Grinders’ new grind

Ingredients: coffee

Brand owner: Grinders Coffee (Coca-Cola Amatil)

Brand/product manager: James Hondrakis, Giuseppe Cianchi

Packaging supplier: Goglio, Jet Technologies

Graphics package designer: James Philip Design

Food Safety Conference update

Food safety experts from Australia, New Zealand and around the world will meet in Sydney to discuss the future of food at the second Food Safety Conference from 19th to 21st September, 2007.

The conference, held in the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, will feature international and Australian experts from industry, consumer organisations and government who will examine the latest developments and challenges in food safety.

In particular, the way ‘future foods’ will affect consumers, manufacturers and regulators in the international arena will be discussed.

According to the NSW Food Authority the conference is timely as food safety is a major international issue both for emerging and major economies as the industry faces changes in technology and increased consumer demand for foods that are convenient, safe and healthy.

Speakers at the conference will include:

  • Dr John O’Brien, CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Dr Gerry Moy of the World Health Organisation
  • Dr Andrew McKenzie, executive director of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority

Australia and New Zealand speakers will include:

  • Dr Rebecca Huntley, the author of ‘The World According to Y’
  • Mr Peter Kell, CEO of CHOICE
  • Dr Bruce Lee, director of CSIRO’s Australia’s Food Futures Flagship
  • Mr Robert Kerr, commissioner with the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

The conference will include a series of master classes that will run concurrently on Wednesday, 19th September 2007, including:

  • Beyond Groundhog Day, facilitated by the ABC’s Julie McCrossin
  • Food Allergy — a fact of life, organised by Anaphylaxis Australia Industry
  • Labelling, organised by the Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • Standardisation, organised by Standards Australia
  • Dietary Modelling, run by FSANZ

Click here to register or to view the full program.

Bewitching wine

Brand owner: Jon Heslop

Brand/product manager: Richard Abraham

Packaging supplier: Plasdene Glass-pak (bottles), Quantum Trading (cartons)

Graphics package designer: Kim Heslop

New belgian chocolate range

Ingredients: Belgian Milk: sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, lactose, emulsifier, flavour

Brand owner: Coles

Brand/product manager: Natalee Chiodo

Packaging supplier: Dender Print, Belgium

Graphics package designer: Elmwood Design

Mount Franklin goes pink for charity

Ingredients: mineral water

Brand owner: Coca-Cola Amatil

Brand/product manager: Joanne Pitsikas

Packaging supplier: Labelmakers, Visy

Graphics package designer: Carpe Diem

FoodWorks reveals future strategies

FoodWorks has announced its current and forecasted plans to achieving ambitious targets in the next two to three years, with plans to launch new and/or redevelop three hundred stores within the network and introduce one hundred and fifty ‘new generation’ entrepreneurial retailers in the coming years.

According to the company, successful internal capital raising that exceeded targets of $10 million and its powerful entry into Western Australia, with the opening of twenty six stores, is evidence of an independent supermarkets revival.

FoodWorks has identified nine hundred potential new sites nationwide and plans to secure a significant number of these with purpose-built ‘perfect stores’ and fill them with ‘new generation’ retailers.

FoodWorks is striving to create the ‘perfect store’ by drawing on key attributes of past and current stores and conducting extensive research on its international peers, analysing the ideal design and store layout for particular demographics, geographics and store sizes.

The first of FoodWorks’ ‘perfect stores’ is currently being constructed in Casterton, regional Victoria, with the opening planned for March next year.

Another important growth initiative for the company is a new strategic focus marketing of the brand aimed at positioning FoodWorks at the top of consumers’ minds.

While FoodWorks is concentrating on growing nationally, increasing brand presence in New South Wales and Western Australia is a priority.

Cartons for eco bananas

Eco-Punnet is the latest innovation in banana packaging — a product-specific packaging solution, created by Pacific Coast Eco Bananas (PCEB), an Australian owned family business run by Frank and Dianne Sciacca, and Amcor.

The packaging needed to adequately represent PCEB’s new style of banana (identifiable by its colourful wax tip) that tastes better, is more visually-appealing and is grown with significantly reduced inputs of fertilisers and chemicals.

The banana punnets needed to be as environmentally-friendly as the fruit, as well as have a strong visual appeal.

Eco-Punnet complies with retailers’ guidelines on desired banana sizes and non-clustered fruit.

The patented Eco-Punnet is a family of revolutionary packaging solutions that facilitates the packing of four or six individual premium bananas.

