Mike Wheeler

Beef production continuing to grow, but supply pressure mounting

The global beef complex is looking strong. Production is up, consumption is up, and prices are favourable. But is there more to this than meets the eye? Rabobank’s latest Beef Quarterly report examines the outlook for the global beef sector.

Global beef production and consumption continues to grow, but is this just the tip of the iceberg? And does the unknown that lies beneath have the potential to cause major disruption? “Pressures are building in some of the world’s major beef markets,” says Angus Gidley-Baird, senior analyst – animal protein. “US weather conditions, low protein prices in Brazil, and changes to live cattle and carabeef trading in Asia have the potential to change the course of the global market.”

US-China trade war
On 23 March, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to impose tariffs amounting to $79 billion on imports from China. In turn, China initially retaliated with a list of 128 US products, soon followed by a further list of 106 items that would be subject to a 25 per cent tariff. Included on this list was beef. But beef trade between the two countries is limited – and realistically, the imposition of a 25 per cent tariff is only expected to have minimal impact on the US beef industry… and even less on broader global beef trade.
US production remains strong
The revised forecast of five per cent production growth in 2018 still holds true, with the early-placed cattle on feed now starting to be turned off. Escalating feed costs will impact the cost of gain and will limit the carcase weight increases. Ongoing dry conditions also threaten increased beef cow slaughter numbers, which are currently tracking 10 per cent higher for the year-to-date (mid-April), compared with 2017.

Australia: Prices stabilising
Rainfall through parts of drought-affected Queensland in late Q1 relieved some cattle liquidation pressures and saw cattle prices rise. However, ongoing dry conditions through other parts of the country have increased sales of breeding cattle and forced earlier sales of lighter young cattle. Despite these increased volumes, cattle prices have stabilised in recent weeks, indicating prices have moved from a producer-driven price-setting environment to one determined by other market factors. 
National cattle slaughter numbers for YTD March (1.79m head) were up six per cent YOY. Total beef exports in April (88,179 tonnes swt) were up 32 per cent. Total live exports were up 29 per cent YTD April, driven by demand in countries other than Indonesia, which was down nine per cent.

Wineslinger Awards make debut

Young Gun of Wine, the authority on Australia’s best young winemakers, has now set its eyes on the places serving wine, with today launching the inaugural Wineslinger awards, a new initiative that uncovers the best venues in Australia to go for a fun wine experience.

The Top 50 venues across Australia for 2018 have been decided, voted by over 100 of Australia’s leading sommeliers and winemakers, and then whittled down to the Top 50 by editorial directors Nick  Stock and Mike Bennie.

“These panellists are selected for their know-how, their taste, and the fact that they are out and about visiting venues near and afar on a constant basis. They are chosen because they have a keen eye, a killer palate and they know a good time when they see one,” said Wineslinger editorial director Nick Stock.

Over 300 venues in Australia received votes from the panel, so there is certainly a great depth of esteemed venues around the country in 2018. The Top 50 list is made up of pubs, bars and restaurants, but what ties them together is an excellence in creating an environment where wine enjoyment is the hero. Of most importance is that they have to have a sense of approachability, energy and adventure.

“Australia offers one hell of a good time for wine lovers and there’s a high bar of quality in a national sense, married with a strong sense of identity and place wherever you go. That makes this list one very handy reference for both locals and visitors right across the country,” added  Stock.

The winners of Wineslinger will be announced at MONA in Tasmania on Monday 18 June, at the Young Gun of Wine Awards.


Women in Industry Awards’ nominees announced

Congratulations to all the Women in Industry nominees. The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney on Thursday June 14.

This category recognises those individuals who have significantly effected positive change within their local or regional community.

Lama Tayeh – Founder and CEO, LULUMPR
Anna Hopkins – Founder, The Low Carb Living Group
April Whittam – Manager Brand and Sponsorship, Aurizon Holdings Limited
Federica Guidi – Global Sales and Business Development Manager, VISA Global Logistics
Margaretta Adam – Manager CSR Community Support Program, CSR LIMITED

Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.Rachael Hedges – Marketing Manager, Wiley
Amanda Parkinson – Divisional Communications Manager HSE/HR, Toll Global Logistics
Edith Butterfield – Customer Services Manager, BOC Limited
Alessandra Viviani – Relationship Manager Valuable Cargo, VISA Global Logistics
Allison Basford – Property Development Manager, CSR LIMITED
Marie Fowler – Graduate Civil Engineer, Stantec

This category seeks out Business Development Managers who have created new growth opportunities which allowed their organisation to expand and generate greater revenue.Rene Rose – Managing Partner, Positiv
Federica Guidi – Global Sales and Business Development Manager, VISA Global Logistics
Debora Barbagli – Business Development Manager, VISA Global Logistics
Ashleigh O’Brien – Business Manager Energy, CSR LIMITED
Emma Young – Professional Disruptor and Customer Advocacy, CSR LIMITED
Min Chen – Business Intelligence Manager, Atlas Copco Compressors

