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State of the Industry 2015

This is the seventh edition of the AFGC's annual State of the Industry series, providing key data on the food and grocery sector in order to inform rational and face-based analysis and policy.

Our Future World: Global Megatrends That Will Change the Way We Live

The narrative of the future presented in this report is constructed from six interlinked megatrends.

Building Australia’s Comparative Advantages: A 21st Century Agrifood

Business Council of Australia’s study of the Australian agrifood sector.

Feeding a Hungry Nation: Climate Change, food and Farming in Australia

Climate change may affect our food supply, both directly and indirectly. These impacts will in turn affect everyday Australian households.

FIAL Chairman Peter Schutz's Insights

HONG KONG INSIGHT REPORT FIAL chairman Peter Schutz travelled to Hong Kong as a guest of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The "One Country Two Systems" arrangement in Hong Kong provide a level of security and confidence for Australian businesses wanting to establish trade with China. Peter highlighted that there are several tax and tariff advantages for companies wishing to manufacture or transform their product in Hong Kong due to its free trade agreement with China. These

Insights from the Iran Market

The recent relaxing of trade sanctions present a number of opportunities for Australian businesses interested in doing business in Iran. The growing demand for imported products and the current limited offerings provide an excellent ‘first mover’ opportunity for Australian food & beverage brands.

Boosting energy productivity—primer

An examination of new technologies and business models found key energy productivity opportunities for the food industry.

High temperature heat pumps

Heat pumps have been developed in the last decade to be able to deliver heat reliably at temperatures of well over 70°C (and up to generating steam). This has greatly extended the range of applications.

High pressure processing

High pressure processing (HPP) is a technology developed to pasteurise food products without heat in order to destroy yeasts, moulds and harmful bacteria, and extend the shelf life of chilled perishable products.

Concentrating milk using reverse osmosis

It has been shown that milk can be concentrated to 50 per cent of the original volume without adversely affecting its quality.

Intelligent packaging

Intelligent packaging technologies (e.g. QR codes) are incorporated or embedded in food packaging.

Microbiome Impact on the Food & Agribusiness Industry

Imagine if we were able to test the bugs in your gut and then design a diet to promote growth of the right bugs, enabling your mental and physical well being. Want to know more about the bugs in your gut?

Australia's recent meat export performance

Australia is a large country geographically that has the capacity to meet domestic demand for beef, lamb and chicken meat as well as efficiently supply large global markets.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Would you like to learn how computers can give you more time to work on growing your business? Read more about Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

FIAL Chairman Peter Schutz reports on his trip to Israel

Mr Schutz, FIAL's Chairman, headed a delegation to Israel in November 2016 and was accompanied by FIAL’s General Manager for Market Development, Najib Lawand. The trade mission was organised by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce to highlight the innovative agri-food technology that has been developed there, and to demonstrate why Israel is ranked as the 3rd most innovative country in the world – and to see what lessons Australia can take from this.

Technology Insight: ​Self-Healing Materials

What if there was a way for holes in your packaging to disappear after tearing? What if there was a way for the collapsed jelly to regain its original shape? Read more about self-healing materials and how they can help extend the shelf-life of your product or improve your process.

CSIRO Futures Roadmap for Growth

CSIRO Futures worked with FIAL and other industry and researchers to identify major growth opportunities and what the food and agribusiness sector needs to do to achieve them.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

What if someone was able to think like you? What if that same person was able to perform tasks in the exactly the same way as you would? What if that person could relieve you of the menial tasks that you don't like to do? What if that person was a machine? What would say?

Size of the Prize: An Overview of 16 Opportunities for Australian Food & Agribusinesses

The food and agribusiness sector is faced with a number of challenges and opportunities related to demand, supply, innovation, and regulation that will shape the evolution of the sector over the next 5-10 years.

Opportunity Overview: Food Waste

Food waste is worth A$1.3 trillion globally due to 20-30% of food being wasted somewhere along the value chain. Food waste can be broken down into several sub-segments each representing an unique opportunity.

IFT Event Summary

Barry McGookin General Manager of Innovation for FIAL attended IFT 2017 in July to seek out ideas for Australian food manufacturing and services and he found no shortage of inspiration.

FIAL Managing Director Mirjana Prica Reports on TCI Conference in Colombia

In November 2017 Peter Schutz, the Chairman of FIAL and Mirjana Prica, Managing Director, travelled to Colombia for the TCI Network's 20th global anniversary conference, focusing on: "The future of clusters through cross-country and cross-regional collaboration."

