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 […]

top trends in coding and labelling of 2016
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

What we saw in the coding and labelling world in 2016

Between Trump’s shock election in the USA, Brexit, and Australia’s fifth straight Test defeat, 2016 has been a year to remember. But while all this was happening, what was going on in the coding and labelling world? Changes and advancements in the coding and labelling field are accelerating, and it can be hard to keep […]

seasonal packaging
Innovation and Best Practices

Is seasonal packaging a waste of time?

Christmas is just around the corner and supermarket shelves are inevitably turning shades of red and green as brands switch to seasonal packaging. It seems like only yesterday we said goodbye to the vibrant orange packaging of Halloween. It might make for an eye-catching supermarket aisle but do consumers really want special seasonal packaging? Does […]

bottled water trends
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

4 bottled water trends to watch in 2017

One of the most exciting things about the bottled water market is its constant growth and evolution. Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing beverage market in the world; valued at $157 billion in 2013, it is expected to reach a massive $280b by 2020. There are countless factors behind this […]

new packaging technologies
Innovation and Best Practices

New packaging technologies that could change the world

The future of packaging is here – well, almost. Here’s our pick of new packaging technologies with the power to change the world. The times they are a-changin’. The rapid digitalisation of practically everything means that new packaging technologies are reaching exciting heights. We’re not just talking about good packaging design (though that is important […]

Industry 4.0
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Product Identification Technologies

What you need to know about Industry 4.0

The idea of Industry 4.0 has been hovering over the Australian manufacturing industry for a few years now, but what does it mean for manufacturers and why should you take notice? Here, we answer some common questions about Industry 4.0.   It’s a term that makes some manufacturers shudder with fear and others with anticipation. […]