NEWS UPDATE

Competition registration opens for the Great Aussie Pie

Tuesday 09 August 2022

The Aussie Pie Council invites bakers, baking businesses, pastry cooks, and apprentices to register for baking competitions. They can enter their pies and sausage rolls in the competition. It is the baking industry’s longest-running pie competition. This is the official competition run by the Council.

The Official Great Aussie Pie competition is part of the Fine Food Australia expo in Melbourne. Thus far, the council is expecting a record number of entries in all categories. This year is to see the usual titles claimed by Australia’s greatest pies and sausage rolls. It will meet and go beyond the high standards held by professional judges. Pork Australia sponsors a new Pork Pie sub-category. It adds to the Gourmet Pie major title. Hence, apprentices entering the Apprentice category must submit a pork pie.

 

Ukraine alleges grain stolen by Russia

Saturday 06 August 2022

Ukraine’s ambassador to Lebanon urges them to block a ship docked at a Lebanese port with grain from leaving. The ship has an affiliation with the President of Syrian government. He is a close political and military ally of Moscow government. Thus, the USA Treasury Department had sanctioned the ship in 2015. Ukraine’s ambassador insisted that the Syrian ship docked at the port is carrying stolen grains from Ukraine. So, he is urging Lebanon to block the ship from leaving.

This claims comes only days before the tiny country which is cash-strapped since Russia’s invasion began over five months ago received Ukraine’s first grain cargo. Thus far, the Syrian flagged vessel, Laodicea has been anchored at the port of Tripoli. It has been there since it arrived last Thursday. The vessel carries 10,000 tonnes of wheat flour and barley. Ukraine claims, the grain was stolen by Russia.

 

Ukrainian grain tycoon killed

Wednesday 03 August 2022

A Ukrainian grain tycoon, Oleksiy Vadaturskyy and his wife were killed as Putin threatens ‘lightning speed’ response to interference. They died in a Russian air strike. According to Ukrainian officials, the southern city of Mykolaiv was under intense shelling. Russian President, Vladimir Putin in his wisdom used Russian Navy Day to issue more militaristic warning to anyone undermining Russia’s ‘sovereignty and freedom.’

Vadaturskyy was the founder of one of Ukraine’s largest grain producing and export companies. Thus far, his death was a great loss for Mykoliv and the region. According to Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy, for more than 5 decades Vadaturskyy made an invaluable contribution to the development of the region. He was instrumental in the development of the agricultural and shipbuilding industries too.

 

Inflation impacts our shopping trolly

Friday 29 July 2022

The inflation rate has reached an unprecedented level. It has not been seen in Australia for over two decades. Hence, shoppers are feeling the pinch. The cost of living is continuing to skyrocket. The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated the Consumer Price Index (CPI)has risen to 6.1 percent in the last 12 months.

The federal treasurer warns it will get worse before it gets any better. Thus far, the treasurer points towards global causes for the price hikes. Its event like supply chain issues and events like the war in Ukraine. So, these issues are actually affecting the everyday products Aussies use. In comparison to a year ago, Australians are paying much more for bread (7.2 percent), milk (5.3 percent), eggs (5.8 percent), and chicken (5.9 percent). Thus far, the rises are much bigger for red meat which is up by 9 percent and fresh vegetables are up by a whopping 14 percent.

Australian incomes have risen only about 2.5 percent which adds to the stress. Hence, many people are having difficulty affording to buy as much. Thus, in turn, it slows down the economy, and the risk of recession increases. It is not just happening at the supermarket. So far, this happens across all spending.

 

Queensland government awards commercial rights to Mango Road

Wednesday 27 July 2022

The Queensland government has awards commercial rights to three new varieties of mangoes to Australia’s largest grower of Kensington Pride mangoes, Mango Road. 

The Manbulloo Group’s marketing, management and export company, will manage the launch of the new varieties. Queenslands’s minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and minister for Rural Communities, announced today. According to the minister, Mango Road has a proven and unrivalled track record in all aspects of mango supply chain. Thus, it makes them a standout choice to commercilise the new range. Their wealth of experience and knowledge in product development sets them apart. They have extensive experience in growing, harvesting, quality management and packing. Furthermore, Mango Road has expertise in branding, marketing suply chain management and export.Moreover their ongoing research and development, perfectly positions them to take these three excellent mango varieties forward. 

To commercialise these new varieties will mean mango lovers will have more choice when shopping and will also drive growth in business and employment opportunities in regional Queensland 

 

Dangers of foot and mouth disease

Friday 22 July 2022

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is threatening to decimate the Australian livestock industry. Thus far, biosecurity measures have escalated following the virus detection in Indonesia. Food and mouth disease is a virus. It mostly affects hooved animals like cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs.

Australia is still disease free. However, viral fragments were detected in Chinese pork products in a Melbourne supermarket this week. Hence, prompted grim warnings from farmers. So far, the federal government estimates an outbreak may cost upwards of $80 billion. It estimates that the outbreak may last for months, possibly years.

While chances are rare and do not result in serious infections, humans can get foot and mouth disease. This warning is by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF). Thus far, the federal government claims other animals like buffalo, dear, and camels can contract the disease.

 

Vanuatu brand, Tove’s strategic partnership with HiLands Food

Tuesday 19 July 2022

Two family businesses form a strategic partnership to market Vanuatu produce in Australian market. Tove brand has an extensive experience in the Vanuatu agriculture sector which is to combine with HiLands Foods’ Australian food distribution experience. It is a meaningful knowledge-sharing association.

Tove, with its office in Vanuatu’s capital, Port is strategically positioned to export fresh and frozen produce. The business is in a mutual partnership arrangement with Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Tourism Trade Commerce, Industry, and Cooperative. Tove is the ‘Official Vanuatu Made’ distributor and supplier of premium quality Vanuatu grown produce. Furthermore, since 2020, Tove is an agent for the Global Export company, AgTrade in Vanuatu. The partnership extends to Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Tove collaborates with over 1000 farmers and over 200 producers in Vanuatu. It is mandated by the Vanuatu Government to facilitate exports throughout the world. Tove exports copra, semi husk coconut, dry ginger, and monkey peanuts to Dubai too.

Thus far, Tove enters into an exclusive distributor arrangement with HiLands Foods in Australia. With HiLands’ Australian knowledge, it expects to market and distribute Vanuatu produce throughout Australia.

 

Australia fears the economy hit with devastating disease reaching Australia.

Saturday 16 July 2022

Australian agriculture stakeholders fear the Australian economy to be hit if the devasting disease, foot-and-mouth reaches Australia. Stakeholders fear it may be an $80 billion hit to the economy.

Hence, tough new precautions and funding are being allocated to keep the disease away from Australian shores. Otherwise, it could devastate Australian agriculture. So, Australian Agriculture Minister is touting the work of bio-security officers to keep foot-and-mouth disease out of the country. Thus, the federal government announces a $14 million package. It will help contain the spread of the disease in Indonesia. The package will help control the spread of another cattle illness known as lumpy skin disease currently in Indonesia. Hence, the $14 million package includes $5 million in support for Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and Papua New Guinea.

 

More than 50 million bees likely killed

Wednesday 13 July 2022

More than 50 million bees in New South Wales have already been killed. There are more deaths to come. Officials and beekeepers are trying to stop the major biosecurity threats in Australia. Since discovering varroa mite recently near Port of Newcastle, the NSW Department of Primary Industries has euthanised at least 1690 hives. Thus far, various kill zones have been imposed across parts of the state.

Earlier estimates were suggesting each hive was home to 10,000 to 30,000 bees. Thus, it puts the worst-case fatality rate at almost 51 million. So, there is a race to eradicate parasites. Any hives inside the red zones are euthanised. Thus far, the industry scrambles to contain and eradicate varroa mite. The reddish-brown sesame seed size parasite may destroy or weaken farmed bee populations. Hence, varroa threatens the nation’s $70m bee industry.

 

Researchers identify molecules boosting plant immunity

Sunday 10 July 2022

Researchers discover natural cellular molecules that drive crucial plant immune responses. These compounds have all the indications of being small messengers tailored by plants to turn into important defence control hubs. So, harnessing these insights may help scientists and plant breeders design molecules that may make plants more resistant to disease. This includes important crops and species.

Thus far, two studies published in the journal Science by researchers at the Mas Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. It is in collaboration with colleagues in China to discover natural cellular molecules that drive critical plant immune responses.

So, to feed the anticipated extra 2 billion people on earth, world food production must double by 2050. Hence, it requires to increase in the yields of many staples to boost food production. So, to achieve this, strategies need to be put in place. It is critical to ensure that we can make plants more resistant to microscopic infectious agents. At the same time, it is important to ensure that food production is environmentally sustainable. Achieving this requires a thorough understanding of the plant immune system.

 

Foot-and-mouth disease scare

Wednesday 06 July 2022

An outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed in Bali on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July 202. Australian farmers are now on high alert for the disease. So, the detection of the disease in Australia may result in an immediate stop to livestock exports. Australian authorities would face either trying to slaughter or vaccinate it out.

Currently, Australia is not vaccinating animals against foot-and-mouth disease.
Under the present trade regulations, vaccinated animals may be viewed as having the disease in many countries.
Hence, it means they could not be exported.

 

Deadly bee parasite expands in NSW

Friday 01 July 2022

A threat of deadly bee parasite expands near Gosford in NSW. The threat of the new varroa mite is causing havoc in the NSW bee industry. Hence, another emergency zone is established on Central Coast, north of Sydney. So far, the deadly varroa mite has been detected at new locations. It is the ninth eradication zone that has been triggered by the bee parasite.

A 10-kilometre exclusion zone has been established around the site. The latest detection of Varroa destructor was at a property in Calga. Thus far, bee colonies within a 25km surveillance zone will be inspected. The first detection of the pest was in a sentinel hive at the Port of New castle last week.

So far, many of the infested premises have been located close together. Hence, the emergency zones cover mostly the same areas. However, recent detections at Bulahdelah and Calga have expanded the area.

 

Staggering strawberry prices

Wednesday 29 June 2022

After lettuce gets bad press for high prices, now it is strawberries. They are selling at staggering prices. Strawberry farmers explain what it cost to grow to produce like strawberries and what consumers are asked to pay.

