Monthly Archives: September 2019

New Director appointed to APPMA Board

Robert Becher, MD of Inox Australia, has been elected as a new director on the APPMA Board, as announced at the APPMA AGM on 10 September.

This year’s APPMA AGM was held at the MCG in Melbourne, with a key item on the agenda the announcement of the election results for the 2019-2020 Board.

As per the new APPMA Constitution adopted at the 2018 AGM, three directors were due to retire – Mark Krygger (Orora), Peter Bradbury (ABB), and Mark Dingley (Matthews). All three renominated, along with Robert Becher (Inox), Mark Hollingsworth (Rhima), and Martin Reynolds (Reynolds Automation). As there were more nominations than vacancies, a ballot was required, and this year saw the first time a new electronic voting process was adopted – again as per the new Constitution.

Addressing attendees at the AGM, current chairman Mark Dingley said this process was adopted to maximise member engagement in the voting process nationally. Previously, voting was restricted to those member representatives attending the AGM.

The voting set up and process was co-ordinated independently by APPMA GM Michael Moran using the electronic system Big Pulse, a world renowned and proven system used by associations to conduct online elections and voting.

In total, over 65 per cent of members submitted ballots, which Dingley said was a “fantastic show of support, engagement and interest from our members based on prior years”.

After consolidation of the ballots, the successful candidates from the election were announced as Peter Bradbury from ABB; Robert Becher, Inox; and Mark Dingley, Matthews.

After congratulating Robert Becher on his successful election, Dingley thanked Mark Krygger for his contribution to the APPMA as a Board member since 2011.

“Mark has played a major role as both a Board member and member of the AUSPACK working committee, which we all know has seen AUSPACK go from strength to strength over his time,” Dingley said.

He also thanked Martin Reynolds and Mark Hollingsworth for their interest in joining the Board, and encouraged them and others to explore other opportunities to engage with the APPMA, and to nominate for next year’s election when once again three director seats will become available.

The official transition of director roles took effect at the conclusion of the AGM.

(Up and coming Beverage Trends in 2019) Cannabis is coming to the Top Rank

Innovation is happening across every market segment, and beverages are fitting into more areas of people’s lives than we could have ever imagined. Looking ahead it’s difficult to know exactly what’s in store, but here are some of the trends we’re expecting will play a significant role in the beverage landscape in 2019.

Personalized Functionality
Consumers are increasingly drawn to functional beverages for the health benefits of superfoods and various ingredients like turmeric, activated charcoal, Matcha, melatonin and aloe vera into their drinks. It blends the beverage industry with vitamins and supplements, benefitting convenience and healthy grab-and-go options.
Moving forward, new launches will reflect consumer demand for overall wellness goals. According to market study, improved sleep, energy, cognitive function, beauty, weight loss and gut health will be high on the list.

Plant-based, Non-dairy Beverages
More people are adopting a flexitarian lifestyle, incorporating meat, dairy but also an increasing volume of plant-based products into their diet. Consumers hold the perception that plant-based products are healthier in moderation and more sustainable than their animal-based counterparts.
Plant-based product claims have grown 62% globally (CAGR 2013-2017) according to figures from NDP Group. And while interest in vegetarianism and veganism is increasing, 86% of people buying plant-based products are still meat-eaters.
The coffee space illustrates the plant-based trend, with plant-based creamers and ‘milks’ finding an audience among flexitarians. Dataessential reports that 83% of people who use creamer in their coffee are at least interested in using plant-based creamers or ‘milks’ and 34% already use them often. Almond, soy and coconut-based beverages lead the category with niche options like peanut, oat and flaxseed. We may see a rise in the consumption of certain non-dairy beverages made from flaxseed, hazelnuts, quinoa, macadamia nuts, and pecans.

Cannabinoid Beverages
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. As of 2018, preliminary clinical research on cannabidiol included studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.
Looking at trends in the US where cannabis are legal sales from hemp beer to CBD cold brew and THC-infused soda, companies are experimenting with different uses and combinations of these compounds depending on their geography and risk tolerance CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages.  Meanwhile, CBD is set to become a popular ingredient in products across all beverage sectors. A new launch using CBD have sprung onto the market in 2018, driven perhaps by the novelty value, 2019 will see interest focus on CBD as a functional ingredient.

Nootropic Drinks
The term “nootropics” was first mentioned in 1972 by Romanian chemist and psychologist Corneliu E. Giurgea. Nootropics are drugs, supplements, and other substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. These ingredients-both synthetic and natural-have been creeping into our food and beverage supplies gradually over the past few years, and 2019 is expected to be an especially good year for the introduction of novel nootropic beverages. Synthetic substances such as iodine, theanine, choline, taurine, and magnesium will share containers with natural ingredients such as grapeseed extract, kava, ginseng, Perforate St John’s-wort, lemon balm, artichoke extract, and green tea.