Recognition of individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.Kaye Barker – Ferry Master, Harbour City Ferries
Lama Tayeh – Founder and CEO, LULUMPR
Elena Gosse – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Innovative Systems Pty Ltd
Cassie Lamont – Team Leader (Warehouse), VISA Global Logistics
Julie Reynolds – General Manager Finance, PGH Bricks and Pavers

Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.Allyson Boys – General Manager Health Safety and Environment, Toll Global Logistics
Cassie Lamont – Team Leader (Warehouse)
Juliet Maynard – People and Safety Manager, Monier Roofing

This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.Narelle Plapp – CEO, Grain Bake & Co. Australia
Kaye Barker – Ferry Master, Harbour City Ferries
Karen Cross – Sales Manager for Northern NSW, Elgas
Sylvia Maragos – Client Relationship Manager, VISA Global Logistics
Gita Pendharkar – Senior Educator, RMIT University

This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.Narelle Plapp – CEO, Grain Bake & Co. Australia
Tatiana Kuzovova – General Manager, From Granny
Anna Hopkins – Founder, The Low Carb Living Group
Elena Gosse – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Innovative Systems Pty Ltd
Cassandra Barton – Special Gases Coordinator, BOC Limited
Christine Vickers – Eastern Regional Manager, Viridian GF

This category recognises individuals who have made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry.Rose Lindner – Environmental Advisor, Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd
Sabina Shugg – Founder and Chair, Women in Mining WA
Jacqui McGill – Olympic Dam Asset President, BHP

This award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.Romana Tomic – Process Engineer Special Gases, BOC Limited
Xiaoke Yi – Theme Leader Computing, Communication and Security, Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Julia Lamborn – Associate Dean Education, Professor in Environmental Engineering, Monash University

This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.Sarah Jones – Road Transport General Manager Health Safety and Environment, Toll Global Logistics
Jacqueline Brotherton – Transport Manager, Oxford Cold Storage
Sharon Middleton – Director, Whiteline Transport

Traverse Alpine serves up new dining experience at Falls Creek

Falls Creek has announced the appointment of hospitality operator Traverse Alpine Group to lead a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the resort’s most popular dining venues Cloud 9 and Frying Pan Inn.

The appointment was made by Falls Creek Ski Lifts, owned by Merlin Entertainments Group.

General manager of Falls Creek Ski Lifts, Sharon Raguse, said, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with one of Australia’s most successful and experienced hospitality operators. Traverse Alpine Group will take Falls Creek’s luxury food and beverage offering to the next level and create an exciting deluxe destination for our skiing locals and guests.”

Owner of Traverse Alpine Group, Rosy Seaton, has extensive international knowledge of alpine hospitality and will apply her enthusiasm to this latest project with the assistance of a team of experts in design, architecture, building and hospitality management.

“Our vision is to raise the profile of Falls Creek as Australia’s premier all year-round alpine destination, provide memorable experiences for local and international visitors in fabulously refurbished venues and enrich and support the Falls Creek community,” said Seaton.

Located near the top of the resort, Cloud9 will be reimagined to create a world-class bistro experience that will seat up to 400 people, combined with a sophisticated mountain-side bar and a new-build Mezzanine. All zones will serve high-end custom food and drinks menus, perfect for a quick bite in between runs or après ski.

The Frying Pan Inn, situated in the historic Village Bowl precinct, is an iconic hospitality hot spot. The remodelling will see the 200-seat venue reveal a new BBQ bar and grill eatery with a rustic-industrial look.

Cloud9 and Frying Pan Inn will both plate up fresh and innovative menus, inspired by local produce and based on sustainable food preparation and farming practices. The menus are being curated under the expert guidance of Food & Beverage Manager, Bruno Da Motta, who has more than 17 years’ local and international experience as a chef and restaurateur.

This commitment to sustainability is also being reflected in the design of the refurbished venues which will showcase the latest advances in waste reduction, recycling and energy efficiency with solar and wind energy to be harvested to power the buildings.

Interim refurbishment of Cloud9 and Frying Pan Inn has taken place and both venues will be fully operational by the 2018 ski season launch.

Criniti’s takes food safety to the next level

Criniti’s Restaurants have selected CCP’s industry-leading technology to bring its food safety to the next level. CCP uses a network of wireless sensors to monitor refrigeration temperature and automate record keeping for food safety compliance. Using low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) technology, refrigerators, freezers and cool room temperatures are effectively monitored 24/7.

According to John McFadden, group executive chef at Criniti’s, CCP offers a clear value proposition.

“I am thrilled to have used CCP technology in a previous role, without this cutting-edge technology we could have lost thousands of dollars of food. It’s a great return on investment. I’m currently introducing CCP’s automated continuous temperature monitoring across Criniti’s to strengthen food safety and reduce business risk,” McFadden said.

“In the food industry, refrigeration systems are mission critical,” said Michael White, executive director and CEO. “With ambitious plans to expand, Criniti’s has taken an important step to ensuring the quality and safety of its food to its customers regardless of location. With CCP’s wireless sensors installed, staff are now immediately alerted by email/SMS if refrigeration temperature tolerances are breached. This can make a huge difference to both the end result for customers but also to the bottom-line when it comes to avoiding food spoilage.”

