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CSIRO scientists have development new technology to detect gluten in any food and show which grain it comes from, helping to track any contamination in the raw ingredient supply chain, as well accuracy in pack labelling around gluten-free claims.

The 155-year-old milk pasteurisation process is being challenged by a new patented technology from The Wholey Milk Co. Doris Prodanovic reports.

The first exhibitor applications will open next month for AUSPACK 2021, to be held at Sydney Showground in two years.

A government study has revealed one-in-five fermented drinks do not comply with alcohol content regulations outlined by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) code.

A start-up developing cell-cultivated kangaroo meat technology has been a $25,000 Minimum Viable Product grant by the New South Wales Government.

Coles has signed a 10-year agreement with renewable power company Metka EGN to purchase more than 70 per cent of energy from three solar power plants.

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Chinese Sichuan brand Haoji has entered Australia with its range of sauces, and is the first market launch for the brand outside of China.

The KitKat Chocolatory has introduced a limited edition release range of dark chocolate, crafted from some of the world's rarest cocoas sourced from three volcanic islands.

Low-calorie ice cream brand Halo Top has launched its range of sticks in stores, including a new flavour for Australian consumers, Strawberry Cheesecake.

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Going beyond a label and packaging refresh, Taylors Wines' portfolio update includes augmented reality to deepen engagement with consumers, and an NFC-chipped screw cap for authentication and tamper-evidence.

FMCG brands are fast realising the power of the printed pack as a platform for driving consumer engagement, with AR technology advances taking this to the next level. At a forum in Sydney on 12 August, Campbell Arnott's will put AR to the test.

Sydney-based printing house Luminar has ramped up its digital pouch printing capabilities with the purchase of a mammoth new press – a move that could give food and beverage manufacturers a big boost.

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A water brand created by US actor, rapper and entrepreneur Jaden Smith has launched into Australia with packaging designed to ease plastic bottle pollution in the ocean.

Brewing luminary Chuck Hahn has taken Kosciuszko Brewing Company back to tins with a couple of innovations planned for the canning line.

Australian hydration-boosting drink PREPD is looking for a capital injection to expand its business and grow market share.

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Global metal packaging manufacturer Jamestrong opened a new $15 million, future-proofed, can making facility in Auckland, New Zealand last night, catering to the burgeoning infant formula market. PKN was there.

Full year results for packaging giant Orora have with underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) up 4 per cent to $217m, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) 3.7 per cent higher to $335.2m and earnings per share (EPS) up 3.7 per cent to 18 cents per share.

Pact Group has cited the drought, weaker demand from the agri and food & beverage sectors, and higher raw material and energy costs as contributing to the FY19 loss.