On average, a plant produces a kilogram of strawberries per season. So, for a physical plant, the cost works out to be $0.90. The ground preparation cost is approximately $0.15 per plant. The other preparation costs include plastic or mulch, putting fertiliser underneath the trickle tape, and plumbing for irrigation. This is another $0.43 per kilo of produce. Thus far, fertilisers and sprays cost another $0.75. Maintenance costs such as weeding and maintaining headlands are about $0.28. Picking costs are estimated at $1.30 per kilogram and packing another $1.30 per kilo.

Physical package

So, the physical packaging such as punnets and transporting the produce to consumers costs about $0.70 per kilo. The freight itself works out to about $0.55 per kilogram.

Then, the farmers have a clean-up cost at the end of the season. They need to pull out all the plastic. It goes through and recycling plant and farmers have to pay to dispose of it. Finally, they put a cover crop back in and we rework the ground to get ready for next year.

  

Australian sugar season is shaping up to be a great one

Saturday 25 June 2022

Most so Australian sugar is grown in Queensland. This season is shaping up to be a sweet one with a bumper crop. Thus far, there is an air of great expectations after well-timed rain and favourable sugar prices. Queensland produces approximately 95 percent of the Australian sugar industry. It covers over 2,000 kilometres from Mosman in the north to Rocky Point, south of Brisbane.

So, the mature sugar cane line the roads, harvesters are on the farm and sugar mills are in operation. It signifies the start of the crushing season. After months from growers and mills, it is the most critical part of the season. In reality, it is the money part of the season. It estimates to create 21,000 jobs directly or indirectly in the sugar industry. So, there is a massive number of activities that create enormous cash flow. The cashflow moves out into the regional economies too

 

Mackerel management delays anger fishers

Saturday 18 June 2022

Mackerel fishery management delay angers fishers, industry, and the conservation lobby

The delays in changes to the way the East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery is managed anger fishers. So far, it is causing uncertainty for the commercial sector fishing. It endangers species’ survival too. Thus far, Fisheries Queensland is delaying the deadline for fishery management changes to implement.

Commercial fishers are angered because it increases the uncertainty in the industry. Hence, conservationists are concerned that delays may cause more damage to the overpressure fishery. Fisheries Queensland initially flagged changes to the management of the fishery in June 2021. It was after a stock assessment that estimated it was on the brink of collapsing. Thus far, it just has 17 percent of its unfished biomass left.

Since then, Fisheries Queensland has slated July 1, 2022, as the date new management actions to rebuild the fishery would come into effect. This week that deadline was scuppered to make time for another round of public consultation.

 

New food shortage hits supply chain

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Spicy food lovers are to face unprecedented shortages. They are in for a shock as a new shortage hits the supply chain. It is hitting the world’s most popular hot sauces as crops are hit by drought.  

Sriracha sauce tastes great on most food, from pizza to roast dinners. However, they may have to go without it in the coming months. It is because, Huy Foods Inc, a USA maker of the sauce made from sun-dried ripened chillies has warned of a major shortage of its products. Thus far, the company describes a pepper shortage as severe and climate-related. The company sources its peppers from farms in California, New Mexico, and Mexico. It claims the weather conditions are affecting the quality of peppers.

While the company says they are desperately trying to resolve the issue, hot sauce lovers are upset.

 

Focus on egg sustainability

Friday 10 June 2022

The sustainability framework survey has been undertaken every year since 2018. It is funded by Australian eggs on community views on the egg industry. So far, more than 33,000 community members have participated in this research across the four years to date. CSIRO conducted the initial research. It has been continued by Voconiq since 2021.

Every year research uses a survey of Australians through a statistically representative sample. It uses over 5,000 people. Thus far, it uses an open call to participate for anyone who wishes to participate. The objective is to examine industry challenges. It looks at both, positive and negative issues from multiple angles. Hence, it is important to understand the values driving community attitudes.

 

Australian consumers warned of price hikes

Wednesday 08 June 2022

Australian consumers are warned to expect cabbage in their burgers. Prices for lettuce are on the rise and are expected to reach $10.00. Apparently, there is no end in sight to price increases for fruit and vegetables. The cost of fresh produce such as lettuce and tomatoes more than doubled in recent weeks.

So, the industry is warning these price rises are to continue for several months. The sudden price increases hit quickly. Thus far, wholesalers claim it may take longer for prices to come down. Growers are facing many storms of bad conditions so far. Hence, along with the price hikes, there are supply chain disruptions that is the causing empty supermarket shelves

 

Live sheep trade ban will not happen in this term of Labor government

Saturday 04 June 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reveals Labor government will not ban the live sheep trade in this term. It has provided some clarity to the producers.

Thus far, Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt confirms the government would ban exports of live sheep by air and sea. He claims Labor government honours the commitments that we make. Weeks leading up to the general elections, Labor had plans to end Australia’s live sheep trade. It is a $92 million live sheep trade for the producers

 

Company in Stawell struggles to fill vacancies

Wednesday 01 June 2022

Frew Foods International’s plant at Stawell will create 250 new jobs. Hence, it will double its production capacity when completed. The company is investing between $40 million and $50 million to expand its lamb processing plant. The investment is planned over three years.  

The expansion plan includes the construction of a new cool room and automation equipment. It will help with packaging and loading products on trucks. However, the company is struggling to fill about 100 positions. The company claims, that the housing shortage in the region is the cause that makes it hard to fill vacant positions. Thus far, the shortage of accommodation is making it tough to attract applicants. In fact, these vacancies result in a 20 percent reduction in production. However, the company is hopeful the positions will be filled by October.

 

Research on plant-based meat

Saturday 28 May 2022

New research by Kerry on plant-based options reveals top drivers for consumers. Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition company. 

Health concerns and sustainability challenges are mostly driving Australia to plant-based options. Thus far, according to the research, the taste experience of new products continues to fall short.

Kerry conducted research with more than 1500 consumers in four countries in 2022. It was carried out in UK, USA, Australia, and Brazil. The objective was to discover sensory expectations for plant-based burgers and cheese options. Hence, the research exposed that ‘flexitarians’, the main consumer group that drives the growth of plant-based were more critical of the products. The vegans and vegetarians were more considerate.

So, while sustainability is the main concern, consumers are unwilling to compromise on taste. Hence, they look for products that may be as close to the taste of animal products as possible.

Kerry discovered that 60 percent of Australian consumers eat plant-based products as they believe them to be ‘healthier’. Thus far, 51 percent choose to buy plant-based because they believe it has a positive impact on the environment. The first bite is the key to the entire taste experience. Hence, 74 percent of Australians prefer a burger with a meaty firmness to have a reasonable texture.

 

Easter chocolate best before dates

 Sunday 22 May 2022

Every year millions of Australians stock up on Easter chocolate treats. They buy more than they eat. However, after the Easter holidays, eggs and bunnies disappear rather quickly.

Thus far, all Cadbury Easter chocolates have a best before the date of 1 June. It is unlike other Cadbury’s Easter products. Other chocolate products have a longer best before dates. In fact, Cadbury claims the 1 June best before date was to ensure retailers do not keep chocolates for the next season.

A food safety expert states chocolate is okay for consumption after it’s before bust dates. Thus far, customers need to remain cautious about risks. A business owner focussing to tackle food waste claims this practice may lead to a lot of chocolate being wasted well before it is spoiled

 

A third of fish and chips shops to close in Britain

Monday 16 May 2022

Food shortages may force a third of fish and chips shops to close in Britain. So far, Britain is reliant on sunflower oil from Ukraine and whitefish from Russia. Hence, the future of a Friday night fish and chips is in danger.

Business groups in the fish and chips industry are requesting the government to offer a long-term plan for this crisis. Otherwise, the food shortages may lead to a third of the businesses closing. Thus far, the National Federation of Fish Fryers has issued warnings that the main ingredients that make traditional fish and chips are severely affected by the war. So, the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia may force shops to modify their menus. They may have to increase prices, or in the worst instance, close down.

 

Indonesian customs seize cooking oil shipment

Sunday 15 May 2022

Indonesian customs officials have impounded more than 80,000 litres of cooking oil. It was being smuggled to East Timor as the government enforced a ban on exports of crude palm oil and its derivatives.

Vegetable oil prices have been affected following the war in Ukraine. Thus far, it has removed a huge supply of sunflower oil supply. Indonesia supplies almost 60 percent of global palm oil supplies.

So far, at least eight containers holing cooking oil and other items have been confiscated. Authorities have been deceived by not listing cooking oil in the export declaration documents. Those who will be found guilty of the breach of the cooking oil export ban may face up to five years prison sentence.

 

Official kava of the Fijian Drua

Saturday 07 May 2022

Lami Kava is the official kava of the Fijian Drua franchise. Fijian Drua, Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Thorburn announced this in Suva, recently. The deal was signed off between Fijian Drua and Lami Kava Pte Ltd last week.

 

Cost of living challenges

Wednesday 04 May 2022

The cost-of-living issues are challenging. Prices continue to rise across all food categories. Thus far, these price increases are not leading to extra income for our farmers.

In the fresh food category, Aussie avocados are easier to find. So far, banana growers face another challenge once again. NSW farmers suggest a number of ways to avoid price increases. Their suggestion is to shop at local independent greengrocers. Thus far, their price check reveals bananas, potatoes, oranges, tomatoes, and cucumbers were at least one dollar cheaper than major supermarkets. There was a bigger difference in mushrooms and celery prices. Onions were less than half the supermarket price. So far, seasonal fruit and vegetables were markedly cheaper too.

It may surprise you to know that some farmers are not getting an extra dollar in their pockets while supermarket prices increase. Farmers remain to be price takers. They are at the mercy of the bargaining position of retailers and processors. National Farmers Federation claims many farmers continue to be ripped off. Thus far, there is little or no protection for them from Australian competition law.

 

More people experience food insecurity due to COVID-19

Friday 29 April 2022

Community services are helping people because they experience food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. According to Foodbank, one in six Australian adults have experienced food insecurity in 2021. Almost 40 percent of those did not experience any food insecurity prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, community services have seen increasing demand for food.

