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How Food Manufacturers Pick Expiration Dates And What They Really Mean

How Food Manufacturers Pick Expiration Dates And What They Really Mean | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

No one wants to serve spoiled food to their families. Conversely, consumers don’t want to throw food away unnecessarily — but we certainly do. Australians discard up to 20 per cent of the food they purchase, which equates to one out of every five bags of groceries they buy. Plenty of that food is discarded while still safe to eat.

 

Part of these losses are due to consumers being confused about the “use-by” and “best before” dates on food packaging. Many of us check the date before purchasing or consuming a product, even though we don’t seem to have a very good sense of what the dates are telling us. “Best before” and “used by” mean different things. Contrary to popular impression, the current system of food product dating isn’t really designed to help us figure out when something from the fridge has passed the line from edible to inedible.

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How Food Manufacturers Pick Expiration Dates And What They Really Mean

How Food Manufacturers Pick Expiration Dates And What They Really Mean | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

No one wants to serve spoiled food to their families. Conversely, consumers don’t want to throw food away unnecessarily — but we certainly do. Australians discard up to 20 per cent of the food they purchase, which equates to one out of every five bags of groceries they buy. Plenty of that food is discarded while still safe to eat.

 

Part of these losses are due to consumers being confused about the “use-by” and “best before” dates on food packaging. Many of us check the date before purchasing or consuming a product, even though we don’t seem to have a very good sense of what the dates are telling us. “Best before” and “used by” mean different things. Contrary to popular impression, the current system of food product dating isn’t really designed to help us figure out when something from the fridge has passed the line from edible to inedible.

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Ten things you didn’t know about…tyres

Ten things you didn’t know about…tyres | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

They are absolutely vital to the function of your car and yet despite their importance, tyres are often somewhat overlooked.

 

They are the only part of your car that touches the road and while we hear it all the time, making sure you have plenty of tread and the correct air pressures in your tyres is absolutely vital.

 

Aside from all that there’s actually some pretty interesting facts and trivia on tyres that we thought we would share with you.

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Eight Enduring Laundry Myths Debunked

Eight Enduring Laundry Myths Debunked | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Most of us just bundle our clothes into the washer, fill the detergent drawer and press the ‘on’ button without giving it much thought. (This is understandable — nobody wants to waste more mental energy than necessary on doing the laundry.)

 

However, there’s a lot of things that you could probably be doing better to make this tedious task easier and more effective. Here are eight common laundry myths covering everything from fabric softness to lint buildup

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New solar energy solution for manufacturers

New solar energy solution for manufacturers | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australian businesses within the manufacturing industry highlight energy costs as the second highest burden their businesses face behind raw material costs.

 

And while solar has long been an option for manufacturing business to help reduce their energy costs, until now the costs of installing a large enough system to meet their energy needs has been too high for most.

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Is sugar the new tobacco? These companies are worried that it is

Is sugar the new tobacco? These companies are worried that it is | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Amid growing concerns that sugar is one of the main culprits in the global obesity ("globesity") epidemic, people are increasingly shunning the ubiquitous ingredient.

 

Meanwhile, governments are becoming more focused on implementing initiatives to reduce the public and personal costs of obesity and related diseases. The confluence of these factors is forcing many companies, such as food and beverage manufacturers, to reconsider their products, including sugar content and portion size.

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Australian ugg boot manufacturers fighting to use the word 'ugg'

Australian ugg boot manufacturers fighting to use the word 'ugg' | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

A Sydney manufacturer of ugg boots is facing an uphill battle in a US court, where a global American footwear company is seeking to prevent it from describing its sheepskin boots as "ugg" boots.


Australian Leather Pty Ltd has been manufacturing ugg boots since the early 1990s, using Australian sheepskins to make about 50,000 pairs of the boots every year.

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Gluten-free revolution a challenge for growers

Gluten-free revolution a challenge for growers | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIANS are eating less grain — and farmers should be concerned about it.

 

Consumption of grains in Australia dipped after the Atkins Diet became popular in the 1990s, but stabilised until 2009, when the amount of grain eaten fell again. The concerning news is this declining trend is not only an Australian story.

 

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No batteries required: pumped hydro for solar energy storage

No batteries required: pumped hydro for solar energy storage | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

With the change-over from centralised fossil fuel power to distributed renewable energy, there is intense interest in battery storage to cope with intermittency of solar PV and wind power.

