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36 Short Rakia

Product Manufacturer  Virginia Spirits
Launch date March 2016
Ingredients Made from high quality red wine and distilled with star anise. Rakia gold is then rested a little longer in a vat with 36 Short’s secret ingredient.
Shelf Life Endless
Packaging Saverglass
Product Manager Jon &  Con Lioulios
Country of origin Australia
Brand Website www.36short.com.au
Description Rakia is widely known as the ‘National Spirit of the Balkans’. Whilst the traditional style of Rakia is known to be strong and robust, this new world 36 Short Gold Rakia has a rich aroma with a full-bodied, smooth mouth feel with a hint of spice and a subtle sweet undertone due to the ageing and distillation process.

This new world 36 Short White Rakia has smooth delicate flavour with subtle fruit with a clean fresh finish. It is a diverse spirit than can be enjoyed straight up or mixed in a cocktail as an easy drinking, refreshing alternative.

Contact Email admin@36short.com.au

Chinese agribusiness invests in SA biotech

GLOBAL Chinese agribusiness Shandong Tianjiu Industrial Group has entered into a three-year $1 million joint research agreement with South Australian institution Flinders University to expand a world-class microalgae and related advanced marine bioproduct development centre.

The research collaboration will focus on identifying new products and developing novel, energy-efficient advanced manufacturing technologies to increase applications, yields and purity of high-value marine bioproducts for functional foods in the premium export market.

Shandong Tianjiu Industrial Group manages more than 7000 hectares of intensive commercial farming, has a workforce of more than 800, and annual global sales of more than $A220 million. Its biotech subsidiary produces more than 500 tonnes of plant product extracts a year, including yam flour, malt extract and a popular certified non-dairy creamer.

Tianjiu is also one of the largest manufacturers of plant-derived functional peptides from food crops such as soybean, corn and peas.  These plant extracts have a wide range of applications in the health food and nutritional supplement industries, beverage and baking sectors, as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

In 2014, Flinders University partnered with Chinese company Gather Great Ocean Group (GGOG) to establish an Advanced Macroalgae Biotechnology Joint Laboratory at Flinders University in Adelaide and in Qingdao, China.

Professor Wei Zhang, director of the Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development at Flinders, said the Shandong Tianjiu group-Flinders University joint investment was the first phase of investment and could expand in future.

“South Australia’s clean marine environment is very highly regarded in Asia,” Prof Zhang said.

“We are delighted to partner with this large agricultural, food and biotech processing company which is investing heavily in innovation and has already invested millions in R&D, developing food supplements or functional bioproducts and improved pharmaceuticals from plant extracts, fermentation and biotech polypeptide technology.

“Developing high-value marine biotech for advanced food manufacturing will add to Australia’s growing marine ‘blue economy’ which is forecast to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025.

South Australia is considered a world leader in clean green premium seafood and has large stocks of southern Bluefin tuna, abalone, oysters and southern rock lobster.

Cottee’s Cordial sales sour in Australian households

Figures from Nielsen Homescan have shown sales of Cottee’s cordial and other brands have been declining exponentially over the past year.

In the 12 months from October 2014, the sale of the sugary drink declined by 5.8 per cent by value and 11.2 per cent by volume, with sales declining at a higher rate than the previous year.

Only 53.7 per cent of Australian households now stock the drink, compared to 56.1 per cent in 2014 and 58.7 per cent in 2013.

Once it’s prime demographic, the majority of the drop comes from adults under 35 who have turned their back on the drink.

According to market research firm Euromonitor International, the consumption of cordial in Australia has declined from 5.46L per capita in 2012 to 5.23L in 2013.

The drink has also reportedly been cut back from shelves at supermarket giants like Coles and Woolworths , as more consumers reach for low-sugar options.

 

Australian manufacturing hits massive performance in March

Manufacturing in Australia has shot up to its highest level of expansion since April 2004 according to Ai Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

The index, which takes into account production levels, new orders, deliveries, inventories and employment figures, all with varying weights, shows that the Australian manufacturing sector has expanded for nine months straight -the country’s longest period of expansion since 2006.

According to Ai Group’s Chief executive Innes Wilcox, the index shows that the Australian manufacturing sector has expanded for nine months straight -the country’s longest period of expansion since 2006.

“Even though the dollar has appreciated quite strongly since mid-January, the local currency is still close to 30 per cent lower against the US dollar and almost 20 per cent lower against the True Weighted Index compared with three years ago,” Wilcox said.