Thus far, many Australians are experiencing the cost-of-living crisis too. It is affecting their everyday life. So, when people are shopping, they are looking for ‘cheapest kind of food’. It often means no proteins, fruit or vegetables. Hence, a lot of noodles and pasta.

 

South Australian kava lovers to enjoy Lami Kava

Wednesday 27 April 2022

Pacific Islander diaspora in South Australia can now enjoy a euphoric kava experience. Lami Kava is world-class premium quality 100 percent Fijian kava. It is pure kava root powder. Lami Kava’s state-of-art processing plant in Lami, Fiji is HACCAP certified and FDA registered. Thus, it ensures consumers enjoy the best quality and clean kava. So, when you drink Lami Kava you know it is pure, clean, and consistent. 

Lami Kava’s refined processing procedures provide a consistently smooth taste without any aftertaste or bitterness. It is a unique taste and full of normal flavour. Thus far, Lami Kava shares 40 years of kava experience with you to enjoy. 

Lami Kava and HiLands Foods partnership brings superior quality kava to VEKO PACIFIC in Adelaide. So far, HiLands Foods is in arrangement to supply Lami Kava to FoodWorks outlets throughout Australia except for Northern Territory and MetCash/IGA across NSW. 

“LAMI KAVA, we got you KAVA’D”

 

Asahi soft drinks to switch to 100% recycled plastic

Monday 25 April 2022 

Over 110 million soft drink containers will be manufactured with 100 percent recycled in Australia each year. Thus far, Asahi Beverages continues its eco-friendly transition. This change is applicable to all 450ml and 600ml range of soft drink bottles sold by the company. It includes well-known brands like Solo, Pepsi Max, Sunkist, and Schweppes. 

So far, Asahi Beberages has been bottling water brands Cool Ridge Still Water and Frantelle’s in 100 percent recycled PET. They have a track record of using 100 percent recycled materials. It brings the total number of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles produced by Asahi Beverages to more than 640 million each year.

 

Microplastics in Australian seafood

Friday 22 April 2022

Australian research finds varying levels of microplastics in mussels. The samples were from both popular and remote beaches in South Australia.

Flinders University researchers are stoked with fears that microplastics are finding their way into human food supplies. These particles are measuring less than five millimetres. It is regardless of if it were ocean-farmed or wild-caught. So far, samples were from ten different locations in South Australia. The analysis determines the type of plastic pollution that affects the environment.

 

Australia-India trade agreement

Friday 15 April 2022

Exporting toIndia is now more economical through the new Australia-India Trade Agreement. It further strengthen the international relationship and makes Australian exports to India cheaper. Thus far, this agreement eliminates tariffs on more than 85 percent of Australian goods exports to India. It possibly values at more than $12.6 billion per annum.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the agreement would create enormous trade diversification opportunities for Australian producers and service providers bound for India. This is great news for lobster fishers in Tasmania, wine producers in South Australia and Queensland’s macadamia farmers. It will help critical minerals miners in Western Australia, lamb farmers from New South Wales, wool producers from Victoria and metallic ore producers from the Northern Territory. 

 

Coles recalls baby spinach

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Coles is recalling packets of baby spinach over salmonella fears. The recall was initiated after a supplier detected the bacteria salmonella. Thus far, it affects several sizes of its house brand packets of spinach. It specifically affects ‘Coles Baby Spinach’ packets in the 60g, 120g, and 280g range. They were sold in Coles supermarkets, Coles Local, and Coles Online in Queensland, ACT, and NSW excluding stores at Lavington, Deniliquin, and Albury

 

Lami Kava in the Adelaide market

Friday 08 April 2022

HiLands Foods partners with Veko Pacific to bring Lami Kava to Adelaide market. Now the people of Adelaide can have a euphoric experience with premium quality Lami Kava. It is 100 percent Fijian kava to enjoy. Lami Kava so far comes with the best credentials of most branded kava in the Pacific region. It is a traditional drink throughout Pacific nations.

 

Growing nuts for success

Wednesday 06 April 2022

A healthy eating trend and the knowledge that all fats are not bad fats leads to an increase in the consumption of Australian nuts. Thus far, Australian nut consumption has doubled since the 2002/2003 season.

It is certainly good news for our health. While the consumption is increasing, more Aussies need to eat more. In fact, we are not eating enough nuts. So far, 2022 has been a challenging year for the growers. However, there have been new developments that may lead to a more sustainable and resilient market.

Growth industry

The Australian tree nut industry is growing. The 2021 farmgate value was $1.2 billion. It is a significant contributor to the rural economies and the region. Thus far, the industry contributes to more than a third of Australian horticultural exports. Tree nuts include almonds, pecans, macadamias, chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios.

So far, tree nut plantings have increased significantly. Thus far, the majority of these plantings have been for almonds and macadamias. The industry expects this expansion will result in increased farmgate value to over $2 billion by 2030. However, while it is fantastic for the industry’s future, presently some nut growers face many hardships. It is all relates to the recent weather.

 

Frucor Suntory to set up new plant in Queensland

Monday 04 April 2022

Frucor Suntory, a drink manufacturer is to set up a $400million beverage production plant in Ipswich, Queensland. It is establishing a production footprint in Australia. Thus far, it will help relieve pressure on its New Zealand production and improve growth. The investment would increase the capacity, flexibility, and opportunities for the company brands and its people.

In fact, it is a big win for Queensland state. According to the Queensland Premier, it is an incredible coup for the state. It is a huge recognition for an international company to choose Queensland ahead of others. Frucor was established about 60 years ago in New Zealand, with Suntory acquiring the company 10 years ago. The company’s major brands include V and Boss Iced Coffee

 

Mildura Pacific Island Workers To Enjoy Lami Kava

Friday 1 April 2022 (Media Release)

HiLANDS FOODS in association with DLMK PARTNERS of Mildura, Victoria is geared up to provide a euphoric experience with Lami Kava in Mildura/Loddon Mallee region. It is an exciting time for Dean Wickham owner of DLMK Partners and Pacific Islands workers in the region. They are here on a special work visa to work in beautiful regional Victoria.

Dean Wickham, loves this strategic partnership to distribute Lami Kava in the region. He was a natural choice with his intricate knowledge of Pacific Islands culture.  It is a powerful collaboration between HiLands Foods and DLMK Partners. The partnership takes their traditional Pacific Islands beverage to them into regional Victoria.

“Now, they will feel more at home when they can enjoy premium quality, Lami Kava,” said Dean Wickham. “They will be happy, hence more productive. It is a win-win for them and their employers,” added Dean.

Lami Kava is top-notch kava from a world-class manufacturing plant in Lami, Fiji. It is 100 percent pure Fijian kava. So, when you drink Lami Kava, you know it is clean, consistent, and pure kava. It comes with Lami Kava’s 40 years of experience in the kava industry. Thus far, it is one of the finest herbal beverages you will ever taste. 

 

Tall Timbers Brewing Co Receives New Grant

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Tall Timbers Brewing Co, is a brewery business in Manjimup in WA. It is tasting the sweet success with the support of the state government regional Economic Development Grants. Thus far it is significantly cranking up production and get its products on shelves.

It has an additional 23,500L of fermentation tank space to boost capacity. Hence, Tall Timbers Brewing Co has been able to increase the volume of beverages it produces. It allows the company to distribute throughout Perth and the Southwest.

The Southern Forests is a renowned agricultural heartland. Thus far, producing quality food and beverages that are putting this area of Western Australia on the map.  

 

CSIRO Creates Global Delicatessen From Food Bowl

Thursday 24 March 2022

CSIRO is turning lesser cuts of red meat into value-added protein powders. Hence, it launches new plant-based products and develops high protein legume crops. These are some of the ways, Australia may tap into a huge global protein market.

This could create up to 10,000 jobs making Australia a global leader. Thus far, it looks at creating a new white flesh fish industry too. CSIRO is exploring other protein forms such as cultivated meat and edible insects. These are growth opportunities. So far, with extra two billion people to feed by 2050, it will be a growth industry. Hence, this is coupled with changing tastes and dietary preferences. Thus far, the world needs to produce more protein. It has to be sustainable and from more sources.

 

Customer Demand Sees Lami Kava In Western Australia

Tuesday  22 March 2022 (Media Release)

HiLANDS FOODS appoints KIWI PLACE (WA) PTY LTD as Western Australian distributor for well-known Lami Kava. With a huge demand from the Pacific Islands diaspora in Western Australia, HiLands Foods reached out to Kiwi Place for this strategic alliance. It is exciting times with this meaningful partnership to supply premium quality 100 percent Fijian kava powder to kava lovers. Thus far, it creates a euphoric experience for fellow Pacific Islanders who have been in isolation to enjoy their favourite traditional drink.

‘Kiwi Place outlet is extremely excited to join on this exciting journey’ said Raj Bachu of HiLands Foods. ‘There are good vibes in the market about brand Lami Kava’ he added.

So far, there has been an overwhelming interest in Lami Kava because of its 40 years of experience in the kava market. For the love of the finest herbal beverage, kava lovers choose Lami Kava. Thus far, Lami Kava uses top-quality noble varieties of Piper Methysticum to produce the finest kava powder.

Raj says, ‘When you drink Lami Kava, you know you are drinking clean and pure kava’. ‘Lami Kava understands the importance of clean and consistent quality kava’, according to Raj.

With a continuous commitment to quality, Lami Kava has invested in modern machinery to deliver top-notch kava powder.

 

When is a potato not a potato?

Monday 21 March 2022

A New Zealand farmer who believed they may have dug up the world’s largest potato in their small farm near Hamilton. They had their dreams shattered after Guinness World Records advised that scientific tests had found in fact, it was not potato after all. According to Guinness, it was a gourd tuber.

Colin Craig-Brown, the farmer who dug the tuber when gardening with his wife Donna claims it surely looked and tasted like potato. They said they had never tasted gourd tuber. After several months of discussions, the couple received bad news by email last week.

