Take a look at the stories that caught everyone’s attention on the Food & Drink Business website this week: Suntory Oceania marks one year of construction in QLD; Norco reopens Lismore factory; Husic launches Industry Growth Program; Moo yoghurt investigated by ACCC, and APCO’s 2023 consumer insights. 

Every week, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry brings you the latest news in the food and drink manufacturing sector. This week: Norco, Industry Growth Program, National Reconstruction Fund, Brown Family Wine Group, Moo Premium Foods, Riverland Wine, Givaudan,

In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Roberto Carbone from Cucina Classica about his experience with food, from his family’s delis and own enterprises in restaurants and cafés to his ready meal business today.

In Episode 4 of our special series with Calyx and Kurrajong Kitchen, CEO Karen Lebsanft has many questions for Calyx CEO, Lauren Branson, after receiving the data on Oaklees' sustainability credentials.

Registrations for the inaugural Australasian Processing and Packaging Expo (APPEX) 2024 are now open, with the country’s largest expo for the processing and packaging sector running from 12-15 March, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Food & Drink Business, in collaboration with IBISWorld, presents a bird’s eye view of the state of play in Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector with the annual Top 100 companies report.

Macadamias a ‘hidden gem’

A crunchy superfood, macadamias are one of Australia’s biggest horticultural exports, bringing in over $300 million per year. However, ninety per cent of households aren’t adding them to the shopping trolley. Food & Drink Business spoke to Australian Macadamias marketing manager Jacqui Price for a look inside the shell.

Kommunity Brew grows independent network

Functional beverage company Kommunity Brew has secured several partnerships with independent grocers across the country, including QE Foods, Harris Farms, LaManna Supermarket, Hill Street Grocer, The Good Grocer IGAs, and Flannery’s.

Five trends retailers should adopt in 2024

In the last few years, the retail landscape has witnessed the rise of eCommerce, and is now dealing with growing demands for personalisation, omnichannel fulfilment and faster delivery options. AutoStore ANZ outlines the key trends to watch in 2024.

Hard Solo renamed following ABAC breach

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) will change the name of its RTD beverage Hard Solo to Hard Rated following ABAC’s review of the product in response to public complaints about the brand name and can design.

Saputo welcomes ACCC decision

The ACCC has decided it will not oppose Coles’ acquisition of two milk processing plants from dairy processor Saputo Dairy Australia located at Erskine Park, New South Wales and Laverton, Victoria.

Investment and distribution for WOA in Germany, Europe

Western Australia’s Wide Open Agriculture has signed a non-binding term sheet with Ingå Group, a UK firm developing functional and sustainable ingredient solutions for the food industry. Ingå is proposing to invest €500,000 in Wide Open Agriculture Germany GmbH.

Chooks with provenance

Tapping into the latest food trend, provenance, free-range poultry producer The Free Ranger has launched new packaging and a marketing campaign dedicated to sharing the stories of its chickens.

Australian beef production rising amidst global decline

Australia and other southern hemisphere beef-producing nations are continuing to increase production volumes, despite a global trend of production decline, reveals Rabobank’s Q4 Global Beef Quarterly report.

Packaging News

In a major boost for the potential uptake of Packamama’s eco-flat rPET wine bottles in Australia, the company has opened a bottling facility in Cudal, NSW, in collaboration with Tamburlaine Organic Wines.

Orora has completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of Saverglass. The move will see Orora become one of the world's largest glass bottle manufacturers, with strength in the premium sector.

Pact Group and global infrastructure investment management company Morrison & Co have concluded a deal to form a new JV entity, branded as Viscount Reuse.