Training & education

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.


Proposal seeks to allow continued gluten-free claims on alcohol products

14 November, 2014

Gluten-free claims will no longer be permitted on alcohol products once the nutrition and health claims standard becomes mandatory in 2016. However, FSANZ has put forward a proposal that seeks to ensure that gluten-free claims can still be used on alcohol products.


Information required on chemical migration from packaging into food

12 November, 2014

FSANZ is seeking information about how the migration of chemicals from packaging into food is currently being managed by industry - particularly smaller operators.


Horticulture vulnerable to high AU$

10 November, 2014

A study funded by the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) has found that the horticulture industry is more vulnerable to a high Australian dollar than other agrifood sectors.


Importer fined $25K for telling porkies about imported ham

10 November, 2014

An importer has been fined $25,000 for failing to test 2241 kg Parma ham imported from Italy in 2011. Paqualino Licastro, owner of Perth import company Topas Pty Ltd, was fined $3000 while the company was fined $22,000.


Call for EOI for papers for NZIFST 2015 conference

07 November, 2014 | Supplied by: NZIFST NZ Institute of Food

The New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology (NZIFST) is calling for expressions of interest from those wanting to present an oral paper at NZIFST's 2015 conference.


Equipment pooling company awarded for innovation

06 November, 2014 | Supplied by: Loscam Ltd

Loscam has taken out the Best Innovation Food & Beverage Service Provider Award at the IMPACT CHINA: Food and Beverage Global Summit 2014.


Nestlé aims to connect with people …using robots

04 November, 2014

In an effort to enhance brand engagement with consumers, Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines.


Coca-Cola wins Brazilian packaging award for Tetra Pak cartons with bio-based plastic

04 November, 2014

Coca-Cola's Del Valle Reserva brand of juice won the Technology in Beverage Packaging prize at the 2014 ABRE Awards in Brazil, for being the first brand to use Tetra Pak cartons with bio-based LDPE films derived from sugar cane.


New exhibitors announced for AUSPACK 2015

03 November, 2014 | Supplied by: Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association

AUSPACK 2015 organisers have announced a number of new exhibitors for the event, including Daxner Soren Asia Pacific, Advanced Machine Technology, Pharma Equip, Pulford Air & Gas, Meech, Hydroflux and Mettler Toledo.


Research centre aims to secure food for the future through photosynthesis

29 October, 2014

A research centre has been established to explore new technologies for improving crop yields, by improving the way that plants capture the sun's energy through photosynthesis.


Does limited supply promote brand loyalty or brand switching?

29 October, 2014

According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when you can't get your favourite product, you'll quickly forget about it if you can find a good replacement.


Slipper-shaped dog food wins packaging prize

29 October, 2014

Dog food packaging shaped like slippers and a carton of extra-large eggs depicting a chicken in some discomfort are among the packaging designs recognised by the Pentawards Concept 2015.


Cutting-edge culinary trends for 2015

28 October, 2014

Coconut sugar, ugly fruit and vegetables and cannabis cuisine feature in advertising agency Sterling Rice Group's list of Top 10 Cutting-Edge Culinary Trends for 2015


Retail trade growth to soften in December; trade turnover to increase

28 October, 2014

Retail trade growth will slow in the lead-up to Christmas, according to the AFGC CHEP Retail Index. The Index predicts just 3.2% year-on-year growth for the December quarter.


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