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Aussie wine firms turn to AI to streamline manufacturing

The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing and significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use.

‘Coming soon: BrewDog Australia’: Craft brewer sets out Aussie brewery plans

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has announced its plans to build a brewery and taproom in Australia.

Fonterra to spend $150m to build two cream cheese plants for Asian market

Fonterra has announced plans to build two new cream cheese plants at its Darfield site in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Food firms should stop ‘dawdling’ and address major public health problems with functional products

Health and wellness concerns will spur sales of naturally functional foods in Australia, but major food firms need to “stop dawdling” and maximize the opportunities.

Craft in a froth after watchdog decides not to pursue beer majors

The craft brewing industry has hit out at Australia’s competition watchdog’s decision not to take action against beer majors over distribution contracts that they say shut them out of pubs...

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Australia’s food regulation changes: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’

The desired policy outcomes for Australian food and drink regulations are rapidly shifting away from food safety and point-of-sale information to being focused on public health and consumer rights…leading to...

This week Down Under

Science agency launches food ‘innovation and entrepreneurship’ roadmap

New technologies could see Australians eating algae-based sources of protein, developing allergenic-free nuts and helping the environment with edible packaging, according the the country’s government research institute.

FoodPro / AIFST convention 2017

New technology to help Australia’s $126bn food industry track entire supply chain

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched a new technology system – ePIF – which enables companies to track product information across its entire supply chain and provide...

Novel food status for isomalto-oligosaccharide granted in Australia and New Zealand

Regulators in Australia and New Zealand have permitted isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO) as a novel food for use in a range of food and beverages, including sports nutrition and meal replacement products. ...

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

It’s a case of when, not if, grocery e-commerce will start to soar in Australia

Australia is primed for e-commerce food sales to take off – but the big question that remains is which outfits are prepared to pump in the investment to make it possible?

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Weak consumer confidence and retail slowdown big concerns for Aussie food manufacturers

Business confidence is outweighing that of consumers in Australia, with rising household debt, more out-of-home dining and falling retailer margins having the potential to cause problems for the nation’s food...

Up and down year for Australian farming due to changeable climates

Australian agricultural production has experienced a variety of mixed results, according to “agricultural census data” released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the 2015-16 season.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Shipping dumplings to China: Minister says Aussie food firms can be 'as innovative as Silicon Valley'

The Australian food industry can become as “innovative as Silicon Valley” by embracing innovation, tapping into migrant community networks and exporting more to Asia - with one firm now seeking...

Australia

Lion refutes rumour that XXXX brewery will close

Australian brewery major Lion has categorically denied that its iconic Castlemaine Perkins brewery in Brisbane will close after media reported that staff had been notified of the closure.

NZ childcare services fall short of guidelines for child nutrition

A large number of childcare services in New Zealand that provide food to pre-schoolers aged three to four do not meet current nutrition guidelines, a recent study has found.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Australia sets sights on Southeast Asian fruit markets

Australia’s international trade mission hopes to make a bigger dent in Southeast Asian fruit markets, where demand for its produce is continuing to grow on the back of targeted promotional...

News in brief

NZ food group to launch industry internship programme

The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council will launch an internship programme to “create a pipeline of top talent for the FMCG industry”.

Meat & Livestock Australia invests in measurement systems

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is to invest an additional $14million (m) to co-fund the commercial installation of more DEXA objective measurement systems in individual red meat processing plants.

This week Down Under

CCA defends Coke No Sugar against Woolworths and Domino’s decisions

Coca-Cola Amatil has voiced its “disappointment” at Domino’s’ decision not to renew its contract with the Australian bottler, and defended Coca-Cola No Sugar after Woolworths decided to defer stocking the...

Enhanced vitamin A banana a 'world first': Australian academics

Australian researchers have created the world's first golden orange-fleshed banana, which is rich in pro-vitamin A and will help tackle micronutrient deficiency in Uganda.

Australian dairymen get contract code in wake of farmgate crisis

Australia’s dairy industry now has its first code of practice for drafting contracts to cover most of he milk produced in the country.

Indigenous botanicals: $1.25 million project to study and commercialise Aboriginal plant-based products

The nutritional profile and bioactive compounds of Aboriginal food plants will be assessed as part of a major new research partnership to support the development of an Australian native food industry....

This week Down Under

Adelaide restaurant joins researchers to study native foods

An Australian university and a foundation started by a chef with an interest in native ingredients have joined forces in a project to develop the native food industry for the...

Cracka Wines to be first Aussie company to crowd-source equity funding

An Australian wine retailer has set out to raise A$5m (US$3.8m) by crowd-sourcing equity funding from its customers as it embarks on expansion into sales in Asia.

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