British food and drink sector makes Olympic-sized water saving effort

20 July, 2012

British food and drink manufacturers signed up to the Federation House Commitment (FHC) have achieved a 14.4% reduction in water use between 2007 and 2011.

Exair adds data logger to its digital flow meter

20 July, 2012 | Supplied by: Exair

Exair’s digital flow meter, for monitoring compressed air usage and identifying costly leaks, now includes a USB data logger for easy viewing and export of historical data.

Lebensbaum selects compostable wrapping for organic tea range

05 July, 2012 | Supplied by: Innovia Films Pty Ltd

German organic tea producer Lebensbaum has selected Innovia Films’ compostable cellulose-based NatureFlex NVR to pack its range of organic teas.

Schneider Electric iEM3000, EM3500 and PM3200 DIN rail-mounted meters

14 June, 2012 | Supplied by: Schneider Electric

The iEM3000, EM3500 and PM3200 series three-phase DIN rail-mounted energy and power meters are designed for energy reporting, bill validation and cost allocation applications.

Tetra Pak and LoveNZ increase recycling options in NZ

05 June, 2012 | Supplied by: Tetra Pak Marketing Pty Ltd

Tetra Pak has teamed up with recycling advocate LoveNZ to help New Zealanders recycle coffee cups and cartons, as well as cans and plastic bottles, outside the home.

NatureWorks biopolymer receives Cradle to Cradle silver certification

05 June, 2012

NatureWorks’ biopolymer product Ingeo has recently received Silver Cradle to Cradle certification from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Made from plants, rather than oil, the product is reportedly the first of its kind to receive the certification.

Industry groups reject national container deposit scheme

04 June, 2012

A group of industry and union representatives has rejected the proposed national container deposit scheme (CDS), claiming it would effectively impose a tax on beverages that would cost jobs in the manufacturing sector and increase the pressure on struggling Australian families.

Cardia Biohybrid selected for Fill-Air R5 inflatable packaging

29 May, 2012 | Supplied by: Cardia Bioplastics

As part of its commitment to the ‘five Rs’, Sealed Air Corporation has selected Cardia Bioplastics as its partner to develop its Fill-Air R5 inflatable packaging. Constructed of Cardia’s sustainable Biohybrid resin, the packaging meets Sealed Air’s environmental commitment to renewable and recycled content, and reduced, re-used and recyclable product - the five Rs.

Closing the loop on food waste: report from the 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit

02 May, 2012 by Alice Richard

WNIFT&M reports back from the ‘Closing the Loop on Food Waste’ discussion group at the 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit.

Food industry v consumer: food waste in Finland

20 April, 2012

Food waste in Finland is lower than most European and Western countries but even so this waste is responsible for 1% of the country’s greenhouse emissions. Consumers are responsible for most of the waste but the food processing industry is not far behind.

A case for better packaging

29 March, 2012

Gerlof Toenhake, the Marketing Director of Ball Packaging Europe, gave an interesting talk at Anuga 2012 on why more packaging, especially cans, could be good for the environment.

Wastewater treatment for food manufacturers

25 November, 2011 | Supplied by: BioGill Operations Pty Limited

For many Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers there is increasing pressure from government agencies to reach higher standards of wastewater treatment for environmental discharge. In fact, throughout the western world, food manufacturers are facing similar challenges.

Coca-Cola Hellenic reduces energy consumption by 75%

07 October, 2011 by Gunthart Mau | Supplied by: SEW-Eurodrive Pty Ltd

Reducing energy consumption is one of the most important requirements today when modernising machines and systems. Often, there is great potential for saving energy - which, in the end, means saving money. While retrofitting a transportation system, Vienna-based Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria used the Movigear mechatronic drive system to reduce energy consumption by 75%, which is equivalent to an annual reduction of 41 tons of CO2. What’s more, the amortisation time is less than one year, meaning project managers had little trouble in gaining approval from their finance department.

Carlo Gavazzi WM30 and WM40 energy meters

29 August, 2011 | Supplied by: NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty Ltd

Carlo Gavazzi Energy Meters - the WM30 and WM40 along with their respective range of optional add-on modules - feature modular communications options, including: BACnet IP, MODBUS TCP/IP, MODBUS-RTU and iFIX SCADA. The BACnet and MODBUS options are also available with or without onboard memory.

A partnership to eliminate hunger in Australia

03 August, 2011

The University of Sydney Business School has joined forces with not-for-profit agency Foodbank Australia to help them achieve their goal of eliminating hunger in Australia.

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