Major sugar firm goes Fairtrade

The largest sugar cane refiner in Europe, UK’s Tate and Lyle, has announced that it is to switch to Fairtrade certified sugar supplies in Britain to benefit farmers in poor countries.

The company said that it would complete the move to Fairtrade by the end of 2009. It said that the move was the largest ever switch to Fairtrade sourcing of any major UK food or drink brand. It hopes to sell around 70,000 tonnes of Fairtrade sugar – ten times more than the current sales of the product.

The announcement was timed to link with the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, an awareness-raising set of events across the UK.

Convention on food future

‘Our Food Our Future’ is the theme for of a four day program at the 41st annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention, 21 to 24 July 2008 at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

The AIFST Convention encompasses the latest information and topics of interest to food and packaging manufacturers and their suppliers, service industries such as hospitality, primary industry representatives and food marketers.

The most recent developments in bio degradable packaging and the science of plastics and food technology will be presented with an interactive workshop focusing on the requirements of food product labeling.

Respected international speakers presenting at the Convention include Frank Yiannas, manager of Walt Disney World’s Food Safety and Health Department; and John Flores, President of the Institute of Food Technologists. Both will focus on the role of education and training in the food industry.

Each day a different aspect of the food industry, including regulatory issues, business development and the future of food, will be held under the microscope.

Delegates can choose from more than 50 talks in a series of concurrent sessions on areas like sustainability, ‘from concept to commercialisation’, supply chain directions, food packaging, food technology and chefs (culinology), and agricultural options in the face of climate change.

The much-awaited Cook Chill for Food Services and Manufacturing book, an essential manual for anyone involved in the manufacture and preparation of cook chill foods, will be launched.

Also on the program are the coveted AIFST Awards, workshops and opportunities to network. Additionally, attendees can visit the industry trade fair foodpro 2008, held at the same venue.

AIFST was established in 1967 to represent individuals involved in the Australian food and allied industries. Committed to building professional standing in the sector, AIFST has developed a strong reputation for facilitating networking, communication and education in the food industry.

For further information or to register for the AIFST Convention, visit www.aifst.asn.au/annualconvention

Add a bit of bacon

Ingredients: pork, preservative, smoke flavouring, sugar, dextrose, brown sugar, dextrose, brown sugar, mineral salt, flavour.

Brand owner: Hormel Foods International

Brand manager: Scott Martin

Packaging supplier: Hormel Foods International

Graphics package designer: Hormel Foods International

One of the first Australian-owned companies

Peacock Bros, a provider of identification systems and supplies, will reach the grand old age of 120 this year.

Now one of Australia and New Zealand’s foremost data capture and labelling system companies, Peacock Bros. was founded 120 years ago by an Englishman who started with one manual hand-fed printing press.

Earnest Peacock set up the company in Melbourne in 1888 after arriving from England. He then left for New Zealand and began a career as a journalist.

On returning to Australia he settled in Melbourne and put the single hand press to work, opening a small printing company in Collins Street that supplied the local retailers and general printing industry.

In time he diversified into making general ledgers, binders, loose leaf sheets, diaries, index files and filing cabinets, and by 1915 the business had grown to around 50 staff, including his sons.

Earnest and one of his sons joined the war effort when the First World War broke out: he as a war correspondent and his son as a fighter pilot.

His success as a war and postwar journalist catapulted Earnest into a different life.

On his return to Australia in 1922 the Australian Prime Minister, William Hughes, honoured his work by making him the Honorary Consul General for Czechoslovakia.

He lectured at Oxford University on Business Systems and foresaw the growing ambitions of Japan (Emperor Hirohito later invited him to his wedding). He was also Chairman of the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the YMCA for many years after his return.

The next step

During the war and post-war years, Earnest’s youngest son, Edgar ran the general printing business and continued to do so until 1953, when his son-in-law Stephen Yuritta took over.