Australia significantly outgrew the American and Eurozone regions in March, while China, Japan and the UK saw declines in manufacturing.

The highest ever recorded level on the index was recorded thanks to a boost in the food, beverages and tobacco subsectors.

A weaker Australian dollar also assisted locally manufactured food and beverage products as they began to replace imports, while exports from Australia increased.

Wilcox believed the recovery for the large machinery and equipment subsectors was significant due to the external influences of a declining mining investment and the wind-down of the local automotive industry.

The only other subsector that did not experience growth was the non-metallic mineral products subsector, which remained stable following a solid growth in February.

Manufacturers in this subsector, which produces bricks, cement and glass, noted that a decline in large engineering construction activities counterbalanced increased demand from residential construction.

With the manufacturing momentum now positive from the initial depreciation of the Australian dollar, Wilcox believes “the positive trend appears to have some way to run”.

 

ACCC brings home the Beef industry

Australia’s consumer watchdog is turning its attention to the beef industry.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will examine competition, efficiency, transparency and trading issues in the nation’s beef and cattle supply chain.

Among the areas to be reviewed by the ACCC are competition between buyers of cattle and suppliers of processed meat; implications of saleyard attendees bidding on behalf of multiple buyers; the transparency of carcase pricing and grading methods; and barriers to entry and expansion in cattle processing markets.

Australia’s agricultural sector is booming, with the industry selling about $1 billion in beef to China last year.

Public forums will be held across regional Australia and the release of a final report is planned for late November.

NZ Milk Prices to find new market amid volatility

In order to avoid risking volatile milk prices, financial markets operator NZX has developed a new market for dairy farmers in New Zealand.

To fix the future price of milk and reduce uncertainty, the company plans to allow farmers, processors and stakeholders to participate in a futures and options market trading platform.

According to the AAP, the milk contracts will add to the NZX’s existing futures contracts for whole milk powder, skim milk powder, anhydrous milk fat and butter, and its whole milk powder options.

By allowing product prices to be set by the market, global dairy prices have becoming increasingly volatile over recent years as government subsidies and schemes propping up prices have reduced.

According to NZX head of derivatives Kathryn Jaggard, Fonterra had unsuccessfully trialled its own fixed-price scheme, known as the ‘guaranteed milk price’ which allows farmers to lock in some of their milk supply at a fixed price.

“Dairy has opened up in terms of its trade and it has transitioned into a global commodity and is now experiencing similar levels of volatility as other commodities,” Jaggard said.

“The development of these contracts is really in response to demand from dairy farmers and is a consequence of that continued volatility.”

Landcorp, the country’s largest corporate farmer, was disappointed by Fonterra’s unsuccessful scheme as it would’ve benefitted from the ability to plan future operations alongside the price of its production.

 

 

‘Australia’s Fast Food’ – meat pie exhibition coming to a library near you

An exhibition detailing the history of the meat pie and its iconic place in Australian culture is currently touring NSW libraries.

Titled ‘The Meat Pie: Australia’s Own Fast Food’, the exhibition is being curated by the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET). It first showed in May last year and by the end of this year it will have visited around 40 NSW libraries.

Ian Arthur, who researched and curated the exhibition, told ABC Radio the meat pie dates as far back as the second century AD. The pastry in the pie was intended as vessel to contain the meat as it cooked.

Arthur said the history of the pie in Australia started with the first white settlers and, over time, the meat pie became Australia’s iconic fast food, in the same way America is known for hamburgers or Britain for Fish and Chips.

However, interestingly, Australians are not the biggest meat pie consumers. New Zealanders share our love of the meat pie and they each consume an average of 15 of the tasty packages a year compared to the 12 per year that Australians consume.

Image: ASHET

Juice maker secures new distribution deals

Juice maker The Food Revolution Group (FOD) has secured new distribution deals with both the major supermarket chains and independent distributors.

The company said in a statement it had signed deals with Woolworths and Coles, as well as distribution agreements with BP, Conga Foods, PFD Fresh To Go, Procal and Norco. The latter will see the company increase distribution to independent supermarkets, convenience stores and cafes from April.

In addition, FOD will launch 21 products into Coles stores nationally in April under the Juice Lab – Limited Edition, Juice Lab – Smoothies, Juice Lab – Vegessentials and Badu ranges.