The Eco-Punnet is made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.

It offers enhanced ripening, greater protection and presents to the consumer as an attractive and informative retail pack.

The construction eliminates the need for plastic inserts and wraps, as well as waxed corrugated shippers, benefiting both the environment and cost efficiencies.

It accommodates bananas of varying size, features a spring mechanism to hold the fruit in place, has sufficient strength to dramatically reduce the outer transport packaging and provides the marketing platform to promote Eco-Bananas point of difference to consumers.

When the project began it was not certain that single banana packing could be mechanised so completion of this project represents significant innovation.

ConBiz early bird registration extended

The deadline for theConBiz 2007 early bird registration for NSW Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia (CMA) members has been extended to Wednesday, September 12.

ConBiz 2007 will be held from the 18 to 20 October at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, South Kingscliff, NSW.

Seminars will cover the following areas:

  • An overview of the Australasian and global economies.
  • Smart and sustainable manufacturing futures for the confectionery supply chain.
  • The role of school canteens and creating a healthier society.
  • Private equity.
  • Managed innovation.
  • The art of business.

CMA Members wishing to attend the Family Business Australia (FBA) and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) workshops on October 20 are encouraged to register immediately as there are only a limited number of places available.

The FBA workshop will focus on family business best practice and the bottom line, and the AIM workshop will focus on the management of mature workers.

ConBiz 2007 is open to all CMA members as well as manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in the confectionery industry and members of the media and the trade press.

Click here for more information or to register.

Food safety seminars

Advancing Food Safety (AFS) is running a breakfast seminar series, offering busy professionals the latest industry information and networking opportunities within the agri-food industry.

A seminar in September, Food Safety Audit Outcomes — Have You Had a Dilemma?, will address what a business can do in various situations, as well as identify what a company’s role and responsibilities are in terms of regulatory requirements under the Food Standards Code and other food safety programs.

Australian coffee expands overseas presence

Gloria Jean’s Coffees has developed a new global supply chain to ensure more efficient delivery to its growing network of 765 stores in 26 international markets.

The company has been working with supply chain management consultants Logiworx to develop the new global supply chain which will be managed by logistics provider, Kuehne and Nagel.

Expanding the company’s Castle Hill, Sydney, base, Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ new supply chain will incorporate a new warehouse in Alexandria, Sydney, with plans to open three more major regional distribution centres across the globe.

Kuehne and Nagel will manage warehouse distribution centres in Sydney, Rotterdam, Jebel Ali (UAE) and Singapore to distribute supplies to stores worldwide.

According to company, the new supply chain will dramatically increase efficiencies for the company, enabling it to implement its global expansion plans.

In the last year, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has grown their in store numbers by over 22% in Australia and by over 82%internationally.

The global supply chain strategy will roll out progressively over the next year.

Strengthening trade opportunities with Japan

In an effort to boost export opportunities for Australian manufacturers with Japan, the Japanese Government is funding an informative free seminar run by Austrade, the Australian Government’s export development agency, on October 3 in Sydney.

According to Austrade, local governments in regional Japan are implementing strategies to assist investment and welcome trade.

A keynote speaker at the seminar will be former Australian businessman Simon Robinson, who currently oversees a thriving resort condominium and property development firm in the ski fields of Hokkaido, and will have completed over 120 apartments and houses in the Niseko area by the end of this year.

Mr Robinson said land in many Japanese locations is more afforable and has higher returns than anywhere else in the world.

He has observed that as infrastructure investment in Japan increases, it brings with it opportunities for Australia as many Japanese businesses find it less expensive to bring in exports from Australia than to source from local distributors.

Click here for more information.

Call for editorial submissions

Have you got an exciting new product or innovative processing technique that you want to share with others in the food and beverage industry?

FOOD Magazine invites food manufacturers and processors to submit editorial for the magazine and the FOOD website, highlighting the novel developments at your company that are contributing to the growth of both your business and the Australian food and beverage sector at large.

Food scientists and packaging manufacturers are also encouraged to contribute editorial that will be of benefit to others in the industry, including new trends and technological advances.

November FOOD Magazine

The November issue will focus on the New Zealand food industry and food safety issues.

NZ manufacturers or companies implementing novel, or efficient food safety practises are invited to submit editorial.

New products

FOOD Magazine also invites machinery suppliers to send in new product information for each of the magazine’s sections including Ingredients, Packaging, Processing and Safety.

In November, there will be a focus on equipment that enhances the health and safety standards of food premises, workers and food products.


