food waste
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

How the world is tackling food waste

Fact: Food waste is a huge global issue. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, 28% of the world’s agriculture area is used to produce food that ultimately goes to waste each year. In fact, The Guardian reports that nearly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year — which is more […]

trends manufacturers need to watch
Innovation and Best Practices

3 trends manufacturers need to watch

Between the Internet of Things (IoT), information-driven manufacturing (iDM), social robots and Internet 5.0, you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s enough happening in your own world without worrying about other industries. But being aware of parallel industry developments as they’re happening can keep you ahead of the curve and help you anticipate new solutions to […]

technologies driving Industry 4.0
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices

A manufacturer’s practical guide to the technologies driving Industry 4.0

You may have wondered what are the technologies driving Industry 4.0? We explain them here, and how manufacturers can get started. Industry 4.0 is catapulting the manufacturing industry into a new realm. Also known as the “fourth industrial revolution”, Industry 4.0 refers to a world in which machines interact and respond intelligently to their surrounding […]

Internet of Things
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices

Internet of Things: the essential ingredient for Australian food & beverage manufacturers?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest industry buzzword. But peel away the hype and what’s the real impact of IoT on Australian food & beverage manufacturers?   The Internet of Things (IoT) is about smart connectivity and data. It refers to the ability of physical devices to connect with the internet so that […]

health food
Innovation and Best Practices

3 lessons manufacturers can learn from award-winning health food

If there are three things the 2016 Healthy Food Guide winners have in common, it’s innovation, creativity and an acute awareness of consumer trends. The Australian Healthy Food Guide Awards identify the healthiest foods on supermarket shelves that make it easy for people to shop, buy and eat good food. And 2016 was a big […]

Additive Manufacturing
Innovation and Best Practices

Additive manufacturing and food: science fiction or untapped business opportunity?

Can Additive Manufacturing (or “AM”) be used to create a taste sensation? To find out, some food & beverage companies have been experimenting with “printing” food. But is it just a novelty or can AM actually create new business opportunities for food companies? Additive Manufacturing has been one of the hottest topics in manufacturing over […]

food & beverage export success
Innovation and Best Practices

Top 5 tips for food and beverage export success

Thinking about expanding your food & beverage business overseas? Learn the top 5 strategies for food and beverage export success. Clean, green, high quality and healthy — Australian food & beverage products have an enviable reputation abroad. As a result, the market is ripe for those producers looking to take the step overseas. The China-Australia Free Trade […]

product packaging
Innovation and Best Practices

4 essential factors to consider when packaging your product

Packaging your product? Make sure you consider these factors first.  Product packaging is big business. The value of packaging produced in Australia is $10-$10.5 billion, with the food and beverage sector using 65-70% of all Australian-produced packaging. Packaging is itself a product; it introduces your product, protects it, displays it, preserves it, and more. And […]