The expansion is expected to generate more than $15 million in annual sales on top of the $17m FOD recorded in FY15.

“We are very excited about executing these grocery distribution deals with some of Australia’s biggest and best known retailers that will see our range of existing and newly launched products available across the country,” FOD Chief Executive Officer Bill Nikolovski said.

“These deals will see FOD products distributed through grocery, convenience store and route trade channels across Australia and we expect that having our products available across such a large number of outlets will drive strong sales.”

Label applicator increases throughput for Tasmanian meat processor

In 2015, Greenham & Sons came to Result Group with a fairly common manufacturing challenge. Their processing speed far outweighed their ability to label products. As a multi-million dollar meat processing business, Greenham were ready to upgrade their labelling system but just needed direction on the best equipment to do so.

Result Group recommended the HERMA multi-purpose Meat Tray Label and Sleeve Applicator.

Greenham production manager Michael White is extremely happy with the result of the applicator installation.

“The move from hand to automatic label application has effectively quadrupled our through put of beef products. Previously our production limitation was the label application step, but now because of the automatic HERMA label applicator we are more than keeping up with the speed of product processing,” he said.

A key benefit of the HERMA Applicator is its versatility. A number of different product sizes and meat shapes can be put through this single labelling machine.

This sophisticated piece of equipment also weighs every item so the labels not only include the exact weight of each individual pack, they can include the retail price based on the pre-set price per kilo. For Greenham, this results in shelf ready products before they’ve even left the plant. Details are automatically extracted from the Greenham’s ERP system to make it a problem free change over and rock solid data transfers for the production team.

The electronic weight functionality also results in the automatic rejection of packs outside of spec. If a pack is under or over weight it is not put through. This removes the need for the meat to be weighed by hand while processing and therefore creates efficiencies and speeds up the entire processing stage.

The HERMA multi-purpose Meat Tray Label and Sleeve Applicator prints both barcodes and QR codes on the labels for Greenham. And it is also able to top and bottom label products in one pass with excellent accuracy. This is ideal for traceability and multi-lingual labelling for export markets.

All our food is ‘genetically modified’ in some way – where do you draw the line?

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In the past week you’ve probably eaten crops that wouldn’t exist in nature, or that have evolved extra genes to reach freakish sizes. You’ve probably eaten “cloned” food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all this without leaving the “organic” section of your local supermarket.

Anti-GM dogma is obscuring the real debate over what level of genetic manipulation society deems acceptable. Genetically-modified food is often regarded as something you’re either for or against, with no real middle ground.

Yet it is misleading to consider GM technology a binary decision, and blanket bans like those in many European countries are only likely to further stifle debate. After all, very little of our food is truly “natural” and even the most basic crops are the result of some form of human manipulation.

Between organic foods and tobacco engineered to glow in the dark lie a broad spectrum of “modifications” worthy of consideration. All of these different technologies are sometimes lumped together under “GM”. But where would you draw the line?

  1. (Un)natural selection

Think of carrots, corn or watermelons – all foods you might eat without much consideration. Yet when compared to their wild ancestors, even the “organic” varieties are almost unrecognisable.

Domestication generally involves selecting for beneficial traits, such as high yield. Over time, many generations of selection can substantially alter a plant’s genetic makeup. Man-made selection is capable of generating forms that are extremely unlikely to occur in nature.

  1. Genome duplications

Unknowing selection by our ancestors also involved a genetic process we only discovered relatively recently. Whereas humans have half a set of chromosomes (structures that package and organise your genetic information) from each parent, some organisms can have two or more complete duplicate sets of chromosomes. This “polyploidy” is widespread in plants and often results in exaggerated traits such as fruit size, thought to be the result of multiple gene copies.

Without realising, many crops have been unintentionally bred to a higher level of ploidy (entirely naturally) as things like large fruit or vigorous growth are often desirable. Ginger and apples are triploid for example, while potatoes and cabbage are tetraploid. Some strawberry varieties are even octoploid, meaning they have eight sets of chromosomes compared to just two in humans.

  1. Plant cloning

It’s a word that tends to conjure up some discomfort – no one really wants to eat “cloned” food. Yet asexual reproduction is the core strategy for many plants in nature, and farmers have utilised it for centuries to perfect their crops.

