Australian Food News briefs

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 24th October 2018

SMITHFIELD Foods has confirmed it disposed of 25,000 kg of products after an employee urinated on a pork production line at its plant in Virginia, US. The incident led the business immediately halting production, and fully cleaning and sanitising the production line equipment multiple times. Video reportedly shows the man urinating against the production then carrying on his work afterwards.

QUICK service chicken outlet Red Rooster is from six Victorian restaurants trialling offering alcoholic beverages via its home delivery channels. There’s a limit of 1 x 6pack of beer/spirit+mixer or 1 x bottle of wine per order, and it must be ordered with food. Available to over-18s only and ID must be presented on delivery.

“These beverages represent the perfect pairings for Red Rooster’s roast chicken menu – Aussie crowd pleasers that will make entertaining and eating all the more enjoyable,” the company says.

WOOLWORTHS is set to continue its partnership with Aussie sporting teams on the global stage, announcing that it has come on board as Official Supermarket and Fresh Food supporter of the Australian Teams at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place between 24 July – 9 August 2020, while the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be held between 25 August – 6 September 2020.

THE Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) has reinstated its Awards of Excellence to seek out and recognise industry innovation and outstanding performers. On October 23, APPMA announced that applications were open for the national program, which identifies excellence, leadership and best practice in Australia’s processing and packaging industry.

ALDI Australia has for the second year in a row been named Retail Employer of the Year at the Australian Retailers Association Australian Retail Awards. ALDI had demonstrated a strong track record across a range of areas, including staff education, training and development, internal communication, community support programs and Corporate Social Responsibility.

A CASE of BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, has been detected on a farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A statement issued by Scottish authorities said “precautionary movement restrictions” had been put in place at the farm. Experts stressed it was a case of classical BSE, so posed no harm to human health. Investigations are underway to det ermine the origin of the disease, which has not been seen in Scotland in 10 years.

A COMBINATION of extreme dry weather and damaging frost will deliver Australia its smallest winter crop in 10 years, according to Rabobank’s 2018/19 winter crop production outlook. The agribusiness bank forecasts a national harvest of just 29.3 million tonnes, down 23 per cent on last year.

THE upcoming Australian Grand Dairy Awards is running a competition for 10 winners to become tasters of 57 of Australia’s grand final-winning cheeses, ice creams, butters, milks, creams and yoghurts across 19 different categories, to award its People’s Choice Award.

JAPANESE firm Kaisho Group, a seafood wholesaler, has launched tuna, prawn and salmon sashimi “supplements” in packet form, and they are already proving a hit with younger health-conscious consumers. The sashimi is also marketed as “supplements” due to it being a rich source of protein, vitamin b6 and b12 present.

NEW ZEALAND farming cooperative Alliance has launched a new premium lamb product into the UK. TE MANA lamb is part of a 10-year program with lamb specifically bred in NZ high-country and containing naturally elevated levels of omega-3 as well as Wagyu beef-like marbling.