Training on-the-go: LOCTITE experts add reliability to BSC customers

As an application engineer with Henkel Australia, Rocco Mammoliti has held hundreds of LOCTITE maintenance and repair workshops for BSC customers over the years, but there was one such event that still brings a smile to his face every time he recalls it.

“One of the most memorable maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) workshops I’ve ever held was when I had just started working with Henkel a few years ago and I was invited by BSC to present an MRO workshop in the regional town of Koolunga in South Australia,” says Rocco.

“As I parked my mobile training truck at the local agricultural equipment store in this one-horse type town, I found that a crowd of 45 to 50 farmers had turned up for the day. As it happened, that day was very windy so the farmers could not spray their crops and had all decided to join the training, which was amazing because it gave me the opportunity to have great interactions with the farmers. I was also amazed at the farmers’ knowledge of the LOCTITE products. It eventually led to a great day of sales for the business that had invited me there.”

The MRO workshops, as BSC product manager Michael Rowe elaborates, are part of Henkel Australia’s support for the LOCTITE product distributors and end-users alike, wherein experts from Henkel review common failure causes and prevention methods within the relevant industry sector, offering guidance and product knowledge as needed.

“BSC can help organise these workshops for anyone interested to benefit from them. The ultimate goal here is to improve reliability and save time for BSC customers by increasing their knowledge of the products they sell or use.”

A full MRO workshop can take up to 3.5 hours, but Rocco says the Henkel team can also offer condensed versions, introducing the full range of the LOCTITE MRO products from threadlockers to thread sealants, gasket sealants, retaining compounds and instant adhesives. The Henkel team also has the capability of delivering virtual MRO workshops by using advanced online video conferencing tools and have been executing these with great success. This ensures that every customer is looked after and receives the support they need.

“What we often find in these workshops is that the product users, such as the farmers and maintenance specialists, have a fair knowledge of the products they are using. They just need some guidance around the applications,” says Rocco. “We help them understand why and how a product hasn’t worked for their specific application, which is often because the wrong product has been used. It also gives us an opportunity to introduce the latest improvements in the LOCTITE product range.”

While on the topic of improvements in the LOCTITE anaerobic range, Rocco mentions the new global packaging adopted by LOCTITE this year.

“The change in packaging started as an exercise to verify the authenticity of our product range, so customers could be sure their product was not counterfeit. But it became an opportunity to include more product detail and information for customers. By scanning the QR code, customers will have access to the online portal where there is technical data, as well as how-to videos and a mobile product selector guide,” says Rocco.

“We have also recently introduced the LOCTITE 518 Gasket Maker Pen, which makes the job of gasketing metal surfaces, including the disassembled transfer cases on tractors, so much easier for the farmers.”

As a company, Rocco says LOCTITE is constantly improving the formulation of its products. He uses the example of the LOCTITE Instant Adhesive – popularly known as the Super Glue – to demonstrate this.

“When LOCTITE bought the Super Glue technology from Eastman Kodak back in the 1960s, the maximum temperature tolerance of the product was around 70 degrees Celsius. LOCTITE improved that so that now, the LOCTITE Instant Adhesive can withstand temperatures as high as 120 degrees Celsius. Similar technology advancements have been implemented across the entire product range, making them better year after year.”

Back in context, Rocco says the LOCTITE MRO workshops further offer an opportunity for LOCTITE to understand the needs of its customers better.

“As they say, we learn something new every day and what better way to learn than by listening to our customers?”

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Indian whiskey gets three gongs

For the first time in more than a decade, a South Asian whisky – Mithuna, from the Paul John Distillery in the Indian state of Goa – has nabbed a top three gong in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Globally renowned as among the world’s foremost whisky writers, Jim Murray releases annual editions of his hotly-contested Whisky Bible which ranks the world’s best drops, and undoubtedly offers massive prestige to the whisky brands featured in his ‘finest’ list.