The 1950s saw the foundations of modern technology being laid, with the introduction of television and the discovery of the structure of DNA, and Peacock Bros made sure it too moved with the times.

Comptometers, mechanical counters for calculators and the forerunners of modern calculators, and computers, were imported and sold by the company, which also trained people in how to use them.

During the 50s and 60s scientists and engineers worldwide were working at the frontiers of their knowledge, paving the way for the inventions of the 1970s that enabled the technology we take for granted today.

1960s to 70s

Comptometers were still used in the early 1970s but the advent of computers brought many changes for Peacock Bros.

Companies were looking for ways to reduce overheads, and labour costs were always at the forefront of cost saving procedures.

In the late 60’s the company decided to enter the box marking and coding field and imported a device from Weber Marking Systems that used a carbon stencil which, when written on using a pen, broke the surface of the stencil.

The stencil was then applied to an ink pad and cartons could then be marked with relevant information at a rate of 60 per minute.

At the time, all labelling or direct marking was generally handwritten and very time consuming. Weber Marking Systems went on to develop printing systems which focused Peacock Bros.’ business on label printing systems.

1980s

Peacock Bros was one of the first companies to bring computer run barcode label printers to Australia, back in 1982. The system sold for $15,000 which would equate to near $60,000 today.

When the PC was released and its acceptance in business increased, a range of low-cost labelling software packages was created for the market.

The software considerably reduced the time taken to label items and the company succeeded in creating a dramatic demand for its products.

This formed the core of Peacock Bros’ business and off the back of this, the company built a lucrative label printing industry.

During this time the company started producing labels to support the systems sold and by 1990 they had purchased five Flexo presses to keep up with the demand for self adhesive labels and tags.

In the late ‘80s Peacock Bros. introduced Zebra thermal printers into its range.

Thermal printers were able to print to a very high quality at speed, unlike dot matrix printers.

This led to Peacock Bros supplying a high quality barcode labelling system; every system sold required labels and ribbons and label manufacturing grew with every printer sold.

During the growth of computer technology, systems required servicing.

All technicians needed to be personally trained by Peacock Bros as there was a shortage of knowledgeable IT savvy technical people that had computer based skills in Australia.

1990s to date

Governing director Stephen Yuritta handed over the reigns in 1998.

At this point Peacock Bros. decided to begin acquiring companies.

Neil Crump the new managing director realised in 2002 the company needed to expand offshore and bought a label printing company in New Zealand.

Three years ago Peacock Bros bought a label printing company in Sydney to support its Sydney clients and add primary (retail) labels to the portfolio.

It also purchased two data capture companies during this time to expand its offering to existing and new clients.

Peacock Bros is now one of the strongest coding, marking, labeling companies in Australia and New Zealand offering quality supplies and support to its clients in a variety of industries.

Another first

From its roots in hand press printing, Peacock Bros heads towards the end of the first decade of the 21st century with a breakthrough in warehousing technology.

The Sky-Trax indoor positioning system (IPS) has been developed for use in warehouses, using Sky-Trax technology from the US, which has been enhanced by Peacock Bros’ in-house software developers.

Similar to an indoor GPS system, the Sky-Trax IPS works by an eye attached to a forklift reading Sky-markers in the warehouse roof.

Accurate to within 3cms2, the system is more sensitive than a GPS.

This enables warehouse managers to constantly monitor activities in the warehouse, as the system keeps track of each vehicle fitted with the Sky-Trax software in real time, and at the end of each day produces a report on each.

Thus, warehouse managers are able to see where each forklift has been, how far it has travelled, how much downtime was involved, and where products have been stored for inventory control.

A Sky-Trax system installation by Peacock Bros. that includes three sites and 42 cool stores will be completed by the end of February.

From its nineteenth century beginnings with a hand press to today’s high-tech monitoring systems, Peacock Bros has come a long way.

