the future of food_Angeline Achariya Monash Food Innovation Centre
Global Manufacturing

The future of food & the inconvenient truths

Dr Angeline Achariya, CEO, Monash Food Innovation Centre *   Macrotrends and disruptions are shaping the food industry like never before. Indeed, no “Planet B”, 60 being the new 20, and “reductarians” are just three of the many influences on a global consumer who is at the intersection of health, wellness, nutrition and digitisation.  As a […]

AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines help manufacturers delivering into DCs

By Samantha Blake, Director, Industry Affairs, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) * Australia’s FMCG market presents myriad challenges for both suppliers and retailers – geographic scale and distance, relatively high costs of transportation, population density, supply chain complexity, and the diverse and fast-evolving expectations of our customers. In this environment, standardised, retailer-agnostic supply chain […]

equipment finance
Global Manufacturing

Equipment finance tips for SMEs

No matter what industry you’re in, small and medium-sized businesses can often benefit from new equipment, machinery or vehicles. However, it’s very common for business owners to put off buying new equipment because of the cost involved. Upgrading your existing equipment or purchasing new machinery can provide a tangible return on investment (ROI) through improved […]

X-ray inspection
Automation & Process Control

7 reasons why your business needs an X-ray inspection system

If your business can’t afford foreign contaminants in your products, then the chances are high that you need an X-ray product inspection machine. Predominantly, the food processing, pharmaceutical and packaging industries rely on these high-tech, yet surprisingly affordable, machines to detect potentially harmful foreign contaminants along the production lines. But they are also essential equipment […]

preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

What you need to know about preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair

By guest author, Mario Soccio* You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For decades, many manufacturers have relied on a “fail and fix” approach for equipment, waiting until the very moment it breaks down before fixing the problem. However, there’s a growing school of thought that an alternative “predict and […]

Beer Bottles
Innovation and Best Practices

Beverage packaging: what’s new, what’s next?

By Llewellyn Stephens FAIP* There are a multitude of packaging options available for beverages in the local market. Compared with a global scale, the Australian market is small, plus has the challenge of significant transport distances. Producers also face a retail environment dominated by two major players, and where margins for commodities are low. Each […]

Shelf-friendly packaging
Innovation and Best Practices

Working out best board grades for shelf-friendly packaging (SFP)

By guest author, Ron Mines FAIP* Last year I participated in a training day at Woolworths Minchinbury DC (in Sydney), facilitated by IDG, the Australian Institute of Packaging AIP and Woolworths. The previous day, most of the trainees had gone to a Woolworths supermarket to see how shelf-friendly packaging (SFP) was being used in the […]

Christmas coding equipment shutdown tips
Innovation and Best Practices

Shutting up shop for the festive season? Just before you go…

 By guest author, Mario Soccio* Continued advances in design and build quality mean Matthews’ coding and marking equipment has easy shut-down and start-up procedures. This includes extended shutdowns — such as holidays. Before you shut the factory doors this festive season, there are just a couple of things to do. Here’s a list of reminders. […]