Strategy before technology key to improving competitiveness with Industry 4.0 technology

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things have been buzzwords in the food and beverage industry for the past few years. Yet, as highlighted in a recent survey, uptake is still stagnant, with only 20 per cent of companies having implemented solutions that could help them become more efficient, productive and competitive using the technology. Even more worrying is another 40 per cent know that they would benefit from such initiatives but have yet to do anything about it. That leaves a huge 40 per cent who aren’t even thinking about doing anything at the present time.
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When working from home isn’t working

The concept of remote working has been around for a while – first introduced by IBM in the 1980s – but it skyrocketed in popularity in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This option has gone from being a novel, sought-out benefit for many workers to becoming the norm, with some companies choosing to go fully remote in order to keep costs down and reduce the chances of infection. However, as top human resources experts have argued, this isn’t always the best-case scenario for some employees.

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Top 5 technologies transforming food

Alternative ingredients and digital tools are critical to weathering disruptions in the agrifood value chain. Smaller competitors are using digital tools, novel channels to gain market access, and other innovations to gain share, shaking up the entire agifood value chain. To help guide innovation in this space, Lux Research released its annual report, “Foresight 2021: Top Emerging Technologies to Watch.”

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Speed and accuracy vital in supply chain

Processing orders is an essential component of doing business, but for companies in the food industry like Paulig, which manufactures and distributes perishable goods, speed and accuracy in the supply chain is critical. Additionally, the food industry is experiencing continuous growth, and companies within the industry are facing the challenge of handling increasing order volumes without adding new staff and maintaining employee satisfaction. Read more

The custodians of Brand Australia

Latitude 28° is the amalgamation of two longstanding livestock families, proudly taking Australian beef to international markets. Seeing themselves as ‘custodians of brand Australia’, the Latitude 28° team feels a duty to uphold the legacy of Australia’s agricultural industry, offering a brand and product that consumers can trust.
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Positive outlook for industry says Diageo MD

Taking a year’s sabbatical to drive around Australia with his young family to see a bit of the country was the plan for Angus McPherson at the end of 2019. By May 2020, those plans were on the backburner and he was sitting in the managing director’s chair at beverage multi-national, Diageo, and dealing with a pandemic outbreak that changed the way the company had been doing business.
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AIP launches salary survey

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has partnered with sister association the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) to bring their annual salary survey to the Australasian Region.

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Soulfresh appoints CMO

Soulfresh has appointed Michael Davies as chief marketing officer, tasked with crafting and spearheading Soulfresh’s international growth as it continues to disrupt food markets across ANZ and Europe.
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Kerry acquires Jining Nature Group

Taste and nutrition company, Kerry, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Jining Nature Group. Jining is a Chinese manufacturer of savoury flavours, seasonings and prepared food products and holds nationwide positions in the savoury flavour and prepared foods sectors in China. This acquisition will bring a wide range of authentic local and regional taste technologies and application capabilities to the Kerry portfolio. Read more

Risks of fish substitution in imported seafood

Charles Sturt University research has highlighted the potential risks of fish substitution in imported seafood, in particular those posed by parasites. Charles Sturt Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi (pictured) from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences said this has implications for both consumers and the environment.
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Charles Sturt University partnership to enhance agriculture

Evidence-based agricultural, water, and environmental policy received a boost with the signing of a new strategic partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and Charles Sturt University. The new arrangement will bring mutual benefits to both organisations, improving research and capability by sharing knowledge and skills.
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