One of Australia’s earliest companies has benefitted from hard work, dedication, good management and, most of all, its ability to move with the times, identifying needs and trends and exploiting them to the benefit of itself and its customers.

www.peacocks.com.au

Box compression tester

IDM Instruments has developed a Box Compression Tester for cardboard manufacturers, allowing for packages or material under compressive loads to be evaluated simply and accurately.

With specifications including a maximum capacity of 50kN, position repeatability of 0.2mm and variable test speeds of 0.1mm/min to 250mm/min, the compression tester operates with step-by-step Universal Tester Software, designed by IDM, allowing for easy set up of tests to ensure quick and precise testing.

According to the company, the software program allows all test parameters to be set by the operator, and test scripts to be written to suit specific customer requirements or test standard procedures.

For further information, click here.

IDM Instruments

Water treatment technology for manufacturers

Eimco Water Technologies’ advanced hydro-optic disinfection (HOD) process is environmentally friendly and leaves no disinfection by-products, and will be introduced into Australia by a newly appointed sales manager Paul Keegan.

Eimco Water Technologies – part of the global group GLV Inc — has appointed Keegan as its regional sales manager for Atlantium out-of-the-water UV disinfection systems that are used to treat water and wastewater involved in industrial, energy and municipal processes, including large scale water intake and industrial effluent.

Eimco Water Technologies is master distributor for Atlantium Technologies’ chemical-free process, which won the 2007 international Institute of Food Technologist’s award for its innovative Hydro-Optic Disinfection (HOD) systems, which can replace traditional disinfection methods, such as chlorine, ozone and pasteurization.

Keegan has more than 20 years experience in technologies such as fluid handling, liquid and gas purification and water treatment, having previously held State and national product management responsibilities for national and international leaders in their field.

He has worked extensively across broad industrial sectors including food and beverage, energy, manufacturing, materials handling, primary product processing, process engineering and safety.

Eimco Water Technologies Australian managing director Michael Froud says Keegan’s previous experience with international leaders in their field will directly benefit organisations seeking to upgrade their water treatment processes to world-best standard.

“Paul Keegan is well acquainted with the high standards expected in world’s best practice, having worked for companies involved with clients such as McDonalds, Coca Cola, Cadbury Schweppes, Fonterra, Philips, Glaxo Smith Kline and Bristol Myers Squibb.

The Eimco Water Technologies’ ground breaking technology has already been adopted by some of the world’s leading food and beverage manufacturers including major Australian companies.

Eimco Water Technologies specializes in the development and global marketing of equipment used for treating domestic and industrial water and wastewater, as well as large scale water intake and industrial effluent.

For further information, contact Paul Keegan.

Eimco Water Technologies

Capilano Honey experience

The Packaging Council of Australia will hold it Queensland dinner meeting on March 13th, 2008, at which Capilano Honey will discuss how it dealt with its own packaging needs and those of retailers.

Guest speaker

Mr Nick Justo, technical manager, Capilano Honey

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • The packaging story at Capilano Honey — changes (what caused them), positive/negative experiences?
  • Working with retailers/private labels (local and international)
  • What Capilano Honey requires from their packaging suppliers
  • Capilano Honey’s views on sustainability and innovation in a packaging context
  • Future trends in the industry

Details

Date: Thursday, 13th March 2008

Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Venue: Queensland Rugby Club, Ballymore Stadium, Clyde Rd, Herston

Contact: Alex Doran

Packaging Council of Australia

Fans help workers keep their heads

An active cooling system for hard hats, Workflow, due for release at Safety In Action, will combat heat stress suffered by Australian workers.

Heat stress in Australia is a significant problem that can have serious medical consequences and detrimental effects on productivity.

Research recognises that the effective thermoregulation of the body achieved by evaporation is significantly hindered by the use of hard hats which restrict air circulation and increase the thermal load on the body.

According to the Harvard Medical School, around 30% of a person’s body heat is attributed to the head, meaning that hard hats are a significant contributor to heat stress.

WorkFlow is a Lithium-powered fan that channels air into the cavity space of a hard hat.

