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The Food & Drink Business Podcast

Food & Drink Business delivers the industry's most in-depth news and editorial coverage of Australia's food and beverage sector. The Food & Drink Business podcast is one part of our multi-media platform, which provides: the latest news; expert opinion and business advice; insightful reports on industry issues and trends; new products; the latest research and technology developments; and regulatory updates. Tune in for entertaining and informative interviews with industry leaders, change drivers and experts across all aspects of the country's leading manufacturing sector.

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Fish out of water: Aquna Murray Cod
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Murray Cod Australia CEO, Ross Anderson, and Luke Piccolo, the co-owner and head chef of Limone restaurant in Griffith, New South Wales. The discussion is about Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod, a world leader in sustainable aquaculture.Ross gives us an overview of how Murray Cod farming was pioneered by Matt Ryan in Australia, which resulted in a successful, highly scalable farming process with low labour costs that delivers high quality produce. Luke shares his experience working with Aquna, the initial challenge of changing consumer perceptions of Murray Cod, and the exponential growth in its popularity as more people tasted it. We also get a detailed insight into how technology and processes have been revolutionised since the creation of the first pond, with Murray Cod Australia now running 50 ponds, three hatcheries, and 90 staff, and its intentions to grow its production to 10,000 tonnes by 2030. We wrap up by reviewing the booming global market of aquaculture, how sustainability is embedded in the business, and the ways in which Luke minimises food waste and maximises flavour in the Limone kitchen.LINKS:The Hive Awards: www.thehiveawards.com.au/Aquna Sustainable: aquna.com/------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2024
35:32 27/02/2024
The business benefit of becoming a B Corp: Unilever ANZ
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry, talks to Unilever Australia & New Zealand general counsel, company secretary, and head of B Corp, David Dwyer, about how and why the ANZ business set out to become a B Corp. We start by unpacking what the rigorous certification process involves and the five categories that are assessed to become a B Corp: Environment, Workers, Community, Customers and Governance.The discussion gives us insight into the two-year journey Unilever ANZ went through to achieve the certification, the challenges it encountered in gathering data, and the surprises David and the team found along the way.We wrap up by reviewing the impact of the achievement on the company and its employees.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2024
32:02 13/02/2024
Unpacking Mintel's Global Food & Drink Trends for 2024
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Cormac Henry from Mintel about their recently released global Food & Drink trends for 2024. We explore the four primary trends of consumers prioritising healthy ageing, processes they can trust, inexpensive environmental sustainability, and opportunities for convenience. We assess the health focused consumer behaviours of ageing generations, stigmas surrounding highly processed foods such as plant-based alternatives, and the increased utilisation of technology and quick meals to provide convenience.We wrap up by exploring the rapid onset of AI, and companies who are capitalising on viral moments to market their products within a very short time frame.LINKS:Mintel's Global Food & Drink Trends for 2024:www.mintel.com/food-and-drink-market-news/global-food-and-drink-trends/------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
33:09 12/12/2023
Eating like an Italian
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.Roberto shares the experience and process of licensing one of his products – lasagne – with the feline movie star Garfield, the dramatic impact of Covid, the speed with which the company managed to pivot. Roberto shares his insights on the rise of ready meals and their appeal across most age groups plus some of the future trends he’s expecting to see.LINKS:Cucina Classica gets Garfield's lick of approvalwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/cucina-classica-gets-garfield-s-lick-of-approval ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisccherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
31:58 28/11/2023
Harvesting the potential of plant proteins
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to plant protein food manufacturer Harvest B’s co-founders Kristi Riordan and Alfred Lo about their aim to provide locally sourced plant-based meat and alternative proteins to Australian food manufacturers.We discuss the cost, taste, and textures of plant based proteins, with a focus on consumer habits, current market costs, and the processes that the proteins undergo. Kristi gives us a breakdown of how Harvest B developed its shelf stable products, the challenges its faced, and the current trends in the Australian market. We also get an insight into how producers are engaging with Harvest B, how access to animal protein has been disrupted, and the blending of plant and animal proteins. We wrap up by getting a sneak peek into Harvest B’s upcoming products.LINKS:Harvest B: https://www.harvestb.io/ ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
30:04 31/10/2023
It’s all in the mix
