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 […]

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 […]

product barcode verification
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

The rise and rise of product barcode verification

Does your product barcode check out? Without a good quality, accurate and scannable barcode, you can’t sell your products, retailers can’t stock your products, and customers can’t buy your products. With many retailers becoming increasingly intolerant of products causing scanning errors, a problematic barcode could spell the end of a relationship. But that’s not all.Barcode […]

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 […]

Christmas product packaging
Global Manufacturing

Top 5 ideas for shelf-ready Christmas product packaging

Ecommerce might be growing at an explosive rate, but there’s still a huge opportunity for brands to win over customers in physical stores this festive season. Your Christmas product packaging could hold the key. In 2017, Australian consumers were expected to spend more than $20 billion on grocery items over Christmas, with an increase of […]

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 […]

codes Australian fresh produce
Trends in Identification

Decoding the rules for fresh produce in Australia (Part 2): 5 codes you need to know

Choosing the right code is a basic way of ensuring your product gets to the right place, at the right time – especially for fresh produce, which has a shorter life-span than other food products. In Part 1, we looked at Australian labelling rules for fresh produce, including what is and isn’t mandatory, and what […]

labelling rules for fresh produce
Trends in Identification

Decoding the rules for fresh produce in Australia (Part 1)

Confused about labelling rules for fresh produce? What’s mandatory? What’s not? What do retailers want? Here’s what Australian fresh produce suppliers need to know. Farming and agriculture remain vitally important to Australia’s economy, contributing almost $50 billion a year to our bottom line. But times are changing. Consumers are increasingly interested in what they’re eating and are looking […]

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 […]