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Australian food makers heading to Foodservice Australia 2018

Haines Consulting Group and Rocket Seeder have partnered to bring together five Australian food companies to the Foodservice Australia 2018 event.

With Australia leading the way in food trends, this is the fastest growing food trade show in the nation. They’ll be showcasing some delectable tasters of new products launching soon.

The  local brands offering food samples :

Cocofrio: This first FODMAP friendly ice-cream is dairy free, gluten free and vegan friendly. Available in a range of delicious flavours, including salted caramel and choc coconut.

El Cielo: The first to grow their own corn in Oz and turn it into corn flour, El Cielo is dedicated to serving Mexican food lovers with premium, authentic cuisine made from quality ingredients, used in restaurants across Australia.

Get Farmed!: The only natural Australian muesli bar range made from 100% Australian ingredients, sourced locally to support our Aussie farmers.

Hunter Belle Dairy Co:  Using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, this award winning Hunter Valley company produce quality, handmade artisan dairy products, including cheese, yoghurt, milk and butter.

Lamb Bacon: Spend months refining the traditional techniques of salting, smoking and curing lamb to combine it with the mouthwatering flavour and texture of bacon.


Date:  27-29 May, 2018

Location:  International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW


International focus for Australian cider

A $500,000 plan to market Australian craft cider* overseas will be the hot topic of conversation at today’s Cider Australia AGM, preceding the 2018 Cider Industry Conference and CiderFest in Batlow, NSW.

The Australian Government is investing $500,000 in the craft cider industry to build a brand proposition and marketing strategy aimed at boosting exports, as part of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package).

Leading the conversation to develop a brand proposition and shape a go-to-market strategy for Australian craft cider will be Cider Australia President, Sam Reid, and internationally experienced brand strategist, Guy Taylor, engaged by Wine Australia and Cider Australia to develop a strategy that can be leveraged by Australian cider producers.

“Thanks to the $50m Package, we have a great opportunity to build a strong brand proposition that’s unique to Australia and meaningful in chosen markets,” said  Reid.

“The aim of the funding is to build a coherent brand proposition and go-to-market strategy that reflects the quality of ciders produced and marketed in Australia.

“Already our work with Wine Australia has given us access to data and learnings on cider markets around the globe.”

Insights from the Australian craft cider industry will be crucial in shaping this work. In the months preceding the AGM, Guy has been reaching out to craft cider producers to get their ideas and opinions on the craft cider industry.

A further step in the $500,000 plan is to develop a ‘toolkit’ to assist producers in understanding prospective export markets and navigating the rules and complexities associated with exporting to those markets. The Australian wine sector has developed an international reputation and exports 61 per cent of its production. The Australian craft cider industry also has the potential to achieve growth through building export markets.

* ‘Australian craft cider’ is cider produced in Australia using fresh Australian fruit ingredients.

Drives for pallet conveyor technology

Renowned for its conveyor technology, NORD Drivesystems has again pushed the boundaries to deliver optimally matched, individually configurable and flexible drive technology. The introduction of this particular drive helps to reduce the number of versions and minimises costs for transporting pallets and cage pallets with roller or chain conveyors.

For simple pallet conveyor technology applications, NORD has developed an efficient drive combination consisting of an asynchronous motor and a NORDAC BASE frequency inverter.

Managing Director for NORD DRIVESYSTEMS in Australia, Martin Broglia (pictured), explains that this drive solution is tailored to the requirements of pallet conveyor technology and boasts a robust design for durability. “This particular solution can be combined with all NORD geared motors and can be extended according to customer specifications,” he said.

“By standardising this solution, we have reduced the number of versions to considerably reduce stock of spare parts. This has also helped to optimise maintenance and reduce costs.”

The three-phase asynchronous motor powers up to 1.5 kW and features high overload capacity, solid workmanship and a long service life. The frequency inverters are installed close to the motor and are equipped with an integrated PLC. The freely programmable PLC processes the data from sensors and actuators, provides diagnostic options and communicates with the higher-level controller. A pre-installed software for control, parameterisation and diagnosis is configured for special drive requirements of pallet conveyor technology.

The drive units can be integrated into all common bus systems. The AS interface or I/O interface are especially suitable as a simple and cost oriented solution for communication in pallet conveyor technology. A different bus system can be used without any problems if there are more sophisticated requirements.

“Thanks to advanced R&D and factoring in the needs of our customers, we are pleased to announce that this drive is dependable, flexible and robust as well as service and maintenance friendly. The combination of an asynchronous motor and the NORDAC BASE, NORD has created an application-oriented drive solution for pallet conveyor technology,” said Broglia.


WHO plan to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids worldwide

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released ‘Replace’, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.

Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.

Industrially-produced trans fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods, and fried foods. Manufacturers  often use them as they have a longer shelf life than other fats. But healthier alternatives can be used that would not affect taste or cost of food.

“WHO calls on governments to use the REPLACE action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply,”said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Implementing the six strategic actions in the REPLACE package will help  achieve the elimination of trans fat, and represent a major victory in  the  global  fight against cardiovascular disease.”

