Sustainability

Nestlé moves towards 'zero water' factories

13 May, 2015

The Californian drought has prompted Nestlé to invest heavily in technology to reduce water use in its five water bottling plants and four food and petcare product manufacturing facilities.


Microalgae discovery could produce protein-rich pig feed, remediate effluent

11 May, 2015

Pigs will eat just about anything - but there could be something new on the porcine menu after researchers discovered several types of microalgae that grow on piggery effluent and can safely be fed back to the pigs.


Thirsty work: report ranks food companies on water management

08 May, 2015

There can be no food without water - and, now more than ever, it's vital that major food companies use water sustainably, according to a report from Ceres, a non-profit sustainability advocacy group.


Flexibuster self-contained anaerobic digester

30 April, 2015 | Supplied by: In2itive Sustainability

The Flexibuster is a self-contained anaerobic digester, designed to process food and organic waste on-site.


Plantic Technologies acquired by Japanese company

15 April, 2015 | Supplied by: Plantic Technologies Ltd

Bio-based barrier film business Plantic Technologies has been acquired by Japanese company Kuraray.


Hydrothane STP ECSB (external circulation sludge bed)

13 April, 2015 | Supplied by: Hydroflux Industrial Pty Ltd

The Hydrothane high-rate anaerobic process takes organic content within wastewater and generates green energy. It is a vertical design suitable for a limited space.


Energy White Paper highlights barriers to food manufacturing competitiveness

09 April, 2015 | Supplied by: Australian Food & Grocery Council

Rising electricity and gas costs have hampered the competitiveness and profitability of the domestic food and grocery manufacturing industry in recent years, with more pain expected due to a forecast tripling of gas prices, AFGC CEO Gary Dawson said.


Solar power and LED lighting a hit for meat facility

27 March, 2015 | Supplied by: Enhar

At the Tip Top Butchers meat facility in Melbourne, a 202 kW solar PV array and 108 high-bay LED lights were installed in 2013 with grant funding support from the Clean Technology Innovation Program (CTIP).


AWA sets water innovation challenge

23 March, 2015 | Supplied by: AWA

The Australian Water Association has set the Australian Water Innovation Challenge: entrepreneurs and established companies have been challenged to enter their most innovative water technology solutions in this new competition.


One extra day of shelf life equals 250,000 tonnes of food waste prevented

16 March, 2015

Increasing the shelf life of certain foods by just one extra day could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food going to waste each year, according to British sustainability organisation WRAP.


Tea company selects bio-based packaging for organic range

11 March, 2015 | Supplied by: Innovia Films Pty Ltd

US company Carrington Tea has selected bio-based NatureFlex packaging films for its Carrington Organics Tea line.


Waste sucks! How vacuum technology can reduce wastewater

06 March, 2015

In a bid to reduce the amount of wastewater produced in food processing, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has launched the BioSuck project that uses vacuum technology to suction off non-edible waste. The captured waste can be recycled or converted into energy.


Energy Efficient Loans boost productivity for manufacturing, agriculture

24 February, 2015

The Energy Efficient Loan program, a joint initiative from the Commonwealth Bank and Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is financing technologies that reduce energy costs.


Tetra Rex Bio-based carton makes world debut in Finland

20 February, 2015

Tetra Pak's plant-based carton packaging has hit shelves for the first time, as Finnish dairy producer Valio becomes the first company in the world to adopt it.


Tetra Pak obtains FSC CoC certification for all 92 facilities

20 February, 2015

Tetra Pak has obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for all of its converting plants and market companies. The certification means the company can now supply FSC-labelled packages from anywhere in the world.


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