Olam Food Ingredients acquires chili supplier

Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), the new operating group created after the reorganisation within Olam International Limited (OIL), is expanding its spices portfolio (Olam Spices) to meet the rising demand for authentic flavours with the acquisition of a supplier of premium green chilis, jalapeños and enchilada sauces.

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Crop losses due to insufficient labour

Crop losses across the country directly as a result of ongoing labour shortages have continued to mount over the festive season, and have now topped $38 million.  The National Lost Crop Register was launched in mid-December to capture the true cost to industry and the national economy from a lack of seasonal workers available to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Rosy future for wine sector

The Australian wine sector is projected to grow from A$11.3bn (US$7.9bn) in 2019 to A$12.7bn (US$8.7bn) in 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4 per cent, says GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

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New farm database delivered

A new secure database of Australian farms has been constructed as part of a multi-year collaboration between the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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Record sales for seafood industry

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak body representing the Australian seafood industry, has applauded consumers for supporting their local seafood industry over the festive season and driving a 30 per cent growth in December seafood sales.

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SPC rebrands for the future

Australian food and beverage manufacturer SPC has launched its new corporate brand and vision, It’s Time For Better, in line with the company’s strategy to become a global business with best in class products.

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Business booster comp from Unleashed Software

Unleashed Software has launched the Business Booster competition to give Australian-based product businesses the chance to win a cash boost, software licenses, and ongoing mentorships to fast-track business growth. Any product-based business with growth ambitions can enter. There will be three winners and a People’s Choice winner, which will each get a share of $20,000 cash, a subscription to Unleashed and Xero, and mentorship from various industry experts. The winners will be announced on 25 January 2021. 

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Milk on tap at Harris Farm Markets

Harris Farm Markets officially opened its Clayfield store with – for the first time anywhere – milk from Queensland’s multi-award-winning Maleny Dairies on the Sunshine Coast hinterland on tap.

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The Future of Food – do we need to re-engineer food?

Dr Julian McClements has an impressive resumé. He is a distinguished professor at Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts; adjunct professor, School of Food Science and Bioengineering at Zhejaing Gongshang University, China; and a visiting professor at Harvard University. He has more than 1,000 articles published, with 80,000 citations in other peoples’ papers, as well as 12 patents. He also published the book Future Foods: How Modern Science is Transforming the Way We Eat. When he talks, people listen.
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US FDA briefs Asia Pacific on Smarter Food Safety

At a recent global briefing, Frank Yiannas, the US Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for Food Policy and Response, addressed more than 200 attendees from 33 countries on the importance of traceability and transparency in food systems.

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Montague and Arcella sign agreement

Montague, one of Australia’s largest fruit growers, has signed an initial two-year lease agreement with Mareeba-based Arcella Bananas Company. The agreement will see Arcella use the Montague produce and packing facility in Brisbane to ripen their bananas.

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Universal Robots sells 50,000th collaborative robot

Collaborative robots – or cobots – remain the fastest growing segment of industrial automation, projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 30.37 per cent  between 2020 to 2025. Cobot market company Universal Robots (UR) just sold it 50,000th UR cobot, which was purchased by a German manufacturer to enable higher productivity and improved employee safety.

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