Autonomous delivery business Starship Technologies has raised $40 million in funding to expand its business. The Estonian manufacturer, which is headquartered in the US, was established by Skype co-founders Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla and has garnered $85 million in support to date. The primary product of the company is a six-wheeled robot that are … Continue reading Autonomous delivery business expands with new funding
Brisbane’s triennial food and beverage manufacturing exhibition, FoodTech Qld, will focus on the best conferences and innovations trending in Australia. FOODTECH Qld, a triennial trade exhibition, was launched in 2016 to support the burgeoning food and beverage manufacturing industry in the northern state. For the second time, the event will bring about 140 exhibitors and … Continue reading Indulge in Queensland’s food manufacturing expo
Victorian businesses will get a boost into Asian markets following the release of a new round of export support vouchers by the state Labor government. The $1 million in vouchers are to help over thirty businesses ranging across local industries – including food and wine, skin care, information communication technology (ICT) and advanced manufacturing – … Continue reading $1 million in support vouchers granted to Victorian exporters
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
The food and grocery sector is 30 per cent more valuable to Australian manufacturing than it was 10 years ago, according to new research by consulting firm EY. This is largely a result of Asia’s growing middle class and the demand for Australia’s produce, according to the research. The sector has been aided in recent … Continue reading Food and grocery sector driving Australian manufacturing
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
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
Danish acquaculture company BioMar Group has announced plans to build a new feed factory in Australia. The company is currently in talks with local state government officials to get approval for the build. BioMar has not yet disclosed the location, however it is expected to be completed by 2019. BioMar expects the greenfield factory to … Continue reading Acquaculture company BioMar to establish feed factory in Australia
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
The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZME) survey of business conditions in December showed a 9.02 per cent increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.
Murray Goulburn has entered into a five-year national private label contract to supply Coles brand Australian cheese as part of MG’s ongoing push to secure critical mass in the Australian dairy foods market which will underpin and support the company’s growth plans.
Australian and New Zealand government ministers will discuss the possible legalisation of hemp as a food at a Food Regulation forum in Hobart today.
McCain Foods Lisarow plant has reduced energy costs by up to 10 percent, saving over $250,000.
Foreign workers in the fruit picking and food processing industries are enduring slave-like conditions, according to an ABC Four Corners report.
New country of origin food labelling regulations may not be fully implemented until 2017, even though the Government earlier said it wanted them this year.
Fishing group Sanford is likely to cut 230 workers from its Christchurch mussel processing plant because of a shortage of natural spat supply.
The proportion of Australians over 14 who are more likely to buy food labelled ‘Made in Australia’ has risen to 88 per cent.
The competition regulator is watching the proposed merger of Kraft and Heinz and could act if it is likely to affect competition in the Australian grocery sector.
Schneider Electric has released an updated version of its Wonderware Recipe Manager Plus software.