Considered by whisky industry and connoisseurs as the most eye-catching podium entry of Jim Murray’s 2021 Whisky Bible – which typically features a litany of American and Scottish whiskies – Mithuna took third finest honours in the 2021 list, positioning the Indian-based Paul John Distillery among the world’s absolute finest.

In describing Mithuna for his 2021 Whiskey Bible, Murray says: “If Mithuna means “Ultimate,” then it is the perfect name. Or maybe Mithuna means “Perfect,” then it is pretty close. It is that very rarest of things. And, if nothing else, announces Paul John Distillery on the world stage of truly great distilleries. This is a whisky to devour…while it devours you.”

Woolworths help Lamb/beef farmers mix it up to lessen carbon footprint

The Cook’s Myalls Landcare Group is trialling a range of subtropical perennial grasses, supported by a Woolworths Fresh Food Future grant administered by Landcare Australia. Between them, the 21 group members operate 15,000 hectares of mixed farming country just west of Parkes. Their pastures are traditionally based on clover and lucerne mixes.
Recent extended dry periods and summer storms have prompted group members to seek new grass species that provide good ground cover, catch and respond to storm rain, and contribute to year-round quality feed for livestock.

In the Parkes district of central west NSW, a group of farmers is looking to use perennial pasture species to improve the profitability and sustainability of their mixed farming operations.

The 21 farming families in the Cook’s Myalls Landcare Group have collaborated for more than 20 years to meet the challenges of changing climatic conditions, and to accelerate grazing and livestock productivity.

Their properties, spanning 15,000 hectares, are in the upper reaches of the Gunningbland and Milpose Creek catchments, which have the potential to cause problems with dryland salinity as summer rainfalls increasingly arrive as storm events.

The average property size among group members is 850ha, and all have a mixture of cropping and livestock.

Cook’s Myalls Landcare Group member, Christopher Cole, said mixed farming systems in the region are evolving to incorporate dedicated paddocks for grazing and – with increasingly tight margins – these need to be highly productive.

“We need pastures that harvest storm water, respond quickly to rainfall events and provide a reliable bulk of feed, adequate groundcover and competition to avoid broadleaf weed establishment,” he said.

In 2009, a Woolworths Fresh Food Future grant of $11,000, administered by Landcare Australia, provided seed funding for the group. They set up a perennial pasture trial of 20-hectare plots on eight properties across the catchment. Three years on and the performance of grass species Katambora Rhodes, Premier digit and Bambatsi panic continue to be assessed at each site.

The species mix is matched to soil type. On heavier soils, farmers use a 50 per cent digit and 50 per cent panic grass mix. On lighter soils, they switch to an 80 per cent digit, 15 per cent Rhodes and five per cent panic grass mix. Species selection, mix and the fertiliser regimen are based on soil tests. Seeding rates are four kilograms per hectare.

The group is finding that establishment of perennial species relies on good pre-seeding weed control, a maximum sowing depth of 6mm, and sowing along with fertiliser and before early summer rains.

“The persistence, plant density and ground cover of the perennials in the trials are far exceeding our expectations,” Cole said. “These pastures are providing high-quality summer feed, good ground cover and bulk dry feed to fill a winter feed gap, when supported by undersown clovers.”

Cole said a plant density of about six plants per square metre is needed to achieve the goal of constant minimum ground cover of 80 per cent, pasture lengths higher than 3cm, and 50 per cent more pasture availability than with volunteer grasses and clovers. He says indications to date suggest this goal is achievable, but whether this level of cover will continue as plants mature remains to be tested.

The use of perennials in the system allows lucerne paddocks to be deferred from grazing to recover and this provides additional ground cover across whole farms throughout the year. Christopher says the next step is to evaluate mixing the subtropical perennials with winter-active lucernes to see if they can be compatibly established, paving the way for year-round green pasture grazing. A more reliable and sustainable feed base could increase livestock carrying capacity by as much as 30 per cent.

On his own 640 ha beef and cereal cropping property, Cole has sown 80 ha with a mix of Katambora Rhodes, Premier digit and Bambatsi panic grasses.