A computer chip embedded in the device, controls a time-released blast of air to cool the air trapped in the helmet, which allows the body to cool itself naturally through evaporative cooling.

Lightweight and very manageable, WorkFlow has been used abroad in industries and regions most susceptible to heat stress.

WorkFlow has proven to lessen the risks associated with heat stress (the major cause for employees becoming uncomfortable and making poor decisions, reducing their productivity and compromising their safety), now recognised as a significant workers’ compensation issue.

Wrights Hardware is the exclusive agent for WorkFlow in Australia and New Zealand, which will be launched at Safety In Action in Melbourne from April 29th to May 1st at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Safety in Action

Praise for Australian dairy industry

A leading international dairy expert and judge at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Sydney Royal Show has praised Australian dairy.

There were a record number of entries in the dairy category this year.

Renowned judge Yves Boutonnat, former head of the French National Dairy Council for over 25 years, endorsed the 1000-strong entries in the prestigious show that rewards excellence and innovation in dairy produce.

“The Australian dairy industry is in terrific shape and I would like to congratulate all the entrants and particularly the 25 trophy winners, 79 gold medallists and 444 silver medallists,” Mr Boutonnat said.

Mr Boutonnat said that many of the Australian dairy products at the show would be able to compete on the world stage.

“The cream was very impressive, with a perfect yellow colour and very smooth. Australian cows must have very good feed, I could almost see the grass in this cream.”

“Other stand-outs were the blue cheeses, and brie; just superb,” Mr Boutonnat said.

He also praised the goats cheeses.

“While there were an interesting variety of products, I would like to see more distinct categories for the competition in future years,” Mr Bouttonat said.

NSW Food Authority Director-General George Davey said he was delighted that Mr Boutonnat could share his vast experience with local producers.

“I would also like to congratulate the Bega Cheese Co-Op Society Ltd and King Island Dairy for winning the champion cheddar cheese and the champion fancy cheese, which are awards hosted by the NSW Government and donated by the NSW Food Authority,” Mr Davey said.

For further information, click here.

www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

HBM represents SIPA

HBM Plastics Technologies is the sales and service partner in Australia and New Zealand for the range of PET bottle stretch blow moulding machines produced by SIPA of Veneto, Italy.

SIPA’s state-of-the art machinery range includes:

  • Rotary blow moulding systems, with outputs ranging from 14000 to 48000 bottles per hour, with the unique feature of a vertical opening/closing blow mould mechanism and compact footprint considered to be the industry benchmark.
  • Linear blow moulding systems with outputs from 1800 to 9000 bottles per hour and the capacity to produce up to 12L containers.
  • Integrated single stage ECS range of equipment that can produce hot fill containers that typically save up to 10% of the resin cost because of the unique light-weighting technology.
  • Outputs from 4000 to 36000 bottles per hour and up to 30L containers

SIPA’s Blow Moulding Systems technologies also feature:

  • Quick mould changeover
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Low energy & consumption
  • High performance
  • A broad spectrum of solutions

For further information click here.

HBM

Study highlights changing attitudes to health & wellness

The functional food and drink market in the US, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific is entering a critical era, with a number of inhibitors threatening to impact on the impressive growth rates that the global health and wellness market is currently experiencing.

Although consumers are actively seeking out food and drinks that optimise performance and reduce the risk of illness, they are becoming more skeptical about the health claims made by food and drink manufacturers, a new report* from independent market analyst Datamonitor reveals.

Furthermore, a lack of confidence in food and drink with ‘artificial’ ingredients means more consumers are opting for naturally healthy diets in order to boost wellness levels.

Michael Hughes, consumer market analyst and author of the study believes that current functional food market conditions will continue to witness growth, but that food manufacturers should be aware of consumers’ concerns and doubts about foods containing functional ingredients.

The combined US, Western European and Asia-Pacific functional food and drink market is worth US$ 72.3 billion, according to Datamonitor.