The deadline for November editorial is Tuesday 2nd October.

All editorial and new product information should include a high resolution, colour image that is at least 118 pixels/cm or 300dpi at postcard size.

Material can be sent to editor of FOOD Magazine.

New distributor for Lincoln Foodservice

The Comcater Group, an importer and distributor of commercial foodservice equipment, has announced its appointment as Australian distributor for Lincoln Foodservice from December 2007.

Lincoln Foodservice designs, manufactures and markets commercial and institutional foodservice cooking equipment, serving systems and utensils.

Comcater hopes to grow Lincoln Foodservice’s Australian-market penetration.

Carman’s founder wins Ernst & Young award

Carman’s Fine Foods founder and managing director Carolyn Creswell has won the Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in southern region youth category.

Consisting of six judging criteria including entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity, innovation and global impact, the awards is the largest in Australia with previous overall winners including Janine Ellis of Boost Juice, John Ilhan of Crazy Johns and Craig Winkler of MYOB.

As an 18-year-old university student, Creswell worked part time at a bakery toasting muesli and selling it to local cafés and food stores.

Fifteen years ago she bought the bakery for $1,000 after the owners were unable to sell it and transformed it into a national and, soon to be international, success.

Carman’s cereal range is now stocked in Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, Myer, David Jones and leading independent health stores and Creswell is now concentrating on developing the business globally having recently expanded into NTUC Fairprice in Singapore and Sainsbury’s supermarkets in the UK.

Carolyn attributes Carman’s success to having open communication with her consumers — her email address is printed on the back of Carman’s muesli boxes — and developing a genuine product range that delivers on health and nutrition.

As a result of their homemade taste and low sugar and sodium levels, Carman’s muesli and bar ranges are currently the top selling gourmet products in their categories.

New vertical form, fill and seal bagger at IBIE

tna, an international supplier of turn-key, integrated packaging and processing solutions for food production companies, will display its robag 3 vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) bagger, integrated with a tna scale, at the International Baking Industry Exposition in Orlando from October 7 to 10, 2007.

The tna robag 3 tx rotary flat jaw bagger on display operates at speeds in excess of 100 bags/minute and guarantees less than half a percent of waste.

Although the machine on display will be forming Quattro bags, it is capable of producing multiple bags styles and has four servo drive motors to provide increased flexibility and control of operation for the manufacturer.

The robag 3 tx integrates seamlessly with tna’s 514 Delta 1 Scale to enhance its performance, accuracy and reliability.

tna’s turn-key integration structure and unique product transfer system results in higher fill rates, fast and easy changeover and greater film efficiency, resulting in lower cost of ownership.

Sweetener lowers calories and maintains flavour

Trials conducted by independent research body Lintech RSSL indicate the high-intensity sweetener Sunett (Acesulfame K), produced by Nutrinova, an international supplier of specialty ingredients, can be used to totally or partially replace sugar and reduce calorie levels while maintaining flavour.

Sunett enables the development of calorie-reduced products in which sugar is partially or fully replaced, opening up opportunities for manufacturers in the booming market segment for health and weight-conscious consumers who prefer sweetened products, but do not want to increase the calorie content or compromise on taste.

In addition, the synergies of Sunett with other high intensity sweeteners and sucrose lead to an overall reduction in sweetener costs, meaning manufacturers can enjoy significant economical advantages while consumers get better-tasting products.

Nutrinova will present the results of its research into the impact of Sunett (Acesulfame K) in strawberry flavoured yoghurt at F.I (Food Ingredients) Europe in London from October 30 to November 1, 2007.

Visitors at F.I. Europe will be able to sample a selection of Nutrinova’s low-calorie beverages in many applications ranging from flavoured waters, teas, and energy drinks, to drinkable yoghurt and flavoured milk.

Nutrinova will also showcase its range of premium quality Sorbates at F.I Europe.

Representatives from Nutrinova will be available to discuss the benefits of using the Sorbates as well as offer technical expertise and application advice on Sunett and the Sorbates range.

Investing in dairy growth

Fonterra has announced the investment of $44 million to increase production capabilities across its eleven production sites in Australia.

The investment initiative comes out of Fonterra’s newly formed ANZ business unit, which brings together a number of Australia and New Zealand food companies to strengthen the company’s ability to develop innovative products and drive growth in the dairy sector.

Fonterra’s upgrade of production technology, equipment and processes will enable it to meet consumer demands for top quality, convenient and nutritious food.

