Food & Beverage Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:45:41 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Food & Beverage 32 32 Think local, act global Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:45:41 +0000 Continue reading Think local, act global ]]> In September, Adelaide-based HMPS was named winner at the Impact Awards 2017, an event that recognises companies that assist with the globalisation of the South Australian economy.

The judges said the company has the capability to have a significant impact on global markets and generate high value opportunities for South Australia’s economy. They were impressed by the year-on-year growth, advancement and ambition of HMPS. They said that, as a business, it is an exceptionally well run and managed, with a leadership team who understand the market and how to add value to customers. 

The win makes this a stellar year for the company, which also took home the prize for Innovative Technology of the Year (for its HMPS5000 Wraparound Case Packer) at our own Food & Beverage Industry Awards in July. 

As Mark Emmett, executive chairman of HMPS told Food & Beverage News, the company was established back in 1980. 

“Our company started when we developed the first bag-in-box machine for the local wine industry. From there, we have grown into various other markets and types of machines such as case packers, palletisers, wraparound case packers and sleevers, carton erectors and specialised robotic packaging machinery,” he said. 

“Today, we are also part of the Aerosol Association and have packed many specialised aerosol products as well. We pack anything from dry goods and ready-made meals, to baby wipes and coffee pods. You name it, we pack it.”

Looking to the world 

There have also been other changes for the company since 1980. It now exports to South Africa, Europe and Asia; and has agents in New Zealand and the US.

Emmett explained that the company has had installations in Thailand and one of its projects engineers recently returned from an installation in the Philippines. “Pretty much we export to anywhere and we offer the customers in those areas installation, commission and service,” he said.

“We also have preferred value partner agreements with various global component suppliers and this gives us the assurance that our customers anywhere in the world will have access to spare parts and technical expertise from these providers. Mostly we like dealing with our customer directly. 

“Our service is mostly bespoke machinery so therefore we like to be involved in coming up with the solution which will ultimately give the customer the best bang for buck and future expansion options for their business. Our engineering team is also very heavily involved in the process. I suppose you could say we like solving problems.”

For Emmett, this successful global integration goes to show that businesses do not need to be based around their locality.

“I think HMPS is testament to the fact that you don’t have to live and work where you sell. You can in fact work anywhere in the world,” he said.

According to Emmett, Australia’s small population can sometimes be an advantage. 

“Australia is perhaps one of the most interesting examples of adapting and surviving. We build machines which will pack in various configurations – sometimes up to as many as 20 variations. And this is because we know one machine has to do all of it. Australian manufacturing doesn’t have the luxury of specialisation,” he said.

He said that this is very attractive to economies [such as many in Asia] where automation is on the rise but companies don’t have the capital to buy many different machines. Being able to buy one machine that packs various configurations is an advantage for organisations that are just starting to introduce automation technologies.

Bringing success back home

When he received the Impact Award on behalf of HMPS back in September, Emmett praised his own team and said that his vision for the company was always to provide jobs and a future for the young people of South Australia. Today, the company employs 55 people from its head office and main production facility in Adelaide.

He also pointed out that HMPS provides customised packaging solutions that are based on highly advanced robotic systems for manufacturing companies who must compete globally. 

“The technology also recognises that to be truly compete against lower cost manufacturers, product quality and production line efficiency must also feature strongly. Our mission is to help manufacturing companies in high-cost economies remain competitive and indeed thrive against low-cost economies,” he said.

Pointing to an economy that is still coming to terms with – but yet to feel the full effect of – the death of the car industry, Emmett said South Australia needs to use its ingenuity and tenacious spirit to ensure its manufacturing industry survives.

“We have space. We have lower costs – when it comes to labour, property, and so on – than other states and we need to use this to our advantage. It can make us more competitive and we must leverage off this,” he said. 

“South Australia is home to some of the top universities. We need to harness the talent that is coming into the market. We need to ensure the survival and future of our economy for our children. As a father to two teenage children, I feel very passionate about doing my bit to make South Australia a manufacturing hub.”

Packaging trends to watch in 2018: Mintel Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:34:10 +0000 Continue reading Packaging trends to watch in 2018: Mintel ]]> Market intelligence agency Mintel has identified five trends it says will impact the global packaging industry next year.

Mintel’s Global Packaging Trends 2018 looks at the major trends set to influence the packaging sector worldwide, including implications for consumers, brands, and manufacturers.

In 2018, packaging is expected to play a pivotal role in reducing global waste, online brands to reinvigorate their packaging, brands to simplify package messaging, marine conservation to be a central concern, and packaging formats trying to take back centre stage for centre-of-store placement.

David Luttenberger, Global Packaging Director at Mintel, said the packaging trends for 2018 reflect forward-looking consumer attitudes, actions, and purchasing behaviours in both global and local markets.

“Such trends as those we see emerging in e-commerce packaging have stories that are just now being written. Others, such as the attack on plastics, are well into their third or even fourth chapters, but with no clear ending in sight.”

Brands are expected to use packaging innovations to extend food freshness and ensure safe delivery, while changing the consumer perception that much packaging is unnecessary.

As more consumers embrace online shopping, packaging will also play a pivotal role in brands’ and consumers’ e-commerce experiences.

As consumers become more informed, brands are expected to embrace minimalism to provide clarity in labelling.

Concerns over safe packaging disposal are expected to increasingly colour consumers’ perceptions of different packaging types, and impact shopper purchase decisions.