Datamonitor forecasts the US, Western European and Asia-Pacific functional food and drink market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% between 2007 and 2012.

This buoyant growth is being driven by consumers who are seeking products that offer a solution to both long and short-term health problems.

Health problems drive functional food and beverage sales

An aging society is leading to older shoppers seeking out food and beverages that help fight disease and maintain a sense of physical and emotional vitality. In particular, products are being purchased that help reduce the risk of illnesses such as osteoporosis and hypertension.

Younger consumers are also purchasing functional foods and drinks with greater regularity, often as a quick-fix solution. As consumers continue to work longer hours than the generation before them, they are turning to functional products that provide a quick fix energy boost in order to optimize performance.

“Often, functional product consumption has been associated with aging populations aiming to minimize the risk of serious illness. However, lifestyle changes are leading to younger consumers purchasing functional foods with greater regularity, in order to combat day-to-day health issues, such as sleep deprivation, skin blemishes and even nail deficiencies”, says Hughes.

Consumers still dubious about validity and safety of functional foods

Despite these impressive growth rates Datamonitor thinks the market faces the challenge of deteriorating levels of consumer trust and confidence.

Consumers are becoming less trustworthy of health claims made by food and drink manufacturers, often believing functional package claims to be either false or an excuse to command a premium price.

As a result, Hughes believes it is “essential that manufacturers promote functional foods in a credible and honest manner and continue to educate consumers about the credence of emerging ingredients such as lycopene, prebiotic fibre and plant sterols.”

Continuous media coverage on food safety scares and product recalls has also left consumers dubious about the safety of foods containing artificial ingredients.

Instead, more shoppers are seeking out naturally healthy options, such as organic and fresh produce.

Asia will remain the most prosperous functional food market, while confectionery and soft drinks continue to grow in popularity.

Asia Pacific will outperform Europe

The Asia-Pacific functional food market will continue to outperform the US and European market in the foreseeable future, Datamonitor forecasts.

Economic growth throughout the region is creating a supply and demand scenario, with consumers benefiting from an increase in disposable income, but suffering from increased diagnosis rates of lifestyle ailments, some of which have arisen as a result of longer working hours in the region.

Datamonitor’s report, “Functional Food, Drinks & Ingredients: Consumer Attitudes & Trends” analyses the drivers and inhibitors behind the functional food and drink market in three continents and highlights how manufacturers should best respond to changing consumer attitudes.

For further information, contact Dennis Mason (Australasia) or Krishna Rao (Europe)

Best brew in Sydney

Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. has won Gold in the beer category at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

The brewery, situated on the Mid North Coast, has won:

  • Gold for Murray’s Grand Cru — the only beer of its kind brewed in Australia, a hybrid of a Belgian Trippel and Golden Strong Ale styles, 8.8% alcohol by volume.
  • Silver for Murray’s Icon 2IPA — one of the hoppiest beers brewed in the southern hemisphere, an American version of the Imperial India Pale Ale style, 7.5% alcohol by volume.
  • Silver for Murray’s Anniversary Ale 2 — an American-style barley wine with the unique addition of wheat, designed to last up to 10 years, 10% alcohol by volume.
  • Bronze for Murray’s Sassy Belgian Blond — a Belgian style Pale Ale believed to be the only beer of its kind brewed in the country, 4.5% alcohol by volume.

“We’re chuffed that Australia’s most extreme beers — all brewed by Murray’s — took Gold and Silver medals at this year’s Sydney Royal Beer Competition,” said brewery owner Murray Howe.

“Even five years ago it would have been unheard of for these types of beers to be recognised as among the best in the country. Australia is getting excited about great craft beer! And this is reflected by the increasing demand for our craft beer across the country.”

The Sydney Royal Beer Competition recognises excellence in Australian beer production.

Part of the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show – one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious traditions in agricultural judging – the Sydney Royal Beer Competition was introduced to the program in 2007.

Last year there were no Gold medals awarded, however, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. won a Silver medal for its Nirvana Pale Ale.