REPLACE provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from the food supply:

  • REview dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change.
  • Promote the replacement of industrially-produced trans fats with healthier fats and oils.
  • Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats.
  • Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population.
  • Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats among policy makers, producers, suppliers, and the public.
  • Enforce compliance of policies and regulations.

Several high-income countries have virtually eliminated industrially-produced trans fats through legally imposed limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food. Some governments have implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrially-produced trans fats.

In Denmark, the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans fats, the trans fat content of food products declined dramatically and cardiovascular disease deaths declined more quickly than in comparable OECD countries.

“New York City eliminated industrially-produced trans fat a decade ago, following Denmark’s lead,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. “Trans fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there’s no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed.”

Action is needed in low- and middle-income countries, where controls of use of industrially-produced trans fats are often weaker, to ensure that the benefits are felt equally around the world.

Elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from the global food supply has been identified as one of the priority targets of WHO’s strategic plan, the draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) which will guide the work of WHO in 2019 – 2023. GPW13 is on the agenda of  the 71st World Health Assembly that will be held in Geneva on 21 – 26 May 2018. As part of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, the global community has committed to reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030. Global elimination of industrially-produced trans fats can help achieve this goal.

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AIP to discuss consumer & environmental trends in plastics

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) New South Wales Division will hold a technical seminar entitled “Consumer & Environmental Trends in Plastics: Reuse. Recycle” on 4 July in Parramatta.

All of industry is invited to attend and participate in the important discussion.

The AIP NSW Technical Seminar will be designed as a panel with key topics and trends being discussed openly by the guest speakers allowing interaction and questions to be drawn from the attendees.

The panel will discuss the current global discussion around Plastics and the Circular Economy, oxo degradable plastic, the shift towards Sustainable Packaging, better understanding of the current Recycling Issues and Trends, moving away from single-use plastics and how you can actually make an impact personally by buying recycled products.

Other areas for discussion will be how compostable bioplastics can assist in the diversion of organic waste from landfill and utilising compostable bioplastics for foodservice disposables.

Panelists will include: Paul Klymenko, Chief Executive Officer, Planet Ark, Joanne Howarth AAIP, Managing Director, Planet Protector, Richard Fine MAIP, Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director, BioPak and Kurt Palmer, Director-AIEN, Business Development Manager – Steinert Australia.

Ishida and Heat and Control announce enhanced co-operation

Ishida and Heat and Control are establishing a stronger collaborative alliance to provide food industry customers with full “end to end” processing and packaging solutions.

Ishida is the world leader in the design and manufacture of multihead weighers, and also offers a wide range of bagging, sealing, inspection, grading and quality control equipment to deliver total packing line solutions.  Heat and Control is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of food processing, seasoning, conveying, packaging and inspection equipment systems.

The combination of both businesses’ complementary experience and expertise, which spans almost 200 years, represents a compelling offering to food manufacturers for whom a single supplier solution will help to deliver maximum efficiencies and throughput.

“We have always enjoyed excellent co-operation with Heat & Control and have already worked together on various projects,” comments Dave Tiso, Managing Director, Ishida Europe.   “The extension of this approach makes strong commercial sense in the many benefits it will offer to our customer base.”

“The further strengthening of our partnership allows our teams to provide the added-value of a ‘one-stop’ solution; giving our customers the best in technical and service resources around the Globe,” confirms Tony Caridis, President, Heat and Control, Inc.  “Building on our foundation of innovation and support, we’re confident we can deliver enhanced value and a competitive edge to our customer partners at every step of their projects.”

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Industrial Design and Maintenance Engineers and Managers Roundtable Breakfast Registration

LOCTITE® by Henkel and Prime Creative Media have partnered to host a unique roundtable event for industrial designers, maintenance managers and engineers to identify cost savings benefits in business through increased efficiency and effectiveness in industrial assembly and repair.

When: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Where: Factory of the Future, Ground Floor AMDC Building, Swinburne University of Technology. 467-475 Burwood Road Hawthorn VIC 3122
Time: 7.45am – 10.30am
Cost: FREE

Henkel is a partner of the Swinburne Industry-linked projects. The roundtable breakfast discussion will provide you good opportunities to connect and network with the researchers at Swinburne and peers from different industries.
The event will also be the Australian launch of LOCTITE’s new hybrid adhesive range to market that will change the way industrial assembly and repair is viewed within your business. A live demo will be conducted on the day by the LOCTITE technical team.

This event is proudly supported by:

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Drainage design and food safety

Cleanliness isn’t only about what’s visible. Behind seemingly clean food preparation environments, there lies a potential hygiene risk. Drainage maker ACO can be part of the solution to this problem.

Ultimately, food safety is about ensuring the food we eat is free from contamination. To do this, food preparation areas must be as clean as possible. The aim must be to prevent work areas from becoming breeding grounds for pathogens such as listeria and salmonella and to limit their spread into other areas of the business.

In food processing plants, the possibility for bacteria to grow exists everywhere from tea towels, utensils and appliances to the floor below. For consumers, the consequence of not addressing this problem can extend to food poisoning, allergies, severe illness and even death. With an increased demand for fresh, ready to eat food and specific dietary and allergen requirements, the pressure is on for food manufacturers to provide safe products.