Drakes to build $80 million distribution centre in SA

One of Australia’s largest independent grocery retailers Drakes Supermarkets plans to build a state-of-the-art $80 million distribution centre in South Australia, creating up to 550 jobs.

The Drakes Distribution Centre, which has received planning consent from the City of Playford and is fully funded by the South Australian family-owned business, will be locatedon a 17 hectare site at Edinburgh North.

Approximately 300 jobs are expected to be created during construction with a further 120-250 ongoing full-time equivalent positions once the centre is due to be operational by June 2019.

“This is a major investment in the sustainable future of Drakes Supermarkets in South Australia,” Drakes General Manager Bob Soang said. “It’s also a long-term investment and vote of confidence in our loyal customers and suppliers.

“As a local family-owned business we are pleased to create so many jobs in the northernsuburbs of Adelaide which have faced many challenges in recent years.

“It will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in the State andis a key plank of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector.” Soang said Drakes Supermarkets had worked closely with the City of Playfordthroughout the planning stages to include landscaping to improve local amenity as well as ensure little to no local traffic impact.

The City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said this is a major boost for the economy tosupport the forecasted growth of 35,000 new residents in the Playford Council area by 2036.

“As the gateway to the north, we are perfectly positioned to accommodate this development, particularly with infrastructure development such as the Northern Connector Expressway,” Mayor Docherty said.

Preliminary site works have now begun on the 104,000sqm development which will have capacity to house approximately 23,000 separate lines of products including grocery, dairy and frozen foods. The site also includes an additional area for future development.

The distribution and logistics centre located on Stebonheath Road will incorporate more than $12 million of robotics as part of a high tech warehouse picking system. Drakes Supermarkets will continue to operate its fresh fruit and vegetable distribution centre at Pooraka and its meat distribution centre at Beverley.

“Each year Drakes Supermarkets spends about $20 million upgrading and refurbishing our stores across South Australia and Queensland,”  Soang said. “Now with this new distribution centre, we’re ensuring we’ll continue to offer the biggest range for South Australian shoppers for many years to come.”

Rinaldi launches pecan and mallee honey nougat

In the wake of its success last year having two of its products judged as “exceptional” by the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Brussels, Rinaldi Confectionery is launching Its first new flavour combination in over five years.

The new flavour, scheduled to be launched at Good Food and Wine in Melbourne in the first week of June, will be pecan nut with Mallee honey.

“This is not a traditional Italian flavour profile”, says Roberto Rinaldi, Managing Director and Founder of Rinaldi Confectionery. “However, coming up with this flavour combination is a very Italian approach to food. Italian food is all about using the best ingredients that you can get access to locally. That’s exactly what I’ve done with this combination of Mallee honey and pecan nuts”.

When the Rinaldi family came to Australia, they came as part of the great Italian Diaspora which made Italian food culture an international affair. They brought Italian Torrone nougat culture with them, a culture that dates back hundreds of years with a deep understanding of its traditions and symbolisms. Regionality of the Italian food tradition is about using the best of what is locally available and in Australia, the Rinaldi family found exceptional quality honey and nuts that they could see would make some of the best nougat in the world. Today, Rinaldi Confectionery uses traditional slow cooking and hand crafting techniques to preserve the flavour of the traditional ingredients and create an authentic nougat of international quality.

The Malee honey has a dryland eucalypt flavour that is aromatic and spicy but becomes more subtle when it is cooked in the nougat. The pecan nuts have good oil content which makes them very moreish after light roasting. The combination of the honey and the pecan nuts results in a hint of caramel that is present in neither the honey nor the nuts alone but appears almost magically when they are united.

“Pecan nuts originated in North America but grow beautifully here in Australia”, says Roberto Rinaldi. “Combining Australian pecan nuts with this sophisticated Mallee honey results in a truly elegant soft nougat”.

Pecan and Mallee honey nougat from Rinaldi confectionery will become the fifth flavour in the already successful range of Rinaldi Soft nougat sold in the 86 g format. Rinaldi confectionery also produces a firmer gift boxed range of three nougat flavours in a 175 g format

NSW Export Awards launched

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) along with its principal partner the NSW Government, and its 2018 award partners, has announced that applications are now open for the 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards. The 56th annual awards were officially launched on Monday 21 May at the Sydney Start Up Hub.

The key note address at the launch was given by Jonathan O’Dea, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer who discussed the value of exports to the NSW economy and noted the importance of recognising NSW exporters. “The NSW Government is determined to help more businesses reach the global markets. We want to see your business shine on the global stage,” O’Dea said.

At last year’s awards there were a record number of companies with 82 finalists across 21 awards categories.

