Training & education

Chicken abuse at Foodtech Packtech

25 September, 2014 by Janette Woodhouse

At every Foodtech Packtech we hand out hundreds of magazines and also farm animal-shaped stress balls. However, this year - to our horror - an incident of extreme chicken abuse occurred. An innocent chicken [stress relief ball] was misappropriated by a ruthless exhibitor, forced into a plastic bag and vacuum packed.


Goodman Fielder acquisition unopposed by ACCC

25 September, 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it will not oppose the acquisition of Goodman Fielder by Wilmar and First Pacific.


Egg producer fined $300K for false 'free range' claims

25 September, 2014

Pirovic Enterprises has been found guilty of engaging in misleading conduct and making misleading representations for falsely labelling and promoting eggs as 'free range'.


Day 1 at Foodtech Packtech - or why I like NZ

24 September, 2014 by Janette Woodhouse

FoodTech Packtech is the place to be for NZ and Australian food processors this week. Held every two years, the exhibition gathers together all the major suppliers to the industry and visitors can see all the new equipment and technologies, talk to the manufacturers and distributors, attend relevant seminars and simply network.


Jesus on toast and baby-poop sausages: 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes

22 September, 2014

Baby-poop sausages, the physics of slipping on a banana skin and Jesus on toast - the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize winners did not disappoint. Research achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think" are awarded at the Ig Nobels.


Big manufacturers named and shamed for salt-reduction compliance

22 September, 2014

Salt levels in bread and breakfast cereals have improved but processed meats still have a long way to go, according to the Australian Government's Food and Health Dialogue.


Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works

22 September, 2014 by Christopher Mayes, University of Sydney and Jenny Kaldor, University of Sydney

Criticism of the food industry has itself become a niche industry. But the tendency to embrace a US-centric conception of how the industry works risks masking local variants and inhibiting a targeted response in other countries


Australians less concerned with cholesterol, more concerned with additives

19 September, 2014

Today, Australians are less likely to be concerned with cholesterol levels but more likely to avoid additives than they were in 2009, new research from Roy Morgan shows.


Coca-Cola UK to adopt front-of-pack labelling

19 September, 2014

Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced it will adopt a governmental front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme, which will include nutrient amounts and colour-coded sections displaying how much sugar and energy the product contains.


Marketing functional foods in Australia - how to navigate the rules on health and therapeutic claims

18 September, 2014 by Frances Wheelahan (Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth) and Virginia Burns (Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth)

Australia's demand for functional foods is growing rapidly and there are many opportunities for businesses wishing to market these foods in Australia. However, the formulation, advertising and labelling of these foods is heavily regulated and care must be taken to comply with food and therapeutic goods laws.


Global food trade may not meet future demand

18 September, 2014

The authors of a new study, which examined global food security and the patterns of food trade, have highlighted that the global food supply may not meet escalating future demand.


US carbonated water sales up while soft drink sales drop

18 September, 2014

As carbonated soft drink sales start to drop in the US, there's one fizzy drink that's gaining ground: carbonated water. The US is forecast to have a growth rate of 12% in carbonated packaged water consumption in 2014, compared to an average global growth of 1%.


Comment invited on GM E. coli chicken vaccine

17 September, 2014

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is calling for comment on the proposed commercial release of a genetically modified E. coli chicken vaccine.


Australia's global niche for agriculture and food biotechnology

16 September, 2014 | Supplied by: AusBiotech Ltd

The 2014 Agriculture & Food Biotechnology Symposium will explore how Australia's food and agri-bio industry can secure its future as a niche provider of technology, services and products.


New director for APPMA board

16 September, 2014 | Supplied by: Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association

Samantha Saunders has been announced as a new director to the board of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association. Saunders is the general manager of Integrated Machinery, a pallet-wrapping equipment manufacturer.


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