Food & Beverage https://foodmag.com.au Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:42:09 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://foodmag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/prime-creative-media-50x50.png Food & Beverage https://foodmag.com.au 32 32 Red Meat Advisory Council reviews whether industry standards are fit for future https://foodmag.com.au/red-meat-advisory-council-reviews-if-industry-standards-are-fit-for-future/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:56:17 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=69452 The Red Meat Advisory Council is undertaking an independent review of the rules of engagement in the red meat industry. The review will look at the industry’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and examine whether it properly represents all sectors of the industry and is fit for the future. Jim Varghese will lead the review. He has … Continue reading Red Meat Advisory Council reviews whether industry standards are fit for future

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The Red Meat Advisory Council is undertaking an independent review of the rules of engagement in the red meat industry.

The review will look at the industry’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and examine whether it properly represents all sectors of the industry and is fit for the future.

Jim Varghese will lead the review. He has a 30 year track record of delivering results, as both a CEO and as head of government agencies in Queensland and Victoria.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said the red meat industry is big business and the industry needs to make sure it’s ready for new opportunities and challenges.

READ: Report shows Australia is the world leading exporter of lamb

“The MOU put in place 20 years ago carves out the funding and service delivery arrangements between peak councils, RDCs and the Commonwealth.

“What was put in place two decades ago might not be fit for today,” he said.

“The review is also in line with the recommendations of the senate inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector.

“It is an important opportunity to set the direction of the sector,” said Littleproud.

The beef cattle industry, including slaughter and live exports, is the largest contributor to Australian agriculture, with gross production at $13 billion.

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery launches plan that supports sustainable farming https://foodmag.com.au/mars-sustainable-farming/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:34:01 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=69449 Mars Wrigley Confectionery has launched a new plan for overhauling its cocoa supply chain to support more sustainable farming. The Cocoa for Generations plan places the interest of smallholder farmers at its centre, helps to safeguard children and forests, and creates a pathway for cocoa farmers and cocoa-growing communities to thrive. It is backed by … Continue reading Mars Wrigley Confectionery launches plan that supports sustainable farming

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery has launched a new plan for overhauling its cocoa supply chain to support more sustainable farming.

The Cocoa for Generations plan places the interest of smallholder farmers at its centre, helps to safeguard children and forests, and creates a pathway for cocoa farmers and cocoa-growing communities to thrive.

It is backed by an investment of $1 billion over 10 years.

Mars’ global vice president, John Ament, said for nearly 40 years the company has been working to achieve sustainable cocoa production.

READ: Nestle pledges to use only certified palm oil within five years

“While we’ve made progress, including reaching nearly 180,000 farmers with sustainability certification, we are impatient with our pace of progress and of the cocoa sector overall.

“We don’t have all the answers but our first step is to put the farmer at the center of our ambitions and actions,” said Ament.

Mars believes a step change is needed where business, civil society and government must think and act differently, and take a new approach that creates a pathway for cocoa farmers, their families, and communities to thrive.

The Cocoa for Generations project aims to have 100 per cent of the cocoa from the Responsible Cocoa program responsibly sourced globally by 2025, and it should all be traceable.

Responsible Cocoa means having systems in place to address deforestation, child labour and higher incomes for farmers.

Specifically, Mars expects farms that are part of the Responsible Cocoa program to provide satellite based GPS locations for farms that supply cocoa so that Mars has assurances that such cocoa does not come from protected forest areas.

Mars will work with suppliers and certifiers to enhance the child labour monitoring and remediation programs deployed in its Responsible Cocoa supply chain, and continue to help improve education in cocoa-growing communities, with a focus on access to and quality of schools.

In addition, Mars will work with partners to ensure the model for premiums the company pays for responsibly-produced cocoa is overhauled to ensure that farmers receive a higher share of the premium.

 

While this new approach is implemented, Mars will maintain its current certified cocoa levels with the Rainforest Alliance and with Fairtrade and work with both organisations as they continue to strengthen implementation to raise the bar across the cocoa sector.

A Rainforest Alliance chief of sustainable supply chains Britta Wyss Bisang said there needs to be a change on the ground for farmers, their families and forests.

“We look forward to furthering our relationship with Mars as this is well aligned with our new strategy, which puts more focus on collaboration between producers, NGO’s, companies and governments,” said Bisang.

In partnership with an initial global group of 75,000 cocoa farming families and cocoa suppliers, Mars also plans to test ways to increase productivity, income, resilience, and overall sustainability through crop and income diversification, gender programs, village and savings and loan models and farm development plans.

 

 

 

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Research shows younger generations care about free-from foods and small portions https://foodmag.com.au/free-from-foods-popular/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:53:41 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=69438 Free-from claims and smaller, more convenient pack sizes are important to younger consumers, research from a 2017 Nielsen report suggests. At the iba baking and snack trade fair, a panel of experts from the baked goods sector spoke about the importance of moving towards free-from and organic products. The forum, which took place on the … Continue reading Research shows younger generations care about free-from foods and small portions

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Free-from claims and smaller, more convenient pack sizes are important to younger consumers, research from a 2017 Nielsen report suggests.

At the iba baking and snack trade fair, a panel of experts from the baked goods sector spoke about the importance of moving towards free-from and organic products.

The forum, which took place on the 18th of September, showed a strong need for food manufacturers to cater to an increasing desire for clean products.

The information based on a Nielsen research report from 2017, on the US market, showed that organic sales among households with a millennial head of house, were 38 per cent greater than sales among total US households.

READ: Industry 4.0 a hot topic at iba Munich baking and snack trade fair

Robb MacKie, CEO of the American Bakers Association, said despite the data being from the US market, the association’s European counterpart found similarities in the data.

“The connections between the US and the international market are very strong.