CEO of the ECA Alina Bain said, “We were pleased to have our 2017 NSW Women in International Business winner, Jane Lu, Founder & CEO of Showpo, talk about growing a multi-million-dollar eCommerce business and winning the prestigious award. It is an inspiring story and the eCommerce opportunity is one the awards program in 2018 will explore through its regional events, with upcoming locations in Griffith and Wollongong.”

“The Premier’s NSW Export Awards will be entering its 56th year and as always we will be looking for innovative exporters across the state to profile and celebrate. The awards give exporters the opportunity to make their company and international business story known. The awards are also an acknowledgement of their contribution to NSW’s economic future.” Bain added.

This year the national program will include a new category: Emerging Exporter Award, for outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector which has been exporting goods or services for three years or less.

“The awards program looks to celebrate international business success and innovation across NSW. The ECA will be looking for diverse companies from every industry, location and size, companies both emerging and established are encouraged to apply.

The international business landscape in NSW encompasses many companies working tirelessly to compete on the global stage. NSW’s exporters succeed through persistence and a recognition that Australia’s industry has much value to add for international customers. The awards recognise this challenge and rewards those businesses taking it on.” Bain said.

The ECA calls on all New South Wales companies engaged in international business to apply for the program

APPMA to host Australian pavilion at Propak Asia 2018

The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is pleased to announce that it will be heading to ProPak Asia 2018 on the 13-16th June, Bangkok, Thailand to host the Australian Pavilion in the Packaging Zone for the third consecutive year.

The APPMA developed the pavilion as a way to assist Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market. ProPak Asia is Asia’s No.1 international processing & packaging trade event for Asia’s expanding food, drink & pharmaceutical industries. It’s Asia’s best platform to connect to the regions rapidly expanding processing and packaging industries. Going from strength to strength every year, ProPak Asia has a proven track record over 25 years of delivering the highest quality and quantity trade buyers, the greatest number and selection of international suppliers, and the best showcase of latest technology and innovations.

As industry continues to expand across Asia due to growing consumer demand, new trends, strong growth rates, increasing exports and intra-ASEAN trade ProPak Asia is the must-attend annual meeting place for the industry. ProPak Asia 2018 is once again expanding in line with demand as more and new companies join the show, increase their size, exhibit more machines and target Asian business by choosing to exhibit at ProPak Asia.

Who is exhibiting?
Exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion is Fibre King, HMPS, INOX Australia, Natec Network – Gold Peg (Australia) and Natec, Process Plant Network, Profile Solutions, Rhima Australia and the APPMA. APPMA Member companies Heat & Control and tna will also be exhibiting at the show in the processing zone.

Fibre King’s display will include a Pick and Place Top Load Case Packer designed to pack cracker biscuits and an End Load Case Packer designed for beverage cans. Both machines are very different in their design and operation showcasing the variety of solutions Fibre King have to offer in case packing technology. Their stand will also include a CP20 Palletiser which is a more traditional mechanical Palletiser built for reliability and simplicity. The low-mid speed CP20 Palletiser employs advanced pallet handling and high-level stacking resulting in the formation of tightly formed stacks. Capable of palletising all products packed in Cases, Tray and Shrink or just Shrink, the CP20 is a robust, easy to maintain and simple to operate solution for your palletising needs. Fibre King are also excited to be showcasing their new purpose built 3 axis articulated arm robot. This will be presented in demonstration format at the event and will revolutionise the way in which they load cases and collate products.

Fibre King is a 90-year-old engineering company, specialising in the design and manufacture of end of line packaging machinery. Fibre King produces case packers, palletisers, meat equipment and crate automation equipment for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, meat, fresh produce and household and personal goods industries.

HMPS will be showcasing their new look and new design machinery and their new IoT service HMPS Connect at ProPak Asia. Naturally, they save the best for a show of this magnitude and will be launching their new machinery design at ProPak Asia. This prototype will be on display and it sports a solid mechanical design, a smaller footprint, better torsion and less vibration, paired with IoT technologies for ease-of-use. The added visibility features allow operators to view the operating status and the modular design makes this model scalable for most applications.

HMPS is one of the largest case packing and palletising machinery builders in Australia, successfully designing a vast range of packaging systems for national and international customers. They offer customers end of line packaging machinery which include: Bag in box, Carton erectors and top sealers, Wrap around case packer and sleevers, RSC top and side load case packers, Cartoners for end load, top load and tray formers, Palletisers for single or multifeed and Custom robotic solutions.

The INOX Instantiser has been successfully proven to be Australia’s food industry answer to fast, homogeneous powder/ liquid mixing and an effective solution to problems that occur with mixing systems where breaking up of difficult to mix solutions and agglomerates is present with traditional mixing equipment. INOX Instantisers rapidly dissolve and disperse viscous solids, semi solids and powders more effectively than any other system.

A specially designed impellor system combined with an appropriate vessel shape, produce a high level of turbulence to dissolve and disperse almost any food product in the most efficient and thorough manner available. INOX are excited to release their latest version of the already highly regarded high speed mixing system, the INOX Instantiser. Loading has never been easier and safer due to the reduced height of the machine. The INOX Instantiser is designed for high-speed, high shear mixing and has become a food industry household name with many installations in Australia and Asia.

