Mike Wheeler

Essential oils make easy work for food manufacturers

Botanical Innovations is small company going places. Founder and managing director, Kerry Ferguson, is passionate about her products, which are powder-based commodities such as apple cider vinegar, zero alcohol wine, as well as essential oils, which are ideal for the food, nutraceutical, and health and wellness industries.
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Woolworths start work on $184m DC

Woolworths Group’s supply chain arm – Primary Connect – has commenced building works on its new Heathwood Distribution Centre (DC) in southeast Queensland. The 42,000 sqm temperature controlled facility – equivalent to more than three times the size of the Suncorp Stadium playing field – will enable fresher, faster and more efficient deliveries of around 4,000 frozen and chilled products to more than 260 stores across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
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How do you achieve proactive food safety?

With recalls on the rise, along with their associated business costs, proactive food safety has become a top concern for food and beverage executives.

However, at the plant level the goals of reducing maintenance downtime, maximising output, and limiting waste also need to be prioritised alongside food safety.

Maintenance, operations, quality, health and safety, and sustainability leaders must work together to find solutions that mutually benefit all areas, but this is easier said than done.

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Victoria boosts seasonal workforce

The Victorian Government is delivering further support for the state’s horticultural industry, providing an additional $19.3 million to support locals into jobs and cover the majority of the quarantine costs for Pacific Islander workers. Read more

Carman’s new Goodness & Grains

Goodness & Grains, which is Carman’s first foray into the ready-to-eat cereal category, was developed in response to consumers demanding more nutritious and delicious choices in aisle. The range consists of three delectable flavours: Sultana & Cinnamon, Almond & Coconut and Cranberry & Vanilla.

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The spice of life – why ingredients are set to take off in 2021

Next year will be a watershed year for Australia’s oldest and largest ingredients’ supplier, Langdon, as it marks its 170th birthday. As with any successful business, passion for the product and constant innovation are keys to keeping a brand relevant and at the cutting edge of its industry. That is why Langdon has unveiled a new look featuring a refreshed brand mark, strapline and vision to deliver “A World of Taste”.

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Strategy before technology key to improving competitiveness with Industry 4.0 technology

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things have been buzzwords in the food and beverage industry for the past few years. Yet, as highlighted in a recent survey, uptake is still stagnant, with only 20 per cent of companies having implemented solutions that could help them become more efficient, productive and competitive using the technology. Even more worrying is another 40 per cent know that they would benefit from such initiatives but have yet to do anything about it. That leaves a huge 40 per cent who aren’t even thinking about doing anything at the present time.
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When working from home isn’t working

The concept of remote working has been around for a while – first introduced by IBM in the 1980s – but it skyrocketed in popularity in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This option has gone from being a novel, sought-out benefit for many workers to becoming the norm, with some companies choosing to go fully remote in order to keep costs down and reduce the chances of infection. However, as top human resources experts have argued, this isn’t always the best-case scenario for some employees.

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