One of Queensland’s oldest family-owned companies and best-known food manufacturers Trisco Foods is fighting back against the COVID-19 pandemic by developing and launching its own brand of clinical-grade hand sanitiser in just three weeks. The sanitiser, which will be produced under the Precise Defend brand, is 80 per cent ethanol and provides antibacterial hand cleansing … Continue reading Trisco Foods to launch hand sanitiser brand
The Ai Group Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) has jumped 9.4 points to 53.7 after four months of contraction, led by shopper demand for food, personal care and other essential household goods. Local businesses that manufacture items such as processed food, toilet paper, cleaning products were recognised as key contributors to the overall improvement in … Continue reading Food stockpiling sees April PMI surge
Caltex Australia has topped the list of Australia’s leading manufacturers for 2020 for the second consecutive year, with this year’s ‘Top 100’ reflective of Australia’s investments in advanced manufacturing, reputation for high-quality production and the depreciation of the dollar. The list consists of 29 ASX-listed companies and 37 locally owned companies, according to the Advanced … Continue reading Australia’s top 100 manufacturers for 2020 revealed
Haigh’s Chocolates will spend more than $10 million on a new state-of-the-art chocolate processing plant in Mile End, South Australia. The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. As the business remains committed to its bean to bar artisan production methods, without disrupting supply, the new facility will utilise the latest … Continue reading New factory for Haigh’s Chocolates
Bega Cheese has finalised its takeover of the Vegemite brand, after a cyber attack stalled the deal. In a deal worth $460 million, Bega has acquired food giant Mondelez International’s Australian grocery and cheese business, which includes the Vegemite brand, as well as others such as ZoOSh salad dressings and beef extract Bonox. The acquisition … Continue reading Vegemite back in Australian ownership
In an Australian first of its kind, Yarra Valley Water has constructed a waste to energy facility linked to a sewage treatment plant. The purpose built facility provides an environmentally friendly disposal solution for commercial organic waste. The facility will divert 33,000 tonnes of commercial food waste from landfill each year. The waste is delivered by … Continue reading New waste-to-energy plant for Victoria
A newly-opened Queensland meat processor has been forced to halt operations after Safe Food Queensland placed a suspension on activity. Barco Queensland, owned by pet food manufacturer Millennium Pet Foods, opened its inactive game meat abbatoir in Charleville this March. Safe Food Queensland has not yet listed the reason for the Charleville processor’s suspension, and … Continue reading Qld meat processor shut down due to food safety concerns
The maker of Creative Gourmet’s frozen mixed berries has recalled a batch of its 300g product sold in independent supermarkets across Australia, after the product was linked to three cases of hepatitis A. This comes two years after a similar scandal affected the brand. A “precautionary” recall was issued last Friday, calling for anyone who … Continue reading Second Creative Gourmet berry recall over hepatitis scare
Food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has delayed the closure of its factory in Western Australia, due to issues with its supply agreement with George Weston Foods. Earlier this year, Goodman Fielder announced plans to cease production at its Malaga, Perth plant by April 28. The plan was to enter into a supply agreement with George Weston … Continue reading Goodman Fielder delays WA factory closure
Italian multinational dairy company Parmalat has committed to a $12 million upgrade of its Adelaide factory. The company has invested $30 million in the Clarence Gardens facility since 2011. The company’s Australian chief executive Craig Garvin said its investment shows the company’s commitment to South Australia, which he believes is important in light of the recent … Continue reading Milk manufacturer invests $12m in SA facility
A new Kangaroo meat processor has opened in south-west Queensland, with contracts to supply to food service, small goods companies and an Australian independent supermarket chain. Barco Queensland, owned by Gold Coast-based pet food manufacturer Millennium Pet Foods, opened an inactive game meat abattoir in Charleville in March. The plant will start out processing 1000 … Continue reading New kangaroo meat processor for south-west Queensland
Workers at the Real Pet Food factory in Dubbo have won pay rises of up to 30 per cent in a new union agreement. A four-year agreement was negotiated between the Real Pet Food Company and Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, resulting in pay rises for its (approximate) 100 employees. Depending on their shift, some workers … Continue reading NSW pet food factory workers win pay rise
Rising energy costs and lack of reliable supply are threatening to push Australia’s red meat processing offshore. The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) is currently conducting a survey of its members to determine the scale of the problem and help create an energy policy for the industry. According to AMIC’s Robert Barker, affordable and reliable … Continue reading Energy costs threaten Australia’s biggest manufacturing industry
Small to medium food manufacturers are currently facing a butter shortage due to a combination of a drop in overall milk production, an increase in demand nationally and a change in consumer tastes. According to Dairy Australia senior analyst John Droppert, more consumers are drinking full cream milk than they were previously. This has become … Continue reading Australian food manufacturers facing butter shortage
Fonterra’s new Stanhope cheese factory is set to open its doors before June this year, with an expected capacity of 45,000 tonnes of cheese per year for domestic and export markets. Meanwhile, there has been speculation among the dairy industry about how this will affect local milk suppliers. According to Fonterra chief executive Rene Dedoncker, … Continue reading Fonterra’s new cheese factory to increase capacity by 50 per cent
Nestlé has been acclaimed as a ‘world leader’ for its work to tackle climate change by sustainability ratings agency CDP, with the company one of only 64 out of over 2000 to claim the highest possible score in the prestigious annual ranking.
Food and beverage manufacturers can remain productive in the context of increasing raw material prices, energy prices and pressure from retailers.
Teys Australia has called on the federal government to address the issue of industrial relations or push more manufacturing industries towards closure.
The countdown to foodpro 2014 has begun with the iconic triennial event to open on Sunday June 22 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
New technology is ensuring better quality processing in the food supply chain.