“We are using pasture mixes of lucerne/clover and subtropical/clover on areas that have the potential to become saline,” he said. “The perennials use water efficiently before it rises to the surface, turning a possible problem into productive pastures for livestock.”

During winter, the subtropical pastures have a high proportion of litter at ground level which, coupled with legumes in the mix, should help build soil microbial activity and nitrogen content. In the longer term, the grazing system should produce more quality feed but take fewer nutrients out of the soil. This will lead to more sustainable meat and wool production.

Garry O’Brien, who runs a 2430ha mixed wool and cropping property with his parents Tim and Judy and brother Tim, has 32ha of perennials providing valuable carry-over feed in the winter months.

The family’s mix of 45 per cent Bambatsi panic, 45 per cent Premier digit and 10 per cent Katambora Rhodes grass sown three years ago has persisted well and thickened up.

This winter the perennials, undersown with clover, will support 400 lambing ewes for up to three months. This provides extended green feed and fixes soil nitrogen for the grasses to access during the next summer.

“Over summer the perennials respond really well to soil nitrogen and storm rain events and are left ungrazed and allowed to bulk-up,” O’Brien said.

“They then act as a standing hay stack of dry feed during winter… The system works well and using clover in the mix cuts our urea inputs and costs.”

Garry says there has been a slight increase in lambing percentages and survival rates because of the wind protection offered in winter by the perennials, which can stand at more than one metre high.

Brett and Tina Jones are also enjoying success with perennials on their wheat and sheep property. In the first year of their 20ha trial plot, it supported 500 lambs for two months just two months after sowing. After two months grazing by the lambs, the perennials were still producing five tonnes per hectare of quality dry matter for stock feed.

This year Jones is sowing clover into the paddock of perennial grasses and will set up a cell grazing system to increase pasture utilisation.

Cook’s Myalls Landcare Group members will monitor grazing productivity at the eight trial plots in the district this winter and, for the first time, will measure levels of carbon sequestration by the subtropical and legume plant mixes.

“If we can continue to develop high-quality, year-round sustainable pastures, consumers will benefit by being able to buy a higher-quality red meat product that has a low carbon footprint,” Cole said.

The long-term plan to guide grape and wine businesses through challenging times

A landmark strategy released today will help Australian grape and wine businesses plan for a profitable and sustainable future over the next three decades. Developed by Australian Grape & Wine, in collaboration with Wine Australia, Vision 2050 looks beyond the immediate and significant challenges of bushfires, smoke and COVID-19 and sets a range of ambitious targets to strive for by 2050.
These include increasing growth in value to become a $15 billion industry, a nett-zero emissions target, and expanding on our export success to become the number one valued product in each key market we operate in.

“Vision 2050 comes at a critical time, as business are working to recoverfrom atorrid period of drought, bushfires, smoke and COVID-19,” said Tony Battaglene, chief executive of Australian Grape & Wine. “Our targets for 2050 are ambitious, but Vision 2050 provides the road map to achieve them, through innovation, hard work and a great product. We can grow value at all price points across the value chain and drive prosperity in our sector and across regional Australia.”

Australian Grape & Wine welcomes  bipartisan support for Vision 2050 from Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, and the Shadow Minister for Agriculture the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP.
“It is important to have a strategic vision totake you forward in these tough times and the better times –and they will come. You have to believe in that because you have to believe in your product. We know Australia makes great wine, and we should be proud of the industry for creating this very clear roadmap for the future” said Minister Littleproud.
Shadow Minister Fitzgibbon said “We all know that Australia makes the best wines in the world. But we are not without competition or challenges. We have to be on the front foot. You can’t meet all of your aspirations, no matter how good your reputation is, if you don’t have a plan or a roadmap. I congratulate Australian Grape & Wine on this document –it is a sound document, it makes sense and it sets the industry up well for the future.”
“The next step is to begin the work to make this strategic vision reality, to overcome the challenges we face and capture the opportunities ahead of us, to ensure a bright and exciting future for Australia’s grape and wine businesses, and also for the regional communities they support” said Battaglene.


