Food & Beverage https://foodmag.com.au Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:10:15 +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 Meet ifm expert: Darryl Blackeby https://foodmag.com.au/meet-ifm-expert-darryl-blackeby/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:10:15 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=70324 Meet product sales manager Darryl Blackeby – an expert in the vision and identification product range of ifm (such as sensor cameras). Darryl is inspired by how customers use ifm sensors and is always interested in finding new applications for sensors that can help businesses improve and increase their efficiency.

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Meet product sales manager Darryl Blackeby – an expert in the vision and identification product range of ifm (such as sensor cameras). Darryl is inspired by how customers use ifm sensors and is always interested in finding new applications for sensors that can help businesses improve and increase their efficiency.

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Queensland sees 17 million containers returned in recycling program https://foodmag.com.au/queensland-containers-returned-recycling/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:56:29 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=70321 Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, has been in effect for just over two weeks, after starting in early November, and figures are showing more and more Queenslanders are embracing the recycling initiative. Minister for environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said more than 17 million containers had been returned through the … Continue reading Queensland sees 17 million containers returned in recycling program

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Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, has been in effect for just over two weeks, after starting in early November, and figures are showing more and more Queenslanders are embracing the recycling initiative.

Minister for environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said more than 17 million containers had been returned through the scheme so far.

“These are amazing results for Queensland’s new scheme.

“Queenslanders are able to get 10 cents back for recycling their containers, and $1.7m in refunds has already gone back to Queenslanders, community groups and charities,” said Enoch.

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Queensland was one of the country’s worst performers in recycling, which is why schemes like Containers for Change are important in creating incentives to change behaviour, she said.

“It is obvious from these results that Queenslanders care about recycling, and want to improve how they manage waste.

“This is also just the beginning of the scheme, and these figures will continue to grow as more Queenslanders get on board and get containers for change,” said Enoch.

Community organisation HELP CEO Greg Luck said the partnership with Return-It, which is operating container refund points, has been able to help place people who have been out of the workforce for an extended time period back into paid employment.

“This initiative complements HELP’s initiative to provide tailored employment solutions to job seekers and employers in Australia, and we are proud to partner with Return-It Queensland,” said Luck.

Return-It managing director, David Singh is proud that one of its partnerships is with HELP.

“HELP plays an integral part in helping so many in our community. I think many people will opt to donate their refunds to this worthy organisation,” said Singh.

“Return-It benefits the customer, the community and the environment, and we can’t wait to see how the partnership with HELP grows,” he said.

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Slowing meat production signals good price news for beef and sheep https://foodmag.com.au/slowing-meat-production-signals-good-price-news-beef-sheep/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:46:27 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=70318 Australia’s sheepmeat and beef producers are set to enjoy strong prices into 2019, supported by a growing global appetite for meat amid limited supply availability, Rabobank’s Global Animal Protein Outlook 2019 indicates. However, the productive capacity of Australia’s beef herd and sheep flock will be limited by the heavy culling of female cattle and sheep … Continue reading Slowing meat production signals good price news for beef and sheep

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Australia’s sheepmeat and beef producers are set to enjoy strong prices into 2019, supported by a growing global appetite for meat amid limited supply availability, Rabobank’s Global Animal Protein Outlook 2019 indicates.

However, the productive capacity of Australia’s beef herd and sheep flock will be limited by the heavy culling of female cattle and sheep seen in 2018, with any upside dependent on improved seasonal conditions in the year ahead.

Rabobank’s annual outlook for the animal proteins sector, titled Growth Slows Down, As Doubt Gears Up, forecasts a slowing in the pace of growth for meat production in most regions throughout the world next year.

Uncertainty is created by trade tensions, high feed prices and African swine fever contributing to the decline.

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Global animal protein production, primarily beef, pork and poultry, is expected to expand by more than one million tonnes in 2019 – well below the five-year average growth rate – to some 500 million tonnes.

