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 […]

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

AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines help mid-tier food & beverage 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 […]

food metal detectors
Innovation and Best Practices

What Australian food processors can learn from the strawberry crisis

Food contamination is a real risk. If there’s one lesson all food processors should take away from the past 12 months, it’s that you need to do whatever you can to safeguard product safety and quality. Strawberry farmers don’t have a choice. Following the infamous strawberry scandal, where sewing needles were found in strawberries in […]

metal detection for strawberries
Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality

Top 10 considerations when assessing X-ray or metal detection for strawberries

In light of the current strawberry-confidence crisis, what options can packers look at to protect their produce and businesses? Just now there is a crisis of consumer confidence in the Australian strawberry market: there have been some 100 reported instances of needles or pins being found in strawberries in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South […]

recall or withdrawal
Innovation and Best Practices

Recall or withdrawal? What Australian manufacturers need to know + examples

Have you noticed how recall notifications have soared recently? From listeria outbreaks to undeclared allergens and even faulty condoms, it seems barely a week goes by without Aussie news headlines warning about another major recall. Fact: Recalls are a risk for every manufacturer. Chances are the risk of a recall or withdrawal weighs on your mind […]

OEE utilisation
Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Benefits of implementing OEE

Why is OEE such a popular manufacturing-operation metric? The reason is simple: OEE can deliver accurate and actionable information to manufacturers for significant productivity improvement. First, a reminder of some OEE basics: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a best-practice metric for measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of a manufacturing process.Calculated asthe product of three factors […]

lease or buy
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Manufacturing equipment: should you lease or buy?

June 30 is creeping up fast. With it comes the inevitable question of whether it’s time to invest in new equipment or wait until the next tax year. This question is even more urgent for small and medium businesses who are counting the final days of the $20,000 instant asset write-off, arguably one of the […]

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 […]