Vegetable producers and processors have welcomed an announcement that the Anti-Dumping Commission will investigate the alleged dumping of canned tomatoes in Australia by two Italian importers.
Coke took Pepsi to court in Australia, alleging that the release of Pepsi's glass 'Carolina Bottle' infringed the rights and reputation of Coke's iconic glass 'Contour Bottle', or its outline or silhouette. Read about the great bottle battle and how you can protect your shapes based on the Federal Court of Australia decision in The Coca-Cola Company v PepsiCo Inc & Ors (No 2)  FCA 1287.
Representatives from LRQA, Cargill, Metro Group and the World Bank are among some of the keynote speakers at the Global Food Safety Conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 3-5 March.
The independent review of labelling has issued a recommendation that proposes the declaration in the nutrition information panel (NIP) of amounts of nutrients per serving be no longer mandatory unless a daily intake claim is made.
In Australia, beer sales are dropping while cider sales are skyrocketing. This trend has been reflected in the UK - but things are changing. Beer sales in the UK are predicted to rise for the first time in five years, while sales of cider have begun to drop, according to Mintel.
Consumer tendency to eat on the go, plus a growing demand for individual treats, has seen a global increase in handheld ice-cream sales. Single-serve product launches have increased significantly, with a 22% rise recorded over the five years to October 2014.
Owens-Illinois (O-I) has announced several leadership changes, naming Andres Lopez president of glass containers and chief operating officer, and announcing the resignation of Erik Bouts, president of O-I Europe.
Universal Robots (UR) has announced plans to open its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. This will be the sixth global office for the company.
A Tasmanian organic certifier is merging with the country's largest organic certification body. Tasmanian Organic-dynamic Producers (TOP) has announced that it will merge with Australian Certified Organic (ACO).
Coles has been ordered to pay $10 million plus costs after being found guilty of unconscionable conduct in its dealing with suppliers. It will also be forced to establish a formal process to provide redress for the more than 200 affected suppliers.
The Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR) has developed a document on how to comply with the Nutrition, Health and Related Claims Standard (Standard 1.2.7) in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Recommendations to extend seafood country of origin labelling to restaurants and fast food outlets have been welcomed by the Australian Made Campaign. The recommendations were made by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.
The highly contentious container deposit scheme (CDS) has been rejected by a COAG report as being excessively expensive, vindicating arguments against the scheme made by an alliance of Australian food and beverage industry bodies.
In September 2015, international and Australian scientific and technical experts will meet at the 65th Australasian Grain Science Conference.
Tasmanian vegetable growers could gain permission to collectively bargain with vegetable processors Simplot and McCain if a draft determination issued by the ACCC goes ahead.