Production growth will slow across nearly all key regions, with China predicted to see a substantial production decline, driven by the impacts of African swine fever on its pork sector, the report said.

Brazil’s livestock production, however, is forecast to continue its strong growth trajectory, while the production outlook for North America is also relatively strong,

For Australia – where sheepmeat and beef production will decline, alongside New Zealand – the overall restrained global animal production outlook will provide some upside on the price front.

Good global prices will continue to support Australian prices for finished lambs and cattle in 2019, the report explains.

Rabobank senior animal proteins analyst Angus Gidley-Baird said strong global demand for sheepmeat and limited supply availability will support strong prices through 2019, with New Zealand – the world’s other major supplier of sheepmeat – set to have its lowest lamb kill on record in 2019.

“While further upside beyond record 2018 sheepmeat prices will be limited, prices will remain firm, given strong demand in key global markets such as the Middle East, China and the US,” he said.

Lamb production in Australia will remain restricted in 2019, impacted by higher sheep sales seen in 2018 due to dry weather conditions, said Gidley-Baird.

For Australia’s beef sector, the cattle inventory will remain very low following heavy de-stocking seen between 2013 and 2016, and then again in 2018, due to dry conditions that limited the availability of feed.

Cattle numbers will remain steady at the current low numbers until conditions improve, said Gidley-Baird.

“While limited supplies support cattle prices for producers, supply-chain efficiencies will be tested, with lower volumes available for feedlots and processing,” he said.

“Without substantial rain, 2019 will test many producers, given already-limited and expensive fodder supplies.”

Rabobank expects Australian beef production volumes to fall with lower slaughter numbers and, consequently, export volumes to decline slightly in 2019.

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Q-ton water heat pump – a hot water solution https://foodmag.com.au/q-ton-water-heat-pump-a-hot-water-solution/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:17:59 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=69857 Located in Pontville, Tasmania the Shene Estate and Distillery has been using locally sourced ingredients and traditional methods to produce some of Australia’s best gin and single malt whiskeys. The distillery’s world famous Poltergeist Gin was awarded a Double Gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco International Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal and the … Continue reading Q-ton water heat pump – a hot water solution

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Located in Pontville, Tasmania the Shene Estate and Distillery has been using locally sourced ingredients and traditional methods to produce some of Australia’s best gin and single malt whiskeys.

The distillery’s world famous Poltergeist Gin was awarded a Double Gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco International Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal and the World Gin awards in the same year, making it one of Tasmania’s most celebrated gins.

To produce the award-winning gin and single-malt whiskey, the distillery uses traditional distilling methods which utilises hot water to heat the barley mash.

Each day, 6,000 litres of hot water is required, initially at 90°C, with the temperature then reduced to approximately 64°C-65°C, the optimum temperature to dissolve sugars contained within the starch of malted barley.

READ: Environmentally friendly, cost saving hot water solutions

Finally, the temperature is brought up again to 70°C at the end of the mashing-in process to dissolve enzymes. Given the growing production output of the distillery, this has resulted in a huge amount of water being used each day.

Conventionally, the water used in the above process is heated using an instantaneous electric hot water heater.

However, with ever increasing electricity prices, this was becoming expensive and unsustainable for the business.

While the alternative of gas was originally considered, given the estate is not connected to any gas grid, this was ruled out. An alternative and more energy-efficient hot water solution that could operate in the low outdoor temperatures was required.

The Q-ton is an industry-leading air-to-water heat pump that utilises natural refrigerant CO2 to deliver a reliable and highly efficient hot water solution in even the coldest temperatures.

The Q-ton heat pump draws air through an evaporator that contains CO2 refrigerant, which absorbs the heat in the air. 

The two-stage compressor compresses the refrigerant under high pressure to raise its temperature, while an on-board heat exchanger uses heat from the refrigerant to generate hot water, which is then stored in cylinders for sanitary use.