Article published in Food Focus Thailand | Apr 2019

The Growing Trend of Consumer Awareness Towards the Impact of their Actions on the Environment

The growing trend of consumer awareness towards the impact of their actions on the environment has seen Plantic Technologies, a part of the Kuraray Group, successful in supplying some of the world’s largest retailers and produces with high barrier environmentally friendly packaging materials.  With a large portfolio of materials including recyclable, home compostable and materials that have recycled content, Plantic is solving issues for companies globally who are looking for solutions to meet their packaging targets.

Plantic Technologies Ltd has achieved a unique place in the world market for bioplastic through proprietary technology that delivers biodegradable and renewable sourced alternatives to conventional plastics based on corn and cassava; which is not genetically modified.  As further endorsement, Plantic has received many global packaging awards for their products, these materials are proven to be fighting the international issue of plastics in the environment.

Unlike other bioplastic companies who utilise organic materials but whose polymers are still developed in refineries.  Plantic’s polymer as well as its raw material, are grown in a field.  The entire process integrates the science of organic innovation with commercial and industrial productivity in a new way.  The result is both a broad range of an immediate increase in performance and long-term environmental and sustainability benefits.

By positioning Plantic products as a direct replacement for conventional polymers it allows the customer to have a drop-in replacement and when compared with oil-based products, an independent Life Cycle Analysis assessment found that Plantic’s products use up to 40% less energy and provide a reduction in greenhouse gases CO2 by up to 70%.

At the core of the technology is PLANTIC HP a fully biodegradable high barrier structure, PLANTIC HP is the barrier and at the centre of all Plantic products.  According to the customer’s needs the outer skins are made to suit the products being packed and the customer’ desire for either a compostable or recyclable solution.

Proving popular amongst retailers is one of the latest released products from Plantic where PET is used in a range of thermoformable webs.  By using recycled materials Plantic has found a solution and outlet for the mountain of waste that is building up globally.

A growing demand from packaging suppliers, has seen Plantic develop PLANTIC CF a barrier sealant made from home compostable films.  When combined with other plant based and biodegradable materials the finished pack provides high barrier, sustainable packaging.

Further advancements from Plantic has seen the company’s willingness to supply PLANTIC HP as a monolayer.  This allows local packaging suppliers to produce materials that suit their market and to add value to their customers.  Plantic Technologies Ltd is supplying major supermarket customers on three continents in applications such as case ready fresh and processed meats, fresh pasta, coffee, dried food and cheese applications.

Plantic’s products are proven to have exceptional gas barrier properties which dramatically extend the shelf life of the packaged product.  Plantic’s products are proven to have exceptional gas barrier properties which dramatically extend the shelf life of the packaged product.

Plantic Technologies Ltd is expanding rapidly and refining its technology to meet the ever-growing global needs for more environmentally and performance efficient materials.

“Plantic materials are not just about being a sustainable material, it has an ultra-high barrier that can improve the shelf life of a product, and reduce food waste.  With Plantic materials you can have an enormous impact on value change and reduce the effects of climate change, both by reducing food waste and using more sustainable materials.” Brendan Morris, Plantic Technologies Ltd CEO and Managing Director.

Article published in Asia Food Beverage Thailand | Jun-Aug 2019

INOX Technology helping ASEAN Food Processors

For INOX Australia, a food and liquid processing solutions supplier, 2019 will mark the fourth consecutive year the company exhibited at ProPak in the Australian Pavilion.

ProPak Asia has proven successful and an ongoing drawcard for INOX.

Showcasing of new, innovative INOX technology for the ASEAN food processing industry has been very well-received. Our goal is to bring our Australian food processing expertise and high-quality standard into the ASEAN market and further improve local and international business relationships between Australia and ASEAN.

“The ASEAN region is a powerhouse of food processing facilities supplying a vast range of speciality ingredients, beverages and food products globally. The process expertise of INOX from its now 21-year history has seen Australian companies further advance their processing capabilities to efficiently deliver safer and higher quality products to the supermarket shelf.

“The opportunity to develop production in ASEAN with INOX process knowledge and reliable equipment is at the forefront of the INOX business strategy to enhance food production in this region. Our goal is to assist ASEAN food processing companies to gain a competitive edge and target their points of difference in the marketplace with intelligent processing solutions,” he said.

INOX unveiled its demo-chef cooking system on their stand at ProPak Asia 2019. Based on INOX’s ‘Chef’ series of cooking kettles, the demo-chef is a complete cooking kitchen facility skid-mounted system that enables food processors to trial any type of viscous food product under various cooking conditions.

INOX also showcased its high speed, high shear powder and liquid mixing equipment known as the INSTANTISER and the KELSTREAM scraped surface heat exchanger.


Recent wins at the Food and Beverage Industry Awards for ‘2019 Innovative technology of the year’ and ‘2019 Best of the Best’ categories are testament to INOX success.