A robotic solution takes hand for the banana industry
Food & Beverage
by Adam Mccleery
13h ago
Image: markrhiggins/AdobeStock QUT’s innovative robotic arm project could revolutionise banana farming through the automation of de-handing, increasing efficiency and promising a sustainable future in agriculture innovation. In a collaboration between Hort Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Future Food Systems, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM), and BNL Industrial Solutions, a $2 million program is underway to transform the landscape of banana farming. The primary focus is to prototype a robot arm that will automate a process called banana de-handing. The scient ..read more
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Championing women in food: FREE entries open to the 2024 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards
Food & Beverage
by Adam Mccleery
14h ago
Image: Australian Women's Small Business Awards Entries have officially opened to the 2024 Australian Women’s Small Business Awards – a prestigious and comprehensive programme that celebrates female small business owners from across the country. This year marks the third consecutive year of the Awards, which spotlight the achievements of some of the nation’s most inspiring women in small business. From fresh food, bakery, café, restaurant and fast-food business owners to farmers, food manufacturers and those in hospitality, the Australian ..read more
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Dolmio celebrates Foodbank volunteers
Food & Beverage
by Adam Mccleery
14h ago
Image: Dolmio/Foodbank Dolmio delighted 70 Foodbank volunteers with a Spag Bol lunch to say thank you for their hard work. This comes following recent statistics from Foodbank that, approximately 210,000 hours of volunteer time – with a value of around $4.9 million1 – were “donated” to help them tackle food insecurity in 2023. The lunch was held to recognise the important role of Foodbank volunteers in the lead up to National Volunteers Week (20-26th May) – with the DOLMIO team rolling up their sleeves to serve the Dolmio Bolognese feast, with a side-helping of heartfelt thanks. Foodbank Austr ..read more
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Public food and beverage manufacturing hearing to give voice to the industry
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
16h ago
Image: CarlosBarquero / stock.adobe.com Today (Thursday 23 May 2024), the House Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources will hold a day of public hearings in Sydney as part of its inquiry into food and beverage manufacturing in Australia. This will be the first of several public hearings the Committee will hold across the country to hear from a range of stakeholders. These include those from the food and beverage industry, processing, packaging, and recycling businesses, and the research and development sector. Committee Chair, Mr Rob Mitchell MP, said the industry can express ne ..read more
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Work starts on 7000 solar panels at Suntory’s $400M Queensland facility
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
16h ago
Image: BlazingDesigns / stock.adobe.com $3 billion multi-beverage partnership, Suntory Oceania between Suntory Global Spirits1 and Suntory Beverage & Food, has commenced work on a 14km stretch of solar panels at its new Ipswich facility in Queensland. The delivery of the site’s carbon neutral ambitions is the subject of the Australia Food & Grocery Council’s 2024 Sustaining Australia TV series. The episode provides a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-class manufacturing and distribution facility and showcases its sustainable approach to manufacturing. “The investment really shows the ..read more
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Korean staple bibigo Frozen Gimbap hits Aussie shelves for the first time
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
2d ago
Image: CJ Foods Oceania CJ Foods Oceania’s bibigo frozen Gimbap is now bringing the vibrant flavours of Korea straight to Woolworths stores across the country.  As part of the global K-Street Food movement, CJ Foods Oceania is bringing the beloved Korean staple, Gimbap, to the forefront of Australian cuisine.  For the first time in mainstream retail, Aussies can enjoy the authentic taste of Korean-style Gimbap.  Gimbap is a blend of sesame oil-seasoned rice, seaweed, and various nutritious fillings. Wrapped in a layer of rice and seaweed and sliced into bite-s ..read more
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New report details increased diversity within grape and wine sector
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
2d ago
Image: Kirsten Davis/peopleimages.com / stock.adobe.come A new report funded by Wine Australia has revealed an increase in the representation of the studied roles in the Australian grape and wine sector. The report Women in the Australian Wine Sector: How have the numbers changed in CEO, winemaking, viticulture, and marketing roles since 2013? was conducted by Dr Jeremy Galbreath of Strateos Group. The new national study compares results from 2021–2023 to Dr Galbreath’s original study assessed the gender composition of the wine sector over the period 2007–2013.  The first ..read more
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17th Legends Awards celebrates Hunter Valley’s wine and tourism industry
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
2d ago
Image: Alizada Studios/stock.adobe.com The annual awards held at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley united more than 360 industry professionals and guests from the Hunter Valley wine and tourism industry.  The Legends Awards honours the region’s rich history and celebrates the lasting legacy of those who contribute outstanding service to the industry.  This year Colin Peterson and John Drayton were inducted as 2024 Hunter Valley Living Legends. Iain Riggs AM, chair of the Living Legends acknowledged their significant contributions.  “Colin and Jo ..read more
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More choices and more solutions with consolidated Motion
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
2d ago
Motion’s strong buying power makes the company a commercially beneficial partner. Image: Motion Australia The story of Motion Australia begins over a century ago, spanning the supply of bearings, industrial drives, motors, lifting, sealing and fluid power solutions as well as engineering services. Food & Beverage Industry News reports. Leon Stefanec, national product development, Motion Australia, said with an extensive selection of products, expertise, and branches nationwide, the company is living out its promise to provide Australian industrial businesses with ‘more choices, more soluti ..read more
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New ifm hygienic flow meter with IO-Link to benefit food manufacturing
Food & Beverage
by Jack Lloyd
3d ago
Image: IFM Efector In today’s fast-paced industrial sector, the intersection of digital connectivity and hygiene is crucial for maintaining product quality and meeting regulatory standards. The rise of digitalisation has brought transformative changes to various industries, especially in flow measurement. Digitalisation has significantly improved food manufacturing by offering real-time data accuracy and ensuring quality assurance. Easy plug-and-play installations can simplify the setup process, enabling operations to quickly leverage the benefits of digital connectivity. One prime example of ..read more
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