Once a plant with desirable characteristics is found – a particularly tasty and durable banana, for instance – cloning allows us to grow identical replicates. This could be entirely natural with a cutting or runner, or artificially-induced with plant hormones. Domestic bananas have long since lost the seeds that allowed their wild ancestors to reproduce – if you eat a banana today, you’re eating a clone.

  1. Induced mutations

Selection – both human and natural – operates on genetic variation within a species. If a trait or characteristic never occurs, then it cannot be selected for. In order to generate greater variation for conventional breeding, scientists in the 1920s began to expose seeds to chemicals or radiation.

Unlike more modern GM technologies, this “mutational breeding” is largely untargeted and generates mutations at random. Most will be useless, but some will be desirable. More than 1,800 cultivars of crop and ornamental plants including varieties of wheat, rice, cotton and peanuts have been developed and released in more than 50 countries. Mutational breeding is credited for spurring the “green revolution” in the 20th century.

Many common foods such as red grapefruits and varieties of pasta wheat are a result of this approach and, surprisingly, these can still be sold as certified “organic”.

  1. GM screening

GM technology doesn’t have to involve any direct manipulation of plants or species. It can be instead used to screen for traits such as disease susceptibility or to identify which “natural” cross is likely to produce the greatest yield or best outcome.

Genetic technology has allowed researchers to identify in advance which ash trees are likely to be susceptible to ash dieback disease, for instance. Future forests could be grown from these resistant trees. We might call this “genomics-informed” human selection.

  1. Cisgenic and transgenic

This is what most people mean when they refer to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – genes being artificially inserted into a different plant to improve yield, tolerance to heat or drought, to produce better drugs or even to add a vitamin. Under conventional breeding, such changes might take decades. Added genes provide a shortcut.

Cisgenic simply means the gene inserted (or moved, or duplicated) comes from the same or a very closely related species. Inserting genes from unrelated species (transgenic) is substantially more challenging – this is the only technique in our spectrum of GM technology that can produce an organism that could not occur naturally. Yet the case for it might still be compelling.

Since the 1990s several crops have been engineered with a gene from the soil bacteriaBacillus thuringiensis. This bacteria gives “Bt corn” and other engineered crops resistance to certain pests, and acts as an appealing alternative to pesticide use.

This technology remains the most controversial as there are concerns that resistance genes could “escape” and jump to other species, or be unfit for human consumption. While unlikely – many fail safe approaches are designed to prevent this – it is of course possible.

Where do you stand?

All of these methods continue to be used. Even transgenic crops are now widely cultivated around the world, and have been for more than a decade. They are closely scrutinised and rightly so, but the promise of this technology means that it surely deserves improved scientific literacy among the public if it is to reach it’s full potential.

And let’s be clear, with global population set to hit nine billion by 2050 and the increasingly greater strain on the environment, GMOs have the potential to improve health, increase yields and reduce our impact. However uncomfortable they might make us, they deserve a sensible and informed debate.

 

 is a PhD student in Conservation Genetics, Queen Mary University of London.

This article first appeared on the Conversation. You can read the original here.

Microorganisms get a sweet taste of Ferrero waste

Ferrero Australia’s factory in Lithgow is the first food company in the world to use an Australian-based technology that enables microorganisms to turn liquid sugar waste into safe water.

The factory’s wastewater treatment facility was fitted with nine BioGill bioreactors to ensure it met the requirements for proper disposal of liquid trade waste. As the factory produces a high sugar waste content, when it gets cleaned using water, it produces a liquid that is high in biological oxygen demand (BOD).

According to the ABC, Geoff Cross, Ferrero Australia’s country quality manager, said, “If we don’t break down material with a high BOD, that oxygen is not available for the normal flora and fauna of a river system.” He added that the location of the factory eventually flows into the Cox’s River, which can present major problems in the water such as blue green algae outbreaks.

BioGill commercialised a technology originally developed by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) that was used to grow antibiotics and penicillin for the medical industry.

John West, BioGill founder and CEO said that the company also made the technology useful to other fields including dairies, wineries and breweries to clean sewage.

West told the ABC that the organisation got its name from the water going over, not within, a membrane akin to gills on a fish.

“Waste water is pumped to the top of the BioGill chamber, it runs down on the gills containing microbes – the same that live inside our body. They flourish on the membranes and eat the waste out of the water,” he said.

Ferrero had to fix solar panels to the facility to ensure the microorganisms could work well through Lithgow’s cooler weather.