“We are seeing health and wellness claims are the fastest growing areas for sales on the retail level in the US market,” said MacKie.

There is a big trend in free-from claims, he said.

“A lot of the soy-free and some of the others are growing at a very fast rate.

“The younger consumers are gravitating the most to those health claims,” said MacKie.

“The greatest generation, which is considered to be the World War 2 generation, is not really being impacted by some of these health claims. In baby boomers you start to see some movement,” he said.

But despite people being drawn to health claims, MacKie said cream filled pies, speciality desserts and muffins are on the rise in the US market.

“Taste is still King,” he said.

The key to the success is being healthier, but still having a tasty product on offer, he said.

Corbion vice president Mark Hotze agreed that consumers still have a need for food that tastes good.

“For us to be successful as an ingredient supplier, it’s really that willingness to roll up our sleeves, partner with our customers and understand where they want to go in that space.”

The consumers need to know an item is worth the calories, said Hotze.

Brian Dwyer, vice president of bakery manufacturing at Kroger, said the supermarket chain noticed people going for smaller portions.

“The one trend that I would say I’ve seen with indulgent food is the move to smaller pack sizes. Whereas in the past our consumers would pick up a 12 inch or and 8 inch pie, we are seeing that move to a smaller size, maybe a 5 inch pie,” said Dwyer.

“What we are seeing is there’s a need for indulgent, but our consumers want to eat that and have that indulgent experience without feeling guilty.

“The health and wellness is clearly a rapidly growing segment. We are seeing a lot of activity and a lot of energy around the health and wellness sector,” he said.

Kroger’s Simple Truth and Simple Truth organic brands have been the company’s  fastest growing brand ever, said Dwyer.

Research from Nielsen shows the dollar growth of grain free products in the bakery section has increased by 51 per cent from 2017.

Cruelty-free products have increased in US dollar growth by 30 per cent, and grass fed products have in increased by 28 per cent from 2017.

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Data reveals how businesses can reduce energy costs for all Australians https://foodmag.com.au/reduce-energy-costs/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:12:18 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=69435 New research from energy retailer, Flow Power, shows that businesses forgoing fixed-rate contracts for wholesale prices could expect significant price reductions. In a study of 670 medium to large businesses, wholesale power would have delivered savings in total of up to $97 million for the last financial year. This figure increases significantly when renewable corporate … Continue reading Data reveals how businesses can reduce energy costs for all Australians

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New research from energy retailer, Flow Power, shows that businesses forgoing fixed-rate contracts for wholesale prices could expect significant price reductions.

In a study of 670 medium to large businesses, wholesale power would have delivered savings in total of up to $97 million for the last financial year.

This figure increases significantly when renewable corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are added in.

Businesses that are tapped into the wholesale power market are more in tune with its highs and lows, and are best placed to respond to peaks in demand and soaring prices.

READ: Combine demand response with PPAs for maximum saving, says research

These businesses have the power to keep power prices down and the lights on for everyone – even during periods when demand is at its peak.

In the first quarter of 2018, South Australia’s business could have reduced energy prices by 2.3c/kWh for the entire state, simply by choosing to power down during peak price events.

Businesses have a critical role to play in the investment in Australia’s growing pipeline of renewable energy projects.

If 670 medium and large-scale businesses across Australia made the decision to contract renewable energy through corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), this would drive investment in more than 1845 MW of renewable generation.

Businesses sign up to buy a portion of the output of renewable generators for periods of up to ten years through corporate PPAs pay significantly lower prices and benefit from price certainty for the life of their contracts.

If the 670 businesses analysed by Flow Power signed up to renewable corporate PPAs, they would have saved up to $195 million in total on energy costs in the last financial year.

Without PPAs, choosing to buy wholesale power still delivered significant savings of up to $97 million in total.
“We know that the traditional fixed-rate model is no longer meeting Australian businesses’ needs for cheaper, more transparent power solutions,” Matthew van der Linden, managing director of Flow Power said.

“The benefit of connecting businesses to the true signals of the energy market, either through PPAs or wholesale power, is twofold. We see businesses save on what can be their most costly expenditure – energy – as well as everyday Australians benefitting from greater investment in renewable generation and lower energy costs delivered by wholesale demand response. This can be achieved without new policy or government intervention, all it would take is businesses choosing to take more control over their power,” he said.

 

 

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New capping machine improves productivity in small manufacturing spaces https://foodmag.com.au/capping-machine-improves-productivity/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:57:31 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=69432 Jet Technologies has launched a new machine that caps jars for Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers. The Smart Capper is a fully automated capping machine designed for production lines. Capping machines help ensure a product meets food standards and consumer expectations. Jet Technologies general manager Daniel Malki said the Smart Capper is a compact machine, so it’s suited … Continue reading New capping machine improves productivity in small manufacturing spaces

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Jet Technologies has launched a new machine that caps jars for Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers.

The Smart Capper is a fully automated capping machine designed for production lines.

Capping machines help ensure a product meets food standards and consumer expectations.

Jet Technologies general manager Daniel Malki said the Smart Capper is a compact machine, so it’s suited to smaller manufacturing spaces while still capping at high speeds to meet production demands. 

READ: Jet Technologies launches bio-plastic coffee packaging 

For food manufacturers that use jars for products such as sauces, spreads, olives and vegetables, the Smart Capper will help improve productivity through a reduction of reject rates on jar lids,” he said.

“This will also minimise wastage of lids, which saves on costs,” said Malki.

The machine is designed for ease of use and low maintenance, both in terms of time and cost.

It helps reduce any chances of “bottlenecks” in the production line.

Constructed from stainless steel, it can be cleaned easily. 

The Smart Capper, which is part of the Crown capping portfolio, is designed to provide the performance and variable speeds that Australian food manufacturers require.

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