track-and-trace
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

How track-and-trace can help you become a manufacturer of the future

Track-and-trace has long been recognised for its ability to protect against counterfeiters and facilitate more effective recalls. But today’s manufacturers are using it as a strategy to better see and manage the entire ecosystem of their production facilities, and make smarter manufacturing a reality. Before we delve into the benefits of track-and-trace, here’s a quick […]

National Traceability Project
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

National Traceability Project: what your business needs to know

The National Traceability Project is well underway in Australia. So, what is it? And why does it matter for Australian manufacturers?  No longer is traceability something for only the most forward-thinking manufacturers to worry about. Around 70% of Australia’s agricultural produce is exported. Effective traceability systems are critical for access to these export markets to […]

food fraud strategies
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Food fraud strategies: how Aussie manufacturers can protect their brands

Here’s a scary scenario: when a Chinese consumer buys a product labelled “Australian beef,” there’s only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is Australian beef. There is also a 50-50 chance it contains dog, rat, horse or camel meat, or all of them combined.  This is the reality of food fraud, which is estimated to cost the global food […]

Matthews Australasia at #AUSPACK
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Top 10 things to see and do at AUSPACK 2019

Are you heading to AUSPACK 2019? We’ve got the scoop on what to expect at the biggest AUSPACK ever. Coming to Melbourne on 26-29 March, AUSPACK brings together more than 350 suppliers representing a massive 1,200 global brands – all under one roof. Organisers are promising this will be the “most comprehensive and occupying the largest floor space […]

does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability?

Is it possible to trace an individual turkey from farm to table? Last year, US agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc. did exactly that using blockchain technology. So how does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability? In a campaign perfectly timed for Thanksgiving, the company allowed shoppers to type in the code from their store-bought […]

how blockchain can improve food traceability
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

How blockchain can improve food traceability

The technology behind bitcoin could improve food traceability. Unsure how that could be possible? Here’s how. If you’re a food manufacturer and you haven’t got to grips with blockchain technology, it’s time to start. Blockchain is the underlying enabling technology developed for the cryptocurrency, bitcoin. But beyond that, there’s a growing buzz around blockchain 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 […]

counterfeiting in fresh produce
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Is your brand being sold in other markets – and you don’t even know?

Have you heard the one about the Australian farmer who found out his Wagyu beef product was being sold in China as a cheaper cut? Unfortunately, it’s true. In late 2014, Victorian producer David Blackmore, of Blackmore Wagyu Beef, found out his premium product was being undermined in China by counterfeit products. Blackmore, who had […]

Product Identification Technologies

5 serialisation lessons food and beverage manufacturers can learn from the healthcare industry

The healthcare industry has long been celebrated as the leader in serialisation.  So if you want to export products to overseas markets with serialisation requirements, no matter your industry, it pays to look their way for some valuable pointers.      With recent news about China’s exploding demand for Australian baby formula, the spotlight has once […]