Kelstream builds scraped surface heat exchangers for inline cooling or heating of your product. The Kelstream SSHE is commonly utilised in aseptic processing of foodstuffs. These heat exchangers are preferred because of their capability to process heat-sensitive, viscous, or particulate-laden products, enhance the heat transfer of viscous products, and minimise the extent of burn-on, or fouling on the heat transfer surface. They bring together the know-how of their specialists and your specific preferences. Only then can it be the infallible link in your demanding production process.

INOX is a company engaged in successfully providing solutions for food and liquid processing. As liquid food process engineers, INOX specialise in the design and manufacture of complete systems and equipment for the heating, cooling, and processing of dairy products, juices, sauces, soups, stocks, preserves and jams, slurries, meat sauces, baby foods, fruit preps, specialised ingredients and any type of food products as well as the supply of quality made, and compliant equipment manufactured in Australia for the food processing, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and allied industries.

Gold Peg (Australia) and Natec (Germany) offer Success Generating FOOD TECHNOLOGY under the umbrella of the ‘Natec-Network‘ and will be exhibiting together for the first time at ProPak Asia. Natec and Gold Peg, as the Natec Network, bring together years of experience in high-quality machinery and plant engineering for industrial food production. Come and visit the stand to learn about Gold Peg’s cooking and processing systems including the continuous cooker and Natec’s filling and forming equipment, including the FreePack and FreeSlice.

Gold Peg International specialise in Direct Steam Injection cooking & processing systems for: Processed cheese, Sauces & ketchup, Baby food, Fruit & vegetable products, Meat products and Natural mozzarella. Gold Peg’s continuous cooking systems are chosen by world-leading food manufacturers for of their versatility to control and set optimised processing conditions for each recipe.

Natec filling and forming equipment, the FreePack and FreeSlice, produce individually wrapped process cheese slices (IWS) and Slice On Slice (SOS) products. The Natec FreePack 2000 reaches maximum capacity, wrapping 2,000 slices/min. Products can be organised in packages ranging from 4 to 25 slices. The FreePack and FreeSlice are perfect complements to Gold Peg’s RotaTherm continuous cooker. The equipment integrates seamlessly in your factory.

Process Plant Network are based in Melbourne, Australia and have been operating for over 20 years, with a large client base of local and international food manufacturers and contract packers. Initially the company focus was on used machinery, but over the past 10 years they have grown considerably selling new equipment as well, from their own brand IOPAK, in addition they represent many international machinery manufactures such as Graco, Solpac and Firex to name a few. They have been exporting machines worldwide for many years. They sell a number of well-known international brands such as Toyo Jidoki, Orihiro, Ishida, Anritsu, Sollich etc. Process Plant Network also import a lot of machines, and are always on the lookout for quality select brands as mentioned above.

Profile Solutions will be showing a working 4LD Plastic bottle leak tester capable of testing > 4500 small bottles per, which is also flexible enough to test up to 6L containers. Profile Solutions manufactures the fastest plastic bottle leak testers per test head in the world and they have exported to 35 countries so far. The flagship unit is the 6LD has on small bottle tested >17000 bottles per hour on a single head, world record testing and was still finding 0.18 mm holes.

Profile Solutions started in 1993 and have been designing, manufacturing and leak testers since the beginning. In 1998 they started selling the leak testers under the Profile Solution brand and have been exported to 35 countries. For more than two decades they have made the world’s fastest single head leak tester. In a test run they were able to test a small container around 10-15 cc and find a hole 0.18mm in a peak run at 17,475 per hour on one head. Profile Solutions offer leak testing and automation solutions for container from 10ml to 1000L. When you walk into a supermarket a large proportion of all the bottles filled in Australia have been tested on a device made by Profile Solutions. Their automation solutions have mainly been in conjunction with blow moulding machines including bung inserters, rotators, transfer devices, dust cap placement and palletiser using CNC 5 axis and linear robots. They have also made very short cycle time stacking devices.

Rhima are specialists in washing solutions and will be showcasing tray, pot and utensil washers mainly for bakeries on their stand at ProPak Asia. They also have a range of other washers for different washing purposes, such as a crate washer.

Rhima specialises in equipment washing systems for businesses, industries and environments where impeccable hygiene and cleanliness are essential. They supply reliable industrial washers off the shelf or custom built to your specifications to comply with HACCP guidelines. Rhima’s extensive range of specialised equipment includes: Machines specifically designed for prosciutto, salami and ham washing; Bread and vegetable crate washing; Rigid and collapsible crates, manual or fully robotic loading and unloading; 120, 240 and 1,000 litre bin washers; Washing machines custom requirements; Washing and drying machines for chocolate and confectionery moulds; Wastewater pre-treatment systems to ensure compliance with local environmental regulations.

The APPMA Member Directory includes detailed information on Australia’s leading packaging & processing machinery and allied components companies in Australia.