Every food production and retail facility should understand the need for hygienic practices, identify potential hygiene weaknesses and have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan in place. HACCP is a process designed to mitigate risk and ensure the highest level of cleanliness for maximum food safety.

How do drainage systems contribute to hygienic practice?

More often than not, after benchtops, appliances, equipment, cupboards and walls have been cleaned, cleaning water and products are swept or washed into the drainage system via grates and then into the floor gully. Therefore, it is crucial that grates and drain systems are thoroughly cleaned.

In many systems, the design of grates, floor gullies and drainage channels makes them difficult to clean thoroughly. This creates potential sites for the growth of bacteria, which can subsequently spread via foot traffic or washdown spray.

ACO is committed to hygienic drainage systems. Under its Hygienefirst philosophy, the company designs grates, gullies and channels for performance, safety and “cleanability”. Ensuring products are completely clean allows for high hygiene levels for food production facilities.

“The drains primary objective is to remove wastewater, be easily cleaned and subsequently be kept clean. If drainage is designed and installed correctly, it will reduce the bacteria that can harbour in joins, corners or crevices that occur with poor designs, thereby reducing the overall risk of contamination and food spoilage,” said Kate Jennings, product manager, ACO Australia.

Some of the key elements in the ACO design include the absence of joins and crevices where bacteria can build up; as well as sharp corners which can be difficult for brooms, mops and cleaning fluids to adequately reach and clean. In addition, drainable design ensures residual contaminated wastewater will not pool or stagnate.

Made of stainless steel for corrosion resistance and easy cleaning, ACO’s grates, floor gullies and channels are constructed with round edges for safe and easy handling, and smooth contours that won’t trap contaminants. In addition, the grates are slip resistant and minimise the risk of workplace injury. ACO recommends a standardised cleaning procedure for their stainless steel channels, drains and floor gullies. (See accompanying box).

For the most part, the level and frequency of cleaning is determined for the most part by the room’s hygienic risk profile. For example, in areas where food preparation is carried out for ready to eat meals, the moisture level of the food is high and therefore more likely to encourage bacteria growth.

“Assessing the risk with HACCP will determine the frequency and depth of the clean,” said Jennings. “Regular maintenance and inspection is often overlooked and must be part of the overall cleaning procedure for the floor and drainage system to ensure a safe food preparation environment.”

Drainage systems with corners and crevices make it difficult for cleaning with brooms and mops as the bristles cannot reach to remove waste products.
Drainage systems with corners and crevices make it difficult for cleaning with brooms and mops as the bristles cannot reach to remove waste products.

Growing trade and investment at Beef Australia 2018

An international delegation is exploring trade and investment opportunities at Beef Australia 2018.

The national beef expo, held in Rockhampton every three years, showcases Australian capability and opportunities to invest and partner across both northern and southern Australian cattle production supply chains.

Australia’s beef exports were worth $7.1 billion in 2016-17. Increasing these exports will create new Australian jobs and drive economic growth.

The Turnbull Coalition Government is working to grow Australia’s exports, such as beef, as part of our plan for a stronger economy through trade agreements.

The trade agreements the Coalition has delivered have reduced or eliminated tariffs, driving Australian beef exports. According to Meat and Livestock Australia, the benefits of the trade agreements with Korea (KAFTA), Japan (JAEPA) and China (ChAFTA) are expected to be worth an additional $20 billion to the Australian red meat and livestock industry over the next 20 years.

The recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) and the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) will offer further improvements. In 2016-17, total beef exports to the TPP-11 countries were valued at $2.6 billion.

The delegation, hosted by Austrade, includes representatives from major trading partners such as China, the United States and emerging markets like Vietnam, Turkey, Pakistan and Latin America.

They are meeting with Australian producers, suppliers and ag-tech companies, undertaking site visits to various locations across the beef supply chain in New South Wales and Victoria, including properties, processing plants and food manufacturing centres and touring the SMART Farm Innovation Centre at the University of New England.

Australia has a growing reputation for innovation and Beef Australia 2018 will showcase new technology across a range of applications, including herd management, supply chain traceability, animal health and remote livestock monitoring.

Bridging the gap – dock levellers in food & beverage manufacturing

Food & Beverage Industry News talks to MHE-Demag Australia’s Paul Clarke about how dock levellers help businesses improve their bottom lines by ensuring their logistics operations are safe and efficient.

For manufacturers, the gap between the plant floor and the delivery truck is tricky. It not only poses a potential safety risk, but also can be a source of inefficiency. For food and beverage makers, there is an added concern. Because these businesses deal with perishable products, speed and temperature control are important considerations. They have to be able to ensure their goods arrive fresh to their destinations.

MHE-Demag Australia offers a range of solutions to help businesses deal with these concerns.

“The products and solutions we offer within the industrial product market, provide entrance controls that assist with the environmental integrity within food and beverage temperature-controlled storage and manufacturing facilities,” Paul Clarke, MHE-Demag Australia’s national sales manager told Food & Beverage Industry News.

“Our low-maintenance/high-strength docking products, along with our range of industrial doors, assist with improving productivity through longevity and durability and cost reduction through environmental controls.”

