according to a new report. Europe and North America account for the majority of worldwide sales, but snack sales are actually growing faster in developing regions than in these established markets. Read more »

Posted: Oct 3, 2014  |  By: Johannes Baensch

Why process food?

What's interesting is that when a person makes a perfect cup of coffee by hand, the element of craftsmanship is acknowledged. But when the same process is performed industrially, there's little recognition of the expertise involved. Read more »

Posted: Sep 29, 2014  |  By: Jacqui Webster, George Institute for Global Health

Salt overload - it's time to get tough on the food industry

While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt. It's time for the Commonwealth government to get tough on the food industry to reduce the salt content of processed foods. So, what's the best way to make this happen? Read more »

Posted: Sep 26, 2014

The emerging field of nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics is a relatively new field of research in which genetics and nutrition come together. These merging disciplines (nutrition and genetics), optimise the efficacy of diets and how dietary consumption affects gene expression. Read more »

Posted: Sep 25, 2014  |  By: Janette Woodhouse

Chicken abuse at Foodtech Packtech

At every Foodtech Packtech we hand out hundreds of magazines and also farm animal-shaped stress balls. However, this year - to our horror - an incident of extreme chicken abuse occurred. An innocent chicken [stress relief ball] was misappropriated by a ruthless exhibitor, forced into a plastic bag and vacuum packed. Read more »

Posted: Sep 25, 2014  |  By: Smithers Pira

The top three functional additives in the plastic packaging market

There is rapidly increasing demand for packaging materials that give even greater protection to their contents. Functional additives are an important technology in meeting this demand for greater product protection in the plastic packaging market. Read more »

Posted: Sep 22, 2014  |  By: Christopher Mayes, University of Sydney and Jenny Kaldor, University of Sydney

Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works

Criticism of the food industry has itself become a niche industry. But the tendency to embrace a US-centric conception of how the industry works risks masking local variants and inhibiting a targeted response in other countries Read more »

Posted: Sep 18, 2014  |  By: Frances Wheelahan (Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth) and Virginia Burns (Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth)

Marketing functional foods in Australia - how to navigate the rules on health and therapeutic claims

Australia's demand for functional foods is growing rapidly and there are many opportunities for businesses wishing to market these foods in Australia. However, the formulation, advertising and labelling of these foods is heavily regulated and care must be taken to comply with food and therapeutic goods laws. Read more »

Posted: Sep 15, 2014

Product-specific cleanrooms: moving away from large cleanrooms to small, local solutions

Yoghurt, bread, sausage, cheese, salads and drinks - more and more products are being filled and packed in sterile environments. Read more »

Posted: Sep 8, 2014  |  By: Matt Swayne

Super sweet sugar substitutes aren't

The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing. Read more »

Posted: Sep 4, 2014

Labels ain't labels: a label is a complex technical construction

Delivering a label is not just a matter of printing it. It involves a complex value chain that also spans the material to be printed and the machinery to apply it - whatever the technology employed. Read more »

Posted: Sep 3, 2014

A cup of tea and a fruit salad, followed by a brisk jog to the wine bar

Research presented at the ESC Congress has revealed that daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of cardiovascular disease, while drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality. However, wine only protects against CVD in people who exercise. Read more »

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