At the recent 49th Annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention in Brisbane, most leading Australian food and agribusiness industry experts agreed that while innovation is the key to ensuring a viable future for the food and agribusiness industry, the concern around foreign investment is impacting markets and hindering the collaboration. The … Continue reading Drop the ‘xenophobic’ attitude to trade says AIFST
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it was encouraged by today’s strategic decision to bring together the planning, coordination and operation of Victoria’s transport system under the new body, Transport for Victoria. Victorian Chamber Chief Executive said that a highly integrated infrastructure system was vital to supporting long term economic growth and liveability … Continue reading New body to help meet transport needs of Victorian business
Hong Kong-based China Resources Ng Fung has quietly increased its interest in Murray Goulburn, with this creeping over 6.1 per cent this month.
Argon has introduced its 21.3-inch rugged display, designed for command and control applications where maximum viewable surface area is needed in the smallest mounting possible. The ARD21 has a small bezel size, flexible mounting configurations, configurable I/O and universal AC/DC power supply. This makes it a suitable solution for mission critical applications. The product’s display … Continue reading New rugged display
Former World Bank president and top US diplomat Robert Zoellick is warning Australia’s business leaders not to “bet the house” when it comes to China. Zoellick said he first sensed complacency about China from Australia’s business leaders when he was here last year to celebrate 10 years of the US-Australia trade agreement, a deal he himself … Continue reading Don’t bet the house (or much else) on China warns US diplomat
According to a report on the ABC Rural program this morning, Coca Cola Amatil MD Alison Watkins has said that governments have no place meddling in local food manufacturing.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to export to 48 countries around the world, Frosty Boy CEO Dirk Pretorius will tell you that it takes diligence, thorough research and automation of business practices to achieve this feat. “The team at Frosty Boy has worked really hard to get where we are today. Through research … Continue reading Food manufacturer keeps local workers competitive
A group of three West Gippsland dairy farmers may bypass the major dairy processors and sell milk directly to a Melbourne yoghurt and cheese maker.
The history of the dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn and its farmer suppliers shows how a close relationship of trust has developed and been broken with the collapse of the farmgate milk price. Roots of the current crisis can be traced all the way back to the deregulation of the dairy industry at the start of … Continue reading Murray Goulburn saga has roots in deregulation
Sydney company Made by Cow will this week start selling unpasteurised milk that has undergone a high water pressure treatment to kill harmful bacteria within it. The SMH reports that the company has obtained the approval of the NSW Food Authority to start selling the product. The Authority said in statement it had approved HPP as … Continue reading ‘Cold-pressed raw milk’ to be sold in NSW
The food and agricultural sectors have filled 11 positions in a list of the nation’s top 20 industries by growth in exports over the five years through 2015-16. IBISWorld compiled the list against the backdrop of Australia’s recently-signed free trade agreements. According to IBISWorld, the top 20 exporting industries by growth in merchandise exports, excluding … Continue reading Food sector prominent in latest export growth figures
The Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant has started a trial to turn food waste into renewable energy. As AAP reports, a Sydney business will supply the plant with fruit and vegetable scraps sourced from local green grocers. Though waste water treatment uses a lot of power, it is expected the plant will be able to source … Continue reading Sydney plant turning food waste into electricity
The Australian manufacturing sector grew in April for the tenth consecutive month, the longest period of expansion since September 2006, according to the Australian Industry Group Performance of Manufacturing Index. The monthly PMI survey recorded a result of 53.4, down 4.7 points on March’s result. Any number over 50 indicates expansion. Innes Willox, chief executive … Continue reading Australian manufacturing grows for tenth straight month
A US brewer has come up with a six pack ring that is not only biodegradable but can also be eaten by fish. Discover Magazine reports that Florida’s Saltwater Brewery made the product from a combination of two of the ingredients it uses to brew its beer, wheat and barley. The resulting six pack holders are … Continue reading US brewer makes six-pack rings fish can eat [VIDEO]
SPC Ardmona has recalled a batch of tinned tomatoes which have increased pressure and could potentially explode while being opened. The company said in a statement the affected products were the 400g Ardmona Whole Peeled Vine Ripened Tomatoes, carrying the code TOM W/P 428580 007CM on their base. The products were sold from Coles, Woolworths, … Continue reading SPC Ardmona recalls tinned tomatoes due to explosion risk
The death of a 10-year old Melbourne boy who consumed an imported ‘coconut drink’ that contained dairy products has led to a call for a Coroner’s inquest into food imports. AAP reports that Ronak Warty from Burwood consumed a can of Green Time Natural Coconut Drink on December 13, 2013 after he and his father had … Continue reading Death of boy who drank mislabelled coconut drink prompts inquest call
There is sadness among workers as Fonterra cuts 30 jobs from its Hamilton packaging facility Canpac. The proposal to outsource the print and press operations were presented in mid-April, with low milk prices and dairy downturn to blame. Union E tu has 21 of its members affected by the cut and national Fonterra advocate Fiona … Continue reading Fonterra axes 30 jobs from Hamilton Canpac plant
Senators are calling for an overhaul of the red meat processing industry in an attempt to reform the sector. Findings from the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport call for changes to the saleyard pricing system and greater oversight of livestock agents. Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie pushed for the inquiry … Continue reading Senate inquiry into red meat processing calls for changes to address industry fears
Unilever Australia has recalled 1.25l and 2l tubs of Blue Ribbon ice cream tubs because of fears they may contain plastic pieces. The company said in a statement that there have been a small number of cases where plastic has been found so they are recalling the products to prevent possible injury to consumers. The … Continue reading Blue ribbon ice cream recalled
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn managing director Gary Helou is stepping down following the co-operative’s decision to cut both its profit forecast and the price it pays farmers for milk. The co-operative said in a statement that it now estimates a net profit after tax of between $39 million and $42 million. Originally, in its prospectus, … Continue reading Murray Goulburn boss quits after profit downgrade