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