News – Food & Beverage https://foodmag.com.au Wed, 23 May 2018 03:29:59 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://foodmag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/prime-creative-media-50x50.png News – Food & Beverage https://foodmag.com.au 32 32 Johnnie Walker announces the Australian launch of Black Label Sherry Edition https://foodmag.com.au/johnnie-walker-announces-australian-launch-black-label-sherry-edition/ Wed, 23 May 2018 03:29:59 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=67755 Johnnie Walker, has announced the Australian release of Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Edition. Crafted by Blender Chris Clark, part of the blend in this limited edition bottling is matured in former Sherry casks, giving the whisky a richer fruitiness. The expression also uses malts including Blair Athol, Cardhu and Strathmill resulting in a taste … Continue reading Johnnie Walker announces the Australian launch of Black Label Sherry Edition

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Johnnie Walker, has announced the Australian release of Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Edition.

Crafted by Blender Chris Clark, part of the blend in this limited edition bottling is matured in former Sherry casks, giving the whisky a richer fruitiness. The expression also uses malts including Blair Athol, Cardhu and Strathmill resulting in a taste of complex fresh fruit with orchard character, sweet vanilla and gentle smoke.

Johnnie Walker Black Label is created using only whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years from the four corners of Scotland and has an unmistakably smooth, deep, complex character.

Simon McGoram, National Whisky Ambassador for Diageo says, “What I love about this limited edition whisky is how the blenders have dialled up the rich fruit characters of Johnnie Walker Black Label through sherry cask maturation.

“I’m constantly impressed by the talent of the Johnnie Walker blending team and with every dram of this whisky you can taste the influence of famous malts like Cardhu, Strathmill and Blair Athol. It’s a whisky that has an orchard fruit freshness, red fruits, figs and creamy vanilla all coming through on the palate. There’s just a subtle hint of Walker’s signature smoke on the finish. It’s a remarkable whisky and one that you can enjoy anytime.”

 Jonathan Morgan, Head of International Brands at Diageo says: “Flavour led expressions within Scotch are gaining popularity with Australian consumers and recruiting new drinkers into the category. Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Edition is an accessible blend making it a great introduction to Scotch for new consumers, whilst also re-introducing drinkers back to the classic Black Label blend.”

The limited-edition Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Edition (ABV 40%) is available now from all good liquor stores nationally, retailing at $60 per 700ml bottle.

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Coles and Woolworths still lead fresh fruit and vegetable market https://foodmag.com.au/coles-woolworths-still-lead-fresh-fruit-vegetable-market/ Wed, 23 May 2018 02:26:40 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=67752 Analysis of long-term market trends by analysts at Roy Morgan shows that in 2018 Australia’s two largest supermarkets captured more than 51 per cent of Australia’s $18 billion fresh fruit and vegetable market between them. According to market analysts, Roy Morgan, the Woolworths Group with a 27.4 per cent share, up 1.3 per cent points … Continue reading Coles and Woolworths still lead fresh fruit and vegetable market

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Analysis of long-term market trends by analysts at Roy Morgan shows that in 2018 Australia’s two largest supermarkets captured more than 51 per cent of Australia’s $18 billion fresh fruit and vegetable market between them.

According to market analysts, Roy Morgan, the Woolworths Group with a 27.4 per cent share, up 1.3 per cent points since 2017, and Coles Group with a 23.9 per cent share, down 0.7 per cent points, had a combined share of the fresh fruit and vegetable market larger than all other retail outlets including rival supermarkets Aldi and IGA, fruit shops, markets, other supermarkets and other non-supermarkets combined.

Woolworths enjoyed stronger growth in the fresh fruit and vegetable market over the past year than rival Coles, who despite increasing their number of buyers in an average seven day period had a decrease in the share of market.

Third largest supermarket Aldi now has a 10.1 per cent share of the fresh fruit and vegetable market, up 0.6 per cent in a year – although all three have taken substantial market share from traditional fruit shops. Aldi is fast approaching as the third major supermarket group set to overtake fruit shops, which currently account for 15.8 per cent of the market.

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Titanium filters strengthen winery production https://foodmag.com.au/titanium-filters-strengthen-winery-production/ Wed, 23 May 2018 02:10:31 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=67749 South Australian company, Advanced Material Solutions (AMS) began commissioning their first commercial units last month and plans to ramp up its workforce from 26 to more than 200 to cater for increasing global demand. AMS Filtration managing director Gilbert Erskine said the robust titanium membranes were so strong that they could run 24-hours a day for a … Continue reading Titanium filters strengthen winery production

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South Australian company, Advanced Material Solutions (AMS) began commissioning their first commercial units last month and plans to ramp up its workforce from 26 to more than 200 to cater for increasing global demand.