Brands will also look to contemporary formats to help reinvigorate the centre-of-store aisles less visited by younger consumers.

These packaging trends are essential to retailers, brands, and package converter strategies during the coming year and beyond, Luttenberger said.

Plain packaging would cost food and beverage industry billions, study shows Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:46:38 +0000 Continue reading Plain packaging would cost food and beverage industry billions, study shows ]]> Extending plain packaging laws to cover the food and beverage industry could cost businesses billions of dollars, new research shows.

An impact analysis by Brand Finance showed at least US$293 billion ($382 billion) in implied loss across the beverage industry, with Coca-Cola and Pepsi the most vulnerable, with each likely to lose a quarter of their value.

Since 1 December 2012, all tobacco products sold, offered for sale, or otherwise supplied in Australia must be in plain packaging.

Worldwide, activists have been advocating for similar measures to be applied to alcohol and some food and drink products.

Brand Finance analysed the potential impact if such a policy was extended to food and beverage brands in four categories – alcohol, confectionary, savoury snacks and sugary drinks.

The estimates refer to the loss of value derived specifically from brands and do not account for further potential losses resulting from changes in price and volume of the products sold, or illicit trade. Therefore, the total damage to businesses affected is likely to be higher.

David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, said applying plain packaging in the food and drink sector would render some of the world’s most iconic brands unrecognisable, changing the look of household cupboards and supermarket shelves forever, and result in astronomical losses for the holding companies.

“Predicted loss of brand contribution to companies at risk is only the tip of the iceberg.”

Plain packaging would also mean losses in the creative industries, including design and advertising services, he said.


CSIRO helps develop high-fibre wheat Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:00:25 +0000 Continue reading CSIRO helps develop high-fibre wheat ]]> The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is part of an international team that has developed a new type of wheat with 10 times the amount of fibre of regular wheat.

The new wheat could provide millions of people with more fibre in their diets without having to change their eating habits, helping improve gut health and fighting bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

The wheat is a result of a collaboration which started in 2006 between CSIRO, French company Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation on developing wheat varieties with a higher content of resistant starch. Together they created a company called Arista Cereal Technologies.

A small group of farmers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington have recently harvested the first US crop of the wheat, which is high in amylose.

The wheat will be processed into flour and incorporated into a range of food products that will start appearing on supermarket shelves in the United States in coming years.

The team responsible for developing the wheat are hopeful an Australian-based company will market the new grain locally.

Dr Ahmed Regina, a principal research scientist at CSIRO, said products made from high-amylose wheat contained more than 10 times the resistant starch, a type of dietary fibre, than those made from regular wheat.

“Largely lacking in Western diets, resistant starch is known to improve digestive health, protect against the genetic damage that precedes bowel cancer and help combat Type 2 diabetes,” Dr Regina said.

Wheat is eaten by 30 per cent of the world’s population and is the most popular source of dietary fibre, he said.

“Having a wheat with high levels of resistant starch enables people to get this important fibre without changing the type of grain they eat or the amount of grain-based foods they need for recommended dietary levels.”

Together they spun out a company called Arista Cereal Technologies.

In Australia, Arista is partnering with a breeding company to develop high-amylose wheat varieties suitable for different regions.

They are working on producing enough grain for product testing and seeds for initial commercialisation.

Lindsay Adler from CSIRO and an Arista Director, said the company was keen to find an Australian licensee who would develop a new product for local and possibly also Asian markets.

“This is an opportunity ripe for the picking, with customers across the world increasingly demanding foods with improved health benefits,” Mr Adler said.

GS1 partners with Foodbank to address hunger in Australia Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:25:13 +0000 Continue reading GS1 partners with Foodbank to address hunger in Australia ]]> GS1 Australia has partnered with Foodbank to help tackle Australia’s food insecurity crisis through the GS1 Australia Recall portal, with Foodbank subscribing to receive timely product recall and withdrawal notices.

Foodbank can now receive communication from manufacturers and suppliers about product recalls or withdrawals using the Recall, which is an online portal that streamlines the product recall and withdrawal process.

GS1 Australia’s Head of Supply Chain Improvement Services, Peter Chambers said the portal offers Foodbank the functionality to manage product recalls and remove the items from the Foodbank distribution system accurately and effectively.

“Food safety today is high on the menu with a need for an unequivocal standard practice across the entire food sector. Issuing a recall or withdrawal notification using Recall is simple, fast, and inexpensive,” he said.

Michael Davidson, General Manager – National Supply Chain at Foodbank Australia said Recall would give the hunger relief organisation the ability to immediately be notified in the event of any food item being recalled or withdrawn from the supply chain.

“It also gives manufacturers and suppliers the opportunity to donate product withdrawals as an alternative to that product going into landfill,” he said.

Instead, we will re-direct it across our national network of front-line charities to provide food and grocery items to vulnerable Australians who are doing it tough.”

Foodbank works collaboratively with the Australian food and retail sector and throughout the supply chain to source and distribute food to front line charities around the country.

The organisation receives donations of stock that is out of specification, close to expiry, surplus to requirement, or has incorrect or faulty packaging. As long as the products are safe for human consumption and not part of a product recall, Foodbank can accept them.

“We rely on food donations from a variety of suppliers including farmers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to help us reach the 3.6 million Australians who are suffering with food insecurity each year,” Davidson said.

“With our vision being an Australia free from hunger and food waste, we are encouraging all suppliers that kindly donate surplus product to also notify us about a product withdrawal as soon as possible.”