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I really am at a loss to understand the hate directed against sugar these days.  It is, after all, the body’s energy source of choice and an essential part of the human diet, either as saccharides or more complex carbohydrates.  I laugh, though, when my friends tell me they have quit sugar but have honey on toast for breakfast.

As we approach the zero hour for country of origin labelling, I hope you are starting to breathe a sigh of relief rather than descending into abject panic.  Whichever you may be feeling, it is worthwhile reviewing the data exercise that necessarily will accompany origin labelling into the foreseeable future. because the data is what substantiates your claim and can change far more rapidly than you can change labelling.

Populating the pipeline for the future has been an ongoing challenge in FMCG. It's time to bring that future forward.

Fine food producers from across NSW have the chance to promote their products to thousands of national and international buyers on the NSW stand at the Fine Food Australia event in Melbourne later this year (10-13 September).

Top tips to consider to help filter market intelligence on food and nutrition trends, and to decide how best to apply this information to your business.

This summer, OzHarvest is partnering with MobileMuster to fight another of Australia’s biggest waste issues - e-waste!

sustainable Ag

Recent advances and future prospects in the agri-supply chain. 

Words by Chris Baldock, University of Sydney

How we consume protein, changing and redefined demographics, and the war against waste will affect the way we produce and consume food in the future.

Words by Sarah Hyland, AIFST

We should be celebrating food processing, not demonising it, for when it comes to public health it’s outcomes are positive. Just take milk as an example.

Words by Geoffrey Annison PHD, Australian Food and Grocery Council

The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) have released their recent Attitudinal Study tracking Australian consumption of grain-based foods and legumes revealing postitive numbers for grain manufacturers. 

The 2018 AIFST Summer School will be hosted by Curtin University, WA from Thursday, 22 February to Friday, 23 February 2018. Read here for more information.

Renew your membership before 31 December for a 10% discount on your 2018 membership!

Teamwork and communication skills are essential for workers in any occupation, at any level of an organisation, and in any industry.

Consumers are re-defining food values and what's good for them. To be a leader not a follower in the food revolution there are 3 key strategies to act on.

Over-labelling food products with allergen warnings reduces choice for allergy sufferers and can be misleading.
So what are the alternatives and how best can the food industry protect the consumer?

Words by Penny Jones

The hard-fought system to help consumers eat more healthily is under attack from certain misguided sectors of academia and public health.

Words by Geoffrey Annison PHD
Australian Food & Grocery Council

Lupin is now one of the 10 allergens that must be declared on food labels.

Words by Australian Food & Grocery Council

On behalf of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), Skill Impact is undertaking work on Food Science and Technology, and Food Processing qualifications.

Draft one MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package components are now available for review and comment via the IBSA Manufacturing website. Changes have been made to MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques and MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology, as well as associated units of competency. Please read the consultation paper which outlines key information about the proposed changes. This also features the AIFST response to the consultation. 

CSIRO has released its Food and Agribusiness Roadmap, charting a course for sustainable growth in the sector amid a highly competitive global market.