How to choose the right dock leveller

There are many dock levellers on the market that are sold with promises of heavy-duty capacity or high quality. However, according to Clarke, those making such claims often overlook some important considerations.

Choosing the right product for each individual application is one such concern. “The correct size and duty of the dock leveller will not only greatly affect the transition between the factory or warehouse floor and the floor, or bed of the trailer or truck being loaded, but also improve the life cycle of the products and maintain safe operational integrity,” he said.

He said that, where floor heights and load averages are known, MHE-Demag Australia can use a formula to identify the most suitable product for the application.

“Our products not only satisfy any concerns surrounding quality, strength and integrity but can also reduce the internal footprint normally taken up by dock leveller equipment,” he said. “This can increase the valuable floor space within manufacturing or storage facilities by taking the loading process outside the buildings with external dock design options.”

The company offers a variety of docking solutions, from the hydraulically operated “Gator” pit or frame mounted dock leveller range, through to “Edge of Dock” and “Scissor Lift” dock platforms in all sizes and configurations.

According to Clarke, the Gator dock leveller is worth highlighting. Research, conducted by the company showed that one of the most critical parts for loading docks is the capacity they can carry. As a result, MHE-Demag Australia designed the Gator from scratch to allow up to 20t being carried over the dock leveller, while having the same dimensions as most existing dock pits. This design enables fitting Gators into existing dock pits as well as consideration for current projects that work on standard pit dimensions.

On top of that, MHE-Demag Australia offers a range of industrial door products as well as number of after-market safety and environmental products such as “vehicle restraint systems”, traffic control/communication systems, lights and fans for safety and comfort as well as “dock seals and shelters” that are designed to provide an environmental enclosure in and around loading docks.

Pre and after-sales support

As national sales manager, Clarke is predominantly concerned with building new business and customer relationships by penetrating into a targeted market and territories.

“I also oversee the establishment or addition of vendor and sub-contract specialist resources to accompany our technical abilities to install and service all products within our holistic product portfolio,” he said.

He pointed out that the company is not just about supplying the highest quality products. Making sure customers choose the right solution for their application is the most important concern.

“That’s why we offer a free, no obligation dock survey and site inspection prior to any business engagement, to assist with identifying any potential issues or hazards that can often be overlooked,” he said. “We also focus on constant improvements to provide high standard after-sales service and planned maintenance options to protect our customers’ best investments and provide ‘peace of mind’.”

MHE-Demag Australia has established a strong presence in the Australian food and beverage manufacturing sector. For example, the company is currently in the final stage of completion within the expansion project at the Coca Cola Amatil site in Brisbane. For this project, it has provided a docking solution package incorporating dock levellers, restraint systems and loading lights through F K Gardener & Sons Constructions.

In addition, the company also has docks installed with RED Trucks Logistics & Storage and Style Ergonomics in Sydney. There have also been further successful projects undertaken at various sites through resellers in Victoria, along with the use of industrial door products within DTZ Auburn rail maintenance facility.

The future of logistics

According to Clarke, the importance of logistics has never been greater. “I believe that with the growing demands of an increasing population within Australia there will always be a need for greater logistical presence and efficiency,” he said.

“With the arrival and expansion of global retail giants like Amazon, Costco, Lidl and many more making their way into our growing market, the need for viable and reliable products that assist with the productivity of this sector will be in high demand. Quality is now the growing focus and presence within this modern market and MHE-Demag is renowned for being at the forefront of quality and safety with cranes and lifting equipment. This experience in delivering highest quality solutions now dwells into docking solutions to serve the food and beverage industry.”

MHE-Demag Australia designed the Gator from scratch to allow up to 20t being carried over the dock leveller.
MHE-Demag Australia designed the Gator from scratch to allow up to 20t being carried over the dock leveller.

Green machines delivering sustainability and growth

Heat and Control, a maker of equipment for processing, product handling, packaging and inspection, helps food businesses achieve sustainability through innovative manufacturing.

Global population growth combined with demand for a more diverse range of products has seen an increase in the levels of pollution and waste levels resulting from food manufacturing. This provides food makers with a number of challenges, including the need to adopt more efficient and sustainable production methods to meet legislative changes around climate change, or to suit company culture and ethics.

Reducing carbon emissions is driving Heat and Control’s commitment to green manufacturing. The company’s R&D teams are constantly looking at ways to create innovative solutions around water and energy reduction technology, waste treatment/reductions and reclaiming or reusing material. The challenge in green manufacturing is being able to reduce waste and pollution while finding ways to improve equipment design to see higher production efficiencies both in equipment and processes.

“This investment into green manufacturing technologies is something we have long prided ourselves on, and we are continuously looking for ways to develop new processes and enhance the existing methods of use” said Jim Strang, CEO – Heat and Control Asia Pacific and Europe.

“When we design our equipment, sustainability is front of mind. We not only ask ourselves how we can increase yield and efficiencies through automation for our customers, but also how we can reduce emissions and waste.”

Energy savings and pollution reduction

Heat and Control offers complete snack systems for producers of natural potato chips, corn and tortilla chips, and other snacks, plus taco shells, corn tortillas, and tostadas.