If your company is looking for specific Packaging and Processing Machinery or you need assistance with developing a tender then the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) can source the appropriate member companies for you. Just ask them how. The APPMA represents Australia’s leading packaging and processing machinery and allied components companies and your company can become a part of this network.

Established in 1983 the APPMA, is Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery association and the proud owners of AUSPACK; which is the largest biennial packaging and processing machinery and materials exhibition in Australia. The APPMA’s objective is to promote, integrate and foster participation and development at all levels of the packaging and processing machinery side of the industry. Members include manufacturers, distributors and importers of packaging and processing machinery who are suppliers to industries such as food, beverage, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, confectionery, bakery & snacks and fresh produce.

APPMA Member companies Heat & Control and tna will also be exhibiting at the show in the processing zone.

Heat and Control is a privately owned multi-national manufacturer of industrial food processing and packaging systems and is the industry leader for developing and implementing innovative customised solutions. For over sixty-five years Heat and Control has set the standard for food processing systems and today provides processing, product handling and packaging solutions for a wide variety of food products. Their systems and equipment help their clients to produce consistently, high quality food products, in large volumes, at high levels of efficiency.

tna is a leading global supplier of integrated food packaging and processing solutions with over 14,000 systems installed across more than 120 countries. The company provides a comprehensive range of products including materials handling, processing, coating, distribution, seasoning, weighing, packaging, cooling, freezing, metal detection, verification and inserting and labelling solutions. tna also offers a variety of production line controls integration & SCADA reporting options, project management and training. tna’s unique combination of innovative technologies, extensive project management experience and 24/7 global support ensures customers achieve faster, more reliable and flexible food products at the lowest cost of ownership.

New health drink shines

Health drink company shine+, is leading the way in the world of drinkable nootropics, launching nationally a new 400ml range this week.

Following a successful trial, the new range will now be available in the 650+ Caltex Star Mart stores across the country.

Shine+ combines natural and functional ingredients that have been shown to aid mental clarity and concentration. Whilst many assume nootropics are only synthetic, shine+ contains only natural, earth grown botanicals that have been used for hundreds of years with no artificial additives, no added sugar, ensuring both safety and health benefits.

A hot topic amongst wellness trends this year, the nootropics industry has risen steadily since the 1970’s, providing an alternative to energy drinks, coffee or other caffeinated beverages. From a biohacking method only seen amongst the pioneers in Silicon Valley to now mainstream appeal amongst students, professionals and the health conscious, the market once valued at USD 2.3 Billion in 2015, is expected to reach $3 billion by 2024

The key functional ingredients and natural nootropics in the shine+ 400ml range are Ginkgo Biloba, Turmeric, Green Tea, L-Theanine, Green Coffee Beans and natural B Vitamins. The new range comes in three strengths – each differing in the amount of green coffee beans and equivalent caffeine. The combination of ingredients ensures sustained mental clarity and concentration without the well-known ‘caffeine crash’ or sugar crash.

“After we saw the positive response to our first drink, the 110ml smart shot, we asked our fans what they wanted to see next. The two things we heard consistently was ‘make it bigger’ and ‘make something for the fridges’. I’m humbled by the response to the 400ml, it has been even more positive than we originally planned for,” comments CEO Steve Chapman, who founded the Sydney born start up in 2016.

With a wild tropical flavour, the 400ml range is carbonated and served chilled. The range joins the original 110ml version, with a ginger lemon-lime flavour that can be consumed at room temperature or chilled.

The original shine+ 110ml shot that was launched 18 months ago is now available in over 2,000 stores across Australia including Woolworths Metro, IGA, Harris Farm, On The Run and Zambrero Mexican restaurants among hundreds of cafes, grocers and pharmacies. The new 400ml range will be rolling out into existing stockists over the coming months following the exclusivity in Caltex Star Mart.


Fiat delivering the goods

Fiat Professional is helping the food service industry deliver the goods.  The Fiat Professional stand at the Food Service Show highlighted exclusive drive away offers for ABN holders on Ducato and Doblo vans.

The stand included a Fiat Professional Ducato and Doblo, along with pallets to demonstrate pallet capacity. The smaller Doblo fits one pallet. The Ducato fits 2 pallets in short/mid wheel base and 3 pallets in long wheel base variants.

According to Brent Smith national manager – corporate and rental at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Food Show provides an opportunity to speak directly to food service professionals about the Ducato and Doblo vans.  Customers ranged from small catering companies to larger food service operators requiring full refrigeration fit outs.

“I’ve spoken to smaller business owners operating cafes and mobile florists, to large frozen goods distributors who require over 2 tonne of carrying capacity. Drivers are no longer making decisions based solely on load volume. Their van is an office and a work tool at the same time, so carrying capacity and driver comfort are equally important. With class leading payload, and creature comforts including 6 speed auto, height adjustable driver’s seat and 5 inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth – Fiat Professional Ducato delivers the goods.”