“A main focus of Fonterra Australia and New Zealand is to drive sustainable growth in the dairy sector by developing innovative products and differentiating ourselves from our competitors,” Fonterra general manager operations and supply chain Bruce Donnison said.

“This involves looking at the entire supply chain and developing ways to maximise our infrastructure, enhance manufacturing capabilities, logistics and warehousing solutions, packaging formats and shelf presentation.”

Over the next year a number of capital projects will be undertaken to upgrade process control systems technology, maximise plant output, minimise downtime and maintain dairy food quality and integrity.

A $17 million upgrade of the company’s Darnum Park site in Victoria has extended its production capabilities to include nutritional and infant milk powders.

A new milk dryer enables the site to produce up to 6.5 tonnes of milk powder/hour and high-speed product packing lines are able fill 10 tonnes of milk powder/hour.

“This is an example of building production infrastruc-ture that is efficient, flexible and meets consumer needs,” Donnison said.

“The nutritional baby food products will service the South East Asian market.”

A new milk dryer and baghouse system will be installed at Fonterra’s Cobden, Victoria, dairy manufacturing site in 2008.

The multimillion dollar upgrade will enable the site to manufacture a wider range of high-quality, specialised milk powders.

Tastes like honey

Ingredients: Creamy Honey: rolled oats, sugar, milk powder, maize, maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, dried honey

Brand owner: Uncle Tobys

Brand/product manager: Stephen Maidment

Packaging supplier: Amcor

Graphics package supplier: Cowan

GECA cracks down on incorrect labelling

Manufacturers making misleading claims about their compliance or otherwise to Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) standards without having undergone a thorough independent assessment may be subject to prosecution under the Trade Practices Act.

GECA was recently made aware that some manufacturers have made misleading claims about their products’ compliance to GECA standards, stating it is highly inappropriate for manufacturers that have not undergone the rigorous and thorough assessment process carried out by GECA to claim compliance with any of its standards.

Such manufacturers may be:

  • Intentionally misleading consumers.
  • Stating compliance without having undertaken any independent testing.
  • Misrepresenting which products may meet the requirements of the standard.
  • Incorrectly interpreting the requirements of the standard.

GECA makes considerable efforts to ensure that only the most environmentally preferable and high quality products are awarded GECA certification and the international recognition this entails. This is ensured by the rigorous product-specific assessment procedures carried out by GECA technical experts on each and every product certified under a GECA standard.

It is highly unlikely that any product claiming to comply with GECA standards without having first been assessed by GECA is of comparable environmental preference or quality to a genuine GECA certified product. Customers should be aware that only products carrying the protected Good Environmental Choice label are compliant to GECA standards, regardless of the claims by other manufacturers whose products do not bear the Good Environmental Choice label.

Who is the GECA?

GECA is the national life cycle based environmental labelling program for consumer and building products, offering an independent ecolabel on the basis of environmental preference of products and services. With the growth and increasing sophistication of the green procurement markets, the value and assurance provided by the Good Environmental Choice label is a key driver for effective shifts in the market towards lower environmental impact products.

Verification process:

GECA has now certified over $1.2 billion worth of consumer and building products on the market from over 75 manufacturers delivering over 400 different product lines. Certified manufacturers undergo a comprehensive verification of their products environmental attributes in conformance to the GECA standard requirements as developed under ISO 14 024 — the international standard for third party environmental labelling bodies.

The GECA standards are among the most stringent environmental benchmarks for consumer and building products in Australia. The Good Environmental Choice label is internationally recognised as the mark of life-cycle based environmental preference for Australia.

If you are aware of any such breaches in relation to the use of the label or our standards please direct them to the GECA Head Office.

Gourmet soups and risottos

Ingredients: Chicken & Corn Soup: water, corn, cream, gelatine (halal), vegetable gum, emulsifier, chicken, potato, onion, carrot, modified tapioca starch, chicken booster (flavour enhancers), canola oil, corn booster (colour), lemon juice, salt, pepper

Gourmet Pumpkin & Pistachio Risotto: arborio rice (water, rice), pumpkin, onion, white wine, parmesan cheese, canola oil, butter (milk), pistachio nuts, vegetable booster (flavour enhancers), modified tapioca starch, herbs and spices, salt, garlic, water, preservative

Brand owner: Mrs Crocket’s

Brand/product manager: Sam Goldstein

Packaging supplier: Tecpak (soup lid and cup), Alto (risotto tray), Amcor (risotto film), Carter Holt Harvey (risotto sleeve)

Graphics Package designer: Tin Factory Creative