Smart move by Nestlé sees them with world first

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

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Vacay seltzer set to launch in Europe this year

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

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Victorian company looks to patent popcorn flour

In what has been a tough year for small businesses, yet there is one North Eastern Victorian business has been making strides. Putting the many ups and downs of 2020 behind them, Glenrowan-based business King Valley Popcorn is preparing to secure an international patent for an invention that could change the gluten-free world forever; popcorn flour.

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Adelaide Food Fringe Festival returns

Adelaide Food Fringe festival today announced a return for a second shot at an inaugural year with an expanded festival program of 9 days from Friday 7 May to Sunday 16 May 2021, a celebration of pubs called “International Pub Week” and a new poster featuring artwork by much-loved Adelaide artist, Billie Justice Thomson and the opening of all registrations for food and beverage events.

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APAC consumers drinking less alcohol

Teetotalism trends in the Asia-Pacific region are becoming increasingly prevalent, with approximately three out of four (71 per cent) of consumers drinking less alcohol in August 2020, according to a survey by leading data and analytics company GlobalData. However, the adoption of alternative soft drinks remains low, at only one in five consumers.

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The recipe for a sustainable sector


By Mirjana Prica, managing director, FIAL

Food and agribusinesses are well acquainted with navigating challenges – drought, floods, fires, trade tensions, and changing consumer expectations.

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MRG appoint CFO Akdogan as interim CEO

The board of Murray River Organics Group has announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  and managing Director Valentina Tripp and the appointment of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Birol Akdogan as interim CEO, both effective immediately.

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Applications open for PIDA Awards

Entries are now open for the 2021 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have designed the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
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Beca’s F&B Sound Bites: Who is Hamish McCook anyway?

Beca has launched F&B Sounds Bites, a podcast on hot topics, trends and challenges for professionals in the Food and Beverage industry hosted by Hamish McCook. Meet your podcast host, Hamish McCook, and find out why this will be one of the best ways to spend 10 minutes of your time learning as we cover hot topics, trends and challenges for those working behind the scenes to support human survival in the 21st century.

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Cheer is new name for Coon cheese

Saputo Dairy Australia, the operating subsidiary of Saputo. in Australia, is hereby issuing this media release to announce Cheer Cheese is the new name for Coon cheese in Australia. The name change follows Saputo’s careful and diligent review to honour the brand-affinity felt by our consumers while aligning with current attitudes and perspectives.

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Pizza Hut takes leaf out of Coles’ book

Pizza Hut Australia has made a strategic move as it continues to take a larger slice of the food-on-the-go consumer spend. The business has begun trialling service station kiosks to bring further accessibility to the brand. Driven by Allegro Funds, Pizza Hut has partnered with Euro Garages Australia and has opened its second kiosk in a Liverpool based service station in New South Wales, with a third planned to open in early 2021.

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Appetite for plant-based milk prompts HRS to launch Direct Steam

Directly injecting steam as a means of sterilising and diluting liquid drink products is a well-established technique for beverages such as plant-based milk products, which are experiencing a boost in popularity. According to reports, sales of vegan-friendly, plant-based milks have surged  over the past two years. In response to this increased customer demand, HRS Heat Exchangers has added a new Direct Steam Injection System to its established range of pasteurisation and sterilisation systems.

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