Thus far, the tuber gained local celebrity status after the couple posted photos of it on Facebook. They had built a cart to tow it around. They had put a hat on it too. It weighed in at a local farm store at 7.8 kilograms. It was equal to a couple of sacks of normal potatoes. Thus far, the existing Guinness record stands. It is from Britain and weighed around 5.0 kilograms.

 

Lami Kava’s world-class facility

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Lami Kava’s processing plant is a world-class facility. It follows a partnership between Lami Kava and Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) Program. Lami Kava developed a more sophisticated kava wash bay and grading facility in Lami, Fiji. Thus far, PHAMA Plus (Australia and New Zealand) supports and works with Lami Kava to establish this modern facility. So, Lami Kava produces world-class kava and kava products for export destinations. 

So far, the partnership commissioned a  state-of-art wash bay structure, modern machinery, and advanced water treatment plant. The manufacturing plant includes a new world-class production line too. Hence, the new facility ensures kava production is consistent and of top-notch quality. It meets international market standards. So, there is no compromise in quality at any stage of production, from the farm through washing, drying, ponding, and packing. Thus far, from the farm gate to the factory there are all state-of-art quality assurance processes in place. It follows a strict protocol so you can enjoy the top-notch freshness and premium quality 100 percent Fijian kava. 

 

Farmgate milk price increase

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Farmgate milk prices increase significantly across major dairy export regions worldwide. A further upside in milk prices remains. Global supply shortfall is the driver for soaring dairy commodity prices. Thus far, export regions are struggling with poor weather and declining margins from rising feed costs. It results in a worse year-on-year deficit. So far, this shortage is unlikely to dissipate anytime soon. It expects a continual decline in milk production in the key exporting regions. These are New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, the EU, USA, and Australia.  

So far, the rising costs of inputs, shortage of labour, and weather conditions are limiting the production response by producers. Hence, the high price of dairy may reduce importers’ margins.

 

State-of-art recycling facility

Monday 14 March 2022

A $45 million PET recycling plant in Albury-Wodonga will increase the quantity of recycled and locally sourced PET by two thirds. Almost one billion PET beverage bottles are being recycled each year.

The plant expects to produce recycled raw materials to manufacture new beverage bottles. It will produce other food and beverage packaging. Hence, contributing to close the gap on recycling in Australia.

 

Lami Kava Import Update

Saturday 12 March 2022

HiLands Foods and Lami Kava have much pleasure to inform their partners and stakeholders, that the new packaging planned for the Australian market has arrived in Fiji. It had arrived as the stock was about to be shipped in the alternative packaging. Lami Kava has been kind enough to repack the goods in new packaging.

Therefore, there is a few days delay for the shipment. The delay in receiving the packaging was beyond our control. It was due to the logistics challenges amidst the pandemic situation. We apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused you. Thus far, we value your partnership and support. So, the bright side of a series of events is that you will enjoy the 100 percent Fijian kava in new packaging. You will love consistently top-notch kava from LAMI KAVA.

We have you kava’d! Talo Mada

 

Consumer brands must stay agile

Thursday 10 March 2022

The last two years have been challenging food manufacturers and consumers. The pandemic has changed the way people eat, shop and live. Hence, COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global climate is ever changing. Thus far, consumer brands and food manufacturers must stay agile.

So far, many countries worldwide are requesting its population to restrain social interaction between people. They suggest limits on public gatherings and dining out. Furthermore, they promote other restrictions such as out of home entertainment and more. Therefore, consumers turn inward and may reflect on their priorities differently. Hence, some may feel isolated.

Majority of consumers focus on immunity and health care. Thus, there is more hand washing, sanitising, face masks and continual social distancing. It is a norm now. In fact, in terms of the pandemic impact on food and drink industry consumers prefer to cook ay home. Hence, the look for food and ingredients that are healthful. Thus far, it may be crucial to consider these new behaviours. These will impact on the future so the industry.

 

GST application on kava import

Thursday 10 March 2022

Importing kava into Australia without permission is prohibited. So, the person who is importing kava as a food product must hold a permit to import. The person importing the kava must be for the purpose of selling it as part of the applicant’s business.

In 2019, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced that the Australian Government was stepping up the commitment to the Pacific. Thus far, it launched a kava pilot program to strengthen cultural and economic connection between Australia and Pacific Island countries. 

Kava pilot is to provide access to kava in Australia without causing any difficulty to public health and safety. It is to realise the social, cultural, economic and health effects more kava being available in the market. Thus far, it is to respect state and territory governments’ regulatory role. It increases trade opportunities too.

Therefore, the kava pilot allows the commercial importation of kava for food use. Imported kava must comply with Australian biosecurity requirements. It must be in kava powder and kava beverage, using cold water form. Kava packaging must be packed in clean and new. It must be free from biosecurity risk material.

Customs Regulations 1956 classifies kava as a drug. Hence, it is a prohibited import. Therefore, regulations have been amended to meet the objectives of the pilot. Hence, it is classified as food for import purposes. Despite the fact, it classifies as food, for GST purposes, kava is a drug. Hence, the Australian Tax Office applies GST on imports.

 

Lami Kava  in Australia 

Wednesday 09 March 2022 (Media Release)

LAMI KAVA, a renowned Fijian brand launches into the Australian market its range of premium quality noble kava. It is forming a strategic partnership with HiLANDS FOODS, a Sydney-based company. It is a meaningful collaboration. Lami Kava’s intricate knowledge about noble kava and HiLands Foods’ distribution expertise in the Australian market is a powerful combination.

With 40 years of experience in the kava market, LAMI KAVA produces the finest herbal beverage. Lami Kava uses superior quality Piper Methysticum roots of the noble varieties to produce its kava. The company produces KAVA in raw kava roots and powder forms. It is 100% FIJIAN kava.

Lami Kava, the company

The original company was established in 1982 as Lami Kava Pounding Shop. Thus, it was set up to facilitate kava pounding for its customers. It was by the late 1980s, that the company started selling pounded kava. Hence, during this evolution, the company was renamed LAMI KAVA.

Lami Kava prides itself on the quality of its kava. This is made evident of their continuous commitment to the quality that they have worked with partners to commission its machinery to improve the process of KAVA. It uses modern commercial food processing technology. Furthermore, it uses precise and methodological quality control. Thus far, factory fit-out includes stainless steel surfaces to maintain hygiene. With its contemporary cleaning and re-drying, and modern storage facilities, it minimises exposure to moisture and tampering. Hence, proper food safety measures are in place with its certification by HACCP that ensures consistency in providing clean quality KAVA. LAMI KAVA is FDA-registered too.

Fijian kava

Fiji is famous for the best quality kava products. Thus far, Lami Kava is known for its consistency and quality. It brings great value to your dollar. So, now you can enjoy premium quality Fiji kava for sale in Australia.

HiLands Foods is privileged to be forming such a partnership with a reputable Fijian company. With HiLands Foods’ experience in marketing and distribution, they are setting up a network of distributors, wholesalers throughout Australia except for the Northern Territory. Lami Kava will be one of the few major Fijian brands to be available Australia-wide.

So far, ‘We are overwhelmed with the inquiries’, said Raj Bachu, General Manager of HiLands Foods.

‘There are inquiries from as far as Broome in Western Australia, Tasmania, and northern Queensland’ he said. ‘With all the preorders, our first shipment is sold out before it arrives,’ said Raj.

Thus far, Lami Kava is listed in NSW with Metcash/IGA group and FoodWorks outlets. According to Raj Bachu, they are working on an effective supply chain so you can enjoy clean and premium LAMI KAVA. They are working on ensuring supply in Australia’s regional areas too.

 

Lami Kava Import Permit 

Tuesday 08 March 2022

HiLANDS FOODS is pleased to inform our customers and business partners that the inaugural import of LAMI KAVA has been executed. The import permit subject to Regulation 5F of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (PI Regulations) has been received.

The first shipment of 1kg and 500g packaging is being dispatched for the Australian market. We apologise for the delays and any inconvenience so far. It was due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. We value your partnership and support. Thus far, we thank you for your understanding and patience. We endeavour to create the opportunity for you to enjoy 100% premium quality A-grade FIJIAN KAVA. LAMI KAVA is distinguished for its consistency, quality, and value. We assure you will enjoy clean noble FIJIAN KAVA.

 

Australian Food Companies to face restrictions

Monday 07 March 2022

New regulations will put tough restrictions on Australian companies on how they can advertise to the kids. It will dramatically restrict their advertising, particularly materials targeted at children. According to the National Obesity Strategy report published on Friday, 04 March 2022 states, Australia’s increasing obesity challenges are costing the country $11.8 billion annually. The report claims, at least 83 percent of men and 74 percent of women were either overweight or obese by the time they reached 45-54 years. Thus far, the biggest weight gain recorded between childhood and early adulthood.

Hence, there is an ambitious 10-year plan to radically reduce the volume of overweight and obese. Hence, it may spell the end of iconic mascots Ronald McDonald, Toucan Sam, and the six loveable M&M characters. Therefore, to prevent such a significant increase in the weight of Australians as they age, the report proposes a variety of measures. It includes stricter rules on advertising.

It plans to reduce overweight and obesity in kids and adolescents between 2 and 17 years old. Thus far, the aim is to reduce by at least one percent by 2030. So, it addresses advertising materials targeted at children. The strategy proposes restrictions on promotions of ‘unhealthy food and beverages’. It will apply to devices that appeal to children like characters, toys, games, and prizes.

 

Kava import regulations

Sunday 06 March 2022

The kava import for food use is subject to Regulation 5F of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (PI Regulations) and is prohibited unless the importer holds a permit issued by the Drug Control Section (DCS). A permit is required for each consignment that is imported.

The kava import pilot program will allow the commercial importation of kava for food use, with no limit on quantity. Monitoring and evaluating the effects of the kava pilot will continue over a two-year period from 1 December 2021.

Persons must meet certain criteria, outlined in this document when applying for permission to import. You should not import kava before obtaining permission or the Australian Border Force may seize the goods. Permits cannot be issued after the goods have arrived in Australia.

Applications to import kava are for commercial use only.

Kava food product must be imported as air or sea cargo and cannot be imported:

(a) Through the international mail; or 

(b) In the baggage of an air or sea traveller.

