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Clean food technology grants clarified

14 June 2012

AusIndustry has launched a new information page on their website to help food manufacturing companies clarify their eligibility for funding under the $200 million Food and Foundries Clean Technology Funding Program. You will find a list of activities they broadly classify as being food and beverage manufacturing activities followed by a more indepth description of what is ‘not’ food manufacturing.  They are clarifying… Read More

Federal Budget lacking in food industry support

14 June 2012

Tresurer Wayne Swan handed down last night (8 May 2012) what he described as a “battlers’- budget.” with extra funding for families and low income earners. Though this may seem benevolent at first glance, industry leaders are disappointed with its numerous policy reversals and lack of any real policy initiatives. AFGC Acting Chief Executive Dr Geoffrey… Read More

Weihenstephan Standard Wins 2012 International FoodTec Award

14 June 2012

The German Agricultural Society (DLG) recently announced the winners of the International FoodTec Award.  The University of Technology in Munich was awarded a gold medal for the development of the Weihenstephan Standards for operational data capture. The Weihenstephan Standards (WS) allow manufacturer-independent linking of MES systems and machines in the filling and packaging industry (WS2005) and in… Read More

The future of food: what will we eat in 2112?

14 June 2012

Wiley’s Karen White attended the recent 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit in Sydney and came back full of inspiration and insight. She linked us to the following story exploring Author Julian Cribb’s opening keynote from the 2nd day entitled, ‘What will we eat in 2112?’. Though Cribb is the first to admit our food future… Read More

Growth in a challenging economy

14 June 2012

Highlands Senior Executive Forum is the pre-eminent forum providing an opportunity for CEOs and senior executives from the Australasian food, beverage and grocery manufacturing sector and supply companies to network with colleagues and peers from across the industry including senior executives from the retailing sector. The program presents an array of topical and forward-looking issues… Read More

Augmented Reality in Construction

14 June 2012

The linked story offers contractors and owners the possibility of knowing what your project will look like before it is built? Citing BIM (building information modeling) are just the beginning they challenge us to imagine being able to actually step into your model. With the rapidly advancing technology driving Augmented Reality (AR) it is becoming clear just how invaluable AR will become… Read More

From eyewear to ‘eyeware’

14 June 2012

Earlier this month, Google released a video (see below) announcing Project Glass: the development of a pair of glasses with a real difference. Google’s augmented reality eyewear (or “eyeware”) will provide hands-free access to maps, weather information, message notifications and more, all displayed as a virtual layer on top of the user’s regular vision. Watch… Read More

Beef 2012 forum to focus on World Wildlife Fund plan

14 June 2012

Beef central reports on the potentially heated and politically charged launch of the Australian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef that will take place at the Beef 2012 event in Rockhampton next month. With some of the biggest players in the international beef supply chain, including McDonalds, JBS, Cargill, Walmart and Merck,  recent involvement with the World… Read More

Modernising Orientation Planning

14 June 2012

Modernising Orientation Planning The ancient Romans and Greeks devised design processes in which the interior environments of buildings could be controlled through natural means such as the clever positioning of their layouts, physical orientations and windows. Throughout industrial history, this basic principle hasn’t changed, with modern architects using solar orientation techniques taken straight out of… Read More

2nd National Sustainable Food Summit: an overview

14 June 2012

The 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit took place over 3 and 4 April at Dockside in Sydney. The two days were packed full of stimulating discussion and exciting ideas for changing the way we look at food – from research to production to consumption. Discussion ranged from climate change to synthetic meat to social responsibility… Read More