AMS Filtration managing director Gilbert Erskine said the robust titanium membranes were so strong that they could run 24-hours a day for a week while polymeric (plastic) or ceramic filters could spend 30 per cent of their time in cleaning modes, which often included chemicals.

He said his Viti-flow system could be easily cleaned in minutes with hot water and could extract solids up to 80 per cent, compared with about 10 per cent for many traditional membranes.

“The difference between 10 per cent solids and 80 per cent solids would be at least a 7 per cent increase in the product you can put in a bottle – that’s seven litres in every 100,” Erskine said.

“From when a tonne of grapes came in to when it’s ready for the bottle it’s been through the filtration process several times and each time we can capture that extra 7 per cent that would normally go down the drain so that’s payback right away.”

The system is scalable to suit all sizes of wineries, with the bigger units installed at major Australian wineries so far featuring four sets of membranes capable of filtering 35,000-40,000 litres an hour. They produce clean filtrate at less than 1NTU and solids of up to 80 per cent.

Based at Lonsdale in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, AMS Filtration has been in business since 1985 and has had a long affiliation with the wine industry.

It started out making stainless steel fittings, heat exchangers and refrigeration plants for wineries before experimenting with polymeric, ceramic and stainless steel filter membranes.

The stainless steel filters were the most effective but also the most expensive and they were eventually set up in Indonesia to service the palm oil industry, where they proved more profitable.

After many years of experimentation and collaboration with Australian universities, the company developed the titanium membranes and has been secretly trialling the technology with industry partners for the past few years.

“It’s been a 30-year journey but it is very difficult to do, titanium itself is very difficult to work with and it’s taken us a long time and many mistakes,” Erskine said.

“Titanium is very expensive – it’s much more expensive than stainless steel but due to its properties we’ve been able to make it much, much thinner and make the capillary size much smaller than traditional stainless steel so we’ve reduced the weight of the membrane and just by reducing that weight it compensates for the high cost raw material.

“We had a good name in the wine industry so it seemed that the wine industry was where we should launch our filter.”

AMS Filtration exhibited at the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in California in January and took orders from American wineries without them even seeing the filters in action. Erskine will return to the US next month to follow up with major wineries that made inquiries at the symposium – the largest wine show of its kind in the Americas.

Erskine said he was confident his titanium membrane filters would eventually be sold almost everywhere wine was made.

“We are talking with Portugal at the moment, we’ve already got orders from New Zealand,” he said.

“We’ve put a salesman in New Zealand and we intend on having a sales force globally so we’ll open offices in South America, North America, Europe and we will definitely have these filters right around the world.

“Right now there’s 26 of us – I’ve already advised three more people to start and we envisage there’ll be over 200 people here within three years.

“We are a tiny little company so we are trying to hammer along as fast as we can go but as we get a little bit stronger we will increase our capacity and we’ll just keep doing that to whatever size we need to be.”

South Australia is consistently responsible for about 50 per cent of Australia’s annual wine production and is home to the world-renowned regions of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale and global brands Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek, Hardys Wines and Wolf Blass.

Erskine said the AMS Filtration system also improved quality by reducing wine “bruising” and the risk of taint because of its rigorous cleaning system at water temperatures of up to 90 degrees.

He said the micron rating of the titanium membrane could also be adjusted to 0.1 microns to filter out e coli or bacteria, 0.2 for standard white wine, 0.4 – 0.45 for red wine or larger for fortifieds.

“We have the ability to change that micron and again that comes down to the strength of the titanium because as you go up in pore size you are traditionally weakening the support structure but titanium can withstand it.

“There are people claiming to make titanium membranes but there is no one else in the world that we know of producing small pore titanium membranes in commercial quantities.”

AMS Filtration is also exploring systems for a range of other industries including beer, meat processing and water management.

“We wanted to focus on wineries first because we have a history in the wine industry but as other opportunities have come up we’ve taken them,” Erskine said.

“The sky is the limit, the filtration market is absolutely enormous and even if we ended up with a very small percentage of that you’d be talking hundreds of employees.”