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Fever Tree MD ANZ, Andy Gaunt, about the company and how it disrupted the little thought about market of mixer drinks. The discussion explores the history behind Fever Tree and its impending 20-year anniversary, and its focus on developing tonic waters – and other mixers – that are the best support act for gin and other spirits. We also get insights into how their tonics are produced, the logistics behind their global distribution network, and some exciting news about its presence in Australia. We wrap up by discussing the science behind carbonation and Fever Tree’s new line of cocktail mixers.LINKS:Fever-Tree Australia: https://fever-tree.com/en_AU------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
30:13 19/09/2023
Behind the curtain
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to the founders of ‘attention strategy agency’ Stanley House Studios, David Wasserman and George Redmond. The pair share their experience and insights working with food and beverage companies and brands to grow consumer awareness and market share.We discuss the chicken/egg dilemma regarding the timing of launching a campaign for a young brand and where to allocate funds and resources. David and George recount brand activations and ongoing content creation, looking at how the industry is constantly changing and the need to be agile.The pair provide a glimpse into the world of algorithms and ways to finely target a campaign for success.LINKS:Stanley House Studios: https://www.stanleyhousestudios.com.au/------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
32:48 05/09/2023
Leading the Mexican wave
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Bronwyn Cheng, Head of World Foods ANZ at General Mills, to talk about its iconic Old El Paso range.We get an insight into Bronwyn’s journey to her current position in food and marketing, as well as Old El Paso’s market leadership in Australia. The discussion explores the popularity of its products, how Cheng and her team keep a heritage brand fresh and retain its consumer appeal and loyalty.We wrap up quizzing Bronwyn on how to eat a taco without making a mess, and take a snapshot of some of General Mills other brands.LINKS:General Mills: https://www.generalmills.com.au/Old El Paso: https://www.oldelpaso.com.au/------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
29:19 29/08/2023
From refugee to ready meal marvel
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Coco & Lucas founder and CEO Diem Fuggersberger and managing director David Vu. In a wide-ranging conversation, Diem and David share the experience from start-up to leading national ready meal business. Diem and David recount the experience of getting started in 2016, the challenges Covid presented for the growing business, and the company's mission in developing plant-based and allergen free meals.LINKS:Coco & Lucas https://cocoandlucas.com.au/about/Food & Drink latest newshttps://www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
28:19 01/08/2023
The science behind a beverage for brain health
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by the co-founders of functional beverage Ārepa, Angus Brown and Zachary Robinson, to talk about the science and steps needed to make a beverage truly beneficial.We discuss the rapid growth of the market with a focus on nutritional drinks that aim to improve brain health, as well as boosts in energy and immunity. We get an insight into the development of Arepa, and the possible benefits it can provide to those with ADHD, dementia, and other neurological conditions, all whilst being natural and caffeine free.We also explore how Ārepa delivers the therapeutic doses required, as well as the logistics associated with conducting clinical studies, securing supply chains, and ensuring that the product is accessible to consumers.LINKS:The brain food berrywww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/the-brain-food-berryĀrepa raises $2.96m, international growth focuswww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/repa-raises-2-96m-international-growth-focus New nootropic beverage to clear your mindwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/new-in-store/new-nootropic-beverage-to-clear-your-mindList of clinical studies used to inform the development of Arepa:www.drinkarepa.com.au/pages/clinical-research ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
31:25 18/07/2023
Sweet and Sensible
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Emma Stride and Ali Farid from Kerry APMEA, to talk about consumer tastes for sweetness.We discuss consumer behaviours in relation to sugar consumption, with a focus on amount, type and products. We also get an insight into Kerry’s Sensibly Sweet campaign to inform businesses, and how regulations controlling sugar in foods changes the palette of a culture. The discussion explores functional ingredients and the flavour implications they can have on products, and the increased focus on health triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.We wrap up by getting an insight into the culture and process behind Kerry’s research, and the experiences of Emma and Ali pursuing the research of taste and nutrition.LINKS:Sensibly Sweet Campaignwww.explore.kerry.com/sweetness-research.htmlRegistration for foodpro2023 now openwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/foodpro/registration-for-foodpro2023-now-open ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
32:46 20/06/2023
Seedlab Australia: Empowering young businesses