Kombucha arrives in Australia via Good Earth

Good Earth’s Kombucha delivers a flavour hit that is said to tantilise the taste buds. Naturally low in sugar, Good Earth Organic Kombucha delivers four distinctive taste profiles – tropical zing (passion fruit and lime), refreshingly herbaceous (lemongrass and ginger), sweet and fruity (pomegranate and acai) or sharp and tart (original).

At Good Earth, the company believes feeling good outside begins on the inside. That’s why it has has a simple rule: nothing gets in that isn’t filled with good. The company start with organic ingredients to create a range of refreshingly delicious alternatives to sugary drinks. But there’s more to Good Earth than just the ingredients. What’s on the outside counts, too. Its packaging is environmentally friendly to consumers can feel good about helping create a sustainable future,.

Since its founding in Californian in 1972, Good Earth has been brewing full-flavoured teas with exotic, natural flavours without adding any nasties. Not long ago Tata Global beverages bought Good Earth and its team in Australia, were charmed by the philosophy of the brand. We share the same passion for creating tasty drinks that you can feel good about enjoying.

When Good Earth team members went and spoke to Melbourne locals they say they unearthed a real desire for a delicious drink that people could enjoy guilt-free. Their research kept pointing them towards Kombucha. They were intrigued by the process and figured they could use our roots as a tea brand to create this delicious fermented drink. They partnered with a local Victorian brewer and began experimenting. They sourced ingredients to help create an organically certified drink that is low in sugar and contains no artificial nasties.

To further ensure Good Earth got the flavour profiles right, they conducted a trial market with some local stores. The results were that passionfruit and lime, lemongrass and ginger, pomegranate and acai and the original were the most popular flavours that people wanted to drink.


Nord Drivesystems gets thumbs up for new geared motor

As a household name in both the local and international market, a renowned food company that manufacture’s sauces, soups, stocks and juices, looked to Nord Drivesystems to meet its stringent automation requirements. With Australia as the main manufacturing hub, products are exported to different regions around the world, including the UK, Asia, New Zealand and Canada. Considering the high volumes produced out of Australia, it is no wonder the search was on for a  robust solution for increased productivity and zero downtime.

With manufacturing demand on the rise, the company went in search of a geared motor designed to best withstand high-frequency and high-pressure washdown cycles. Not looking to just any supplier, they needed robust geared motors to match their stringent application requirements for conveyor and mixers in the hygienic wash down area. There was also the need for 24/7 technical support.

Finding a reliable solution was no easy task as the gear drives in an environment such this tend to have a shortened service life and their painted surfaces do not last. In a search for a like-minded supplier, Nord Drivesystems came to mind.

Nord Australia’s Phil Richards, Victorian key account manager said that Nord’s new-generation NSD tupH aluminium drives passed all the tests. “The NSD tupH was designed with the customer in mind. As one of the most recent additions to our product range, we are finding this aluminium drive to be one of our most sought-after offerings,”


Combining decades of expertise, advanced R&D and its customer-centric nature, Nord Drivesystems today offers a sleek surface treatment to make its IP-69 rated aluminium drive robust and corrosion-resistant to withstand harsh wash downs and meet stringent hygienic requirements weile remaining competitively priced.


“The proof is in the pudding with this product. The customer first performed several trials with NORD‘s NSD tupH in their plant and were so happy with the performance of the surface protection that they have made it a site standard for geared motors being installed in hygienic wash down areas” Phil continues.


Richards also said that the Nord NSD tupH is a paint-free solution complete with a smooth surface and finless fanless motors for easy cleaning. “Gearboxes are also available with stainless steel hollow or solid output shafts.“

“In the end, we have a happy customer who has now specified our product as a standard. The Nord NSD tupH does the talking for us. The product is available off the shelf from Nord Australia with very short lead times and comes with stainless steel shafts and food grade gear lubricant.  This high-quality product remains unrivalled and we are so pleased with its performance relating to this application,” Richards concluded.


Premium wine business course to be launched at Vinexpo

Two of the world’s great wine regions have come together to offer a high-end business course spanning two continents.

The 10-day Business of Wine course will give industry professionals access to some of the leading minds in Adelaide, Australia, and Bordeaux, France.

The course is the result of collaboration between renowned wine industry educators the University of Adelaide and the KEDGE Wine and Spirits Academy in Bordeaux.

The 10-day course was launched today, 29 May, at the Vinexpo in Hong Kong.

Course participants will spend five days in each region where they will be given exclusive access to vineyard tours and master classes led by chief winemakers. Alongside this, a tailored academic program will cover subjects such as research and development, global market insights, wine marketing, and consumer behaviour.

Bordeaux is probably the most famous wine region in the world while Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is within an hour’s drive of globally renowned regions Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills.

Adelaide joined Bordeaux as a Great Wine Capital in 2016.

“This unique and immersive program has been designed to allow people from all over the world to learn from the experiences of experts from two of the world’s greatest wine regions,” said University of Adelaide Wine Business Program Director Marni Ladd.

“Participants will learn from the best academics and business leaders not just about the science of wine, but also about future challenges in the wine business.”

The program is a direct result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Adelaide Business School and KEDGE Business School last year.

