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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

Taste is all in the Mind

Whether people prefer bitter or sweet beverages, such as coffee or cola, depends more on how they make them feel than their taste, research suggests.

Northwestern University Scientist Marilyn Cornelis searched for variations in taste genes that could explain people’s beverage preferences. Instead, she found that preferences are based on genes related to the psychoactive properties of these beverages.
“People like the way coffee and alcohol make them feel. That’s why they drink it. It’s not the taste,” explained Cornelis, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

In the study, beverages were categorised into two groups: one bitter-tasting group which included coffee, tea, grapefruit juice, beer, red wine and liquor; and a sweet-tasting group which included sugar-sweetened beverages, artificially sweetened beverages and non-grapefruit juices.
Scientists collected 24-hour dietary questionnaires from 336,000 individuals in the UK Biobank and counted the number of servings of these bitter and sweet beverages consumed.
The study – which is claimed to be the first genome-wide test for bitter or sweet beverage preferences – highlights important behavior-reward components to beverage choice and adds to our understanding of the link between genetics and beverage consumption.

Alcohol intake is related to more than 200 diseases and accounts for about 6% of deaths globally. Understanding taste preferences could indicate ways to intervene in people’s diets, but Cornelis said these results highlight the potential associated with this approach.
She found people with a variant in the FTO gene preferred sugar-sweetened beverages, which was surprising considering it was previously related to a lower risk of obesity.
“It’s counterintuitive,” Cornelis said. “FTO has been something of a mystery gene, and we don’t know exactly how it’s linked to obesity. It likely plays a role in behaviour, which would be linked to weight management. The paper is published in Human Molecular Genetics.

Article published in What’s New in Food Technology & Manufacturing | Jul/Aug 2019

2019 Food and Beverage Industry Awards WINNER!!!

At a gala event in Doltone House in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on 18th July 2019, the winners of the 16th Annual Food and Beverage Awardswere announced.

Proudly sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Flavour Makers, the Best of the BestAward recognises excellence in food and beverage manufacturing, celebrating the best product of the year. All finalists are automatic entrants for the Best of the Best Award.

INOX Australia supplied a Melbourne based company in 2019 with a beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable stock processing system that provided their customer with increased yield, improved processing time (from 12 hours down to two hours) and included a heat recovery system to provide heated water for the fully automated clean in place system that cleans the processing system to ready it for the next batch. The system was designed in conjunction with the customer from its initial feasibility study, through the process design, design of the equipment and installation and commissioning of the entire process.

Good Appearance in Beverages

Increasing the comfort of healthy food has become a global trend this year. Mintel (2019) has said that a new generation of food and drink consumption has come to a close. The consumer preferences nowadays are advancing demand for more natural, nutritious, or customizable products. It can help people who have busy schedules to consume them without worrying about their health or curiosities of the ingredients, flavors or formats.

In beverage industries, they are going to produce healthy beverages, such as juice and fiber based beverages. Both have specific quality parameters, i.e.. high turbidity and cloudy visualization. It challenges the industry because of the two forms of foam on the bottom.

Formulators need to make clouding agents to stabilize the cloudy appearance in the products. The additive is the presence of emulsifying agents in water, so it wants to create a cloudy appearance in beverages.

Besides adding the clouding agents, the turbidity appearance can be done by adding essential oil, such as citrus oil. This oil is known as flavor emulsion because of its functional character as flavor enhancer and maintaining the turbidity. However, adding the clouding agents to the beverages wants to be dispersed into unstable liquids. That is because the microscopic oil droplets in the water are interacting, so they want to be separated from water.

To ensure the quality of the clouding agents based on its stability, it is necessary to use emulsion technology. Making clouding agents usually starts with a breakdown of the oil droplets into small pieces in the water phase. gum and / or modified starch, so the oil droplets will not blend. To maintain stability, the addition of other emulsifiers (co-emulsifiers) in beverages with clouding agents also needs to be done.


INOX exhibiting at PROPAK ASIA in Bangkok June 13-16


BITEC Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is pleased to announce that it will be heading to ProPak Asia 2018 on the 13-16th June, Bangkok, Thailand to host the Australian Pavilion in the Packaging Zone for the third consecutive year.

The APPMA developed the pavilion as a way to assist Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market.

