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Meat & Livestock Australia has opened applications for its next round of the ambassadors for its Red Meat Industry program. The project is designed for producers and support role workers.

Rabobank has appointed Stefan Vogel as the general manager of RaboResearch, the Australian and New Zealand arm of its global food and agribusiness research division.

Preparations for the southern hemisphere’s leading processing and packaging trade event AUSPACK are well underway, with the expo being held in Melbourne from 17-20 May.

Tasmanian-based Cadbury Australia is trialling a recycled packaging breakthrough to wrap 50 million family-sized chocolate blocks.

Simplot's Birds Eye Ocean Selections range has introduced a fun AR fishing game via intelligent packaging on its packs, to encourage consumers to introduce more seafood into their meals.

The unpredictable demands of COVID-19 have required agility and innovation from the food and beverage industry to meet changing industry and consumer needs.

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Which companies are the Top 10 for 2021? There are the stayers and new players jostling for the spotlight. Fonterra, JBS, CC Amatil, and Lion all held their spots as the top 4, but Asahi arrived with a splash.

Five companies recorded double digit climbs in the 2021 Top 100 with the big hitters Bega and Asahi reaping the benefits of major acquisitions.

Most sectors had some stand-out performers in this year’s Top 100. Agriculturally focused industries continued to make their mark, with meat processors and dairy companies performing well.

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Halo Top is increasing its presence in the better-for-you market with the launch of its pint-sized plant and oat milk based Triple Chocolate Cake flavour.

New Zealand based seaweed company Pacific Harvest is placing health at the centre of its products with the release of its nutrient dense Raw Nori Seaweed Snack Packs.

Arnott’s is expanding its Tim Tam line-up with the launch of its new Deluxe range. The Decadent Triple Choc, Salted Caramel Brownie, Dark Choc Raspberry Tart and Dark Choc Mint flavours all come with a gooey centre.

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The dairy industry has come out in strong support of a new $38m plastic recycling facility in Laverton, which will pave the way for increased use of recycled HDPE in milk bottles and other food packaging.

Winemaker Hentley Farm and wine tech company Cellr have developed a label that allows customers to experience the winery’s The Creation project.

Planet Protector Packaging has achieved top honours in the WEConnect International Rise to the Challenge awards for its flagship Woolpack product and added nine new companies to its client list.

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In Australia 4.1 million tonnes of edible food is wasted annually, with more than half coming from the commercial food sector. Yume and Suez have partnered to do something to do about it. Doris Prodanovic writes.

For leading Australasian brewer Lion, 2019 was a watershed. For more than a decade the company had been implementing a range of sustainability initiatives, but last year saw an acceleration of its commitments. Kim Berry reports.

For a company with a large variety of packaging formats, driving a sustainability agenda is not for the faint-hearted, but Mars Food Australia is stepping up to the challenge. Kim Berry writes.

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A new PET plastic recycling facility, set to be the largest of its kind in Victoria, will be built in Altona North by a cross-industry partnership between Pact Group, Cleanaway, Asahi Beverages and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP).

One of the country’s leading innovators in packaging printing and a giant of the local industry, Charles Hanna OAM, passed away over Christmas.

To accelerate its global expansion, Australian automation and technology solutions company Agito Group has entered a joint venture with Hilton Food Group. Agito CEO Emma Townsend will lead the new entity.