Beers are judged on flavour, aroma, appearance and overall impression (drinkability, absence of faults and appropriateness to style).

Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. is proudly 100% Australian owned.

Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.

Giveaway at National Manufacturing Week

Global drive solutions group, SEW-Eurodrive, is offering a ‘cube puzzle pack’ and the chance to win one of 20 leather-bound wine packs at National Manufacturing Week 2008.

Attendees who register at DriveGate, SEW-Eurodrive’s online customer portal, before 26th May 2008, will receive a distinctive cube puzzle pack and be in the running for the valuable wine giveaway.

Each face of the cube puzzle portrays an element of SEW-Eurodrive’s complete solution set, including industrial gear units, servo-drives, geared motors, frequency inverters and decentralised drive solutions.

Accessed via the SEW-Eurodrive web site (www.sew-eurodrive.com.au), DriveGate provides subscribers with a unique selection of drive system support services and technical information.

Design aids, tools and updates (such as CAD drawings and parts lists) are provided on the site, and registered users are notified of enhancements and revisions.

Subscription to SEW-Eurodrive’s Australian e-newsletter, DriveNews, is also available.

To collect the SEW-Eurodrive cube pack and enter the draw for the wine packs, participants should register at DriveGate before 26th May.

A voucher will be emailed to each registered user before National Manufacturing Week.

The cube pack can then be collected upon producing this voucher at the SEW-Eurodrive stand (No. 4806) at National Manufacturing Week 2008, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, 27th to 30th May, 2008.

SEW-Eurodrive

Brand owners talk about packaging

The Packaging Council of Australia is holding its NSW Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, 11th March, 2008.

The topic is Brand Owners Forum: Coca-Cola & Nestle Australia and guest speakers include:

  • Jeremie Bohen, Group Packaging Innovation Manager, Coca-Cola South Pacific
  • Paul Haberland, Packaging Specialist – Oceania, Nestle Australia

Both speakers will cover the following topics:

  • The role of packaging at Coca-Cola Amatil & Nestlé Australia
  • Packaging trends affecting the Food & Beverage industry and where this might head
  • Dealing with packaging suppliers – what do Coca-Cola and Nestlé look for?
  • Views on sustainability, supply chain and innovation – within a packaging context.
  • What is happening in these areas at Coca-Cola and Nestlé?

For further details and to register, please click here.

Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Venue: Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, 1156 Victoria Road, West Ryde

For all enquires please contact Alex Doran.

Speakers at ConFectioNZ

ConFectioNZ 2008 will be held in Tauranga, NZ, on March 6th to 7th, 2008, at The Sebel Trinity Wharf.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Brent Smart, general manager, Colenso BBDO
  • Sharon Bisley, new product development manager — Bars, Physical Nutrition, Fonterra Innovation
  • Vicki Hamilton, director, Food Industry Group
  • John Winters, managing editor, Review Publishing
  • Brian Meredith, chief executive, The Marketing Bureau
  • Stewart Gunn, business unit manager, Huhtamaki
  • Susan McDonald, marketing manager, Sensient Technologies — Asia Group

If you have not registered and wish to attend, please complete the form and fax back to us as soon as possible.

For those who have already registered, confirmations will be emailed out next week.

Pizzas earn Heart Foundation tick

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars has become the first take away pizza brand to offer its customers a guaranteed healthier choice with the launch of a range of six pizzas carrying the Heart Foundation Tick of approval.

The six pizzas that have earned the Tick are available as take away or delivery options from Crust’s 16 stores across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Crust Managing Director, Costa Anastasiadis said that he wanted to show the pizza industry that it is possible to offer customers healthier choices.

Australians buy over 190 million take away pizzas every year, according to BIS Shrapnel’s report Fast Food in Australia.

Crust’s Tick-approved pizzas include three meat and three vegetarian options, and contain around half the fat and saturated fat of comparable pizzas available from other outlets, and 50% to 70% less sodium, according to comparisons of values taken from competitors’ websites.

