Processing > Fruit & vegetables

Project reviews value chain from soil to supermarket

30 January, 2014

To help the Australian horticultural industry maximise the potential value of its products, a project led by CQ University is reviewing the entire value chain, from soil to supermarket.

No further Qld fruit flies detected in NZ

30 January, 2014

After a single Queensland fruit fly sent the New Zealand horticultural industry into a spin, the MPI set up 245 traps to determine the extent of the insect's incursion into the country. So far, no further flies have been detected.

Kroner Engineering Grunwald inline fruit mixer

29 January, 2014

The Grunwald integrated inline fruit mixer has been designed to keep the product feeding pipework as short as possible. The inline fruit mixing keeps the mixing process to a minimum during product changeover, reducing fruit loss and enabling faster changeover.

Key Technology Sort-to-Grade potato strip sorting software

10 January, 2014

Key Technology has announced the availability of its potato strip Sort-to-Grade feature for all belt-driven G6 optical sorters - Manta, Optyx and Tegra.

Vic Govt to assist Kagome $21m expansion

08 January, 2014

Kagome Australia's $21 million expansion of its Echuca operations will receive support from the Victorian Government. The expansion will replace 7000 tonnes of imported tomato paste with locally grown product.

Wyma Top Remover Hedgehog and Horizontal Hedgehog

06 January, 2014

The Wyma Top Remover Hedgehog removes carrot tops, soil and other debris from the line. Green carrot tops, debris, leaves and/or grass are separated from the carrots or other produce by rubber fingers on the belt.

Kronen KSM 100 salad and vegetable cutting machine

10 December, 2013

The KSM 100 salad and vegetable cutting machine from Kronen is suitable for cutting vegetables, salads and harder fruits. It comes with a variety of cutting tools and accessories, including a scraper which can be used with all knives.

Can convenience cause a canned fruit comeback?

20 November, 2013

While growth is forecast for the canned fruit industry, its market share is being eroded by the growth in minimally processed and fresh fruit consumption.

Commission imposes tariff on dumped Italian tomatoes

15 November, 2013

The Anti-Dumping Commission has made a preliminary decision to impose a tariff penalty on tinned tomatoes imported from Italy which have been dumped in Australia, causing material injury to Australian processors.

Upgrade gives increased shelf life for Abenhardt carrots

31 October, 2013

Carrot producer Abenhardt invested in a Wyma Vege-Polisher five years ago and experienced first-hand its smart engineering and reliable operation. When a major plant upgrade was planned, Wyma was contacted again.

Spring Gully Foods wipes $1m debt

31 October, 2013

Spring Gully Foods has made its first dividend payment to unsecured creditors. The payment wipes $1 million off the company’s total debts and is the largest single payment the company will make to unsecured creditors under the terms of the DoCA.

Coles and SPC Ardmona sign canned fruit contract

30 October, 2013

Coles has committed to using 100% Australian produce for its private label canned peaches, pears and apricots from early 2014 under a contract with SPC Ardmona. The contract is due to commence with the November harvest.

Simplot to scale back Bathurst plant, cut 110 jobs

24 October, 2013

Simplot will downsize operations at its Bathurst vegetable processing plant, cutting around 110 jobs in the process. The plant will produce only frozen and tinned corn and Chiko Rolls.

Woolworths mirrors Coles' commitment to Australian veg

18 October, 2013

Woolworths has announced it will reduce frozen vegetable imports by sourcing all its Select brand frozen vegetables from Australian growers through Simplot. The retail giant says it will stop importing frozen vegetables by May 2014.

McCain to close Penola potato plant

15 October, 2013

McCain has announced it will close its South Australian potato processing plant in December this year. A total of 59 permanent employees at the Penola plant will be offered redundancy packages and offered counselling and support to find new jobs.

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