Many of these now feature energy saving and pollution control systems, with the company developing a number of heat exchangers that combine the incineration of fryer exhaust pollutants with high-efficiency oil heating to help processors meet emission control regulations.

The Kleenheat pollution control heat exchanger incinerates and removes virtually all odours, oil and other particulates from fryer stack exhaust that would normally pollute the air and area around your plant. Heat and Control’s latest graduated density oil heating tube bundle provides 10 per cent greater thermal efficiency than existing models, and is fully compliant with US, EC, and Australian regulations.

Designing innovative ways to reuse previously exhausted waste gases can increase production efficiency and save energy, while reducing carbon emissions. The Heat and Control heat exchanger with combustion air pre-heater (and booster heater) can preheat cooking oil to boost fryer production by up to 11 – 15 per cent with no extra fuel consumption.

Managing oil use

Frying oil can be an expensive part of food processing and any steps the processor can use to reduce loss or wastage of oil are always welcome. Oil recovery during production not only reduces energy usage, but also sees higher yields through cost savings. Where cooking oil is used during production of the finished food product, Heat and Control has sought solutions to increase oil life.

Using the Oil Sweep System (pictured above), manufacturing operations can recover oil used in French fry production through a bank of cyclones and return it to the fryer oil recovery system. In addition, they can remove solid fines and transfer reusable oil by pump back into the frying system.

Heat exchangers can help manage the use of oil, with low oil volume promoting fast oil turnover and inhibiting the formation of free fatty acids.  Rapid, uniform heat transfer allows fryers to respond more quickly to changes in product load, and protects oil quality by maintaining a low oil film temperature.

Water conservation

Heat and Control has increased its use of recycled water for product and equipment cleaning. High levels of water usage can be costly for food manufacturers, so the company has developed a Water Cleanup System (WCS) for its slice washing system, which reduces fresh water usage up to 50 per cent, compared to conventional slice washing systems. WCS cleans and reuses wash water, concentrates starch and fines for more efficient removal, and reduces sewer loading and the burden on a starch recovery system.

Heat and Control has also developed an oil mist eliminator that removes oil mist from fryer exhaust without the need for water or high-horsepower fans and a heat recovery system which recovers normally lost heat from the fryer exhaust stack. This system condenses otherwise wasted steam to make hot water for blanching, sanitation, or even building heat.

The company offers four standard sizes of Stack Heat Recovery Units (SHRS), and can also tailor design applications to individual needs.  Absorption chiller technology is becoming more common in hotter areas for building air conditioning and the company’s SHRS acts as an ideal heat source.

Blanching potatoes before cooking is a necessary but costly part of the potato production process. The Heat and Control E-FLO system uses Pulse Electric Field Processing (PEF) technology to perforate the cell walls of the potatoes, creating micro holes that allow asparagine and reducing sugars to be removed in a cold water wash. The tissue of the potatoes becomes more permeable, which can eliminate or reduce the need to blanch them before cooking. E-FLO can also increase yield which, in turn, reduces energy use.

All these innovations are intended to help Heat and Control’s customers reduce their pollution and waste levels while increasing operational cost savings through improved manufacturing design. Reducing the environmental impacts of processing can lower energy use and overall costs, while providing food manufacturers with innovative technology that will provide a significant return on investment in the years to come.

The E-FLO system reduces the need to blanch potatoes before cooking them.
The E-FLO system reduces the need to blanch potatoes before cooking them.

Mandatory labelling for lupin starts soon

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reminding food businesses that mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin begin on 26 May 2018.

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said lupin is a legume which belongs to the same plant family as peanuts, and has the potential to be an allergen.

“In Australia, lupin has not typically been used in food, however, due to its high protein and fibre content we are seeing an increase in its use,”  Booth said.

“In 2017, lupin was added to the list of allergens that must be declared on food labels. Food businesses were given 12 months to meet these requirements.

“Any foods that contain lupin must declare it on the label from 26 May 2018 – even if it’s already on the shelf.

“Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies so it is vital that food businesses get it right.

“Even if the food is not in a package (for example, food prepared at and sold from a takeaway shop), allergen information must be displayed in connection with the food or provided to the purchaser if requested.”

Packaging solutions for the meat & poultry industries

Signode has 40 years’ experience in supplying innovative, fast, hygienic and reliable strapping machines to the meat and poultry industries. The company’s packaging equipment is manufactured and designed to improve businesses’ bottom lines.

Signode manufactures load containment and protective packaging systems that have been engineered to specific applications; systems that protect products, streamline production and improve profits.

The company knows the meat and poultry industry and understands that, for businesses operating in this sector, the hygiene imperative extends beyond their actual products. By law, for example, packaging machinery used in this sector must be made (internally and externally) with stainless steel.

On top of this important consideration, much like any manufacturer, these businesses are looking for packaging machinery that delivers them speed, accuracy and reliability, while minimising downtime. They want machines that will cut their labour costs and provide good returns on investment.

Signode has become a one stop shop for its customers’ strapping and wrapping needs. The company’s extensive range of equipment, strapping and consumables, backed up with onsite national service and parts supply, suit any application no matter how challenging or demanding.