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by the co-founder and CEO of incubator and accelerator program Seedlab Australia, Hazel MacTavish-West, to discuss what it takes to help a micro business grow and succeed.We explore how Seedlab works with food, drink, personal and home care product businesses to get their products onto supermarket shelves. Hazel gives us an insight into their Bootcamp Incubator and Cultivate Accelerator programs, and the lessons and experiences that businesses can expect. The discussion also explores the trends that consumers and businesses can expect in the sustainable product market.LINKS:www.seedlabaustralia.com.au/ ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
32:14 30/05/2023
How Young Henrys serves the people
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Young Henrys Brewing Company co-founder and gentleman at large, Oscar McMahon.The pair discuss the brewery’s recent B Corp certification and how it fits into the company’s over-arching mission to both save the planet one beer at a time and support the community that supports it.Oscar explains the success of its carbon emission reduction project with the University of Technology Sydney Climate Change Cluster, and the potential for it to be implemented across the brewing sector.The episode wraps up with a look at all the other projects and programs run by Young Henrys that touch all aspects of the business.LINKS:Young Henrys secures B Corp certificationwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/young-henrys-secures-b-corp-certification------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
30:01 16/05/2023
Cauldron: Faster and smarter fermentation
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Michele Stansfield, Co-Founder and CEO of precision fermentation start-up Cauldron, to discuss how the company is unlocking the next evolution of the way we produce food, feed, and fibre globally. Michele outlines how Cauldron has created a continuous hyper-fermentation platform, which is highly efficient, lower in costs, and reduces commercial risk.  LINKS:Cauldron set to supercharge precision fermentationwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/cauldron-set-to-supercharge-precision-fermentation------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
21:42 02/05/2023
Keeping it real: the business of cultivated meat
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Professor Paul Wood, a board member at the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering, to talk about the economic realities of cultivated meat.We discuss its viability, the logistics, and challenges associated with the field, including costs, regulatory matters, marketing, and scalability.LINKS:Vow applies to FSANZ for cultured quail approvalwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/vow-applies-to-fsanz-for-cultured-quail-approvalVow puts mammoth meatballs on the menuwww.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/vow-puts-mammoth-meatballs-on-the-menu Related conferencesCumulus 2023 (Las Vegas, 11th Sept)www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/yafevent/cumulus-2023 AltProteins conference returns, expands, launches (Melb, 4th Oct)www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/altproteins-conference-returns-expands-launches ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
39:59 11/04/2023
Making a meal with data analysis
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Ray Hanly, CEO of Beak & Johnston, and Aiden Heke, CEO of Decision Inc Australia, about using data analysis services to expand businesses.We start off by discussing the role that data analysis plays in growing a business, and the move from lagging data to live data to better respond to changes in consumer behaviours. Ray and Aiden give us an insight into how they undertake analysis of sales and supply chain data, and the typical time frames that businesses can expect in preparation, implementation and utilisation of the data generated by the business.LINKS:Beak & Johnston: www.beakandjohnston.com.au/Decision Inc Australia: www.decisioninc.com.au/ ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
24:25 21/03/2023
When competitors collaborate
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by Lisa Rippon Lee, Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability for Australia, at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and John Tortora, Group Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer at Asahi Beverages.We discuss Circular Plastics Australia, the collaborative joint venture between the two beverage giants, Pact Group, and Cleanaway to close the loop on PET bottles.LINKS:www.circularplasticsaustralia.com/ www.cocacolaep.com/ www.asahi.com.au/ ------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherEditor: Chris VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2023
21:57 21/02/2023
The sustainability of soft plastics with ePac Flexibles and RED Group
In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by the ANZ managing director for ePac Flexibles, Jason Brown, and RED Group’s marketing and communications manager, Rebecca Gleghorn.We get an insight into how ePac provides innovative flexible packaging solutions and the role RED Group plays in recycling soft plastics in Australia. We explore the importance and benefits of soft plastics, dispel misconceptions on plastic packaging and recycling, and discuss advancements in the sector.LINKS: APCO National Packaging Targets by 2025:www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/apco-launches-anzpac-2025-targets-roadmapePac: www.epacflexibles.com.auRed Group: www.redcycle.net.auPackaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP tool): www.prep.org.au/------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
31:50 30/08/2022
