Training & education

Date announced for 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards

26 November, 2014 | Supplied by: APPMA

Eagerly awaiting the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards? Never fear - the APPMA has announced the date for the awards. The winners will be announced on 25 March at the Crown Complex Melbourne. Submissions are now open for the awards.


Egg stamping comes into effect in NSW

26 November, 2014

As of today (26 November), all eggs produced in NSW must be stamped with a unique identifying mark so they can be traced back to the farm of origin should a food-poisoning outbreak occur.


Cardia Bioplastics and Stellar Films announce proposed merger

26 November, 2014 | Supplied by: Cardia Bioplastics

Cardia Bioplastics has announced a proposed merger with privately held Australian company Stellar Films Group.


Ebola not our only biosecurity concern: bees, wheat and others on the agenda

25 November, 2014

Ebola isn't the only potential biosecurity threat troubling Australia: the decline of our European honey bee population and a devastating wheat disease are also threats we need to watch out for, according to a new CSIRO report.


Primo Group to be acquired by JBS Australia

24 November, 2014

Smallgoods producer Primo Group is set to be acquired by Australia's largest fresh meat processor, JBS Australia, for $1.45 billion. The deal includes Primo's five processing plants across Australia and New Zealand, which employ more than 3000 staff.


No longer a trend? Organic purchases hit record high in Australia

21 November, 2014

Organic food isn't just a trend any more - consumption of organic food, cosmetics and household products has hit an all-time high, according to the latest biennial Australian Organic industry report.


What's on during Packaging and Processing Week 2015?

20 November, 2014 | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Packaging

2015 is the 30th anniversary of AUSPACK. As part of the celebrations, the AIP and the APPMA have organised a week of events: Packaging and Processing Week 2015. The week's activities include the Industry Excellence Awards, National Technical Forums and the presentation of the 2015 APPMA Scholarship.


Dairy exports to China set to grow

20 November, 2014

Australian dairy producers and manufacturers will benefit from tariff reductions for liquid milk thanks to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), according to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.


China-Australia FTA good news for food, agriculture, fishery sectors

19 November, 2014

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as a win for Australia's agriculture, food, fishery and forestry sectors.


The top food, beverage and nutrition trends for 2015

19 November, 2014 | Supplied by: Innova Market Insights

What will the top trends be for 2015 in the global food, beverage and nutrition sectors? According to Innova Market Insights, the top trends include clarity of labelling, snacks, convenience, protein and texture.


Are Australian producers ready to capitalise on the Chinese FTA?

18 November, 2014

Australia's beef, dairy and wine producers need to consider whether they are well positioned to take their place on the world stage as premium providers to the Chinese market, says Grant Thornton National Head of Food & Beverage Tony Pititto.


Supermarket house brands put the squeeze on juice companies

18 November, 2014

Fruit juice is losing favour with Australians, with more than 1.5 million fewer Australians drinking packaged fruit juice each week than in 2010, new data from Roy Morgan Research shows.


Fijian ginger imports to be reviewed

18 November, 2014

Import conditions for Fijian ginger will soon be reviewed by the Department of Agriculture. The review was recommended in a document published in January 2013, and had originally been scheduled to take place twelve months after the commencement of trade.


Growers were pressured by Woolies, despite ACCC findings, says AUSVEG

14 November, 2014

Rod Sims says the ACCC has not found evidence that Australian growers were unfairly pressured by Woolworths to contribute a 40-cent levy per crate of produce supplied to fund a marketing campaign. However, AUSVEG maintains that these claims are true.


FMCG executives get it wrong on consumer desires

14 November, 2014

Do FMCG executives have it wrong when it comes to predicting what consumers want? According to new research from Canadean, yes.


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