Australian wine continues to be the flavour of international markets

Australian wine exports continue to experience strong growth, with an increase of 11 per cent in value to $2.71 billion for the year ended 30 September 2018.

Wine Australia reports that Australian wine also rose in volume to 5 per cent to 842 million litres, for the year ended 30 September 2018.

Shipments of bottled wine increased by 8 per cent in value to $2.16b and 2 per cent in volume to 366m litres.

Shipments of unpackaged wine also grew strongly, with a 23 per cent increase in value to $525m and a 9 per cent increase in volume to 468m litres.

READ: Australian wine exports to Canada increase in volume and value

There were also increases in the average value of wine exported, with a 7 per cent increase for bottled wine to $5.90 per litre, a 13 per cent increase of unpackaged wine to $1.12 per litre and a 5 per cent increase of all wine exported to $3.21 per litre.

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said today’s export figures show that there has been strong and sustainable growth over the past 12 months, delivering the third year of double-digit growth on a year ended September basis.

“These figures are the result of a lot of hard work by Australia’s 2401 wine exporters, the people who spend time in market to build their brands, distribution networks and awareness of all that Australian wine has to offer consumers.

“Australia exports more than 60 per cent of the wine we produce, so it’s important that we continue to build our export markets,” he said.

“In the 12 months to 30 September, there was healthy growth across the price spectrum. Exports above $10 per litre increased by 20 per cent to $804m, with the $20 to $29.99 segment in particular, showing considerable growth. Below $10 per litre, the $5 to $7.49 segment was the star, growing by $50m,” said Clark.

Exports grew to all but one of the major destination regions.

The standout growth of 24 per cent was experienced in Northeast Asia, where exports grew to $1.14b in value, while in North America, a $16m increase in exports to Canada only partially offset a $38m decline in exports to the United States of America.

Regions in growth:

  • Northeast Asia, by 24 per cent to $1.14b
  • Europe, by 5 per cent to $604m
  • Southeast Asia, by 5 per cent to $170m
  • Oceania, by 21 per cent to $105m
  • Middle East, by 41 per cent to $30m

“Growing the China and the USA markets is the key focus of the Australian government’s export and regional wine support package. We are seeing strong growth in China and we have redoubled our efforts in the USA to capture more of the premium end of the market as American consumers trade up to higher priced wines,” said Clark.

“There is positive sentiment about Australian wine in the USA among key influencers and consumers. While consolidation at the distribution level of the three-tier system is proving to be a difficult barrier to overcome, the hard work of Australian exporters willing to get in to market is starting to pay off,” he said.

Simplot and Riviana benefit from new product packaging approach

Getting products to shelf in half the time for half the cost sounds too good to be true. But design execution agency Task by Kirk has been able to do that by providing clients with an end-to-end service that removes time-consuming and costly process inefficiencies.

Task is a new division of leading print specialist Kirk Group. General manager, John Kapiniaris, said the motivation to start a design execution service was born out of a desire to show brands how packaging could be done better.

Mistakes made throughout the design-to-print process can impact final print quality, with colours that don’t print as expected and inconsistencies across the product range.

“We were constantly seeing artwork files produced by other suppliers with mistakes that could have been anticipated and easily avoided,” Kapiniaris said. “It results in high packaging costs due to expensive agency fees to fix mistakes, subsequent delays getting products on shelf and disappointing packaging quality.”

Inefficiencies in the design-to-print process can also rack up the costs and push out critical deadlines.

“The more suppliers and touchpoints involved in getting a design printed, the greater the chance of costly errors and time-consuming process inefficiencies,” Kapiniaris said.

Simplot Australia, with iconic brands Leggo’s, Birds Eye, John West and Edgell, was an early adopter of Task’s new way of doing things, engaging the business to streamline its design execution process. Task is now responsible for turning Simplot’s package concepts into shelf-ready printed products.

“The process before working with Task was adhoc, with marketers throughout the business engaging their own production suppliers, resulting in high packaging costs and delays,” Simplot Australia creative services manager Paul Fenech said.

