Ingredients > Fruit & vegetables

Off-the-shelf hardware used for detection, identification and quantification of potato defects

29 June, 2012

A prototype computer vision system has been used to identify substandard potatoes. The machine vision system used off-the-shelf hardware to enable affordable detection, identification and quantification of common defects affecting potatoes.

$10m mushroom facility opens in Victoria

21 June, 2012

Parwan Valley Mushrooms recently opened its $10 million purpose-built mushroom facility at Parwan, west of Melbourne.

Chefs Pride Smoothie Cubes

06 June, 2012

Chefs Pride has launched Smoothie Cubes, fruit- and vegetable-filled frozen cubes for making smoothies. Users simply add 200 mL of milk or fruit juice, blend and serve. They reduce the problems associated with fruit seasonality and are claimed to contain all natural ingredients.

Coles to use Australian vegies for its frozen vegetable lines

08 May, 2012

Coles has announced that all of its Coles brand frozen vegetables will now be sourced from Australian vegetable growers. The supermarket giant announced the move in conjunction with vegetable processor Simplot and the Tasmanian government.

Third tomato grower in a year goes under

25 April, 2012

Tomato farming operation Basacar Produce entered into voluntary administration on 18 April, costing 41 workers their jobs. Basacar is the third major tomato-growing operation to enter administration in the past 12 months, following SP Exports and Barbera.

AUSVEG Road Show offers fruit fly treatment alternatives

10 April, 2012

AUSVEG, the national peak industry body for Australia’s vegetable and potato growers, has announced that it is running an Education Road Show that will feature seminars on alternative fruit fly treatments.

Fungus threatening avocados

06 February, 2012

A Queensland researcher has uncovered a pathogen that could have a devastating impact on the $180 million avocado industry.

Superfruits’ popularity and diversity increasing

01 August, 2011

Incaberries, cranberries, pomegranate, Maqui berries - the range and popularity of superfruits available in Australia and New Zealand is continuing to increase.

Ocean achieves SQF certification

04 May, 2011 by

Ocean Spray has achieved the highest attainable SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification for food manufacturing and distribution.

Symrise Beef Flavor Collection

03 May, 2011 by

Symrise has expanded its portfolio of culinary meat flavourings with its Beef Flavor Collection which features regional preferences.


02 May, 2011 by

A new scientific study has shown that walnuts have a combination of more healthful antioxidants and higher-quality antioxidants than any other nut.

1,463,700 Scoville Units of heat

02 May, 2011 by

After one year of development from chilli seed to full plant and fruiting we now can introduce to you the new hottest chilli in the world.

Kalsec garlic extracts

23 February, 2011 by

Reduced availability of Chinese-sourced garlic is causing a significant rise in pricing for dehydrated garlic. These price increases are projected to continue over the next few years at a minimum. Kalsec has responded to these rising prices with a money-saving alternative: Kalsec garlic extracts.

Taura Natural Ingredients URC high-performance fruit range

02 September, 2010 by

Manufactured with Taura’s Ultra Rapid Concentration process technology, URC high-performance fruit pieces are designed by food technologists specifically for sweet biscuit and bakery applications.

Increasing the shelf life of cassava

21 July, 2010

Cassava roots are usually inedible and unmarketable by two to four days after harvesting, severely affecting their effectiveness as a major third-world food source. Now, several genetic mechanisms have been identified which improve the shelf life of cassava roots.

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