FY19 reporting
Global Manufacturing

What we can learn from Australian manufacturers after FY19 reporting season

Now that the August reporting season is coming to a close, it’s time to take stock and look at what we can learn from the past financial year.  We took a snapshot of the reports from 8 Australian manufacturers:   Gage Roads Brewing Treasury Wine Estates Bega Cheese Group  Bellamy’s Organic A2 Milk Freedom Foods BlueScope […]

hemp oil hemp seeds hemp milk
Global Manufacturing

6 reasons Australia’s hemp industry is more than hemp oil + hemp seeds…

…plus Aussie hemp start-ups to watch Australia’s hemp industry is booming, with farmers, retailers and consumers all chasing its potential. Hemp is a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant, but without the psychoactive properties of its sibling marijuana. (Among the latter’s many cannabinoids giving the drug its “high”, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known. Hemp is […]

laser marking + serialisation in food-safety programs
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Food safety plans, part 2: essential ingredients for food-safety programs

Ask any food supplier what equipment they need for food-safety program, and laser marking wouldn’t be the first thing they say. In fact, chances are it wouldn’t even make the list.  But for brand owners who are serious about their food-safety programs and want to meet full compliance with regulators and retailers, laser marking and […]

understanding food-safety programs
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

HACCP, VACCP, TACCP: understanding food-safety programs, part 1

Everyone has no doubt heard of HACCP – or “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points”. This food-safety program has been around since NASA sent astronauts into space in the 1960s. Most food businesses in Australia need to devise a food-safety program based on HACCP principles if they want to get on the supermarket shelves or into […]

National Traceability Project
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

National Traceability Project: what your business needs to know

The National Traceability Project is well underway in Australia. So, what is it? And why does it matter for Australian manufacturers?  No longer is traceability something for only the most forward-thinking manufacturers to worry about. Around 70% of Australia’s agricultural produce is exported. Effective traceability systems are critical for access to these export markets to […]

preventative maintenance saves money
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

How preventative maintenance saves money for Australian manufacturers

The new financial year isn’t just a time to get things sorted for the Australian Tax Office. It’s a prime opportunity to review your business and look for ways to work more cost efficiently in the coming year. The good news is that Australian manufacturers don’t need to look far for the answer.  Consider this […]

Woolies is trialling GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes are coming in 2019 – what Australian food & beverage suppliers need to know

Two-dimensional codes have been around for a while without attracting much attention outside of using a fixed QR-code for consumer engagement. Now, a recent announcement from Woolworths has put the spotlight on GS1 2D codes for retail point of sale (POS) to cut product recall food waste and improve traceability.   See how track-and-trace can help you become […]

serialisation code has the potential to unlock huge benefits around traceability & transparency in the supply chain
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

5 things every Australian manufacturer must know about serialisation code

Imagine if there was one thing you could do to battle counterfeiting, improve consumer safety, control inventory, optimise the supply chain processes and build brand trust.  Actually, there is – it’s called serialisation.  For most sectors, serialisation has flown under the radar for years. But the rise of counterfeiting and food fraud means the process of putting […]

laser or inkjet
Product Identification Technologies

Laser or inkjet? What Australian manufacturers need to consider

Laser or inkjet? When it comes to investing in coding technology, that’s the first and most important decision. But if you’re trying to choose between laser and inkjet, how do you know which one is better? That’s point number one though, it’s not really a question of “which one is better?”, rather “which one is better for […]

food fraud strategies
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Food fraud strategies: how Aussie manufacturers can protect their brands

Here’s a scary scenario: when a Chinese consumer buys a product labelled “Australian beef,” there’s only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is Australian beef. There is also a 50-50 chance it contains dog, rat, horse or camel meat, or all of them combined.  This is the reality of food fraud, which is estimated to cost the global food […]