Industry insights with Mondelez ANZJ president Darren O'Brien
In a wide-ranging discussion, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Mondelez International president ANZ/Japan and chair of the Australian Food & Grocery Council about the local - and global - food and beverage sector.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
30:18 16/08/2022
The Say/Do gap: Consumers, sustainability and buying behaviour
In the largest Asia-Pacific consumer research project for consultancy Bain & Co, 16,000 consumers in 11 different countries were surveyed and 50 hours of one-on-one interviews completed, to gain a greater understanding of consumer attitudes and experience with sustainability and the role it plays in the products they buy.Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to the report’s lead author and associate partner at Bain, Zara Lightowler, and Bain partner and head of APAC Consumer Products Practice David Zehner, about the report’s findings.Some of the results will surprise, some may even shock. This episode provides real insights into the minds of consumers and business owners, and the challenges still in play when it comes to purchasing behaviour.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
28:07 09/08/2022
On the Openway: Health food done differently
With more than 20 years-experience with multinational food business Mars, Andrew Loader was looking for a new project to try doing business a little differently.Openway Food Co. is the result. With co-founder Gavin Evans and backing from private equity group Five V, Openway acquired three health food companies, Annex Foods with brands including Red Tractor, healthy snack company Table of Plenty, and Keep in Cleaner.Loader talks about the different approach, with the acquisitions designed to build the companies rather than break them up, and create a platform that makes health food easier to understand and for consumers to find.It has allowed the individual business founders to determine how much they are involved in the business, from still running the company to focussing on an area like R&D.Loader explains that one of the benefits has been that during the disruption of recent years, there has been a depth of experience across the business that has helped keep the focus on goals rather than just the immediate difficulties.We discuss Loader’s thoughts on the health food aisle, and that there are many people who still don’t know what is down there, if it is healthy and whether they can trust it.We look at the challenges for retailers and the need for brands to keep bringing new products to the shelves and the churn that occurs when that doesn’t happen.For Loader, one way to address this is the Openway model, or others which collaborate on certain parts of operations and also greater pressure on technology to help fill some of the gaps when it comes to innovation.We look at how Openway is finding new functionalities for heritage foods, adding collagen for example to Red Tractor Oats. Loader updates up on its launch in the US and the favourable feedback from retailers at a traditional product but offering new benefits.We end with Loader saying while the launch of Red Tractor and Raise the Bar into the US market is a major focus at the moment, Openway is committed to making consistent quality products, managing the complex supply chain. and building something for tomorrow.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media (www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au).The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
29:48 19/07/2022
Capital carbon brews
From growing up in the lentil belt of Canberra, to co-founding one of the country’s leading craft breweries, Capital Brewing Co, Laurence Kain talks to and Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry about being Australia's first climate active certified fully carbon neutral brewery.Laurence and co-founder Tommy Hertel opened the brewery in 2016 after successfully running venues in Canberra and building friendships with Sydney craft brewing icons Young Henry’s and Grifter Brewing Co.Laurence describes his childhood in Canberra’s ‘lentil/Birkenstock belt’ and how seeing the impact of climate change during climbing and skiing trips made the pair committed to making the brewery as environmentally sustainable as possible.He explains how the process to carbon neutrality takes time, is complex and can be expensive and how they decided to work with the consultancy that helped them through the process and the federal government Climate Active certification body to develop a template that could be used by other craft breweries.We talk about some of the achievements and savings made by Capital, and its new sustainability goals.The episode wraps up with news of a new pilot brew system which enables to Capital team to brew small batches for limited releases and new beer flavours.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
28:34 07/06/2022
Queen Myrtle
Australian Native Products is the world’s largest grower and supplier of lemon myrtle. In this episode Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to general manager Ross Norris about the business and this, the queen of lemon herbs.We start off discussing the history of Australian Native Products, its expansion, and establishing a consistent, high quality, organic product.Ross explains how ANP processes the crop to preserve the flavour and medicinal qualities of the lemon myrtle. We delve into the numerous applications for this hardy native including food, agriculture, cosmetics and health.The company is focused on global expansion and Ross gives us an update on his recent trip to the World Tea Expo in the US.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
