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 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 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  |  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 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 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  |  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 9, 2014

Consumer perception, packaging and food waste reduction

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

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