The Q-ton can deliver continued performance at low outdoor temperature conditions down to -25°C, making it suitable for the colder climates of Tasmania and allowing it to deliver accurate set point heated water, all year round.

The distillery’s existing water heater was only achieving a coefficient of performance (CoP) of 1, resulting in 48kW output from 48kW input.

The Q-ton can achieve a CoP of 4.3, and is able to deliver 30kW of output power while only requiring 7kW input at nominal conditions.

The Q-ton is also energy efficient to run, delivering huge reductions in both running costs and CO2 emissions, with the distillery anticipated to save 60 per cent per year on their energy bills compared to an instantaneous heater.

In addition to this, with the Q-ton’s remote-control scheduling functions, the Q-ton can produce hot water during off peak electricity periods that can be stored in cylinders for later use, offering further cost savings.

Q-ton energy consumption is 76 per cent less than an electric line heater and 46 per cent less than a gas boiler. It produces 74 per cent less CO2 emissions (47 tonnes) than an electric heater and 48 per cent less emissions (23 tonnes) than a gas boiler, making it environmentally friendly.

The Q-ton air-to-water heat pump can be configured as a stand-alone unit, or operate with up to 16 units in modular configuration, providing 3,000 to 100,000 litres of sanitary hot water daily and can be controlled from a touch-screen control panel.

This enables programmability and flexible operation not possible with a conventional hot water system that includes an electric line heater.

By working closely with the owners of the Shene Estate, MHIAA was able to deliver a reliable hot water solution that will reduce the operation’s energy costs and deliver reliable hot water, even throughout Tasmania’s chilly winters.

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Food equipment manufacturer tna Solutions opens new Australian facility https://foodmag.com.au/food-equipment-manufacturer-tna-solutions-opens-new-australian-facility/ Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:08:03 +0000 https://foodmag.com.au/?p=70312 Food processing and packaging equipment manufacturer tna has opened a new Australian manufacturing site to support the global demand for its high performance food packaging solutions. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Boronia, the new factory will allow tna to triple the manufacturing capacities for its equipment, including its flagship vertical form fill and seal … Continue reading Food equipment manufacturer tna Solutions opens new Australian facility

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Food processing and packaging equipment manufacturer tna has opened a new Australian manufacturing site to support the global demand for its high performance food packaging solutions.

Located in the Melbourne suburb of Boronia, the new factory will allow tna to triple the manufacturing capacities for its equipment, including its flagship vertical form fill and seal packaging system – the tna robag.

The new facility will house some of the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that tna maintains the high quality building standards its equipment is known for.

In addition, the new site will incorporate a new training and demonstration centre to provide customers and new staff with an opportunity to experience tna’s equipment in a live operational environment.

READ: AIP president explains biodegradable and compostable packaging

In combination with tna’s wide range of on-site and online training programmes, the new training facility will help customers improve workplace safety, reduce downtime, enhance operational efficiencies and maximise the lifespan and performance of their tna solution.

Tna co-founder Alf Taylor said the company had come a long way since opening its first factory in Melbourne in 1986.

“Since then, the demand for our integrated packaging solutions has increased rapidly. In fact, we’ve just sold 84 integrated packaging systems in a single month, which are all due for delivery in early 2019,” said Taylor.

Founded in 1982 by Nadia and Alf Taylor, tna helped the snack food industry by creating a rotary, continuous motion, high-speed vertical form fill and seal system.

The company has since grown from Australian packaging pioneer into a global leader of food processing and packaging solutions for a wide range of industries, including snacks, confectionery, fresh and frozen produce.

The opening of the new manufacturing site in Australia follows the opening of a food processing centre in the Netherlands, which is dedicated to tna’s cutting edge processing equipment, including its range of fryers and freezers, but also pre-processing equipment such as peelers, washers and dryers.

This adds to recent openings of new and expanded offices and resource centres in Tokyo, Bangkok, Dubai, Moscow and Mexico.

 

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