 

There is no doubt that batteries will have a major part in the transition. Apart from flow batteries, however, the opportunities for multiple-hour storage and discharge at scale over a period of hours is still unresolved. It is implemented for cars and household storage and indeed the first steps to access power stored in the batteries of Electric Vehicles have already been taken.

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Labor to announce national interest test for gas developments

Labor to announce national interest test for gas developments | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The opposition will today announce a national interest test policy for new gas projects or expansions, claiming that Australia is the only developed nation on earth that allows exporters dictate the terms of LNG production and sale.

 

The Australian Financial Review reports that shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will announce the policy during a visit to an unnamed manufacturing plant in Melbourne today.

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Unseasonal weather hurts heating sales for retailers

Unseasonal weather hurts heating sales for retailers | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Suppliers experience weak sell-through.

 

Retailers around the country are unanimous about the impact of the unseasonably warm weather on heating sales, and although leading heating suppliers have had strong sell-in, sell-through has been slow.

 

Wilsonton Betta Home Living in Toowoomba, approximately 125km west of Brisbane, has fans still flying off the shop floor but has not sold a single heater, throw rug or electric blanket due to the unseasonably warm weather, according to interim store manager, Debbie Kemp.

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NSW 'cash for cans' scheme will take the pop out of pop

NSW 'cash for cans' scheme will take the pop out of pop | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

A NSW government plan to cut litter by imposing a small deposit on drinks could dent sales of soft drinks, fruit juice and bottled water by almost 10 per cent.


Under the container deposit scheme, which comes into effect in July 2017, commercial drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres will be redeemable for 10¢ each at depots and reverse vending machines.

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Why Are We So Bad At Recycling Rare Metals From Technology?

Why Are We So Bad At Recycling Rare Metals From Technology? | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Last month, the internet flew into a frenzy over news that Apple recovered $US40 ($52) million worth of gold from old gadgets last year. That story turned out to be wildly oversold. But our eagerness to celebrate a tech company’s recycling victory speaks to a disturbing truth.

 

We’re terrible at recycling rare and important metals from our devices.

 

Gold recycling is the recipe for a viral story, but there’s a group of metals that are even harder to come by, and far more vital to modern technology. Called rare earths, these obscure elements are sprinkled in virtually every consumer electronic, automobile, and green energy product on the market. They’re the spark that supercharges our technology, bringing us higher speeds, better performance, longer lifespans, and greater efficiency.

 

And yet after we use rare earths once, we discard them. Why?

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CropLife: “bureaucracy gone mad” on duplicated ag-vet-chem labels

CropLife: “bureaucracy gone mad” on duplicated ag-vet-chem labels | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

CROPLIFE Australia has led a blistering attack on Safe Work Australia (SWA) and the Department of Employment over the introduction of an excessive and duplicate labelling regime on farm chemicals.

 

The peak national plant science body wants Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to reverse moves to introduce the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in Australia on January 1 next year.

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7 'healthy foods' that are making you fat

7 'healthy foods' that are making you fat | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Running late to work, you grab a tetra-pack breakfast drink from the fridge to down on the train. You smugly turn down office birthday cake from Adriano Zumbo, and snack on a mini chocolate protein bar instead. Over a weekend catch up, you turn down bacon and eggs in favour of a "healthy start" smoothie. You're being good, you tell yourself.

 

Yep, food marketers have nailed the busy-but-healthy market, slapping buzz words such as "healthy", "organic" and "protein-packed" all over processed foods promising to help you beat the bulge. There's a reason why fruit, vegetables and nuts don't have fancy marketing campaigns. You may not make much money from a mandarin, but cover a chocolate-like bar with a shiny wrapper and feel-good phrases, and you have a nice little meal ticket.

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Mattress price comparison reveals bedding retailers pad costs of manufacturing

Mattress price comparison reveals bedding retailers pad costs of manufacturing | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The 300 per cent mark-ups, huge profits, and hundreds of near-identical mattresses being sold under different names and prices – the bed you sleep on every night is taking you for a ride.


A Fairfax investigation has revealed strong evidence the mattress industry is taking advantage of uninformed consumers to charge huge mark-ups.


The industry itself admits you're a sucker if you ever bought a full-price bed.

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Electric car components a good fit for Australian manufacturers, experts say

Electric car components a good fit for Australian manufacturers, experts say | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Australia's high-cost economy and small market potential provide a sobering reality to the Greens' policy to encourage the production of electric cars, according to economy and manufacturing experts.

