Chocolate’s sweet taste of success

Chocolate’s sweet taste of success

Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak and the pressure on suppliers and retailers to keep supermarket shelves stocked, it’s essential we continue to celebrate the bright spots. One was the recent announcement of the Supreme Winner at the New Zealand Chocolate...
Circular economy a balancing act

Circular economy a balancing act

As we all know, we don’t have to walk too far down any supermarket aisle to realise just what a huge challenge it would be to remove all plastic or non-recyclable packaging used for groceries. So many of them rely on plastic and other packaging for reasons of safety,...
Ramping up work on H&S and sustainability

Ramping up work on H&S and sustainability

The food and grocery sector embarked recently on two initiatives that promise benefits far into the future. Health & safety and sustainability have for many years been at the forefront of companies’ thinking. Most can point to work they’ve done and are continuing...

Clearing up confusion around sunscreens

Slip-Slop-Slap was a popular sun-care campaign known by those generations who remember the 1980s. It came with a catchy tune and a cute bird mascot, and the message was so simple that small children could understand it. Years later the word ‘Wrap’ was added, as in...

From great ideas to significant operations

Working for the food and grocery sector, it’s a privilege to visit companies behind many of the products on our supermarket shelves, to meet the teams and see first-hand their heritage and innovation. Start-up stories are fascinating. From the concrete mixer that...

The big packaging challenge

Today we live in a throwaway society. Every day we use stuff that can’t be re-used or recycled, so we throw it away. It’s much different to my grandmother’s generation. She saved everything, even flour bags. What couldn’t be fed to the chooks or burnt on the fire...

Tackling plastic – it’s not all bad

Plastic is everywhere. It’s used in almost every industry you can think of – construction, transportation, electronics, healthcare, and agriculture. And when you look down the supermarket aisle you can see how big a part it plays in the food and grocery sector. It’s...

It’s a challenging time to be in business

Confidence surveys show that after a positive start to the year, many businesses are struggling to deal with a combination of factors that are driving down their confidence to invest further in their own business, such as upgrading equipment or innovating. Two bank...

FMCG companies lead way on sustainability

Environmental sustainability has become a big part of most companies’ thinking and planning, and those in food and grocery are doing some of the ground-breaking work on this. Starting with the supermarket chains, everyone’s aware of their bans on the use of single-use...
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