Dealing with application for permission

The Secretary or an authorised person must not grant to an applicant a permission to import a kava food product unless:

(a) the appliacnt has given the Secretarty or suthorised person all the information required by the Secretary or authorised person under paragraph (3)(c); and

(b) the Secretary or authorised person is satisfied that the applicant is to import the kava food for the purposes of selling it as part of the applicant’s business; and

(c) the applicant is registered for GST; and

(d) the applicant has an ABN.

Imported kava must also comply with Australia’s biosecurity requirements. Forms of kava permitted are kava powder and kava beverages (using cold water only) and must be packed in clean and new packaging, and free from biosecurity risk material.

 

Food shortage in NSW and Queensland

Friday 4 March 2022

Shoppers in NSW and Queensland may suffer food shortages due to the severe floods. It is creating a fresh food supply crisis. Hence, supermarkets and grocery stores in NSW and Queensland will face empty shelves. So, it may create higher prices in weeks to come.

Thus far, fresh food market survey shows shortages for various items. So far, the weather conditions are very poor in the food-growing regions. It predicts the shortages may continue for several weeks. The floods have destroyed tonnes of fresh produce in warehouses and markets. Food sales operators are reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock they have lost.

 

Food markets are highly dynamic

Friday 25 February 2022

Food markets will remain highly dynamic as supply chains feel the effects of the pandemic. It is likely to remain volatile throughout the year. Reports indicate Omicron has had a serious impact on food markets worldwide. Thus far, it is causing labour shortages, supply chain challenges which add inflationary burdens.

 So, these supply chain challenges are set to disrupt the food industry in the first six months of 2022. Although there are higher vaccination rates, most containment measures are in place. Hence, there is huge pressure on food and beverage companies. Supply chain costs and consumer demands are high. So far, food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers need to work through the supply chain and susceptibility.

 

Possibility of psychoactive drink into mainstream Australia

Thursday 24 February 2022

Kava, a traditional drink from the Pacific is a controlled item in Australia. However, there are some changes to regulations. Hence, there is a hope it may find its way into mainstream Australia

Advice from Fiji is you can’t just sip kava drink. You need to drink the whole bowl in one go. Thus far, there is the traditional way to drink kava. It is mostly known for its relaxation outcome. However, in modern times, drink is available in kava bar and cafes. Today, you can buy sachets of instant kava mix

Hence, the psychoactive beverage is heading into the mainstream market. It is attracting a new type of consumer. So far, many people are enjoying it after work to unwind. It is now a popular event for Friday or Saturday nights. Hence, they may listen to music, hang out without drinking alcohol.

 

The abundance of microplastics in Fijian freshwater mussels

Monday 21 February 2022

Research with the title ‘Presence and abundance of microplastics in edible freshwater mussels (Batissa voilacea) on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu’ is causing concerns. The research was published in the Marine and Freshwater Research journal on February 7, 2022.

The study discloses that ‘freshwater mussels are ingesting microplastics. It is an environmental issue that represents health issues for human consumption. Microplastics are tiny fragments of invisible plastic that float in the waterways. It happens in the river systems as well as the sea.

It is the first of its kind research with a focus to investigate microplastics. It is found in the gills and soft tissues of the freshwater mussels which is also known as kai to the locals. Thus far, kai samples were from five major rivers in the country. The concern is that microplastics were evident in 100 percent of the mussels which were samples from all rivers.

 

Pandemic, tariffs, and trade challenges take hold on Riverland red grapes.

Friday 18 February 2022

Riverland in South Australia is Australia’s biggest wine-making region. Growers in the region are struggling to make a profit. Thus far, global trade challenges take a toll on the industry. Many market conditions mean prices for red wine grapes well below last year’s prices. Hence, some farmers may consider dumping their harvest in the hope to cut costs.

The Riverland region is home to more than 900 grape growers. They produce almost 40 percent of Australia’s harvest every year. So, after a bumper vintage last year, demands for grapes are low. Global freight issues, excess stock in storage, tariffs in China are causing challenges. Furthermore, changing consumer behaviour due to the pandemic adds more pressure. Thus far, pressures are particularly on the red grape growers. The Chinese market was massive.

 

Fresh air on top of the menu list amidst COVID-19

Saturday 12 February 2022

COVID-19 pandemic is prompting more people to look for outdoor eating. More patrons are feeling safer eating outdoors in the fresh air. So, the global pandemic is changing the way we think, work, and live.

Thus far, it is one of the most important lifestyles shifts in the way people eat out. Diners are preferring for the outdoor setting to indoor spaces. It is so, in a bid to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Most reports establish patrons are actively searching for venues with outdoor and alfresco settings.

 

Lami Kava import update

Wednesday 09 February 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, HiLands Foods and Lami KAVA Pte Limited would like to inform our customers and partners that we will be using alternative packaging variations in 1kg and 500g packs into Australian markets.

This change is due to the delay of shipping services amidst the COVID situation around the world. Hence, with much deliberation, this is the best solution to ensure we bring LAMI KAVA to you and with no further delay. We apologise for any inconvenience and will continuously update our customers as we value your partnership and support.

Kindly be informed product will be 100% premium quality A grade FIJI KAVA. We are looking forward to having the product in Australia by mid-February 2022.

Please keep checking our page for further updates.

TALO MADA.

 

Distillery under fire for insensitivity

Friday 04 February 2022

SouWester Spirits in Western Australia is under fire by the members of the indigenous community for a batch of its gin infused with Nuytsia floribunda. It is commonly known as the Australian Christmas tree or moojar tree. The tree is sacred to the Noongar people. So, they have accused the distillery of being culturally insensitive. Thus far, the tree has cultural significance for Noongar people. They believe their ancestors’ spirits live on the branches.

So, the Noongar people claim SouWester Spirits’ had not consulted them. Thus far, an anthropologist has written to the company that it should have known better about the significance of the tree.

The distillery has acknowledged it was a sacred tree to the Noongar people. They insist they have treated the tree with respect.

 

Butchers roller coaster ride

Friday 28 January 2022

COVID-19 supply chain challenges are leading to beef shortage. There is a growing concern for butchers with lacking beef supply following years of drought.

Thus far, butchers benefit from the supply chain problems for the major supermarkets in Australia. Many butchers have had record sales in January. Some butchers are having experienced 40% growth in sales for the January period. So, the pandemic has been beneficial for the butchers. They have had a few challenging years. Thus far, as business improves for butchers, farmers are facing challenges to meet wholesale demand. Therefore, there are warning signs the growth may go out of the retail sector. Farmers are recovering from a decade of drought challenges.

 

Lami Kava Australian partnership

Saturday 22 January 2022

Lami Kava, a well-known Fijian brand forms a strategic partnership with HiLands Foods to the Australian market. Kava is a traditional drink that has been enjoyed throughout the Pacific for many centuries. It is a cornerstone of the Pacific way of life and traditions. So, kava is still central to traditional rituals, especially those to honour important visitors.

Lama Kava was set up in 1982 in a little outlet in Wailada, Fiji. So, Lami Kava has been in the kava business for 40 years. Lami Kava’s continuous commitment to quality brings out the best kava from various regions in Fiji to give you a euphoric kava experience. Thus far, Lami Kava is known for its consistency and quality that brings value to your dollar.

Lami Kava packs all products in food-grade packaging to ensure longer shelf life and fresher product. The products are available in various sizes for your convenience. Lami Kava is HACCAP Certified and FDA registered. Thus far it ensures that it is the best quality and clean KAVA for your consumption.

HiLands Foods welcomes this important partnership with a major Fijian kava company. With Lami Kava, HiLands Foods has it Kava’d!

 

Lami Kava in Australia

Tuesday 18 January 2022

The recent approval to import kava for commercial sale into Australia will create a strong demand among the kava drinking community. Australia had imposed a ban on the kava drinking powder in 2007. The import ban is being lifted under a 2-year pilot program. There is a lot of demand coming from the people of Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islander diaspora.

A renowned Fijian brand, Lami Kava is set to make entry into Australia. So far, Australian importers and distributors have received many inquiries. In fact, are excited to see orders. Lami kava makes its drinking kava powder using modern food processing technology. Foods Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) recognises drinking kava as food. While moderate use of kava has a calming effect and it may help to remedy anxiety, it is not a medicine. Thus far, consumers say it provides relaxing effects. Furthermore, for centuries Pacific islanders have used kava as herbal medicine. 

Typically, kava powder is mixed with water for drinking. Kava drinking is important during traditional ceremonies and cultural purposes in the Pacific cultures.

 

Small business grants

Friday 14 January 2022

Grants are available for small and medium food and beverage manufacturers. Its part of Australian Government’s Energy Efficient Communities program. Grants are available of up to $25,000.00So, the grants may be used to replace existing equipment with energy saving models. It is to carry out energy audits, improve more energy monitoring and management. Thus far, to help manufacturing businesses lower their power bills and emissions.

The grants can be used to replace existing equipment with more energy-efficient models, carry out energy audits, or improve energy monitoring and management — helping manufacturing businesses lower their power bills and emissions.

 

Empty supermarket shelves, staff with COVID-19 infection

Saturday 08 January 2022

New COVID-19 infections are soaring in Australia. It is smashing the previous national records. Thus far, major food industry companies are begging the governments to modify close contact rules. So far, thousands of employees are in isolation. Hence, the supermarket shelves are empty. Sooner or later, major supermarkets may introduce purchase limits.  

There are concerning pictures from stores throughout the country. It confirms Australians are now struggling to purchase basic necessities. So far, there is a definite shortage of meat and vegetable.

 

The seafood industry fights labelling fraud

Sunday 2 January 2022

Australian seafood industry continues to fight massive labelling fraud. Thus far, labelling fraud is believed to cost the Australian seafood industry $189 million annually. So, a new provenance tool is now used to combat fraud. It is a handheld scanner that detects the provenance of seafood.

A hand-held scanner normally used in the geological analysis has been reprogrammed to verify the country of origin for seafood. So far, the tool is almost 90% accurate with the trials on tiger prawns. The equipment was originally developed to analyse rocks in geological surveys. It has been recalibrated to work on seafood. So, the model can verify ‘is it Australian or non-Australian’. Furthermore, it may verify if a product was farmed in Australia or wild-caught.