Strapping machines

Signode makes stainless steel strapping machines to suit low to high volume users, who perform a range of applications and have varying budgets. The company offers everything from entry level semi-automatic machines, right up to fully automated inline strapping machines that can apply as many as 65 straps per minute.

The Signode MST (Pictured above), a semi-automatic, low-cost option for low to moderate volume strapping applications is ready to use in minutes. The machine features an easy-touch LED display control panel and electronic tension adjustment up to 50kg. Available with a full stainless steel body, it also comes with safety switches on each door (including the tabletop cover).

The next step up in terms of speed is the Predator 12 Stainless Steel Automatic (pictured below). An automatic strapping machine manufactured with safety in mind, it is suitable for use in the corrosive environments found in food and meat processing industries, and can apply up to 30 straps per minute.

Features of the Predator 12 Stainless Steel include safety switches on all doors, automatic strap loading, and electronic tension adjustment up to 70kg. It also has an automatic strap eject feature for coil changes and it operates in three modes – manual, tabletop sensor and foot pedal.

Any mis-fed straps are easily and quickly corrected with the Signode Predator’s automatic cut and re-feed feature.

Then there is the top-of-the-line strapping machine, the MOD GPX, which can apply up to 65 straps per minute. Available in automatic and fully automatic inline options, this machine features an entirely modular design that provides unparalleled flexibility and longevity for general purpose strapping machines. Each module can be quickly replaced by operators for desired upgrades or maintenance without disrupting production.

Available in stainless steel for hand presented cartons or fully automated applications, the MOD GPX is ideal for cold, damp environments where corrosion resistance is necessary.

Further features include safety switches, adjustable strap tension up to 90kg, and self-diagnostics.

Given the importance of food safety and the increasing prevalence of food fraud, it is important for food and poultry producers to be able to clearly identify their products.

This imperative makes strapping – rather than say taping or gluing – of boxes a wise choice for these businesses. Signode offers printed strap to compliment export users to identify products for security purposes. This type of identification is particularly valuable for exporters who need to identify themselves in the global supply chain.

Nation-wide support & services

Signode offers more than just quality products. The company’s service, maintenance, engineering and spare parts support help achieve year-on-year uptime for businesses and ultimately reduce their cost of ownership on their machinery.

Before any sales take place, the company works with clients to choose the best machinery for each job. It also conducts audits in order to identify, and then fix operational bottlenecks.

In terms of after sales support, Signode keeps standard equipment in stock to cover maintenance requests and also offers training to enable businesses to fix their own machines, as well as safety training. Service agreements along with preventative maintenance help ensure mechanical issues are fixed before they result in costly downtime.

While the company offers over-the-phone technical support, it realises that this cannot be relied upon in all circumstances. Its field sales and service representation is nation-wide. Importantly, this means that customers in regional areas of Australia are not left out of the service equation.

The company offers flexible buying options for all strapping machines, meaning that customers can either buy outright or take advantage of a rental program.

The Signode package allows customers the peace of mind that they are using safe, reliable, fast, new equipment technology available in full stainless steel or painted finish.

The Predator 12 Stainless Steel Automatic can apply up to 30 straps per minute.
The Predator 12 Stainless Steel Automatic can apply up to 30 straps per minute.


Keytone Dairy launches Prospectus to raise $15m & list on ASX

Keytone Dairy, an Australian wholly-own subsidiary of Keytone Enterprises (NZ) Company Ltd, has lodged its Prospectus with ASIC in order to raise up to $15 million and list on the Australian Securities Exchange via IPO.

The Company is aiming to raise $12 million (up to $15 million with oversubscriptions) in connection with the IPO to facilitate a listing on the ASX through the issue of 60 million (up to 75 million with oversubscriptions) shares at an issue price of $0.20 per share, with the offer due to close on 1 June 2018. The Company has reserved discretion to close the IPO early. Peloton Capital is the Lead Manager of the IPO. Once listed, the Company will have a market capitalisation of $30 million (based on the IPO issue price of $0.20 per share and after the maximum subscription of $15 million being raised).

Keytone Dairy is a New Zealand-based manufacturer, packer and exporter of dairy and nutrition blended products, with a current focus on powdered dairy products. Since 2014, Keytone Dairy has been using its proprietary manufacturing facility in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has commercialised whole and skim milk powder as well as other dairy powder blends under its proprietary brands. Keytone Dairy also contract-packs a range of powdered dairy products for major supermarkets, retail chains, dairy producers and other customers, in New Zealand and China, under their private label brands.

Keytone Dairy holds the coveted China Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) license, a pre-requisite for importation of dairy products into the People’s Republic of China. It is also Halal-certified, enabling exports into Muslim countries.

“China’s per capital dairy consumption is less than one third of the global average but rapidly growing. Keytone has been able to capitalise on this rapidly growing market with its clean, green and high quality New Zealand dairy products,” said Bernard Kavanagh, Non-Executive Chairman of Keytone Dairy, and dairy industry veteran.