“Now we have a streamlined process that results in consistently high-quality printed packaging, lower costs and faster speed to market.”

Providing an end-to-end service is vital in getting products to shelf faster and has huge financial implications given the competitive retail market, with retail shelf space at a premium and the high costs associated with a failure to launch products on time.

Task recently worked with Riviana on the rebranding of its Always Fresh line of products. Artwork was delivered in just two months, halving the time from the previous process and at half the budgeted spend.

Riviana retail strategy manager Georgina Vergunst said she was impressed that Task was able to handle such a difficult brief so quickly, which involved producing colour-accurate, press-ready artwork for international print partners.

“Task helped us navigate the complicated world of design to print,” Vergunst said. “They knew the fastest way to get things done and help us make our deadline. Task made the whole process so much easier and they were able to take care of whatever came up.”

Task’s other clients include PepsiCo, Kimberly-Clark and Cerebos.

Kapiniaris said clients recognised that the Kirk Group’s long history of working closely with printers meant the team was familiar with individual print-press specifications, resulting in high-quality artwork, and time and cost efficiencies.

“We know what will work and what won’t. We know if a particular colour or design is difficult to print from the outset and can advise the client at the start of the new product development process and suggest suitable alternatives to avoid problems or disappointment with the final result,” he said.

“Brands shouldn’t have to compromise on the quality of their packaging. Quite often they don’t know there is a better or smarter way to get products on the shelf faster and at a lower cost.”

Australia’s sheepmeat exports to China saw the largest ever start to the year

Strong demand from China, coupled with tight supplies in New Zealand, have been key contributors to the record Australian trade lamb prices in recent weeks.

China is the world’s largest sheepmeat producer, consumer and importer.

The country has been Australia’s single largest sheepmeat export destination by volume for the past couple of years and is second, to the US, by value.

Meat Livestock Australia reports that Australia’s sheepmeat exports to China have seen the largest ever start to the year, swelling 43 per cent year-on-year to an all-time record of almost 55,000 tonnes for the January-July period.

READ: Sheep and cattle slaughter increases to reduce stock numbers during drought

China has a two-track production structure, with a mix of large-scale farms and industrialised processing companies, and small herders with a couple of animals processing batches through local slaughterhouses.

Small herders still represent a significant proportion of producers in China and they principally add volatility to the market, by growing flocks to take advantage of high prices and exiting when prices fall or livestock-rearing conditions deteriorate.

This means that over-production is an ever-present risk and, given domestic production accounts for 95 per cent of consumption, it can have an immediate negative impact on import demand, particularly at the commodity end of the market.

China produces one-third of the world’s sheepmeat, and high prices, growing demand and government support are forecast to underpin growth over the next decade.

Between 2017 and 2027, China’s sheep flocks are forecast to increase 1.1 per cent on a compound annual growth rate and for production to lift 2.1 per cent, according to GIRA.

At the same time, high prices, drought and disease are affecting China’s domestic production, and can potentially result in short-term production surges.

Much of northern China, where the majority of China’s sheep and goat flocks are raised, has been in intermittent drought for some years, with surface and groundwater at record lows in some places.

While production is forecast to increase in coming years, so is consumption.

GIRA is currently anticipating a compound annual growth rate increase in consumption of 2 per cent from 2017 to 2027.

Current estimates suggest that China’s sheepmeat production will continue to fall short of meeting consumption out to 2027.

China’s growing demand for a variety of premium proteins, including lamb, will be driven by significant growth in the number of wealthy urban households with high discretionary incomes.

Consumers are upgrading purchases across many product categories, including meat, which means eating larger quantities and of a wider variety.

Affluent consumers are seeking higher quality, imported chilled meat products, for consumption at home and through foodservic

While China’s 2017 estimated annual per capita sheepmeat consumption is relatively low – 3.4 kg per person in China compared to 8.4 kg in Australia – this is forecast to increase to 4.0 kg by 2027, which is significant for a consumer base of around 1.4 billion, according to GIRA.