30:27 27/04/2022
SPC: Taking on the world
Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry catches up with SPC chair Hussein Rifai on the company’s local and global growth, food as medicine, and the domestic challenge of building a level playing field for home grown products and imports.We start with the recent news of a $111m raise and how its value was more than financial. Hussein explains that with the investment coming from Australian companies, the value of new perspectives and ideas is amplified because they understand the local culture, economy, and systems the business is operating in.We then turn to a discussion around the company’s SPC Care division – its dedicated healthcare nutritional business – which was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Hussein’s passion about ensuring the elderly and others with additional needs have quality nutrition is matched by his commitment that the IP developed by SPC can be exported and used around the world.Hussein shares news about talks currently underway to acquire a food company in Spain that will become SPC’s base for Europe and North Africa.The episode concludes with a discussion around the uneven playing field when it comes to Australian products and imports on the supermarket shelf, and food security.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Jayden WennholzProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
31:42 12/04/2022
On the upcycle, TUI Foods
Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to the three directors of The Upcycling Initiative (TUI) Foods: Peter Taitoko, Tony Cartwright, and Mike Nagorcka.We meet each of the men and discuss the experience they bring to the company – Peter’s long background in processing and fitout with his company RMR Process; Tony’s equally esteemed background in FMCG; and Mike’s experience as a fifth-generation farmer.The discussion moves to how the business came about – and how a shared passion for fixing Australia’s broken food supply chain started from a kernel of an idea and is already looking to global markets.The trio discuss how they tipped the supply chain model on its head and then put it back together in a model that was better for farmers as well as the environment and consumers.The result is a model where a processing plant is built on a property in a joint venture model with the primary producer. All the equipment is designed and built locally and where possible by-product is also used, creating a micro circular economy.Product that would have gone to waste is instead upcycled into value-added products, adding an income stream for the farmer and providing Australian ingredients to the food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries here and overseas.We end the discussion talking about growth plans and the number of farms already adopting the model.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
41:14 05/04/2022
From national icon to ecommerce powerhouse
Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Chantale Millard, the CEO and managing director of Maggie Beer Holdings, about its growth from the company selling products from Australia's culinary icon Maggie Beer to where it stands today, a scalable premium ecommerce and omni channel business, set to meet its group revenue guidance of $100 million for FY22Chantale recounts her history with the company, from originally working with Maggie and Colin Beer on Maggie Beer Products to being part of the leadership team, as the company became part of a company listed on the ASX, which was then rebranded as Maggie Beer Holdings.We discuss its growth and acquisitions of Paris Creek Farm in South Australia and Saint David Dairy in Victoria, how the culture and ideals of the companies fitted together well and have moved into a growth phase.Chantale talks us through the growth of the company’s ecommerce business when Covid arrived and the remarkable response from the public to Maggie’s cooking videos. To date, the videos have had about 6.5 million views.As the ecommerce business started growing, the company realised the potential in the online marketplace. We discuss the acquisition of Hampers Gifts and Australia and how it has diversified the company’s revenue stream and provided a major growth channel.We talk about the challenges of the supply chain disruptions that have characterised 2021/22 and how Maggie Beer Holdings is managing the situation.Chantale tells us about the upcoming release of Paris Creek Farm branded milk into supermarkets in New South Wales and Victoria and its point of difference being that its milk is now from carbon neutral farmers.We talk about what Chantale loves about her job and she provides the correct answer to the question of what her favourite Maggie Beer product is.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Kent RichardsonProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
29:43 29/03/2022
Stocking up on sustainability with SIG and Massel
