Mike Wheeler

Global Lifetime Achievement Award for AIP stalwart

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is extremely proud to advise that AIP education coordinator, Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, has been recognised as the only international Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Awardee for the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards.
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Test detects SARS-CoV-2 on environmental surfaces

The British Medical Journal has called meat plants the “new front line” in the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are not the only facilities at risk. A report released by shareholder advisor Pirc in September said there had been at least 1,461 SARS-CoV-2 infections and six deaths linked to the UK’s food processing plants this year.

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Smart move by Nestlé sees them with world first

Nestlé has announced that its  Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. This represents a transition of 90 per cent of the Smarties range, as 10 per cent was previously already packed in recyclable paper packaging. Smarties is the first global confectionery brand to switch to recyclable paper packaging, removing approximately 250 million plastic packs sold globally every year.

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Vacay seltzer set to launch in Europe this year

Home-brewed local brand, Vacay Alcoholic Seltzer, launched into the seltzer scene in October 2020 and has since grown at a rapid pace with their sights set on going global – launching in Europe this March, followed by Asia and North America shortly after.

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Victorian company looks to patent popcorn flour

In what has been a tough year for small businesses, yet there is one North Eastern Victorian business has been making strides. Putting the many ups and downs of 2020 behind them, Glenrowan-based business King Valley Popcorn is preparing to secure an international patent for an invention that could change the gluten-free world forever; popcorn flour.

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Advanced Machinery Lubricant for chain, pneumatics and other machinery assemblies

Chesterton is pleased to announce one-for-all 650 Advanced Machinery Lubricant(AML) for chain, pneumatics and other machinery assemblies in industrial, commercial and food & beverage markets. It is formulated with a unique foodgrade plantderived ester blend making it a high performing, readily biodegradable, environmentally friendly and worker safe lubricating oil. It provides outstanding protection against wear in valves, pistons and other pneumatic components. It cleans and removes gums and varnish while lubricating chains, ropes and other machinery assemblies.   

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Adelaide Food Fringe Festival returns

Adelaide Food Fringe festival today announced a return for a second shot at an inaugural year with an expanded festival program of 9 days from Friday 7 May to Sunday 16 May 2021, a celebration of pubs called “International Pub Week” and a new poster featuring artwork by much-loved Adelaide artist, Billie Justice Thomson and the opening of all registrations for food and beverage events.

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My Muscle Chef meals under 400 calories

Australian-owned functional food and beverage company bolsters its 80+ varieties of meals, sides, snacks and beverage with the addition of six new high protein meals and three new Protein Bite flavours.

My Muscle Chef has announced six new meals with low calorie, low carb, keto and vegan options. Each meal contains at least one third of the daily vegetable intake for gut friendly nutrition to support the immune system, as well as four low carb options, five meals under 400 calories and a new vegan creation.

APAC consumers drinking less alcohol

Teetotalism trends in the Asia-Pacific region are becoming increasingly prevalent, with approximately three out of four (71 per cent) of consumers drinking less alcohol in August 2020, according to a survey by leading data and analytics company GlobalData. However, the adoption of alternative soft drinks remains low, at only one in five consumers.

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The recipe for a sustainable sector

 

By Mirjana Prica, managing director, FIAL

Food and agribusinesses are well acquainted with navigating challenges – drought, floods, fires, trade tensions, and changing consumer expectations.

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MRG appoint CFO Akdogan as interim CEO

The board of Murray River Organics Group has announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  and managing Director Valentina Tripp and the appointment of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Birol Akdogan as interim CEO, both effective immediately.

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Applications open for PIDA Awards

Entries are now open for the 2021 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have designed the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
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