Supermarkets match customer donations dollar-to-dollar to help farmers

Supermarkets in Australia continue to provide farmers with help during the drought, including Coles with its pledge to match customer donations dollar-for-dollar.

Coles’ promise to match customer donations will go for the entire month of August, in order to help farming communities doing it tough due to drought conditions.

The combined donations raised at checkouts and matched by Coles will be provided to the Country Women’s Association to support drought-affected families, to help cover household expenses such as school expenses and food, medical, electricity and water bills.

Coles managing director John Durkan said customers wanted to do more to support families affected by drought.

READ: Sheep and cattle slaughter increases to reduce stock numbers during drought

“For every donation no matter how big or small, our customers can be assured they will be making a difference to the rural communities experiencing hardship and distress,” said Durkan.

The matching donation  is in addition to $5 million already pledged in grants or interest-free loans from the Coles Nurture Fund for farmers who have a project which will help them to combat drought in the future.

Harris Farm Markets also announced it is matching donations dollar-to-dollar in August.

In a release, Tristan Harris, from Harris Farm Markets, said farmers deserved a fair grow and they needed people’s support in these trying times.

From the 2nd of August the supermarkets had donation boxes in all its shops collecting funds for rural aid, for four weeks.

Harris Farm Markets also had a cook-up at all stores in the first weekend of August, selling food for $5 with all proceeds helping provide hay and stock feed for drought-stricken farmers.

On the 11th of August, Woolworths donated all profits from sales in the fresh departments at its supermarkets to the Rural Aid Buy a Bale appeal.

It followed a $1.5 million donation from Woolworths, in July, aimed at supporting farmers impacted by the drought.



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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Nestlé aiming at 100 per cent recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

Nestlé has announced its ambition to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter. Nestlé believes that there is an urgent need to minimise the impact of packaging on the environment.

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle. Our ambition is to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”

The company focuses on three core areas: eliminate non-recyclable plastics; encourage the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates; and eliminate or change complex combinations of packaging materials.

Recognizing the need for developing a circular economy, the company is committed to:

  • Playing an active role in the development of well-functioning collection, sorting and recycling schemes across the countries where we operate;
  • Working with value chain partners and industry associations to explore different packaging solutions to reduce plastic usage, facilitate recycling and develop new approaches to eliminate plastic waste;
  • Labeling our plastic product packaging with recycling information to help consumers dispose of it in the right way;
  • Promoting a market for recycled plastics by continuing to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in our packaging

New natural sweetener company launches in Australia

Whole Earth Sweetener has launched in Australia with a range of four new products, made with natural sweetness extracted from stevia leaves, offering low calorie alternatives to sugar.

The new brand, a subsidiary of Merisant, focuses on natural sweetener products crafted and blended from non-GMO ingredients.

Whole Earth Sweetener offers quality products made with sweetener from the Stevia plant and other ingredients of natural origin. The range includes Sugar free – Low Calories, and 50% Less Calories than sugar options.

The 50% Less Calories product range has been developed to appeal to consumers looking to cut down on their sugar consumption but not yet ready to move to a 100 per cent sugar free option.

This range is a blend of raw cane sugar and stevia and available in Whole Earth’s Baking Blend and Raw Cane 50 products.

Kylie Drumond, Whole Earth Brand Manager ANZ, says, “We are excited to be launching Whole Earth into Australia. We know Australians are actively looking for ways in which they can reduce their sugar intake, and Whole Earth Sweeteners are a great tasting, natural sugar substitute.”

“We were conscious to develop a range to suit a variety of consumer wants and needs and the versatility of the product range means they can be easily incorporated into daily life, including home baking or a morning coffee.”

The Whole Earth Sweetener products are available at Coles and Woolworths stores.

Isuzu signs on with MEGATRANS2018

Truck manufacturer Isuzu has announced its support of multi-modal supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, joining the show as a Platinum Sponsor.