“We believe that the ASX listing will turbocharge Keytone Dairy’s growth. Keytone Dairy has already purchased land for two new manufacturing facilities it plans to build, in addition to its purpose built existing Christchurch facility.”

Selected examples of private label brands manufactured by Keytone Dairy.
Selected examples of private label brands manufactured by Keytone Dairy.


SMC merges its digital pressure switch range under the same design

SMC is building on the success of its ZSE20(F)/ISE20 pressure switch range which features 3-screen display, 3-step setting mode and selectable delay time function, with the ZSE20(F)#/ISE20# (A, B and C). The extended series will help operators deliver efficiencies in terms of control and time saving.

Following the success of SMC’s pressure switch last year, SMC has extended its ZSE20(F)/ISE20 digital switch range. The A, B and C variations share the original ZSE20(F)/ISE20’s display, setting, selectable delay time, as well as the lightweight and compact design. All models simplify the visual process for operators, while saving time as there are fewer push button operations to perform.

The added variations also match the terms of enclosure, output type and media of the current series:

  • A Model-> Current ZSE30(F)/ISE30A-> IP40, NPN/PNP and Analogue output
  • B Model-> Current ZSE40(F)/ISE40A-> IP65, NPN/PNP and Analogue output
  • C Model-> Current ZSE80(F)/ISE80-> IP65, NPN/PNP and Analogue output, for fluids.

Thus far, customers have been particularly impressed with the functionality of design, its ease-of-use and accuracy of information which is readily available with minimal delay. The models are compact and lightweight to deliver space savings.



Total Tips – design and building advice for food & beverage manufacturers

Welcome to Total Tips, a regular column by plant building and design provider, Total Construction about how businesses can ensure they have well-designed, well-functioning manufacturing facilities that give them the best chance to prosper. This issue we hear from Tom Franks, a design engineer at the company.

TIP 2 – Building to hygiene standards helps ensure a clean working environment and decrease the risk of future food safety issues.

Food safety is priority number one for food and beverage manufacturers. As the recent Australian listeria outbreak illustrates, failure to properly address the issue can lead to illness or even death of the people who matter the most, consumers. On top of that are the business costs. Food safety scares can shut down operations and, worse, significantly damage the reputations of food manufacturers.

Maintaining a clean and safe environment all starts with the design and building of the manufacturing facility.

Designing the facility

When it comes to design, there are many rules to follow. Facilities in this sector must not only conform to the National Construction Code, but also to food and beverage design and hygiene standards. On top of that some buyers, such as Woolworths, have their own standards above and beyond the national standards.

Many factors – including bacteria and microbial growth, disease, vermin, and bugs – need to be considered when designing a facility. A good fit out methodology can help reduce the risk of contamination. Employing smooth and impervious surfaces allows for ease of clean down in operations. Areas where this can help include food grade stainless steel; epoxy resin flooring, sandwich panel walls and ceilings; coved and sealed junctions between floors, walls and ceilings; sealed concrete; and so on.

The presence of a food literate process engineer and a food hygienist can help businesses determine what design features will be required and where.

For example, it is important to ensure there are hand wash basins for employees to use after touching food, sneezing, or coughing. Also, there should be sanitation stations at all entries into production areas; male and female change rooms should be provided, with boot scrubbers or boot change areas with swing over benches if required; and colour coded clothing and tools can be used to identify employees working in high or low risk hygiene areas.

The pooling of water where dirt and grime are present can help listeria breed and grow. Good facility design which ensures all floors have appropriate falls to drains can prevent this. However, it is not only pooling on the floors that can cause problems. Drain pipes themselves can also play a big part in bacteria growth. Thankfully, the use of backflow prevention valves in pipes helps prevent this from happening.

Understanding how the client wants to run the facility from entry to exit, knowing the number of employees, and so forth all help to design a safe facility with appropriate hygiene systems.

Building the facility

From time to time, Total hears people describe food factories as “just boxes”. This is, of course, incorrect and, anyway, it’s what is inside the box that matters. If good hygiene practices are not in place, kitchens and food preparation areas can provide optimal environments for bacteria to breed. Minimising the risk of cross-contamination and spread of bacteria and ensuring proper hygiene are critical elements in ensuring the well-being of staff and consumers.

Total has vast experience in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. The company’s deep understanding of hygiene requirements means that they can be relied upon to deliver not only well-functioning, hygienic facilities, but also peace of mind.


ARBS 2018 Industry Awards – winners announced

ARBS 2018, Australia’s only international air conditioning, refrigeration and building services trade exhibition, last night announced the ARBS Industry Awards winners for 2018 at a gala dinner hosted by media personality Tony Squires, held at ICC Grand Ballroom in Sydney.

