• Fresh off the back of AUSPACK and AltProteins22, all systems are go with the arrival of our May issue. We turn our attention to the organics and naturals sector, fresh and chilled products, and plant design and fitout as well as all our regular features on the food and beverage sector.
    Fresh off the back of AUSPACK and AltProteins22, all systems are go with the arrival of our May issue. We turn our attention to the organics and naturals sector, fresh and chilled products, and plant design and fitout as well as all our regular features on the food and beverage sector.
  • From making stocks for her family, Loredana De Simone has built premium organic brand San Elk.
    From making stocks for her family, Loredana De Simone has built premium organic brand San Elk.
  • CEO of industry body Australian Organics Limited Niki Ford explains how the certified organic industry – worth more than $2 billion to the national economy – is having the most significant discussion regarding regulation since the National Standard was established 20 years ago.
    CEO of industry body Australian Organics Limited Niki Ford explains how the certified organic industry – worth more than $2 billion to the national economy – is having the most significant discussion regarding regulation since the National Standard was established 20 years ago.
  • Steric founder Bill Brownie and his son, now CEO, Richard Brownie.
    Steric founder Bill Brownie and his son, now CEO, Richard Brownie.
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Freshly back in the office following a whirlwind week of AUSPACK and AltProteins22, all systems are go with the arrival of our May issue. Special features this month include the organics and naturals sector, fresh and chilled products, and plant design and fitout, along with news, profiles, and insights on the food and beverage sector.

EDITOR’S PICKS

Steric founder Bill Brownie and his son, now CEO, Richard Brownie.

What’s in a label

Steric was a trailblazer of private label manufacturing when it began in the 70s. We talk to the second-generation CEO Richard Brownie about how the industry has matured over the decades as the company remains one of the country’s leading specialist producers as well as maintaining its own brands. That’s on page 12.

Setting the standard

CEO of industry body Australian Organics Limited Niki Ford explains how the certified organic industry – worth more than $2 billion to the national economy – is having the most significant discussion regarding regulation since the National Standard was established 20 years ago.

From making stocks for her family, Loredana De Simone has built premium organic brand San Elk.
From making stocks for her family, Loredana De Simone has built premium organic brand San Elk.

Down the organics aisle

With the Naturally Good expo approaching on 6-7 June, Fleur Michell provides an overview of some of the organic businesses that will be on show. From stocks to sauces, chickens to chocolate, our organics industry is thriving. (On page 20.)

Cracking the carbon nut

Macadamia plantation Hinkler Park has revolutionised its farming practices to significantly reduce its carbon emissions while improving the soil health and crop yield. It has been a seven-year project with comprehensive programs and initiatives that have delivered impressive outcomes. For all the details see page 24.  

To upgrade or expand?

On page 36, RMR Process director Peter Taitoko puts forward the case that it is time to rethink the traditional ‘build a bigger factory’ mindset with one that focuses on smarter and more effective scaling solutions.

This month’s features

Organics & Naturals – page 20

Fresh & Chilled – page 30

Plant Design & Fitout – page 36

 

 

 

Packaging News

A $55 million investment in an upgraded manufacturing site outside Ipswich secures Asahi Beverages a major manufacturing presence in South-East Queensland and brings new beverage filling and packaging technology to the plant.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has appointed Kmart exec and current APCO Board member, Chris Foley, as its new CEO.

Amcor has undertaken a product rebrand aimed at giving customers a clearer, more holistic view of its growing portfolio of 'more sustainable' packaging solutions.