Karen Lebsanft started manufacturing lavosh flatbread more than 25 years ago. There have been highs and lows, but at the end of 2019 she was awarded a Gold Stevie Award to recognise her longevity in the industry. Kim Berry writes.

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.

In a surprise announcement, German supermarket giant Kaufland is exiting the Australian market. The decision leaves 200 people unemployed and myriad shocked contractors and third parties.

Corporate Knights’ Global 100 ranking of the most sustainable corporations has been released this week, with only three food and beverage producers making the list.

Keytone Dairy will launch its first range of frozen purees under its recently acquired Super Cubes brand, with minimum sales expected to be around $2.5 million in the first 12 months.

CUB’s Cascade Brewery has produced 360,000 cans of free drinking water to date, for distribution to communities around Australia whose water supplies are affected by natural disasters.

An algae bioreactor could make brewing a more carbon neutral process, with Sydney-based brewery Young Henrys teaming up with the University of Technology Sydney Climate Change Cluster (C3) to install a tank at its site.

Nestlé will invest around AU$3 billion to shift from virgin plastic to food-grade recycled plastics and establish a $377 million sustainable packaging venture fund to invest in start-up companies that focus on packaging innovation.

The introduction of a $1.30 minimum unit price per standard drink across Australia could reduce alcohol consumption by 1.5 standard drinks per week, according to a La Trobe University study.

Sorting and resource optimisation company TOMRA has announced its new executive vice president and head of TOMRA Food, Michel Picandet. He will be responsible for TOMRA Food, Copmac and BBC Technologies.

Microsoft’s accelerator program for start-ups - The AI Factory - has launched a class for agrifood start-ups in collaboration with Danone. Applicants need to have developed and marketed an AI-based solution for the food industry.

Ferrero has ranked number one in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2020, recognising the consumer goods manufacturer as the most sustainable in the industry for its palm oil supply chain.

Tough domestic conditions with growing exports bolstering the sector were the key findings of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) latest annual industry snapshot.

A University of Adelaide and industry collaboration has developed a digital platform to help grapegrowers optimise their irrigation and crop management.

The ready-to-eat and prepared meals market is set to be worth US$38.4 billion by 2023 in the APAC region, according to the latest research from GlobalData. APAC accounts for 32.5 per cent of the global RTE market and is the largest in the world.

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