Thus far, consumers are often interested to know if a product is Australian or not. Australian products have a reputation to be of premium quality.

 

Australian commercial kava import 

Tuesday 28 December 2021

There has been excitement among kava exporters in the Pacific. It follows news that Australia will allow commercial kava to import to begin in January 2022. So far, the Australian Health Department confirms they have set up significant conditions for the two-year pilot program.

It confirms, regulations amendments to allow kava import has been put in place. The Government had to make amendments to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 to enable the commercial importation of kava as a food.

 

Prediction for dairy price hike

Thursday 16 December 2021

A leading dairy analyst predicts the price of cheese and butter is set to increase in 2022. This will be a ripple effect of a wet spring and other global challenges. Hence, the products reaching the supermarket shelves will be more expensive next year,

So far, heavy rainfall has led to a dip in milk production on dairy farms in Australia. This is mostly true in Victoria and Tasmania.

 

Food recall challenges

Friday 10 December 2021

Australia and New Zealand Food Statistics board reveal that up to 55 percent of product recalls are caused by chemical, foreign objects, and biological contamination. These figures are from 2008 and 2017. Thus far, it causes millions of dollars in losses to the manufacturer. Hence, the food and beverage processing industry face a unique challenge. It requires effective preventative maintenance on machinery. The challenge is to eliminate the potential to cause trace contamination in products.

Thus far, businesses risk falling out with the customers with every recall. Hence, careful consideration should be made in the management of chemicals, greases, and lubricants.

 

Supermarkets to increase milk prices

Thursday 2 December 2021

The cost of supermarket milk price is now $1.30 per litre. It is after Woolworths, Coles, and Aldi all lifted prices in the last week. Thus far, it means consumers will now pay extra 10 cents per litre for home brand milk. However, it is the first increase in more than two years.

So far, the dairy industry has been rallying against cheap milk. They argue it devalues its product. Thus far, consumers may happily pay the extra 10 cents to support the farmers. However, there may not be any guarantees that the farmers will get any of it.

Australia’s food trade during the pandemic

Friday 26 November 2021

The results of 2021 clearly show the upside of people being at home during the pandemic. Others felt the effect of people not being out and about. Thus far, trade tensions impacted wine and infant formula industries too. The latter was impacted more than most by pandemic disruptions.

Food and beverage is Australia’s largest manufacturing sector. It accounts for more than 30 percent or $133 billion of the total manufacturing output. Thus far, the sector employs more than 275,00 people and approximately 40 percent of these jobs are in the regional areas.

Fishing co-op buys a fishing boat

Saturday 20 November 2021

A group of professional fishers in the western Victorian fishing town of Apollo Bay acquires a 40-year-old fishing boat. It dedicates to catching fish to feed the locals. So, the 15-member Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-Op invested almost $500,000 to buy the fishing boat. They will fish along the coast every few days to provide the town with fresh seafood.

So far, many people in the fishing industry around Australia send their catch off to the markets or processors in the big cities. This catch will help the local community with fresh seafood.

Tasmania’s Launceston city’s new fame

Saturday 13 November 2021

Launceston City in Tasmania is already famous for its heritage buildings. Now they have new fame to claim, its food culture. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) names Launceston as the City of Gastronomy.

Launceston’s food entrepreneurs had decided to vie for the City of Gastronomy title some three years ago. So, the city made the submission because of the growth in its food culture. UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network recognised the range of food cultures. Thus far, the hope is that the recognition may allow producers and growers to enter into new global markets. The northern region of Tasmania is home to many agricultural producers, vineyards and has a rich history of flour mills. So far, the world recognises it as one of the world’s best food destinations.

The crop industry prepare for the virus

Saturday 06 November 2021

Similar to human health, the plant breeding sector suffers severe and more frequent viruses. Hence, their preparedness for these diseases is crucial to ensure the grains industry may manage any disease incursions. Thus far, the research unit at the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Institute of Agriculture leads a thorough review of virus diseases. So far, the unit researches in cereal and oilseed crops since the 1950s. It has some alarming news for the Australian grain industry.

UWA claims that the Aussie grain industry needs to plan for a potentially devastating future virus epidemic. Thus far, plant diseases such as beet western yellows virus, also known as turnip yellows virus, damaged canola really hard in 2014. It had caused huge yield loss for canola farmers.

Food recall for gourmet ham

Saturday 30 October 2021

A range of gourmet ham products may be contaminated with listeria. They are sold nationally through IGA and Woolworths supermarkets. So, they have been recalled dure to fears of listeria contamination. 

Barossa Fine Foods specifically recalls “No Added Nitrate Ham” and “Double Smoked Ham” in 100 gram packing. 

University of Queensland and food companies target meat consumers

Saturday 16 October 2021

University of Queensland engineers with food scientists embark on a culinary journey to make plant-based food tastier and nutritious. It is a part of the Australian Research Council program. A USA-based food technology company, Motif FoodWorks Inc is a research partner. So far, aspects like taste, texture, and smell are basic drivers for consumers. People combine these attributes to consider a meat-free option.

Thus far, it is more than taste that people consider. It has to the texture too. Hence, the team wants to know the mechanics that occur during eating and stimulate them in a laboratory. So, people want to continue to eat meat. However, supplement their diet with plant-based substitutes. This is mostly for sustainable and environmental reasons.

Avocado oversupply drives prices to rock bottom

Thur 14 October 2021

Australian avocado farmers have no choice in watching the avocados wither on trees. The growers battle with a market with oversupply. Avocado production has doubled in the past 10 years or so. The Australian appetite for avocados was growing. Hence, it led to smaller growers being priced out for the produce.

Thus far, avocado production expects to grow by 30,000 tonnes in the 2022 season. So, the industry faces its biggest oversupply challenge. Hence, the one dollar per avocado in the supermarket means all farms are losing money. It doesn’t matter if it is a small family farm or a corporate enterprise.

Researchers study Cover Cropping

Saturday 02 October 2021

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) researchers use computer modelling to study the effect of cover cropping. So, the system analyses soil moisture to better support agricultural soil. Thus, help farmers make informed decisions each season. Hence, the USQ Ph.D. student is conducting research from the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture Systems. The researchers conduct field observations at an on-farm trial site near Goondiwindi. The soils have suffered here most from the long-term effects of drought. Hence, farmers are trialling cropping to combat it.

Northern Territory mango harvest

Friday 24 September 2021

The Northern Territory mango growers have several varieties of mango. They use different management methods. Thus far, the images received from space are helping the farmers to plan the mango harvests. This includes predicting the equipment and staff requirements.

So far, The University of New England’s Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre leads the project. It is in collaboration with CQ University Australia, the Australian Mango Industry Association, and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland. The project involves five commercial farmers across seven Top End orchards. It is jointly funded by the Northern Territory government, federal government, and Hort Innovation. Thus far, the three-year trial ends up with this season’s harvest. Its studies images of mango trees at various stages of growth. So far, it is able to predict if the growers are in for a product season.

The Northern Territory Plant industries including mangoes, melons, and Asian vegetables are valued at $445 million. Hence, this trial provides another exciting opportunity for the Territory. In fact, they produce almost half of Australia’s crop.

Australian scientists create superior fava bean

Saturday 18 Sep 2021

University of Sydney scientists create a new and superior fava bean range. It will be called FBA Ayla. So, it provides an improved variety of faba beans for farmers in the northern New South Wales and southern Queensland sectors. 

Thus far, the faba bean is the second most important grain legume. It is after the chickpea in the growing districts of Australia. The University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute in Narrabri has been breeding faba beans since 2010. So, its focus was to develop high-yielding and disease-resistant variation with superior seed quality.

Flu cases hit a record low in Australia in 2021

Thursday 16 Sep 2021

The National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) recorded more than 20,000 cases of influenza in 2020. Furthermore, 37 deaths were notified due to influenza. So far, this year to 29 August, only 484 cases were recorded. Thus far, there were zero deaths.

So, before COVID-19 came into the picture, the influenza cases were reaching their highest levels. In 2019, there were almost 314,000 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases notifications throughout Australia. So, it was 2.7 times more cases than the five-year average with 953 deaths. Thus far, if you think the flu has disappeared, you are mistaken. Experts believe it may be a problem when it returns. We have never and most likely never seen such low flu infections again. Researchers are suggesting flu will return when international borders open. However, the severity is unknown.

CSIRO aims to grow Australia’s agriculture 

Sunday 12 September 2021

For more than a century, CSIRO has been working to improve life on the land. So, scientists unveil plans to improve food production by $20 billion in the next decade. Thus far, CSIRO plans to expend $150 million in three key areas.   

Their plan is to work on drought, boost food exports and continue to develop an alternative protein industry. So, CSIRO believes these improvements will capture a $20 billion opportunity for Australian agriculture. It may extend the Australian position as a world leader. 

Furthermore, the National Farmers Federation aims to grow Australian agriculture into a $100 billion industry by 2030.

More Australian pulses go into the protein market 

Friday 10 September 2021

Australia is putting more pulses into the plant-based protein market. Thus far, research funds offer inroad into a rapidly growing global market. Australian pulses help meet the expanding requirement for alternative meats and dairy. So far, the demand is increasing for other plant-based foods too.  

Salt substitutes are proven to be better for your health

Saturday, 4 September 2021

The University of NSW (UNSW) and The George Institute for Global Health conducts one of the biggest dietary intervention studies. It determines that replacing table salt with a salt substitute significantly reduces the potential for strokes, heart attacks, and death.

So, the reduced-sodium, added potassium salt substitute does not produce any harmful effects. Thus far salt substitutes were known to lower blood pressure. However, their effect on stroke, heart disease, and death was obscure. A high intake of sodium and a low intake of potassium is widespread. So far, both links to high blood pressure. Thus, it is greater risks for heart disease, stroke, and premature death.

Therefore, using a salt substitute that replaces part of sodium chloride with potassium chloride helps both challenges simultaneously. Hence, the findings clearly demonstrate the value of this simple and relatively cheap intervention in reducing cardiovascular events and premature death.