Isuzu, a market leader in the Australian transport industry for 28 consecutive years, joins key partners including the Victorian Government and the Port of Melbourne in supporting this inaugural trade show event, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018.

With a focus on connected vehicles and a technology-driven display in the works for MEGATRANS2018, Isuzu is aiming to set a new benchmark in the wider supply chain industry.

“The discussion and hype surrounding autonomous, or driverless, vehicles and technologies continue to build both overseas and here in Australia,” says Phil Taylor, Director and COO of Isuzu.

“Disruptive technologies appear to be becoming more prevalent with each new year, fundamentally changing the way the market will look at the road transport industry over the next few decades.

“There is one thing that I know for certain, whatever the technology, or the timeframe – Isuzu will ensure that Australian truck operators have access to the latest innovations in truck technology that are suitable for Australian operating conditions, driving better safety outcomes for all road users and improving air quality, productivity and the bottom line for the operator.”

Food & Beverage Industry News is an official Media Partner of MEGATRANS2018.

Entries now open for inaugural Australian Chobani Food Incubator program

Aussie food starts ups with big hearts and big ideas can now apply to be part of the first round of the Australian Chobani Food Incubator program.

Since announcing the Australian arm of it’s extremely successful food incubator program just over a month ago, Chobani has received over 150 enquiries from food and beverage brands across the country looking to scale their business and take it to the next level.

Partnering with Monash’s Food Innovation Centre (FIC), the Chobani Food Incubator will combine the FIC’s facilities to support new product development, innovation, and quality with Chobani’s expertise in sales, marketing and customer engagement – creating the most holistic incubator program in the country.

The program aims to unearth and nurture innovative food start-ups who will challenge the system and shape the future of the Australian food industry.

The program specifically includes:

  • 4-month incubator from February to April 2018, online and on-site
  • 1 – 2 team members participating on-site with key Chobani team members
  • Monthly programs at Chobani locations, including manufacturing facilities and Monash’s Food Innovation Centre
  • Equity free capital: $10,000 grant to help grow your business
  • Travel, hotel and other expenses covered
  • Access to Chobani teams, top executives, and expert

Entries to the first round of the Australian Chobani Food Incubator program close on 30 November.

Image: Professor Nicolas Georges, Monash Director of Food and Agriculture, in the new food Incubator.


AmazonFresh concerns overplayed by food industry – research

Recent research by IBISWorld indicates that concerns relating to the impending entry of AmazonFresh in 2018 have been overplayed in the Australian Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry. IBISWorld’s analysis suggests that traditional bricks-and-mortar and online grocery players will not be as severely affected by Amazon as operators in other retailing industries.

“While AmazonFresh will offer competitive pricing and use the latest technology, the effect on the major supermarket players will likely be mild compared with disruptions in other retailing industries, particularly in the short to medium term,” said Nathan Cloutman, IBISWorld Senior Industry Analyst.

The Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry is expected to generate revenue of $108 billion in 2017-18. In the industry, online shopping represents an estimated 2.8 per cent of revenue, at $3 billion. While the Online Grocery Sales industry is growing rapidly, it is expected to only account for 4.3 per cent of total supermarket and grocery sales in 2022-23.

“Online shopping penetration is much lower in Australia than in other countries where Amazon has launched its grocery service. In the United States and the United Kingdom, online grocery sales account for approximately 6% of total sales. Australia’s abundance of bricks-and-mortar supermarkets allows most consumers to purchase groceries quickly and easily instore,” said Cloutman.

“Coles and Woolworths have the advantage of having many physical locations close to consumers. In addition, the major supermarkets already have the scale and logistical strength to expand their online capabilities through options such as click-and-collect. Coles and Woolworths are increasingly expanding their online presence in anticipation of Amazon’s arrival. For example, Coles opened its first online-only dark store in inner-city Melbourne in June 2016 and IBISWorld expects more of these to be opened over the next five years,” said  Cloutman.