The awards are now firmly entrenched in the HVAC&R and building services industry and attracted nominees from across all sectors. A panel of industry experts evaluated the nominations based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability, performance and innovation. The award winners are:

The ARBS Young Achiever Award 2018:

–             Jason Harrison – Airmaster Australia

The ARBS Product Excellence Award 2018:

–             ACDHUM-LD – Air Change

The ARBS Project Excellence Award 2018:

–             F Mayer Refrigerated cold storage/distribution centre – Strathbrook Industrial Services & Danfoss Australia

The ARBS Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award 2018:

–             Mobile CO2 Training Unit – Danfoss (Australia) Pty Ltd

The ARBS Software/Digital Excellence Award 2018:

–             Clarity – HydroChem

The ARBS Outstanding Service & Maintenance Award 2018:

–             A.G. Coombs Group Pty Ltd

The ARBS Hall of Fame 2018 (all nominations receive the award):

–             Stephen Gilchrist – CIBSE ANZ

–             John Bosci – AIRAH

–             Mark Padwick – AREMA

–             David Seedsman – AMCA

–             Warren Cole – RACCA


SunPork Group future-proof Swickers Kingaroy bacon factory

The SunPork Group is partnering with Wiley to upgrade and expand their processing capacity at the Swickers Kingaroy bacon factory by early 2019. The new slaughter room on the western side of Swickers’ site is a $60 million greenfield expansion that will further establish the business as the largest pork processor in the state.

As the largest employer in the South Burnett region, this expansion is a significant investment in the community’s future. Swickers currently processes over ninety per cent of the pigs processed in Queensland, and this expansion will allow the broader pig industry in Queensland to grow with the increased processing capacity. Swickers is the only export accredited pig abattoir in Queensland and their quality pork is much in demand by local and export customers.

Wiley has been engaged on both the design and the delivery of the project and will be working with local suppliers to deliver the project. Wiley Senior Project Manager, Greg Lynn said, “I am looking forward to delivering this project for Swickers with local suppliers in the South Burnett region. This project has been a vision of the company for some time and I am excited to be helping them to realise it.”

Wiley Managing Director, Tom Wiley said, “We are proud to be designing and delivering this facility for Swickers to enable them to respond to demand while also being a huge investment in the community. I am excited to be working with a company who shares our community values and bringing their project to life.”

Wiley has been collaborating on the design with Swickers to ensure their facility upgrade is state of the art and future proofed. While not required immediately, the new plant will be capable of processing at three times the speed and overall volume of the current plant. Wiley will be delivering; complete slaughter floor, freezer, chillers, amenities and offal rooms. The 4700m² project will take approximately 12 months to complete.

AIP to run food waste half-day training course for Thailand

As a part of the Australian Institute of Packaging’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12:3 the Institute will be taking its new ‘Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste’ half-day training course to Thailand in June as a part of ProPak Asia 2018.

Taking place on Wednesday 14th of June, the course is supported by the Asian Packaging Federation, the Indonesian Packaging Federation and the World Packaging Organisation. It is open to anyone in the industry who needs to better understand the issue of food waste and packaging.

Overview on course:

Over one third of the food grown for human consumption is lost or wasted between farm and fork. In Australia alone it is estimated to be valued at $20 billion per year, with half of this occurring in households. There are many reasons why this loss is occurring. There are also many opportunities to be more efficient with resources.

This course will provide participants with an introduction to the seriousness of food waste in this country and globally and how we can all make a difference as team members of the product-packaging design process to this issue.

It will cover packaging design criteria for Best-Practice Save Food Packaging Design developments that should be considered. With hands-on and practical case studies participants will learn how designing packaging to save food actually saves food.

Course Objectives:

  •  Understanding of where and why food loss and waste occurs.
  • Understanding the role of packaging in minimising loss through the supply chain and at the household level.
  • Understanding of key packaging design criteria to minimise food loss/waste.
  • Appreciation of the environmental life cycle profile of food, packaging and food waste.

This course is ideally suited to packaging technologists, designers, engineers, marketers, production and procurement managers and for industries across the food supply chain (farm to fork).


Room 223


Bang Na, Bangkok 10260, Thailand

Course Presenter: Pierre Pienaar (Prof) MSc, FAIP, CPP; Education Director – Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)


To register your place simply book on-line at or


Innovative cask for beverages & liquid products

Jet Technologies has launched an innovative cask solution, which is suitable for all types of drinks and offers a superior preservation quality when compared with bag-in-box systems.

The cask can be custom printed to maximise branding on shelf and allow companies to brand their drink products without the need for additional external packaging.

The bags are flexible, self-supporting and come in 1.5, 2, 3 or 5 litre sizes with a choice of aseptic options. They allow companies in Australia and New Zealand who sell fruit juice, wine, dairy, olive oil, cold brew coffee and any other liquid or beverage, to maintain the quality of their product beyond a traditional bag-in-box product.

The shaped pouch provides a modern look and features a carry handle that also helps with pouring.

“We are excited to be offering the Australian and New Zealand drinks marketplace access to a new innovation in the packaging of liquid products,” said Daniel Malki, General Manager, Jet Technologies. “Our innovative cask can help extend the shelf life of a range of beverages when compared to using bag-in-box systems.”

“Shelf life is extended due to the film structure of the packaging, which provides an important barrier to oxygen and ensures the preservation of the product for a longer period of time. For example, this permits wine to be kept for up to eight weeks in ambient environments after opening, and up to six weeks after opening for many other drinks including fruit juice.”

Jet Technologies is sponsoring the ‘Packaging Innovation’ Award at this year’s Food & Beverage Industry Awards. Nominations can be made here.