Crust’s tick-approved pizzas are Bruschetta pizza, Baby Spinach pizza, Roast Vegetable pizza, Roast Beef pizza, Roast Chicken pizza, and Chicken and Avocado pizza.

The Tick approved pizzas also contain virtually no trans fat and provide up to 80% of the recommended daily fibre intake for an adults, says Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

Susan Anderson, Food Supply Strategy Director of the Heart Foundation welcomed the commitment that Crust has shown in providing consumers with a healthier choice.

Earning the tick

To earn the Tick, Crust had to meet strict standards for saturated and trans fat, sodium, and vegetable/fibre content, and agree to be subjected to rigorous ongoing independent auditing of its outlets anywhere in Australia.

Changes Crust has implemented include introducing a new wholegrain base to increase the fibre content and switching from processed meat to fresh meat toppings to reduce both saturated fat and salt content.

“Throughout the whole process it was important to maintain the taste factor, as this is the reason why our customers keep coming back. In our opinion being healthier doesn’t mean that you have to lose the taste, and we’ve spent a lot of development time making sure we can offer healthier choice pizzas that taste great,” said Costa.

Crust Gourmet Group

AFGC concern: container deposit legislation

Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) believes that calls for national container deposit legislation (CDL) ignore the significant costs it will impose on Australian families and appear to be based on incorrect data from the South Australian system.

Dick Wells, AFGC chief executive, said that a national CDL scheme would cost Australian consumers at least $400 million every year in addition to the $1 billion in deposits they would have to pay up front at the check-out.

“Calls for extra costs are out of step with the community when they are already paying for kerbside recycling through their council rates.”

The South Australian deposit system was extended to a wide range of beverage containers in 2003 including flavoured milk containers, but after five years the recovery rate has not moved beyond the national average of 36%.

Recovery rates for other materials are around 70% according to South Australian Premier Michael Rann (not the 90% often quoted by other parties).

Mr Wells said when you look at South Australia’s performance in terms of overall packaging recovery, the CDL system is only recovering around 20% of all the packaging materials generated in the state and that 80% is actually being recovered through household and commercial recycling collections.

For further information contact Rosie Schmedding at the AFGC.

AFGC

Curious about Curios?

Wild Berry: Weet-Bix [wholegrain wheat (22%), raw sugar, salt, barley malt extract, minerals (zinc gluconate, iron), vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate)], raw sugar, brown rice flour, wheat gluten, wheat bran, lupin flour, vegetable oil, flavours, minerals (calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate), corn maltodextrin, salt, emulsifiers, milk protein, modified corn starch, vitamin E

(from soy)

Shelf life: Nine months

Brand manager: Steven Read

Packaging supplier: Aperio Group

Graphics package supplier: Morton Branding

Moveable mixer for fluids

Mixquip, a division of Teralba Industries, offers the Mixquip PT Rummager, light-weight, moveable mixer with a variable mixing intensity function, suited to the beverage and food industries.

The apparatus can vigorously mix fluids of up to 3000cPs using a high efficiency Superflo fold-out propeller.

According to the company, the air driven agitators have been proved to increase mixing effectiveness and overall productivity in the manufacturing cycle, and the apparatus can be set up in five minutes.

Mixquip

New low-fat dressed salads

Asian Noodle Salad: Hokkien noodles (wheat flour, water, salt, canola oil, natural colour, mineral salt, preservative), dressing (sweet chilli sauce), lemon juice concentrate, soy sauce (water, soybeans, wheat, salt), canola oil (antioxidant), roasted garlic, ginger, food acids, red capsicum, green capsicum, carrot, shallot

Shelf life: five days

Brand manager: Nicola Duhig

Packaging suppliers: Buckner — New Protein Leafies (labels), Alto — New Dressed Salads — Prepack format (tubs), Jet Technologies — New Dressed Salads — Prepack format (foil seals)

Graphics package designer: Tin Factory Creative