Training & education

Iced coffee market hots up

28 October, 2014

Consumers' love of coffee has turned cold, according to new research from Innova Market Insights. Chilled ready-to-drink (RTD) or iced coffee is booming, with the number of launches tripling in the last five years.

50% rebate available for small exporters

24 October, 2014

Small exporters of agricultural commodities have one week to apply for a rebate of 50% (up to $5000) on export registration charges.

Start date for dietary fibre claim requirements could be pushed back

24 October, 2014

New requirements for nutrition content claims about dietary fibre could be delayed by 12 months after the Australian Food and Grocery Council applied to extend the requirements to January 2017.

Roll over: fresh wins over fried in the battle of the roll

23 October, 2014

Apparently, when it comes to rolls, we're turning Japanese. New research from Roy Morgan shows that sushi is gaining popularity while the popularity of spring rolls is waning. The research firm says this is part of an overall preference shift towards fresh, rather than fried, food.

NZ fails to identify source of gastroenteritis outbreak

22 October, 2014

An outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have been working to discover the cause of the outbreak but thus far have been unable to pinpoint the source.

AUSVEG calls for stronger policing of country of origin labelling laws

21 October, 2014

Following the revelation that not a single Victorian business has received fines for breaching country of origin (CoOL) laws, AUSVEG and the Victorian Farmers Federation have levelled criticism at the perceived inaction by authorities.

E-catalogue links Australian exporters with Asian buyers

20 October, 2014

Hoping to expand into Asia? Food Innovation Australia Limited has launched an interactive e-catalogue that links Australian food and beverage suppliers with overseas buyers.

Low-calorie alcoholic drinks take off in US, Europe

20 October, 2014

Low-calorie fever has hit a segment not traditionally associated with health: alcohol. As consumers increasingly focus on healthy lifestyle choices, alcohol producers are jumping on board the low-calorie bandwagon.

Call for papers for 2015 National Technical Forums

17 October, 2014 | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Packaging

The AIP and APPMA have issued a call for papers for the 2015 National Technical Forums, which will be held in conjunction with AUSPACK 2015.

Peanut butter bickies and toddler milk win Shonky Awards

17 October, 2014

Arnott's Tim Tam peanut butter flavour biscuits and S-26 Gold Toddler and Junior milk drinks were named by consumer watchdog Choice in its annual Shonky Awards.

Coles back in court over alleged mistreatment of suppliers

16 October, 2014

Coles is being taken to the Federal Court by the ACCC for alleged 'unconscionable conduct' towards its suppliers. The ACCC alleges that Coles' conduct contravenes the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Coles defends unconscionable conduct claims

16 October, 2014

Coles has rejected the ACCC's claims of unconscionable conduct towards some of its suppliers. The company says the five suppliers in question still continue to be "valued suppliers to Coles".

APPMA to exhibit at PACK EXPO International 2014

16 October, 2014 | Supplied by: APPMA

More than 30 leading packaging and processing associations from around the world have been confirmed as exhibitors at PACK EXPO International 2014 in Chicago. Representing Australia is the APPMA, which is exhibiting at the show for the second year.

Chinese beverage show to move in 2016

15 October, 2014

China Brew China Beverage (CBB) organisers have announced that the show will move from Beijing to Shanghai in 2016. The event will be held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC) from 11 to 14 October 2016.

Competitiveness the biggest hurdle for Aust food sector

14 October, 2014

The AFGC has welcomed the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda's strong focus on boosting industry competitiveness.

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