Technology Insight: Nano 3D printing

The distinct capabilities of Nano 3D printing (a nanomanufacturing technique to produce nanoscale parts) to reduce scrap rates and manufacture miniaturised products, are stimulating R&D in this space.

Technology Insight: Touchless Sensing

Touchless sensing will be a highly disruptive technology that will provide users with enhanced human-machine interactions. Reliable, safe and cost-effective solutions can be achieved through touchless sensing technology.


The demand for faster and secure payments by enterprises across industry sectors and end-users has made Blockchain one of the fastest growing technology markets globally.

Corrosion Mitigation

Downtime on your tractor or processing plant to replace parts or clean the equipment impacts your productivity and profitability. What if you could apply a special coat to your machinery or equipment to avoid any downtime? Just think of the business savings!

Tactile Imaging

How many of you have squeezed fruit in a supermarket to see if it is ripe? What if there was a bionic arm that could touch your fruit and tell you how ripe it was without leaving any visible bruising signs on it? Imagine using this arm to test whether a cake was cooked without having to poke a skewer into it. Just imagine how you could use this tool to improve your quality systems.

Small Data

We mapped our genome and discovered the genes that cause specific diseases and cancers. Discover how analysing small data sets within big data can uncover trends and provide insights to your challenges...

Forward Osmosis

Read our latest Innovation Insight on Forward Osmosis: Low Energy Liquid Filtration and Concentration Technology.

Android Things 1.0

Read our latest innovation insight on Android Things 1.0, which launched in May this year and has added processing power, storage and increased security to the IoT environment.

Next Generation Spray Drying

Check out our latest innovation insight, Next Generation Spray Drying: Extra Porosification Technology. This technology is a transformative, world-first process that could develop new dried food products with improved structural properties, and that are produced using less energy than currently available technologies

Collaborative Robot Technology

Collaborative Robot Technology is the collective name of a group of technologies in which robots are designed to perform industrial tasks of varying complexity in a way that is safe, cost effective and flexible.

Waste to energy approach

How do we harness sustainable energy? Could it be from food, waste and water?

5G Technology & Agribusiness

Why 5G networks are critical to driving the use of smart IoT technologies in monitoring, automating, and improving agri-food processes and operations.

Digital Transformation

How precision farming, Internet of Things sensors and data-driven insights are shaping the future of farming.

Food Product Manufacturing

Labour market conditions in the Food Product Manufacturing sector, 2017-18


Disruptive opportunities for cobots (collaborative robots) in next-generation food & beverage manufacturing.

Miracle Fruit

Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) has been studied for a number of years as both a sweetness enhancer and a potential taste-modifying product with the ability to change sour tastes into sweet ones.


How agriculture robots are paving the way towards greater farming efficiency and productivity.

Smart Packaging

With enhanced functionality, smart packaging is fuelling new disruptive potential to transform supply chains, sustainability, and customer experience of food and beverage products.

How to capture the attention of a Middle Eastern supermarket

The UAE is not only one of the most vibrant places in the world, it’s also a hotbed of passionate foodies. To help Australian suppliers capitalise on the many opportunities the UAE presents, we interviewed Kirti Meghnani, the Group Procurement Manager for Choithrams.

'Hidden Giants': The Future of Australia's Midsize Business

‘Hidden Giants’: The Future of Australia’s Midsize Business. Understandingthose companies that employ between 20-199 staff and turn over $10 million – $250 million in annual revenue.

Market Insights & Information Portal: Knowledge is King

Are you looking to grow your business? Considering launching into other markets? To ensure that you have access to the right information, all in one place, FIAL has created a Market Insights & Information Portal thatconsolidates information from a number of sources to produce insights to support businesses interested in entering new markets.

Wheat a kick in the guts for fighting diseases

A new type of wheat that has ten times the amount of the fibre which helps improve gut health and also fights bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes than normal wheat has been developed by an international team including CSIRO.

FIAL Managing Director Mirjana Prica Reports on TCI Conference in Colombia

In November 2017 Peter Schutz, the Chairman of FIAL and Mirjana Prica, Managing Director, travelled to Colombia for the TCI Network's 20th global anniversary conference, focusing on: "The future of clusters through cross-country and cross-regional collaboration."

2018 Technical & Innovation Insights

WELCOME TECHNOLOGY PIONEERS... (Early Adopters, Innovators, Intrapreneurs And Entrepreneurs Alike)! We believe that the industry must innovate to remain competitive. We encourage you to continually review what technology options are available and how they can benefit your business. FIAL technical and innovation insights will inspire you to better satisfy your customer's needs. Be sure to contact us if you want more detail about any of the insights.