What better way to whet your appetite for the year ahead that an informative, interesting and insightful read of the latest - and first for 2020 - edition of Food & Drink Business. There is a thorough investigation of the trends we need to pay attention to, technological advancements and research findings in the fresh produce realm, company profiles and industry experts. 


2020 - the year ahead

Our extensive trends feature takes in a macro view of changes F&B should watch with Innova Market Insights' annual predictions. We then look at the better-for-you market with Julian Mellentin from New Nutrition Business. CEO of the Australian Beverages Council Geoff Parker gives us his thoughts on where innovation is really playing out in the non-alcoholic sector while Stephen Lawrence from Brunswick Aces, one of Australia's first no-alcohol spirit companies, draws on his experience to predict where this exciting new product is headed. He's also arguing for an industry body and new naming concept. It starts on page 18.

The dairy state

Our journalist Doris Prodanovic's article on the state of the Australian dairy industry is sobering but an important read with interesting stats that might surprise you. It's from page 32

Kurrajong heights

Karen Lebsanft started manufacturing lavosh flatbreads more than 25 years ago. Her company Kurrajong Kitchen is now synonymous with the cracker and Lebsanft has just been recognised with a Gold Stevie Award in New York to recognise her lonjevity in the industry. Her experiences and insights as a food manufacturer are fascinating. Read from page 8

There are of course all our regulars:

  • Rising Star profiles the four friends behind Barbell Foods; 
  • Our cover story is by GS1 and the value chain trends of tomorrow;
  • Smart Business - how Fresh Supply Co is creating food identities;
  • Supplier Spotlight with Veolia, A S Harrison, and Enmin; 
  • Product News from Krones, Kaeser, SMC, Treotham, Nord Drivesystems, AMS Instrumentation & Calibration, and Alfa Laval; and 
  • New In Store covering everything from Lilly Pilly Pink Gin from Manly Spirits to Lamington Chips from Smith's. 

And in this issue we start our Top100 countdown to the 2020 Australia's Top 100 Food & Drink Companies by looking at 2019's #90-100. 

It is all there in just one click



Packaging News

PREP Design, with O F Packaging, has developed a system to recycle some semi-rigid plastics through the kerbside recycling stream.

Engineering firm Agito Group has appointed Emma Townsend as its new CEO; this follows Townsend’s appointment as general manager in April 2018.

Scott Morrison named food and beverage manufacturing and recycling as two of six priority areas for support in a $1.5bn manufacturing plan outlined in a pre-budget address.