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Women in Industry is back for 2018! https://foodmag.com.au/women-industry-back-2018/ Mon, 21 May 2018 04:33:11 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=67741 This is your opportunity to celebrate the women who are driving change in your industry and in doing so, breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation. The Women in Industry Conference and Awards are returning from a successful 2017 edition. Join us on Thursday 14 June 2018 in Sydney, for this … Continue reading Women in Industry is back for 2018!

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This is your opportunity to celebrate the women who are driving change in your industry and in doing so, breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation.

The Women in Industry Conference and Awards are returning from a successful 2017 edition. Join us on Thursday 14 June 2018 in Sydney, for this highly anticipated event!

The Conference and Awards aim to encourage and recognise the success achieved by women in sectors that have traditionally been male-dominated, including road transport, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining and engineering industries.

This conversation is one that requires both women and men to be involved and to help in this process, we’re encouraging all Conference attendees to bring a male colleague with them.

Get your 2-for-1 ticket here.

Thursday 14 June 2018

Conference: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Doltone House Hyde Park

Awards: 7:00pm, Doltone House Jones Bay

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Australian milk featured at Alibaba’s Smart Milk Station in China https://foodmag.com.au/australian-milk-featured-alibabas-smart-milk-station-china/ Mon, 21 May 2018 04:20:07 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=67738 In line with Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s ongoing efforts at innovation in new retail technologies, college students enjoyed an unprecedented and new experience in how to add Australian-imported milk to one’s diet at a university in Hangzhou earlier this month. Alibaba has not only been instrumental in creating Hangzhou’s now highly developed internet economy, but has … Continue reading Australian milk featured at Alibaba’s Smart Milk Station in China

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In line with Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s ongoing efforts at innovation in new retail technologies, college students enjoyed an unprecedented and new experience in how to add Australian-imported milk to one’s diet at a university in Hangzhou earlier this month.

Alibaba has not only been instrumental in creating Hangzhou’s now highly developed internet economy, but has also helped the Zhejiang provincial capital prosper in the new retail sector, a sector that is fully reliant on the internet.

The event, hosted by Tmall Juhuasuan, an Alibaba business unit, in partnership with Tmall International, the internet firm’s popular B2C platform, witnessed the creation at a university in Hangzhou of a unique smart milk station modelled on the look and feel of a conventional roadside gas station. The site, designed to heighten interest in milk as a product that should be a part of everyone’s daily diet, is the first such new retail milk station worldwide.

At the 300 sqm milk station, college students received recommendations on the type of milk that meets their requirements after taking a quick quiz to determine preferences. Brands included Nestle, Freedom, Fonterra and Tmall International’s direct-sale brands Maxigenes and Devondale.

After adding milk, students had a go at winning at the onsite hammer game, akin to those seen at fun fairs, and receive the officially certified “milk power value”. Those with the higher milk power value can upload his or her photo onto the screen, and become the spokesperson for the milk station.

The event attracted many college students and other passers-by who enjoy games of competition and are passionate about expressing themselves. “I am the best at adding milk to my diet.”

The purchase experience is fully in line with what is referred to in Chinese as the “regimen”, especially the fancy “punk regimen” popular with the country’s millennials: staying up all night, drinking the most expensive milk, eating calcium tablets while drinking cola and using the eye-protection green wallpaper available on mobile phones for playing games in the middle of the night.

According to a big data analysis by Alibaba, the millennials, and especially those of college age, prefer choosing the rich-tasting, high-nutrition and easy-to-brew Australian-imported milk powder as a dietary supplement to keep oneself feeling energised in the midst of a busy, and often nerve-racking, academic life.

Based on Alibaba’s big data analysis, the creative team behind the project first analysed the shopping behaviour among adult milk powder consumers. With an understanding of the psychology of China’s millennials, the team spread news about the event far and wide, experimenting with different approaches to what is referred to as “new retail”. Having identified dairy products imported from Australia as a good fit, Juhuasuan teamed up with Tmall International to recommend products to specific consumers using various novel approaches, kicking off a series of promotions and other types of campaigns.

The smart shelf monitors selections made by shoppers in real time, quickly processing the information in order to make on-the-spot recommendations as the shopper moves through the aisles, while perfecting the logistics of the sales process to maximise the quality of the shopping experience. These efforts allowed the Juhuasuan smart milk station marketing event to successfully complete the closed loop combining online and offline sales.

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