KEDGE Wine and Spirits Academy Director Professor Jacques-Olivier Pesme said France and Australia’s winemaking histories and experiences were different but very complimentary.

“As such, the experiences, practices, and technologies of these two regions provide different perspectives which are among the most successful ones in the world of wine,” he said.

“This polarity is what make this program so unique; a truly holistic learning experience.”

Australia is the world’s fifth largest wine producer and the second largest exporter to China, behind France. South Australia produces about 50 per cent of Australia’s wine and is home to leading brands including Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek, Hardys Wines and Wolf Blass.

Expressions of interest are being sought for the inaugural course, which will likely be held in Adelaide in November 2018 and Bordeaux in May 2019.

The new course was launched at a Vinexpo event attended by wine business leaders, industry bodies, dignitaries and the Great Wine Capitals Global Network community.

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018, involving the participation of both the University of Adelaide and KEDGE, is the most influential wine and spirits trade fair in Asia. This year, the fair celebrates Australia as the ‘Country of Honour’.

Speaking at Vinexpo, Australian Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said the course would take advantage of existing and emerging market opportunities.

“Australian wine producers have never been so connected with the world as the global demand for our wine only grows,” Senator Ruston said.

Meet the ifm expert – Jas Singh

Meet Jas Singh, who is the Systems and Solutions Manager for ifm in Australia. Jas is an expert in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions – and tailoring solutions for customers based on their specific needs. He is passionate about ifm products – both hardware and software – and gets great satisfaction in creating the ideal solution for a customer. Hear Jas talk about why he prefers to work with ifm, the unique connection that ifm staff have with each other and to their customers, and some of the inspiring projects he has worked on to improve outcomes for his customers.

Meet the ifm expert – Glenn Thornton

National Product and Brand Manager for ifm, Glenn Thornton, explains what differentiates ifm from other high-tech electronics businesses. Besides offering quality well-priced products and quick turnaround of service, Glenn says what really drives the company and his colleagues are the relationships they develop with customers. Originally an electrician by trade, Glenn appreciates that while getting the job done right is of utmost importance, what he really enjoys at ifm is the ongoing relationship with customers and seeing the outcomes that they achieve.

Artificial intelligence boosts wine’s bottom line

The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing.

South Australian tech firm Ailytic has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program to significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use.

It uses an AI technique called ‘prescriptive analytics’ to account for all the variables that go into mass-producing wines such as grape variety, packaging and finished product inventory.

The program then creates the best possible operation schedule, allowing companies to save considerable time and money.

Ailytic’s list of clients includes world-renown wine companies such as Pernod Ricard, Accolade Wines and Treasury Wine Estates.

It has now included South Australian company Angove Family Winemakers as well.

Pernod Ricard Global Business Solutions Manager Pauline Paterson said AI was highly beneficial for the wine industry and helped to increase the bottom line.

“We use it mainly around production line and use it to derive the most efficient way to produce our product,” she said.

“It is definitely helpful with changeover, how many bottles we need, how much wine and what order to do everything in.”

Ailytic’s system is able to obtain essential information from wineries using remote sensors, which are placed on equipment and around winemaking facilities.

These sensors track a number of key metrics including throughput, machine uptime and changeover time from red to white when bottling.

This includes the sub-classification of each colour such as sweet red, dry red, aromatic white and fortified wines.

Ailytic’s program ensures that wine is changed quickly, without contamination, bottled using appropriate glassware, labelled and then packaged appropriately.

The sensors then transmit the data to a computer in real time using Wi-Fi.

A single production run for bottling can take anywhere between one hour to two days but Ailytic’s system reduces time spent changing the line setup by up to 30 per cent.

Pernod Ricard is the world’s second leading wine and spirits company, with a network of growers across six countries and €8.68 billion in sales in 2015.

Its brands include Jacobs Creek, Campo Viejo, Brancott Estate, Kenwood Vineyards and Wyndham Estate.

Ailytic co-founder and CEO James Balzary said the company’s AI program was perfect for the wine industry because it thrived in complex environments.

“Our algorithms work well for things like packaging, bottling and general manufacturing – the wine industry is where we are seeing a lot of appetite and the most uptake,” he said.

“People think of wine as a romantic artisan type of process, and it is, when you are producing small batches or super-premium wine, but the majority of wines we drink are mass manufactured in big complex tank operations. That’s where we come in – the more complex the business, the bigger the benefit.”

Ailytic’s involvement in wine manufacturing has seen it nominated at the 2017 Wine Industry IMPACT Awards in Adelaide.

Ailytic’s other clients are also based out of South Australia and include Australia’s lone sink manufacturer Tasman Sinkware.

However, it does plan to expand its clientele and has already garnered international interest in their product.

“Even though the bigger wineries would find this more useful, even smaller operations will benefit from this,” Balzary said.

“It’s an affordable solution that used to only be accessible to bigger companies but we try to focus on bringing advanced capabilities to Tier 2 and Tier 3 manufacturers and service providers.”