All posts by Matthew McDonald

Nespresso and TechnoServe partner with USAID to support South Sudan’s coffee farmers

Nespresso and TechnoServe, a development non-profit organization have announced a new partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen efforts to rebuild the coffee industry in the new country of South Sudan and improve coffee farmer livelihoods. USAID will invest $3.18 million during three years in the project, which has already … Continue reading Nespresso and TechnoServe partner with USAID to support South Sudan’s coffee farmers

 Australian sugary drinks tax could prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes and save 1,600 lives

Last month the United Kingdom announced a sugar tax on soft drinks. The tax will come into effect in 2018, with the funds to be used to address childhood obesity. The move has been applauded by public health groups internationally. Unsurprisingly, the tax is strongly opposed by powerful groups in the food industry, and the announcement resulted in shares in Coca-Cola temporarily … Continue reading  Australian sugary drinks tax could prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes and save 1,600 lives

The importance of cyber hygiene

Manufacturers are being urged to regularly asses their network infrastructure, and to close all possible opportunities for hackers. Alan Johnson reports. IN a room full of manufacturers, it would be hard to find anyone who would admit their companies’ computers are not adequately protected from computer hackers. However, Dick Bussiere, Principal Architect with Tenable Network … Continue reading The importance of cyber hygiene

Investors push to end use of antibiotics in food production

A group of large international investors managing $1.87 trillion in assets is urging major US and British restaurant groups to stop using antibiotics in in their meat supply chains. AAP reports that the campaign is in response to  warnings from the World Health Organisation that overuse of antibiotics is increasing resistance to the drugs and … Continue reading Investors push to end use of antibiotics in food production

SARDI review aiming to commercialise more food research

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is likely to increase its role in the commercialisation of food products, following an upcoming review into its operations. As the Adelaide Advertiser reports, SARDI was established in 1992 as the state’s principle research body for primary industries and the food and agribusiness sectors. The review will … Continue reading SARDI review aiming to commercialise more food research