 

However they say the nation's high rate of education and pollution-conscious population offers an ideal platform to construct technological components for modern electric vehicles.

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The climate is ripe for some workable wine policy

The climate is ripe for some workable wine policy | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Philip White goes looking for election policy which could help the wine industry face the new extremities of climate.

 

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I do believe the posh bits of the east coast of Australia just started to fall into the Pacific Ocean.

 

Like ancient Viking gods that feed on CO2, the evil weather warriors, Niño and Niña, are at war in a manner few understand. We’ll call this wild tide early coastal collateral damage.

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Cosmetics tested on animals to be banned in Australia

Cosmetics tested on animals to be banned in Australia | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

THOUSANDS of cosmetics, including perfume, toothpaste and makeup, will be banned from stores after the Federal Government pledged to outlaw the sale of all products tested on animals.

 

From July next year any products that have been tested on animals, or which contain ingredients that have been tested on animals, will be prohibited.

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Toy manufacturers are engaged in “arms race,” which is making Lego more violent

Toy manufacturers are engaged in “arms race,” which is making Lego more violent | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

FROM an increase in weapons, violent situations, to angry expressions; researchers have found Lego land is becoming increasingly brutal.


The study, since published in the journal PLOS ONE, believes Lego sets have become more violent in a bid to keep childrens’ attention in the digital age.


The researchers concluded that Lego “showed significant exponential increases of violence over time”.

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Are genuine car parts best? | Practical Motoring

Are genuine car parts best? | Practical Motoring | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Your car is a bundle of parts, and there are lots of different ways those parts can be supplied, and who can make them… so, are genuine car parts best?

 

ACCORDING TO MOST dictionaries, “genuine” means true and authentic, or in other words, not a fake or counterfeit. Notice there’s nothing in that definition about who makes the part.

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Relax. Cereal Can Actually Be A Healthy Breakfast

Relax. Cereal Can Actually Be A Healthy Breakfast | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

When it comes to the health of Australians, fat was once firmly thought to be public enemy number one. However, in recent years, research has pointed to sugar being the real source of blame when it comes to both obesity and heart disease.

 

As a country in the midst of a crisis where almost two in three of its inhabitants are overweight or obese, a focus on the role sugar plays in the diet of everyday Australians isn't just important, it's absolutely necessary. And so far, the results have been alarming, with the food industry even being likened to big tobacco when it comes to the debate over whether sugar causes obesity.

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E-cigarettes: too important to be regulated?

E-cigarettes: too important to be regulated? | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

New research published today in the Medical Journal of Australia shows that 9% of New South Wales smokers and recent quitters, and 16% of those aged 18–29, are currently using e-cigarettes. Most of these use them less than weekly, suggesting widespread curiosity use.

 

As has been repeatedly found overseas, the vast majority of people who vape are also smoking. They are not vaping instead of smoking but as well as smoking, despite 42% – as found in today’s MJA study – saying they are vaping in order to quit.

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Addressing manufacturing’s image problem

Addressing manufacturing’s image problem | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Our manufacturing sector is misunderstood, according to the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council. Brent Balinski asked the group’s chairman John Pollaers about why this is, and why it matters.

 

This week is, among other things, National Manufacturing Week: as good a time as ever to consider the public’s opinion of the industry.

 

The Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council – representing the leadership of some of the country’s leading makers of things – believes there’s an image problem that needs a remedy.

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Imported 'extra virgin' olive oil increasingly failing quality tests

Imported 'extra virgin' olive oil increasingly failing quality tests | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

The vast majority of imported "extra virgin olive oil" in Australian supermarkets fails to meet local and international standards, renewing concerns shoppers are paying a premium for inferior products.

 

Tests of 27 imported bottles sold at Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Foodland revealed 85 per cent failed to meet the voluntary Australian Standard and 78 per cent failed to meet the International Olive Council (IOC) Standard.

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Auto parts makers driving new business

Auto parts makers driving new business | Manufacturer | Scoop.it

Rubber and plastics manufacturer Graham Hopkins saw the writing on the wall in 2008. His company Lasslett Rubber and Plastics supplied parts to Ford, Holden and Mitsubishi in deals which made up 86 per cent of the company's business.

 

Renamed Entegro, the company has reduced its exposure to 20 per cent, making parts for Ford's global factories, tyre flaps for trucks and most recently, cork flooring.

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