Wastewater from the Ferrero factory then goes to Lithgow’s town water treatment plant and after treatment, proceeds to local waterways.

Cross said that other food companies were interested in the Lithgow project and how it functioned.

“We’ve had quite a few discussions on what we’ve actually done here from the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Advantage Program,” he said.

Commonwealth research and development tax incentives have been given to BioGill and the company is considering a trial of the invention on the Great Barrier Reef in conjunction with James Cook University and the CSIRO.

Daily Drinks workers secure new enterprise agreement

AMWU members at Daily Drinks, a Sydney-based subsidiary of Nathan Lyon, are set to have their skills recognised as part of their new enterprise agreement.

Over 100 members at Daily Drinks recently voted up the new agreement with the extra taste of nearly a year of backpay on top of an annual wage rise of 2.75 per cent.

But their biggest concern is getting their production skills formally recognised, which will give workers a clear career path and incentive to work for higher wage levels.

“For now we’ve maintained our current classification structure but we’ve given them a grace period for the life of this agreement to work with us to get it restructured and improved,” said delegate Glen Cardilini.

“If they don’t move on it properly with us, we’ll make them bring in a registered training organisation as we have the right to do.”

Daily Drinks makes ice treats and juices including Zooper Doopers and Prima.

Cardilini said negotiations were at a stalemate late last year but the company caved after workers rejected an inferior company offer 111 votes to five and then approved a Protected Action Ballot to take industrial action.

“Soon after a new boss was appointed and he said they would ‘re-consider’ the offer, which ultimately led to the new agreement,” said  delegate Brett Hinde.

“We held our ground by sticking together and we were able to achieve what we wanted.”

Union meetings will be permitted in paid time and Daily Drinks also agreed to automatic payroll deductions of union fees.

NSW Assistant Secretary (Food and Confectionary) Heidi Kaushal said the agreement also included the right to access leave for medical or legal matters resulting from domestic violence.

Nut and cereal milks join soy in plant-based challenge to dairy

While dairy alternative drinks accounted for just 6 per cent share of total global dairy launches in 2015, the market is seeing growth outside its traditional Asian market, according to Innova Market Insights.

“The non-dairy milk drinks market has seen considerable development in recent years in the light of rising interest in lactose and dairy free options,” said Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights.

“Its initial spread from traditional markets in Asia to the West was via specialist health-food outlets, but in recent years it has moved more squarely into the mainstream and grown beyond its reliance on soy to a whole range of other plant-based foods, led by nuts and grains.”

Soy milks traditionally dominated the sector and still featured in over 60 per cent of dairy alternative drinks launches globally in 2015, either as a main or secondary ingredient, although this has fallen from nearly three-quarters in 2011. Almond milks, which have seen dynamic growth in recent years, have increased their share to feature in over 28 per cent of launches, ahead of rice, coconut and oat milks.

The other notable feature of market development has been the stronger move of dairy alternative drinks out of the white milks sub-category and into flavoured variants, with increasingly upmarket and complex flavours and blends in line with the milk drinks market as a whole. Also in line with the milks market as a whole, there has been a strong move into fashionable milk-based coffee drinks.

Soy milk has traditionally been marketed on its health benefits and its newer, plant-based competition has continued this trend. Over 90 per cent of dairy alternative drinks launched in 2015 were marketed on a health platform of some kind.

The most popular individual claim was lactose free, used on over 47 per cent of introductions, up from about one-third in 2011, probably as a result of improved allergen labelling, as well as growing awareness of lactose intolerance and interest in free-from foods in general.

“The dairy alternative drinks market is booming,” concluded Williams “…and further growth is expected with growing interest in dairy-free and lactose free products as a lifestyle choice, rather than simply an option for those with allergies and intolerances. In the move to offer something new, we are also starting to see not only a wide variety of increasingly sophisticated flavour options, but also blends of milks from different sources.”

APPMA to launch inaugural Australian pavilion at Propak Asia 2016

The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will launch the inaugural Australian Pavilion at ProPak Asia 2016.

The event takes place in Bangkok from 15-18th June.

The APPMA developed the pavilion as a way to assist Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market.

ProPak Asia is Asia’s No.1 international processing & packaging trade event for Asia’s expanding food, drink & pharmaceutical industries. With a proven track record over 24 successful editions ProPak Asia consistently delivers the best results, high quality and quantity trade visitors from across Asia.

Exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion is HMPS, Adaptapack, Rhima, Confoil, Accupack, the APPMA and the Australian Institute of Packaging.

New product launches taking place at the event include AccuPak’s entry level evolution of their successful PLAG sugar linear weigher, the PLAGe; and HMPS’ collaborative assembly robot, YUMI.

In addition, Rhima Australia will launch tray washers for bakeries. The company will display a range of other washers for different washing purposes on their stand.

Outside of the pavilion other APPMA Member companies such as TNA, Heat & Control and Fibre King will also be exhibiting at the show.

APPMA will also launch its 2016 Member Directory during ProPak Asia. This includes detailed information on Australia’s leading packaging & processing machinery and allied components companies in Australia.

Bright Foods’ Australian businesses may be listed on HK stock exchange

Chinese company Bright Foods is set to list its Australian food businesses on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange next year, as the Chinese demand for Australian food grow.

As the AFR reports, Australia’s ‘clean green’ image is behind the booming demand for infant formula and other foods.

Bright Foods’s with its Australian brands such as the Margaret River Dairy Company, Mildura Fruit Co, Sunbeam Foods, cheese and yoghurt maker Mundella and gourmet food maker Simon Johnson, is in a good position to take advantage of this.

The company’s Australian arm, Sydney-based Bright Food Group Holdings, currently generates $620 million in revenue and, in 2015, in excess of 10 per cent of its revenues came from sales to or within China.

The company’s chief executive, Geoff Erby said in the company’s financial report that he expects revenue from sales to China will double in 2016.

According to the company’s chief financial officer and director Wayne McIntosh a Hong Kong listing is likely to happen next year.

“A listing would be part of the growth strategy. We have a strong and growing business which is well-positioned to flourish,” Mr McIntosh told the AFR.

Food for Health Goodness Mix

Product Manufacturer Food for Health
Launch date January 2016
Ingredients Seeds (Sunflower, Pepitas), Cranberries, Raw Almonds, Coconut
Shelf Life 12 months
Packaging Convenient 35gm bag
Country of origin Australia
Brand Website www.foodforhealth.com.au
Description The Goodness Mix is a mix of delicious seeds, almonds, coconut and cranberries. Ideal for people looking for a healthier snack option.
Contact Email hello@foodforhealth.com.au

Food for Health Cacao Vanilla & Chia Muesli Bars

Product Manufacturer Food for Health
Launch date January 2016
Ingredients (as listed on the packaging) [rolled oats, pepitas, rolled triticale, sunflower seeds, psyllium husks, chia seeds (2%), millet puffs, linseeds] (47%), rice syrup, rice bran oil, cocoa powder (3%), cacao beans (2%), natural vanilla flavour, Natvia (erythritol, steviol glycosides).
Shelf Life 12 months
Packaging 6 pack box
Country of origin Australia
Brand Website www.foodforhealth.com.au
Describe the product If you lead a busy life but care about your health, these bars are for you! With only 6 grams of natural sugar, and the deliciousness of superfoods, cacao and chia, they are the perfect guilt free snack for the whole family to enjoy any time of the day. We love them and we hope you do too!
Contact Email hello@foodforhealth.com.au

Australian Made welcomes progress on changes to food labelling laws

The Australian Made Campaign, the not-for-profit organisation that administers and promotes Australia’s green-and-gold ‘Australian Made, Australian Grown’ logo, today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that State and Territory Ministers have agreed to support use of the logo in a new country-of-origin labelling scheme for food products.

Under the new system, all food products made or grown in Australia will carry the iconic kangaroo logo, along with a bar chart showing what proportion of the ingredients come from Australia.

Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said the new food labelling scheme had the potential to greatly improve clarity and consistency for Australian consumers and recognised the announcement as an important milestone for the logo.

“The Australian Made Campaign welcomes the endorsement by the State and Territory Ministers of the Federal Government’s proposed new country-of-origin food labelling scheme,” Harrison said.

“More transparent food labelling will give shoppers a better understanding of the provenance of their purchases and provide Australian farmers and manufacturers with a much-needed leg up.”

“Furthermore, widespread use of a symbol incorporating the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo should further boost the logo’s strong connection to Australia, and with that, the sales of great Aussie goods in the domestic and global marketplaces,” Harrison said.

There is still work to be done to finalise the food labelling reforms before they can officially commence as planned on 1 July 2016.  Business will have two years to transition to the new arrangements.

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