Shepparton is running short of food

Friday, 27 August 2021

As the Covid-19 delta strain rips throughout Australia, Shepparton, a regional city faces a crisis. They are lacking critical supplies with the residents on the edge. Shepparton is hit badly with the latest outbreak. There are more than 100 cases in the small and close-knit community.

So far, more than 20,000 residents are in isolation. It is almost one-third of the population. As the exposure sites spread, it causes a crucial shortage of essential stock. Thus far, the city is running out of food. Many supermarkets are shut or cutting down their trading hours. They are listed as exposure sites because of a large number of workforces in quarantine.

Niche agriculture businesses ‘slipping through cracks’

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Agri-tourism businesses and food producers that supply major restaurants claim that the border restrictions between New South Wales and Victoria are financially devastating. These operators are often left with no financial help, despite as State and Federal governments continue to announce assistance packages.

Thus far, Great Ocean Ducks in southwest Victoria is one example that does not qualify for any government financial support. They had lost almost all of their business during the lockdown.

The University of Queensland sorghum research

Thursday, 12 August 2021

University of Queensland scientists develop the world’s first pangenome for sorghum. It is a breakthrough for crop improvement and gene discovery. Thus far, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is leading the research.

Sorghum is a drought-resistant crop that is a staple for half a billion people in Africa and Asia. It is an important animal feed and a biofuel feedstock too. So, the discovery unlocks the genomic importance to breed improved varieties of the ancient cereal grain. 

The University of Queensland uses the ‘digital twins’ concept to boost food production

Friday, 6 August 2021

The University of Queensland scientists create ‘digital twins’ of mango and macadamia orchards. It is to help boost food production by using simulation technology known as DigiHort.

Thus far, the centre of Horticultural Science at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) claims it was an example of how computers may change the industry. So, developing a digital model for an orchard with slow-growing crops such as mango and macadamia enables to run of virtual experiments. These experiments may be at a scale and speed never been possible before.

Digital technology offers acceleration in innovation. Thus, it will help make food production more productive, resilient, and sustainable. The technology would particularly benefit slow-growing crops like fruit trees. Thus far, the technology is called ‘DigiHort’ shorten for Digital Horticulture.

Western Australia’s Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture celebrates 75 years 

Sunday, 1 August 2021

The Western Australian government, growers, and the local Kununurra community celebrated Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s 75 years of research last week.

So far, the Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture and its staff research underpins the transformation of this outback region into a valuable northern food bowl. It has provided much more to the community in more than seven decades. Thus far, the current growers, descendants of those who helped establish the research centre, and community leaders pay testimony to the vision and fortitude of those who helped realise the potential in the East Kimberley. It includes the former premier Frank Wise and the Durack family.

It was a joint venture between the State and Commonwealth to establish The Kimberley Research Station in 1946. So, the research station was staffed by the CSIRO and the WA Department of Agriculture.

Meat industry claim that plant-based products ‘mislead’ people.

Saturday, 31 July 2021

A Senate inquiry is looking into how plant-based foods are labelled.  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) claims that consumers are not being deceived by ‘fake’ meat. It rejects that there has been any evidence of deceptive conduct.

So far, the meat industry claims people are misled by the labelling of plant-based foods. Thus far, the meat and dairy industries have made submissions to the Senate on the definitions of meat and other animal products. They request the term ‘meat’ must be protected. The meat and dairy industry wants the terms protected, claiming plant-based products are undermining the industry. According to one submission, they suggest plant-based food should also not be placed side-by-side with meat products. This may mislead consumers to believe plant-based food is directly comparable.

‘Mad mushroom man’ of Old Bar

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Stu Hartley runs Mother Fungus farm with his wife Adele out of his shed at Old Bar. It is a small coastal town on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast. When he started to experiment with growing mushrooms four years ago, he never thought the products would be popular in high-end restaurants.

In just four years, became the ‘mad mushroom man’ and gained nationally recognised food awards.

Cattle price indicator breaks $10 per kilo ceiling 

Saturday 24 July 2021

Beef prices are exploding. So far, the key cattle price breaks the $10 per kilo barrier. The beef prices look set to explode even further. Thus far, the prices are a colossal 150 percent in two years.

The massive high prices at the saleyards is increasing the price of beef in shops. So, the prime cuts of beef are fetching $70/kg, and mince beef is getting dearer too. Thus far, retailers claim it is unsustainable. However, prices are not likely to change anytime soon. It may take some time for herds to grow.

Stronger demand for Australian lamb and mutton

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Australian lamb and mutton are recording higher export figures which signal a major recovery in the demand for sheep meat. So far, total June sales were significantly ahead of last year. In fact, it is 37.5 percent higher than 2020. Furthermore, this year June lamb exports were 26 percent higher than the five-year average.

So far, according to Meat and Livestock Australia, the US and China continue to be the frontrunners when it comes to Australian lamb.

Food additive review

Sunday, 18 July 2021

A food additive normally used in lollies, gums, and toothpaste is under review about safety concerns. Australia’s food safety institution has it under review after the European counterparts found it to be unsafe.

So far, titanium dioxide has been used to manufacture consumer products here and overseas. It has been an approved ingredient for decades as a whitening agent. However, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is now calling for information about its safety when used as a food additive in Australia and New Zealand.

European Food Safety Authority so far, has updated its advice on the naturally occurring compound that it found carcinogenic effects could not be ruled out.

Fishery management

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

A new commercial fishing advisory group, The Marine Scalefish Fishery Management Advisory Committee (MSFMAC) will help guide the management of South Australia’s most prominent shared fishery. Expressions of interest are now open.

Thus far, MSFMAC replaces the Snapper Management Advisory Committee formed in October 2019. It was formed to consider pressing fisheries management issues.

NSW new COVID-19 cases

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Premier Gladys Berejiklian calls on more people to come forward for COVID-19 testing as NSW records 50 more new cases. It is breaking yesterday’s record for the highest number of daily cases since April last year.

So far, 37 of these locally acquired cases are linked to known cases and clusters. Thus, 14 are household contacts and 23 are close contacts. The source of infection for 13 cases remains under investigation. Furthermore, the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 has grown again overnight. A teenager is now being treated in ICU too.

Butchers at Coles may lose jobs

Friday, 09 July 2021

Coles considers a major change to its meat preparation that it sells to customers. Thus far, Coles butchers around the country may be axed under the proposal to restructure its meat department.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union claims the proposal will affect 1524 Coles meat department, workers. So, under the new move, it would mean meat may be delivered to the supermarket already cut. Thus, butchers would not be required.  

The spirited industry puts QLD on the world map

Monday, 05 July 2021

The trend for microbreweries continues to increase and so does the engagement in homegrown spirits. So far, many Far North Queensland distilleries are winning awards for locally grown spirits on offer.

Thus far, many of these products have gone to win on the world stage. The wins have been against some of the best spirits and liquors in the world.

Marketing restrictions

Monday, 05 July 2021

The introduction of marketing restrictions for tobacco products now flows on to food and beverage brands in the US. There have been repeated calls to broaden the law to more categories. So, Brand Finance analyses the impact of such legislation on food and drink brands. Thus far, it estimates potential loss to various brands at over US$500 billion.

Brand Finance analysis shows the potential impact across alcohol, confectionery, savoury snacks, and sugary drinks brands. So, it which may result from the imposition of marketing restrictions throughout the world. Thus far, it looks at the world’s nine largest food and beverage brands. These companies include AB InBev, The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Heineken, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pernod Ricard, and Treasury Wine Estates. Moreover, it will impact the industry as a whole.

Supermarkets prioritise junk foods

Friday, 18 June 2021

Deakin University’s Food Environment Dashboard hands out red flags to the most grocery food networks. It reports that it is ‘impossible’ to shop in supermarkets without over-exposure to junk foods. Thus far, Australian supermarkets offer more ‘specials’ on unhealthy foods. They stock more fatty or sugary products, mostly in poorer regions.

So, The Dashboard ranks the worst offenders among the supermarket giants. Deakin’s research on nutrition policies and supermarket shelf systems see food like chips, sugary drinks, and chocolates given priority.

A free trade deal between Australia and the UK

Monday, 15 June 2021

Australia and the United Kingdom has struck a free trade deal during the leaders’ meeting in London. It has been a result of months of fierce negotiations.

The breakthrough came during the ‘working dinner’ between Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Thus far, both leaders have offered last-minute concessions to achieve the deal. So, Mr. Morrison describes the agreement as to the most ambitious and comprehensive agreement for Australians to date. He claims this is a foundation partner for both, Australia and the UK. Hence, everything else will stem from this relationship.

Thus far, it includes cooperation on defence, strategic issues, science, and research. Furthermore, it takes care of technology challenges to encounter climate change. So far, the economic relationship and the economies are stronger with these agreements.

Healthy diet – less likely to develop diabetes

Saturday, 12 June 2021

People who eat two servings of fruit per day may have 36 percent fewer chances to develop type 2 diabetes. New research links fruit, however not fruit juice. Thus far, eating a healthy diet which whole fruits is helpful. 

Diabetes is a gigantic public health challenge. It is a disease that people who have too much sugar in the blood. Thus far, in 2019 more than 460 million adults worldwide were suffering from diabetes. It estimates that by 2045 this number could increase to 700 million. So, the estimate is that more than 360 million people are at risk to develop type 2 diabetes. It is the most common type of disease.  A healthy diet and lifestyle can play a major role in lowering a person’s diabetes risk.

South Australian wine industry secures funding

Monday, 07 June 2021

The South Australian government commits $1 million funding over the next four years for the development projects for the state’s wine industry. With the new agreement, the South Australian government will provide $250,000 per year to support wine industry development. This may provide the wine industry certainty to 2026.

Thus far, as a result of drought, bush fires, the impact of COVID-19, and losing significant international market, the next five years are critical for the South Australian wine industry.

SolTuna relaunch Australia

Wednesday, 02 June 2021

SolTuna offers the most delicious and delicate tasting premium canned tuna. It is wild-caught by the Solomon Islanders in the warm waters of the Solomons. It is a unique company with an exclusive story. SolTuna produces high-quality tuna products and sets an international example of sustainable practice. It has a proven positive impact on its local community.

