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- What science says about getting the most out of your tea
Everyone has an opinion about making the perfect cup of tea. But what does science say about getting the most out of your brew?
- Health Check: does caffeine cause dehydration?
For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid or remove caffeinated beverages from the diet of people at risk of dehydration, or during periods of extreme summer heat. While possibly well meaning, this advice is wrong. By definition, a diuretic is a … Continue reading Health Check: does caffeine cause dehydration?
- Wine exporters looking to consolidate on a stellar year
The year 2016 was a great one for Australian wine exports. Matthew McDonald takes a look at what was behind this success and what exporters need to do to keep the wine flowing. Beginning in the mid 2000s, the Australian wine industry entered a difficult period. The combination of low grape prices and the entry … Continue reading Wine exporters looking to consolidate on a stellar year
- Playing with the senses can change how food tastes
Our brains evolved to help us find food – and making food look more visually appealing can prime expectations and therefore enhance the taste.
- A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food
Pet food is an industry worth nearly US$25 billion in the United States. Owners make decisions about what to feed their pets based on marketing, personal beliefs and pet preference. And as with human nutrition, it can be hard to sort out truth from fads and marketing from science. Current pet food trends encourage owners … Continue reading A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food
- Plastic fantastic: how lotteries could revolutionise recycling
In July 2018, Queensland will launch a container refund scheme, in a bid to boost recycling and reduce litter and pollution. It will join South Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales (later this year) and other places around the world in offering a small refund on all eligible drink containers deposited at designated collection … Continue reading Plastic fantastic: how lotteries could revolutionise recycling
- Raspberry farm snaps up new freezer tunnel
Westerway Raspberry Farm is a family-run business in the Derwent Valley that supplies fresh and frozen raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and other seasonal fruits to the juice, cordial, ice-cream and jam markets – as well as local farmers markets, independent shops and its very own farm gate shop. For more than 20 years, the Clark family … Continue reading Raspberry farm snaps up new freezer tunnel
- Shelf ready packing with speed and precision
When a food manufacturer upgraded its condiment production line it needed an end of line solution to take the bottles and pack them into a configuration suitable for supermarkets.
- The online tool that can track, monitor and analyse nutritional intake
The variety of food choices makes it hard for consumers to even start to estimate how many calories or nutrients they might be consuming.
- Hot food, fast: The home microwave oven turns 50
The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the home microwave oven. The ovens were first sold for home use by Amana corporation in 1967, but they had actually been used for commercial food preparation since the 1950s. It wasn’t until 1967, however, that technology miniaturization and cost reductions in manufacturing made the ovens small … Continue reading Hot food, fast: The home microwave oven turns 50
- Does gluten prevent type 2 diabetes? Probably not
A recent analysis of a massive study observing the effect of food on the health of nearly 200,000 American health professionals suggested eating more gluten was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. But is it really this simple? Can gluten be linked to diabetes? A considerable amount of published research has looked … Continue reading Does gluten prevent type 2 diabetes? Probably not
- Organic farming matters – just not in the way you think
Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just. Many people – from consumers and farmers to scientists and international organisations – believe that organic agriculture can produce enough nutritious … Continue reading Organic farming matters – just not in the way you think
- ECM software helps keep the hot pies coming
Mrs. Mac’s needed a solution that would not only eliminate paper-based processing but simplify invoice approvals as well.
- Why gluten-free food is not the healthy option
It’s hard not to notice that the range of gluten-free foods available in supermarkets has increased massively in recent years. This is partly because the rise in the number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity, and partly because celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham have praised gluten-free diets. … Continue reading Why gluten-free food is not the healthy option
- Beverage company streamlines logistics with InfoMotion
Established in 1998, Metro Beverage Company is Australia’s largest independent drinks distributor. Serving more than 10,000 business customers, the company has close working relationships with a range of manufacturers including Unilever, Nu Pure Beverages and Red Bull. Headquartered in Victoria, MBC operates three warehouses in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. With just under 100 staff and … Continue reading Beverage company streamlines logistics with InfoMotion
- We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why
For decades, American agriculture has been a paragon of productivity, churning out record crops at a steady clip. We have exported both our farm products and our way of farming around the world, and global production has risen relentlessly. Yet now there is concern that even this is not enough. The United Nations projects that … Continue reading We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why
- Do smaller plates make you eat less?
Dependent on how you spend your Monday evenings you may have caught Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped on TV. The programme covered two topics of interest to me; portion sizes and plate sizes. There is evidence that portion sizes of commercially provided foods have increased over time and the programme covered this story. One of the … Continue reading Do smaller plates make you eat less?
- Reducing food waste great for companies’ bottom lines
New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 has found that for every dollar companies invested to reduce food loss and waste, they saved $14 in operating costs. The report finds that household savings could be much greater. In a first-of-its kind analysis, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste evaluated financial cost and … Continue reading Reducing food waste great for companies’ bottom lines
- We’ve calculated the environmental cost of a loaf of bread – and what to do about it
What does a staple food such as bread have to do with global warming? For a start, to make loaves on an industrial scale, you’ll need powerful milling and kneading machines and a huge oven, heated to 230℃ or more. This uses a lot of energy. The flour, yeast and salt must also be shipped … Continue reading We’ve calculated the environmental cost of a loaf of bread – and what to do about it
- Five benefits of modern accounting for manufacturers
The manufacturing industry runs 24/7 with constantly changing customer demands, making real-time financial information essential for manufacturers, writes Todd Hunt, vice president and general manager Asia Pacific, BlackLine. New tools from robotics to nanotechnology are changing the way goods are produced, but so many accounting and finance teams are still doing things the old-fashioned way- with … Continue reading Five benefits of modern accounting for manufacturers