INOX is a company engaged in successfully providing solutions for food and liquid processing.
As liquid food process engineers, INOX specialise in the design and manufacture of complete systems and equipment for the heating, cooling, and processing of dairy products, juices, sauces, soups, stocks, preserves and jams, slurries, meat sauces, baby foods, fruit preps, specialised ingredients and any type of food products.

INOX provide innovative food equipment & process systems to #mix #cook #cool

Our goal is to provide our customers a basis for cost effective food production.

We hope to see you at our stand AM39 in Hall 99

Drop by, visit and support the all round nice people of Australian manufacturing active in the ASEAN marketplace.

Website Launch –

INOX has launched a specific website that is designed to assist customers with an understanding of the pasteurising and cooling tunnel technology and equipment available from INOX for post hot-filled food products.


Food such as sauces, jams, condiments, beverages and other products that are packaged in glass, PET, jars, containers and even pouches. INOX provides the solutions and the technology available for all food processors.

Our expertise in the important area of food processing has seen INOX supply turnkey projects from product investigation, through to fully operational production installations across Australia, Philippines and Malaysia.

INOX are truly a one-stop-shop when it comes to post packaged pasteurisation and cooling.

As well as creating this specific website, INOX has made the initial customer enquiry process much easier to progress through to a budget design and quote stage. By filling out the simple questionairre, INOX engineers are immediately contacted and are supplied with the relevant detail required.

Australian Ambassador for Thailand attends Reception at ProPak Asia

During the networking reception hosted by the APPMA, and sponsored by SMC Australia and New Zealand, at ProPak Asia 2017, His Excellency, Paul Robilliard, Australian Ambassador for Thailand highlighted that Australia is well known in Thailand as a source of commodities, agricultural and food products, automotive components – and as an education destination. Mr Robilliard added that there are many Australian companies active in Thailand; across many industries, including more recently in the services, digital and advanced manufacturing space.

“As Thailand executes its ambitious 4.0 agenda, there will be even more opportunities for our two countries to partner together to achieve our mutual economic development ambitions,”

“It is one of the priorities of my team at the Australian Embassy to deepen, broaden and widen the trading relationship with Thailand. We will do this by helping companies work together, share their expertise and take advantage of opportunities to promote exports of high value goods and services – including, in niche areas such as this one, in the packaging and processing machinery industry. It makes perfect sense for our clever companies to work together in this industry.” Mr Robilliard said.


Thailand is recognised as a manufacturing powerhouse in the region – and as a major exporter of food, industrial and electronic products. One of the obvious sectors is Thailand’s food and beverage industry. Positioning itself as the ‘Kitchen to the World’, Thailand remains the only net food exporter in Asia, and is one of the world’s top producers of food products such as rice, canned tuna, seafood, chicken, tropical fruits, snacks and confectionery; plus increasingly, packaged ready-to-eat foods. The domestically-grown food and beverage manufacturers of Thailand are expanding their presence globally – and much like their multinational competitors, are focussing on processing innovations to provide a greater range of convenient and healthier foods to consumers, as well as presenting these in the most contemporary packaging. Besides food and beverages, Thailand is also a significant manufacturer of household items, electrical goods, and pharmaceuticals; many of which require high standards of manufacturing and packaging._DSC1372

Thailand is active in attracting a range of other manufacturing and high-value industries to establish in the country; as it focusses on developing the Eastern Economic Corridor and on encouraging the growth of innovation. The increasing sophistication of consumer goods and industrial products is driving the need to deliver more modern and unique packaging solutions – and this in turn is driving the growth in demand for modern and sophisticated machinery and packaging equipment.


INOX @ Propak 2017 – Thailand





The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is pleased to announce that it will be heading to ProPak Asia 2017 on the 14-17th June, Bangkok, Thailand to coordinate the Australian Pavilion for the second year.

The APPMA developed the pavilion as a way to assist Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market.

Exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion is HMPS, Inox – Australia, OFS, Woolcool Australia, the APPMA and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). BBC Technologies will also be exhibiting in the same area and APPMA Member companies Fibre King, Heat and Control and tna will be exhibiting at the show on their own stands. The APPMA would like to extend an invitation for everyone to come and visit the Australian Pavilion in Hall 99 at ProPak Asia 2017. Come and meet the Australian Packaging & Processing Manufacturers and Distributors and see what new and innovative products and solutions they will be showcasing to suit the Asean Region.

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If you would like to arrange a meeting with us in the Australian Pavilion please email today.

Pre-register online today at