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Matcon moves Asia-Pacific office to Singapore

19 February, 2015 | Supplied by: Matcon Ltd

Matcon Group is relocating its Asia-Pacific Operations from Sydney to Singapore. From 1 March 2015, the company's office will be located within an IDEX Corporation regional building in East Jurong, Singapore.

India's sweet obsession

18 February, 2015

The confectionery market in India is expected to grow by 71% in the next four years, as the growing Indian middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate continues to be high in demand among children, according to research by Canadean.

Patties Foods identifies potential source of Hepatitis A contamination

17 February, 2015

Patties Foods has extended the recall of its frozen berry products to include its Nanna's Raspberries 1 kg packs after investigations revealed a potential link to a specific source of raspberries from China.

Goodman Fielder acquisition cleared by Chinese government

17 February, 2015

The Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) has granted approval under the country's Anti-Monopoly Law for Wilmar International and First Pacific Company to acquire Goodman Fielder.

Global frozen food market to hit US$156 billion by 2020

16 February, 2015

The global frozen food market was worth US$122.1 billion in 2013 and is set to reach US$156.4 billion in 2020 - a CAGR of 3.6% - according to a new market report by Persistence Market Research.

Poor hygiene blamed for hepatitis A in frozen berries; further testing needed

16 February, 2015

Poor hygiene is being blamed for the alleged contamination of frozen berries with Hepatitis A. However, Patties Foods says the recall has been instigated only as a "precautionary measure, in the interests of public safety" and that further testing is required.

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

13 February, 2015 by James Wong, Monash University and Julian Millie, Monash University

Halal food certification in Australia has become a contentious issue.

$11m in grants available to small exporters

13 February, 2015

More than $11 million in grants is up for grabs to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, meat, egg, fish, horticulture and grain products. The grants form part of the $15 million, four-year Package Assisting Small Exporters.

More than just an exhibition

12 February, 2015

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.

Betta Foods purchase looks likely; 39 redundancies announced

12 February, 2015

Struggling confectionery manufacturer Betta Foods could have new owners in the coming weeks. The administrator has received numerous expressions of interest to purchase the business but has had to make redundancies to keep the business afloat.

Nominations closing soon for 2015 Advance Global Australian Awards

12 February, 2015

Nominations are closing soon for the 2015 Advance Global Australian Awards. Winners will be announced on 14 September at the Global Australian Leadership Summit, which will be held at the Sydney Opera House on 13-14 September.

Food scientists must focus on consumers

10 February, 2015

Campden BRI, a membership-based food research organisation, has released the findings of its research into what industry needs from science and technology. And caring about consumers is near the top of the list.

2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Award winners to be announced during AUSPACK

10 February, 2015

The winners of the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards will be announced during AUSPACK on 25 March at the Crown Complex Melbourne.

Registrations open for AUSPACK National Technical Forums

09 February, 2015

The program for the 2015 National Technical Forums has been released, showcasing 37 speakers, including eight internationals, covering a range of topics over four days addressing the theme of 'Open Innovation & Collaboration'.

Celebrating 30 years of AUSPACK!

09 February, 2015 | Supplied by: APPMA

In 2015, AUSPACK celebrates 30 years of bringing together manufacturers, distributors and importers of packaging and processing machinery.

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