Mike Wheeler

Charles Sturt University partnership to enhance agriculture

Evidence-based agricultural, water, and environmental policy received a boost with the signing of a new strategic partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and Charles Sturt University. The new arrangement will bring mutual benefits to both organisations, improving research and capability by sharing knowledge and skills.
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Lark Distilling launches Legacy

Tasmania’s Lark Distilling Co. is set to unveil an unprecedented single malt with an extraordinary heritage — Legacy. This 19-year-old Tasmanian single cask whisky captures the essence of a legacy created by Bill Lark, the founder of Australia’s craft spirits industry.

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Meal replacement trends in China

With obesity suggested and accepted to increase the risk of severe symptoms and complications of COVID-19, 44 per cent consumers in China are interested and actively buying food and beverage (F&B) specifically designed to support fitness/exercise. These health-conscious Chinese consumers are turning to the meal-replacement trend for combating weight management issues and availing proper nutrition, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

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Optimal protection for NORD drives

To protect its drive systems from corrosion, chemicals, wear, scratches, impacts and moisture, Nord Drivesystems offers a wide range of different methods for each application area – from environmentally friendly painting to long-life high-performance coatings and the innovative nsd tupH surface treatment.
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Putting bugs on the menu, safely

The thought of eating insects is stomach turning for many, but new Edith Cowan University ECU research is shedding light on allergy causing proteins which could pose serious health risks for those suffering from shellfish allergy. 

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Beca F&B Sound Bites: Is this the secret recipe to implement Industry 4.0 digital solutions?

Over the last three years industry uptake of technology has widened, and so has the gap between the leaders and the laggers. We speak with Stewart Coleman and Sue Bradley, expert leaders from Beca’s digital and industrial solutions, to uncover the steps organisations need to implement to increase their uptake of Industry 4.0 digital solutions.  Hamish McCook uncovers some gold advice in this interview, so make sure to grab a pen and paper.
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Coles launch premium vodka

Coles Liquor has launched a new Tasmanian vodka, Pure Origin. Offering Australians an exceptionally high quality yet affordable vodka, Pure Origin is distilled using an all-copper Tasmanian-made pot still. The spirit is further refined, filtered through active carbon, then married with pure, pristine Tasmanian water.
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Global Lifetime Achievement Award for AIP stalwart

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is extremely proud to advise that AIP education coordinator, Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, has been recognised as the only international Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Awardee for the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards.
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Test detects SARS-CoV-2 on environmental surfaces

The British Medical Journal has called meat plants the “new front line” in the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are not the only facilities at risk. A report released by shareholder advisor Pirc in September said there had been at least 1,461 SARS-CoV-2 infections and six deaths linked to the UK’s food processing plants this year.

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Smart move by Nestlé sees them with world first

Nestlé has announced that its  Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. This represents a transition of 90 per cent of the Smarties range, as 10 per cent was previously already packed in recyclable paper packaging. Smarties is the first global confectionery brand to switch to recyclable paper packaging, removing approximately 250 million plastic packs sold globally every year.

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Vacay seltzer set to launch in Europe this year

Home-brewed local brand, Vacay Alcoholic Seltzer, launched into the seltzer scene in October 2020 and has since grown at a rapid pace with their sights set on going global – launching in Europe this March, followed by Asia and North America shortly after.

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