SolTuna company was set up in the 1970s in the Solomon Islands. The export accounts for 11% of the Solomons’ national export trade. Its current canned tuna markets include the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, NZ, and various other countries. After several years of break, it relaunches in Australia. HiLands Foods is a strategic partner to distribute in NSW and ACT.

Farmers pick $1.5b crop 

Friday, 28 May 2021 

Australian cotton production has risen back to life after many years of falling production and drought. So far, the national crop is four-timers larger this season. It is worth $1.5 billion.

Thus far, next season’s crops look better than this year. However, the industry’s comeback may be overshadowed by the losing the Chinese market. So far, China has been the largest market.

Australian farmers dump citrus fruits

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Australian farmers are forced to dump hundreds of tonnes of citrus fruits due to labour shortage and lacking demands at the supermarkets. Across Queensland’s North, the Burnett region which is the country’s largest citrus growing area, entire paddocks of mandarins, lemons, and grapefruit rot on the ground. They are all deemed unsellable.

A shortage of workers early on moved the harvest later into the season. Thus far, it creates an oversupply of fruits. So, now Queensland growers are forced to compete with fruit from other regions.

Alkaline foods help recovery

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

The key to the current pandemic and future pandemics is to increase the alkaline food intake. It helps our body to boosts our immune system. Thus far, it helps with an immune-friendly lifestyle according to Koshy and renowned plastic surgeon.

Dr Eapen Koshy lives in Lagos; Nigeria and he is working with the Vedic Group of Hospitals which are affiliated with the Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru. He states this in the book, a sequel to his popular book, ‘Beyond Modern Medicine’.

We are aware of the numerous benefits of consuming an alkaline diet. Nearly everyone these days is taking part in alkaline diets. It claims that an alkaline body will ‘nurture a clam, inclusive and tolerant alkaline mind’. Thus far, acidic food intake, electromagnetic radiation, and immune lowering lifestyle may lead to the weakening of the immune system. So, it makes humans vulnerable to diseases like coronavirus and cancer.

COVID-19 mistakes

Friday, 14 May 2021

The sanitisation specialists explain eight common mistakes which may risk COVID-19 in the workplace. They are from recruiting poorly trained COVID Marshals to engaging staff with anti-viral cleaning. Thus far, many follow obsolete emergency plans. Hence, these mistakes are placing the health and safety of employees and visitors at risk, according to a leading COVID-19 sanitisation specialist.  

It claims that a significant proportion of institutions are cutting corners. Thus far, it is possible they may be unaware of what the difference is between cleaning and COVID-19 disinfection services. Hence, they put in place ineffective practices which are doing little to protect employees and visitors from infection.

Thus far the common mistakes are as follows:

  1. Using obsolete contingency plans.
  2. Tasking poorly trained employees with cleaning.
  3. The plans missing touchpoints.
  4. Lacking transparency for the site visitors and employees with cleaning practices.
  5. Reliance on spray and wipe method to sanitise.
  6. Implementation of rules for compliance only. It must be for people’s safety.
  7. To use the same cleaning materials for multiple areas.
  8. Using the same methods to clean confirmed COVID-19 sites

The vaccine alliance

Saturday, 08 May 2021

The Vaccine Alliance provides immediate funding to health systems in all Gavi-eligible countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It hopes to enable the countries to protect health care workers and perform vital surveillance. Furthermore, it provides training and helps purchase diagnostic tests.

So far, Gavi intends to support countries to adapt to immunisation services. Thus far, the intent is to rebuild community trust and catch up with vaccination. It invests to strengthen immunisation programs to be more resilient and responsive.

Actually, Gavi is co-leading COVAX, the global efforts to secure response to COVID-19 throughout the world. It ensures the programs are effective and fair. Thus far, it uses unique expertise to help identify and accelerate the development COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, it ensures production and delivery to countries in need.

Making perfect cuppa

Saturday, 1 May 2021

We all can make a perfect cup of tea by adding milk first. According to Professor Alan Mackie of Leeds University. He is from the School of Food Science and Nutrition. Thus far, he claims the flavour comes from tea compounds that include tannins. So, by making tea the traditional way, adding milk last results in tannins turning into solids before it develops the flavour.

We may need to think again about making the perfect cuppa. So far, we all have our own way of making tea. However, according to experts for those who live with hard water should want to add the milk at the start. It should be put before you pour hot water. In Australia, soft water is more common. However, it may vary from state to state. South Australia and Western Australia have the hardest water.

World-first sheep sustainability

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

The Australian Sheep Producers and Wool Producers have today collaborated to release the world-first Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework. The Sustainability Framework is initiated by Australia’s sheep industry. It demonstrates sustainable practices and to identify areas for improvement. Furthermore, it better communicates with customers and consumers.

Thus far, the framework lists 21 priorities over four themes. The themes are Caring for our Sheep, Enhancing the Environment and Climate, Looking after our People and the Community, and Ensuring a Financially Resilient Industry. A Sustainability Steering Group has developed the Framework. It is a result of yearlong industry community consultation and the broader stakeholders.

Thus far, there are significant opportunities available to Australia’s sheep industry. This is because of the world’s growing interested and demand for sustainably produced food and fibre.

Beef, lamb, and mutton export decline

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Australian beef exports are down by 25% year to date to March in comparison to the same period 2020 sales. A total of 83,400 tonnes beef were exported in March 2021. It shows some resurgence comparing to January and February. Thus far, it was down 11% in March 2020.

Cattle prices are volatile as feedlot operators and processing plants struggle to source raw materials. So, it results from the significantly depreciated herd. It follows from many years of elevated droughts.

South Korea continues to be the second-largest importer of Australian beef so far in 2021. Thus far, the USA is the important importer of Australian chilled lamb.

African locust outbreak

Friday, 06 April 2021

Poor rain may provide optimism that the locust outbreak may fade. Soldiers are deployed among the usual agriculture officers. They are to treat the serious threat as East Africa suffers locust outbreaks. It has been the second year in a row. A convoy of pick-up trucks uses spray guns. The soldiers zoom through Baraka’s hills that leaves a trail of dust. The villagers are bemused to see the process.

Billions of locusts are invading the desert. Thus far, they land in a twitching swarm where a forest area meets the farms. The vehicle brake when the soldiers see the enemy. The young locusts come in waves from the breeding grounds in Somalia. Hence, the insecurity hampers the response.

A drought and two flood disaster

Friday, 02 April 2021

A drought and two floods within a decade have inundated the farming region in NSW and Queensland. The drought since 2014 and major flooding has a savage blow to the farmers suffering from natural disasters. The first decent crop in many years was destroyed for the drought-stricken farmers.

The major flooding has caused damage to millions of dollars worth of crops. Farmers are claiming that the Bureau of Metrology fails to provide accurate and timely flood warnings. Thus far, river heights are inaccurate.

Peanut husk packaging

Friday, 26 March 2021

The Australian Institute of Packaging nominated seven student teams from Monash University into the Global World Star Student Awards for the first time. They represented Australian innovations from more than 300 submissions.

Thus far, the student-led packaging design for an energy ball company has won the global award for sustainable innovative packaging. The innovation uses leftover peanut husks. All seven teams were recognised, and one team wins the Silver in the Sustainable Packaging Design category. 

Taiwan name-change craze

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

A Taiwanese official has pleaded to people to stop changing their name to ‘Salmon’. Thus far, dozens of people have made a move to take advantage of a restaurant promotion. So far, about 150 people have registered a change in their name in recent days. Taiwanese can change their names up to three times.

Local media is reporting a phenomenon as ‘Salmon Chaos’. Mostly the young people are flocking to the government offices to register a change in name. Many salmon theme names are reported in the media. The sudden enthusiasm is created by a chain of sushi restaurants. In the promotion, any customer whose ID cards contain ‘Gui Yu’ is entitled all-you-can-eat sushi meal along with five friends. Gui Yu is the Chinese character for salmon.

UN food aid needs funding

Friday, 12 March 2021

After visiting Yemen, the head of the United Nations food agency calls for an urgent boost in funding to take care of famine. Thus far, he claims the organisation is underfunded. Hence, he is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in donations. There is a desperate bid to put an end to widespread famine. Apparently, he calls the conditions in the war-stricken nation ‘hell’.

So, the World Food Program needs a minimum of USD$815 million for Yemen in the next six months. The agency has only USD$300 million according to the executive director. Thus far, the agency needs more than USD$1.9 million to meet its targets for this year.

Science helps cheese making

Friday. 05 March 2021

Cheese-making is complex and expensive because a lot of time and money is invested. It leaves a lot to chance because a batch could be ripened for months. Thus far, it may be even years before they discover a problem. So, a prized cheddar batch may be sold off cheaper. It is often sold as an ingredient for processed cheese. Top-grade batches take a huge investment in time and patience. Thus, it may be a flop when it is too late to rectify.

The new RMIT University research allows quality checks much sooner. It is more precise in the process. Thus far, it gives manufacturers a much better opportunity to take action during the ripening process. So, the new method exposes cheese’s biomarkers or fingerprints. It will show a unique mix of chemicals and milk-derived components which make up the impeccable block.

New mutant COVID-19 strain

Monday, 25 January 2021

All states and territories are on a high alert about the new mutant Covid strain. New cases were found in Queensland hotel quarantine. The new virus is more contagious and may catch from a surface like doorknobs and elevator lifts. Together with high traffic surface conveyance, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning plays a lead role in virus transmission. The new mutant Covid strain has been in the spotlight because of mystery cases in Brisbane hotels.

The recent international advice from World Health Organisation states that every building and the space within may require individual assessment. The research is continuing to resolve how long Covid-19 may remain active in HVAC systems and on various surfaces. It is believed if a person is in contact with an air conditioning unit that is in poor maintenance may be at risk of contracting the virus. The same applies if a person touches an infected surface. Hibbs & Associates, an Occupational health and safety infection specialist firm is advocating for clearer direction for the community around HVAC safety protocols. They are also promoting increased awareness of proper surface hygiene for protection against COVID-19. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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