metal detectors for fresh produce inspection
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Machine Vision & Quality

Pros and cons of metal detectors for fresh produce inspection

Thinking about investing in a metal detector to inspect your fresh produce? Over the past few years, Australia’s major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi – have been pushing Australia’s fresh produce suppliers to implement metal detection systems.  But it was only after the strawberry crisis hit in 2018 that many producers have started thinking seriously about the […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls
Machine Vision & Quality

3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls

Have you ever had to press the dreaded recall button?  In December, anurgent recall was issued for Nanna’s Family Apple Pie, which is sold at major supermarkets across Australia, for fears it could be contaminated with glass.  Earlier the same week, Charlesworth Nuts recalled nine products after pieces of metal were found inside a product in South […]

label version control
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Why you need label version control in 2019

How many label variations do you have for your products? Are you struggling to juggle seasonal labels for products?  You’re not alone.  As Australian suppliers face growing competition on store shelves, they are turning to creative, seasonal labels to catch shoppers’ eyes and win their wallets.  But is seasonal packaging a waste of time in […]

real-time dashboards
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Trends in Identification

The importance of real-time dashboards + 7 reasons why you need them

How is your production line doing right now? Do you know how efficient it is? Is there any downtime? Where are the bottlenecks? Manufacturing businesses are complex operations. Even the smallest manufacturers can struggle to keep an eye on what’s going on, let alone if you have multiple production lines and multiple sites.  Imagine if […]

brewery trends
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Top 7 Australian microbrewery trends brewing for 2019

Gone are the days when Australia’s craft beer industry comprised beer lovers tinkering with home-brew kits and strange ingredients in their sheds.  Today, there are more than 400 small, independent brewery businesses across Australia – doubled from 200 just six years ago, according to the Independent Brewers Association (IBA). The industry directly employs more than 2,100 […]

what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers
Trends in Identification

Predictions and trends: what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers?

2018 is almost over and what a year it was! We found needles in strawberries, saw a surge in food fraud and an outbreak in listeria from contaminated rock melons. We observed the rolling of another Australian prime minister, while the positive growth in Australian manufacturing continued. We watched Apple become the world’s first US$1 trillion business and blockchain start making waves […]

food fraud prevention
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Was 2018 the ‘year of the food fraud?’ + food fraud prevention strategies

Fake honey, fake wine, fake cherries … if there’s one thing that shook the media in 2018 (strawberry crisis excluded), it was food fraud. So what is food fraud? Food fraud refers to the sale of an inferior product represented as a more valuable one. It might be substitution, dilution, tampering or misrepresentation of ingredients […]