coronavirus
Global Manufacturing

How the coronavirus will disrupt the Australian supply chain

* Updated 22nd February, 2020 It’s official: the World Health Organisation has announced coronavirus as a public-health emergency of international concern. The WHO also re-named the disease on February 11: to COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019”. Infections spread from China to more than 21,000 people around the world – which is more than the number of people […]

Australian native ingredients and bush tucker are a growing food & beverage trend
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Top 5 native ingredients you should know

Forget kombucha, hemp and fake meat. There’s one growing food trend that is uniquely Australian: native ingredients.  Globally acclaimed Australian restaurants such as Melbourne’s Attica and Adelaide’s Orana, are using native ingredients to inspire their menus and their diners’ palates. The Birdcage marquee at last year’s Melbourne Cup served a four-course menu full of native Australian […]

African Swine Fever
Product Identification Technologies

African Swine Fever: what could it mean for Australian meat exporters?

African Swine Fever (ASF) is on Australia’s doorstep. Quite literally: the deadly virus was detected in Timor-Leste, just 680km north of Darwin, in October last year; while a few days ago, the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, reported more cases in Indonesia, including Australian tourist hot-spot Bali. Further outbreaks have also occurred in […]

Coles Nurture Fund Woolworths Organic Growth Fund
Global Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Top Australian manufacturing grants

Thinking about expanding your business? Want to update your equipment to meet growing demand? Raising capital for business-growth initiatives is one of the biggest challenges Australian manufacturers face. But there is a solution… Grants.  There are countless grants and funding programs available to help Australian manufacturers and processors. Many of these are government initiatives, but […]

2020 predictions
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

2020 Predictions for Australian manufacturers and suppliers

That’s (nearly) it folks! While this decade isn’t quite over, the end of 2019 and moving into 2020 has a feeling of change. And looking back, there have been massive changes over the past 10 years.  We’ve seen a growing use of automation and robotics, digitisation and data analytics. And watched 3G move to 4G and now 5G. More […]

vegan food
Product Identification Technologies

Australian manufacturers, are you ready for the rise of vegan food?

Vegan cheese, vegan beer, coconut bacon… everywhere you look, brands are innovating to make vegan food dreams come true.   And who can blame them? Vegan or plant-based lifestyles are on the rise globally, with Australians more interested in becoming vegan than almost any other nation. As a result, the Australian packaged vegan food market is […]

blockchain in food traceability
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Is blockchain a game changer for food traceability in 2020?

It’s been just over 18 months since we first discussed the idea of blockchain for food traceability.  As we head into 2020, what’s changed? Are Australian suppliers and retailers any closer to using blockchain to improve food traceability? Where will it go next?  Before we dive in, here’s a quick recap: What is food traceability? Food […]

sustainable packaging
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Sustainable packaging is the future, here’s how to get started

Australia is in the midst of a global waste pandemic and manufacturers need to take action.  The packaging industry is currently worth USD$900 billion and forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.1% between now and 2022, as our consumption continues to soar.  In 2018, the Australia Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) outlined targets to create a more sustainable […]

US-China trade war
Global Manufacturing

US-China trade war: which Australian manufacturers win or lose?

The USA and China escalated their trade war in August this year. What happened here as a result? Firstly, the Australian dollar immediately fell to its lowest value in more than a decade.  With the world’s two largest economies in conflict, the global economy is looking more volatile than ever, with declining sales across many industries.  […]