The industry leader when it comes to aseptic carton packaging systems and solutions SIG has paired with Australia’s premium stock and bouillon brand Massel to launch its latest range in Australia. In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Baris Altay, SIG’s ANZ marketing and business development manager, and Mark Caine, the marketing director for Massel, about the new carton and what makes it unique.When most of us pour that stock into our risotto or soup we pay very little attention to the carton it comes in. This episode is about to change that.From helping us understand what aseptic cartons are, through to the challenges of using recycled materials and being recyclable while maintaining food safety, Baris and Mark share the historical information about both companies, how they align and the work that has gone into producing the new packaging product.Baris explains that as a packaging company, SIG has always been driven by developing sustainable and affordable packaging solutions. With a history more than 100 years old, he explains the latest packaging – the SIGnature Full Barrier – sets a new benchmark for the company and the industry.We discuss just what makes an aseptic carton sustainable, with the three key raw materials used in the Full Barrier range coming from certified responsible sources.Mark explains the importance of packaging for Massel and the role it plays in its goal to have no more packaging products going to landfill.Baris talks about the range of products the new packaging will be used with and notes the increase in consumers who want plant-based products to help reduce their impact on the environment.The conversation concludes with Baris providing some insight into what’s on the horizon when it comes to even more sustainable packaging solutions.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
27:59 15/03/2022
Foodbank: Facing food insecurity
Brianna Casey is the CEO of Foodbank Australia, Australia’s largest food relief organisation that provides essential food & groceries to front line charities around the country. In this episode, Brianna talks to Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry about food insecurity and its prevalence within all walks of life in Australia.Even before the Black Summer bushfires and COVID, Foodbank was helping 815,000 Australians every month to obtain essential, safe, healthy and culturally appropriate foods and groceries. Currently, that figure has expanded to well over one million people per month. Brianna notes that it’s not just the homeless or those living in poverty who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. She points out that many Australians are only a missed payday away from food becoming a discretionary item in the home.We talk about the logistics involved in obtaining and distributing food to those in need, the unpredictability of supply through food rescue and the ground-breaking work Foodbank has performed to arrange collaborative manufacturing as well as funding the purchase of food and grocery products thanks to donation of funds to the charity.Brianna recalls the impacts to Foodbank’s ability to operate due to Covid and recent flooding which disabled supply lines to the west and north of the country.She also talks about the importance of working with government and having a seat at the table to drive social policies to support the most vulnerable in Australia and reduce food inequality.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
30:34 08/03/2022
At the ready with Ray Hanly, Beak & Johnston
Ray Hanly left his Irish homeland to join Beak & Johnston, one of Australia’s largest chilled ready meal manufacturers. His goal was to not only grow the company, but to change the minds of Australian consumers about prepared meals. In this episode, Ray talks to Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry about what that involves.Ray talks about the challenge of breaking down consumer mistrust in the sector and the critical need to listen to consumers if you want to succeed. He talks about how meals must be healthy, convenient, and trustworthy for consumers to develop loyalty and how paramount it is to maintain high quality and consistency.He explains the roles automation and technology play in ensuring the consistent production of high-quality meals but how the crew of 800 people who work at Beak & Johnston are the foundation and reason for its success.We talk about the company’s latest expansion, with works underway on a $90 million kitchen facility next door to its existing factory in Sydney’s West that will ultimately increase the company’s output by up to 40 per cent over coming years.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
28:02 01/03/2022
Wine that doesn't cost the earth
Duxton Vineyards produces around six per cent of Australia’s annual wine grape supply, but the business is committed to a lot more than high quality grapes.In this episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks to Duxton’s managing director Wayne Ellis and environmental manager Dylan Klingbiel about what sets the company apart.Wayne provides an overview of the company, with more than 2400 hectares of wine grapes in the Mildura and Sunraysia districts of the Murray-Darling Basin. It is a harsh environment that Duxton is committed to caring for, with Wayne emphasising the need to look after mother earth.Dylan leads us through a sample of the environmental programs, progress, and challenges the company has instigated and grappled with. He shares a remarkable story he had with local Indigenous Australians discovering an Aboriginal firepit almost by accident.It is a discussion that highlights the passion felt for the work they do and the environment they rely on.------------------------------The Food & Drink Business Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Food & Drink Business, owned and published by Yaffa Media.The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Food & Drink Business, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact Food & Drink Business via their website www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au or send an email to editor@foodanddrinkbusiness.com.auHost: Kim BerryMC: Grant McHerronEditor: Chris VisscherProducer: Steve VisscherFood & Drink Business - © 2022
29:54 22/02/2022

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