Coles and Woolworths currently dominate the Online Grocery Sales industry. Revenue generated through online grocery sales is projected to total $1.3 billion for Woolworths and $1.1 billion for Coles in 2017-18. While ALDI does not sell groceries online from its website, its move to sell groceries online in China through the Tmall platform earlier this year indicates that the company recognises the growth potential in online grocery sales. The company also sells wine and non-food lines online through its website in a range of countries, such as the United Kingdom and Germany.

Amazon will have to overcome the established logistics and delivery networks operated by Wesfarmers and Woolworths, coupled with the already low prices offered by ALDI, to significantly penetrate the Australian grocery market. In addition, consumers often prefer to inspect fresh produce before purchasing, which benefits the major supermarkets. Coles and Woolworths are also enhancing the shopping experience for consumers through add-ons such as instore tastings and cooking demonstrations.

“One year on from starting in the fiercely competitive British grocery sector, Amazon has yet to make its mark. This is another positive sign for the major supermarkets in Australia. However, Amazon could use their large purchasing power to acquire a grocery chain and establish an offline presence in Australia, similar to what they did with Whole Foods in the United States,” concluded  Cloutman.

AmazonFresh is unlikely to launch in the New Zealand market in the near future, due to the relatively small size of the New Zealand industry compared with Australia. The Supermarkets, Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores in New Zealand is expected to total NZD$18.7 billion, which is equivalent to approximately 17 per cent of the Australian industry when converted to Australian dollars.


New mushroom meets vitamin D needs

SA Mushrooms’ new product, the Vitamin D mushroom delivers your daily dose of the vitamin in just three mushrooms.

In Australia, nearly one in four people are vitamin D deficient and this can be fixed by eating three vitamin D mushrooms a day.

Managing Director, Nick Femia said the release of vitamin D mushrooms means the era of getting what your body needs through diet is coming.

“With Australians being vitamin D deficient significantly more in winter than in summer, we thought there had to be a better way to help consumers get through the winter months rather than them standing outside trying to catch some sun or taking a supplement,” said Femia.

“Consumers can save money on Vitamin D supplements by eating these vitamin D mushrooms.”

Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, Glenn Cardwell said the release of vitamin D mushrooms means people can get their dose of the vitamin without have to strip down in the winter months.

“If you’re sitting at a desk all day, chances are you are vitamin D deficient. We are designed to get vitamin D from sunlight but the desire to get warm will outweigh the desire to strip down to your t-shirt in the middle of winter,” said Cardwell.

“Your regular everyday mushrooms have an average of 2.3 mcg D per serve, which is 23 per cent of your daily requirements. A vitamin D mushroom has at least 10 micrograms of vitamin D per serve (100g or 3 medium mushrooms), the amount most adults need each day.”

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Women in Industry Awards

We would like to thank all attendees and finalists for joining us at this year’s Women in Industry Awards. It was amazing to celebrate and promote the achievements of so many women in industry, and we hope to see you all next year. Through much deliberation, the judges decided on 10 winners:

Rising Star of the Year – Proudly sponsored by Atlas Copco

Michaela Craft, Region South Pacific – Energy Coordinator, BOC

Social Leader of the Year Proudly sponsored by COG Advertising

Beverly Williams, Industry Pathways and Placement Coordinator, Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute

Business Development Manager of the Year – Proudly sponsored by ABB

Shelley Hyslop, Major Account Manager, ATOM

Safety Advocacy Award Proudly sponsored by BOC

Catherine King, Country Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ABB Australia

Excellence in Manufacturing – Proudly sponsored by Manark Printing

 Lisa Lamb, Manufacturing Director – Products of National Significance, Seqirus

Excellence in Mining Proudly sponsored by MMD

Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting

Excellence in Engineering Proudly sponsored by Cummins

Philippa Craft, Product Manager, Bulk Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, BOC

Excellence in Road Transport Proudly sponsored by NatRoad

Pam McMillan, Chair, Transport Women Australia

Industry Advocacy Award Proudly sponsored by MEGATRANS

Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland

Mentor of the Year – Proudly sponsored by CSR Lightweight Systems

Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland