AWS Group is an innovative New Zealand based company that is leading the way in sustainable and specialised pathogen control, whilst challenging industry dependence on traditional chemistry.
AWS is an acronym for Air, Water and Surface and represents those areas where the group delivers specialised sanitation technologies, solutions and advice for high-risk hygiene control areas.
With a holistic view and consultative approach to pathogen control, our core focus is sustainability without compromising performance. AWS Group solutions aim to replace toxic and harmful chemistry by delivering powerful and safer alternatives.
Coupled with product innovation, the AWS Group’s key strength is project delivery. Having a diverse skillset of specialists within the business group, the team at AWS Group can execute turn-key sanitation and hygiene solutions to areas that typically remain unsolved.
43 Maurice Road
PO Box 12347
PT ASSOCIATES has over 46 years grown by offering the food and dairy industry quality processing equipment and services.
The product line includes (but is not limited to):
Cheese Shredding Systems, Cheese Portion Cutting Machines, Ultrasonic Cutting Systems, Cheese Slice Accumulation Lines, Sanitary Dust Collection, Blending & Mixing Equipment.
Chilling & Freezing Systems including Spiral and IQF Tunnels with Industrial Refrigeration Packages.
Washing / Sanitizing Solutions including Rack & Crate Washers, Scale Weigh Pan Washers, Utensil Cabinet Washers, Buggy and Bin Washers, Sanitisers and Pallet Washers.
Vacuum Transfer Solutions including Bulk Handling & Rip – Tip Stations Systems.
We also provide a consultancy, plant review and in plant training.
The company is driven by innovation, quality and customer service.
NZ Representative for Marchant Schmidt Inc, IWM UK, Volkmann GmbH, FPS Inc.
31 Thompsons Road,
Broughton Village 2534
PO Box 168
BSI is a leading food safety certification provider with extensive auditing services for a wide range of food safety and business standards spanning the entire food and beverage supply chain – including Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized standards. And, as a registered agency of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), BSI also provides verification under the New Zealand Food Act 2014.
Our food sector services include certification, training, assessment and supply chain solutions. Combined, they can help assure your customers and make your organization more resilient by enabling you to manage the risks and opportunities associated with your products, processes, people and respective supply chains.
With over 2,800 food and agri-food standards in our portfolio, we’re well-positioned to support the industry and the challenges faced by the supply chain including:
• Food safety and security
• Business risk
• Corporate social responsibility
Level 10, 21 Queen Street
Helping our customers improve their workplaces by making things safer and more efficient is what we’re passionate about at Astrolift. We are a trusted provider of Materials Handling Equipment, Packaging Equipment, and Warehouse Barrier. We create unique designs, manufactured in our factory, combined with the range of equipment that we import from Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and the UK to provide an innovative range of quality products that significantly improves safety and efficiency in workplaces. You need products you can count on all day, every day to get the job done. As your supplier, we work with you to find out the best solution for your requirements. Work Safer. Work Efficiently. Give us a call.
100 Springs Flat Raod
PO Box 4202
MARTOR is the international leading partner for safer cutting solutions. For more than 75 years, MARTOR has been combining quality with innovation to manufacture premium cutting tools for industrial and professional purposes.
MARTOR Australia has been an official partner of the MARTOR family for over 20 years, and our team has extensive knowledge of safety knives and the safety knife industry.
Our product range consists of concealed blade knives, fully automatic knives, automatic knives, metal detectable knives, scissors, and specialty tools. We also have an extensive range of blades and accessories to complement our range.
At MARTOR Australia our mission is to reduce accidents in the workplace and help you create a safer working environment. Every single accident avoided by using our safety cutters is a massive success in our eyes.
Contact us today to find out how we can assist you.
Unit 6, 17 Bate Close
Dotmar Engineering Plastics is the leading NZ supplier of engineering plastic materials and machined components. We stock the widest range of conventional and high-performance engineering plastic materials, including a wide variety of food grade materials (FDA and EU), and can offer materials to medical, pharmaceutical and aerospace standards.
Dotmar support our customers by offering material selection, design, drawing and reverse engineering services, from a team of highly skilled and experienced staff. Those services are backed up by our own modern, high quality machine shops offering CNC and conventional machining.
Dotmar is also the sole NZ distributor of System Plast conveyor chains, belts and associated conveyor line components. We complement our System Plast products with manufacture of many machine components, including full sets of new or replacement change parts for filling and labelling machines.
Dotmar provide NZ wide coverage servicing customers from primary industries through to consumer goods manufacturers.
28 Crooks Road
PO Box 64503
+64 21 627 619
+64 6 354 4228
+64 21 667 810
+64 3 338 0522
+64 21 434 208
+64 9 579 7200
Proquip Solutions is a well-established leader in the supply and service of new and used process and packaging equipment.
Proquip represent several leading process and packaging equipment manufacturers from around the world, who working with us are able to supply complete processing and packing solutions.
These products include equipment for the food and beverage processing sectors, packaging equipment, and solutions for manufacturing efficiency.
Proquip provide innovative solutions for surplus asset management. This includes buying and selling of second hand equipment and managing the disposal of your assets to maximize the return to you.
Unit 2, 114 Wiri Station Road
PO Box 98867
Caliber Design is a mechanical design consultancy that provides project-based design engineering services. Our team of 30+ highly skilled and experienced engineers are based in Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch. Our engineers work with clients on a project-by-project basis, this means our clients can upsize their team with the exact skills they need, when they need them.
Much of our work is in the food technology industry. Our project experience covers heating and cooling systems, multiple lane conveyors, palletisers, up lifters, process and packing lines, freezers, refrigeration and production equipment for the meat processing industry, and more.
We design for safety, hygiene, assembly, reliability, serviceability, and longevity, while minimising costs. Our engineers are experienced in all aspects of the design process, from scoping through to parts procurement, manufacturing, installation and commissioning.
Shortage of resources? Looming deadline? Skill gap that needs to be filled? Caliber Design has talented engineers that can help.
Wayne Le Sueur
597 Rosebank Road
PO Box 71084
021 0850 4275
MAINTAINING HYGIENIC FACTORIES FOR NZ’S WORLD-CLASS FOOD PRODUCERS.
Providing specialist industrial cleaning services to NZ’s Food and Beverage industry.
• Chemical Cleaning & Sanitising
• HVAC System Cleaning & Filter Servicing
• Dry Ice Blasting
• Building Washing
• Building Maintenance
• Floor Scrubbing
• Drone Spraying of Roofs
We partner with NZ’s food producers to help you meet food safety regulations and uphold our country’s reputation as a world-class food producer! Based on 15 years’ experience working with some of NZ’s biggest food producers, our expert advisors visit your site to gain an understanding of your specific needs and recommend a critical hygiene solution. Our fully-equipped, trained technicians will clean to the agreed schedule and provide you with reports and photos of work completed. Presco Environmental can create a personalised maintenance plan for you, or work with you to solve a one-off critical hygiene issue.
We are as passionate as you are about keeping NZ famous for the quality of its food production!
Call us today – 0800 PRESCO.
50A Fantham St
PO Box 530
HAVER & BOECKER Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of German-based HAVER & BOECKER, a leading developer and manufacturer of processing and packing technology for the minerals, food, chemicals and building materials industries.
HAVER & BOECKER has more than 125 years of experience in supplying innovative solutions worldwide for the processing, storage, mixing, packing, filling, palletising and loading of bulk materials.
Together with more than 50 subsidiaries and 150 representatives on all five continents, HAVER & BOECKER operates worldwide with about 2,950 employees.
35 Millrose Drive
Malaga, WA 6090
Aggreko is the global leader in the rental of power generation and temperature control solutions for major industries.
Our power, chilling and drying solutions are used by dairy processing plants, primary producers, wineries, breweries, food-storage facilities and food processors around New Zealand, for:
– Additional cooling capacity during peak seasons
– Temporary cooling and ventilation of cold storage produce, dairy or meat products
– Additional capacity for planned or unplanned shutdowns
– Chiller or cooling tower capacity supplement or augmentation
– Dry ice blasting for food packaging or processing
– Temporary cooling and ventilation to improve staff working conditions
– Industrial dehumidification of work areas or for drying food products
– Additional power during maintenance or shutdown
– Additional power for peak season
– Standby power
Our operations span across strategically positioned service depots for rapid fleet deployment across New Zealand. Contact us today on 0800 950 950.
1048 -1050 Great South Rd
101 Woodlands Drive
Cuddon Freeze Dry products are the benchmark for quality in sublimation solutions and provide a turn-key solution, managing the delivery, onsite installation, commissioning, staff training and supply documentation.
18 McArtney Street
Brooke Fine Foods are importers and distributors of quality food solutions. We specialise is bulk food ingredients, covering a wide range of dried vine, tree and tropical fruit, nuts, grains and seeds, beans and lentils, vinegar, puree, starch’s and flours, peanut butter, canned goods, snacks, mixes and specialty products. We also represent some iconic international brands such as Mrs Balls, Peppadew, Yes You Can and our very own pre-pack range, Summer Harvest.
Brooke Fine Foods supplies private label products within the NZ & Australian grocery sector, we’re able to source a selection of items from around the globe.
Our fundamental philosophy is to provide our clients with a comprehensive, high quality, product range that represents good value. We firmly believe in long-term relationships both with clients and suppliers as we believe that long-term relationships foster consistently better business.
9A Apollo Drive
PO Box 302-118
Filtercorp is the pre-eminent provider of filtration product and services enabling a cleaner tomorrow. Experts in Dust Management, Ventilation Systems, Flexible Connectors, Liquid Filtration – and now teamed up with a world leader in Industrial and Commercial Fans. Our range of fans will blow you away!
Angela Hogan – Customer Service Manager
17-21 Kawana Street
+64 3 377 9212
+64 9 483 4355
Lynn River is a market leader in hand protection and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions to the meat, fish and food processing industries. Lynn River is the exclusive importer of Showa quality gloves and is a long standing licensee of DSM Dyneema – the world’s strongest fiber™.
Lynn River has an extensive range of products tailored for the food industry including cut resistant gloves, disposable gloves, industrial safety gloves, freezer gloves, aprons, bakers’ mitts and pads, earmuffs, respirators, safety glasses and workwear.
Our head office is located in Geraldine with a sales office and ancillary warehousing in Auckland. We have trained technical representative located throughout New Zealand who are able to assist with product recommendations and trials to ensure cost effective outcomes.
162 Talbot Street
PO Box 7
When it comes to moving and packing fruit and produce EQM has you packed, sealed and delivered.
EQM is a full service packing solutions business. We have the know how to create efficient and high performing packing systems using quality equipment such as conveyors, rotary tables, gearboxes and motors.
518 Omahu Road
American food manufacturer Jeanette Harris would never have put two teaspoons of cardamom in a recipe for a dozen biscuits.
The spice is strong, polarising and typically associated with India and Asian cooking, not gluten-free chocolate chip biscuits.
“Humans have internal biases about these sorts of things, especially cooks and bakers — we have these ideas that these are the tried and true ways,” Harris says.
Two teaspoons of cardamom is not one of those tried and true ways. But when an artificial intelligence designed to optimise parts for airplanes and spaceships told her two teaspoons of cardamom was the right amount, she listened.
“And it tasted delicious.” Harris, who founded the Gluten Free Goat Bakery, worked with Google’s AI research team at the company’s Pittsburgh office and its chef to develop a biscuit recipe using machine learning and artificial intelligence.
“It was arguably one of the tastier applications for Google’s Hypertune project”, engineer Daniel Golovin says.
The thought to apply Google’s AI technology to baking biscuits started one day as employees sat around talking at lunch.
Greg Kochanski, a member of the team working on AI, worried that the technology would develop with only applications for large corporations, and leave behind small businesses. He proposed finding a real-world, small use for it…and the Google biscuit experiment was born.
The team first worked with John Karbowski, a chef at Google who teaches cooking to employees. Karbowski and the team began baking chocolate chip biscuits using recipes devised by the AI.
The artificial intelligence works by using a relatively small data set to create the optimal conditions based on any number of parameters. For the chocolate chip biscuits, the AI could determine the amount of specified ingredients, the temperature and time in the oven or other factors in the baking process. The AI takes data from test batches of biscuits and uses it to design the best batch.
“You’re not going to do this billions of times,” Golovin says of baking batches of cookies. “The trick is to do this as few times as possible.”
Some biscuits concocted by the AI were terrible — not enough butter, too much chocolate. Some had orange extract and cayenne pepper. Some were good.
Google employees taste-tested the biscuits, and their feedback was fed into the AI to help it make better decisions about the next batch. After many batches of biscuits — Google’s kitchen has five ovens — the team landed on the optimal, basic, chocolate chip cookie recipe. But they weren’t done there.
To challenge the AI, the team went to Harris, whose bakery specialises in gluten-free, vegan and soy-free treats. Harris gave the team an unfinished, chocolate chip biscuit recipe that she was developing.
The AI took control over four or five ingredients, including cardamom and Szechuan pepper, the latter of which it decided does not belong in chocolate chip biscuits and was zeroed out of the recipe. The rest of the recipe was left to Harris’ expertise.
It took the AI about 60 batches of cookies to nail the recipe…not bad for a computer starting from scratch, Harris says.
Both she and Karbowski say it was a bit unnerving to give the AI control over some of the baking process and decision making. “You have to kind of surrender to how you as a baker or chef instinctually react when we look at ingredients and just trust in the recipe that the machine puts out,” Karbowski says.
Neither Harris nor Karbowski actively uses Google’s AI in the kitchen, and they both say that the technology may not be the most beneficial to their small-scale operations, where test batches and tastings are possible.
Both could see artificial intelligence and machine learning benefiting larger baking and cooking operations. And neither is worried that artificial intelligence is coming for their jobs.
Instead, the technology will help them do their jobs better, they say. “AI brought into a kitchen — it’s a little scary at first,” Karbowski says. “But it really expands your mind.” Or at least, it can help you find the perfect amount of cardamom for your cookies.
This story first appeared in the Tribune-Review in the US.
Auckland-based petfood company Feed my Fur Baby is making waves across the Tasman for its award-nominated use of sustainable and innovative packaging design.
The company, which only launched in January and offers a subscription service for petfood using a unique algorithm to provide regular tailored meals to hungry pets, has been awarded high commendation in the Australasian Packaging Innovation and Design Awards.
In addition to some unique design features such as a removable window and a custom ‘portion-control scoop’, the packaging has been nominated for innovative use of cardboard in an industry dominated by thick plastic packaging, co-founder Ben Rennell says. “The global pet food industry has a significant environmental impact and large, plastic packaging is a major factor in this. We believe this has to change.”
The company avoids the use of secondary packaging in the supply chain, which means the same box is used to pack, transport, bulk store and ship to the end customer in the same packaging with no additional tapes or wraps.
“The team are now working on ways to improve the design and sustainability of the packaging, including multi-use use of the box to further reduce material usage and increase environmental efficiencies,” Rennell says. “We are also working towards product traceability to provide ethical transparency within the supply chain. Watch this space.”
More than 25,000kg of plastic waste is littered in New Zealand each day, and the pet food industry is worth $400 million in New Zealand.
Huge worldwide demand for premium natural pet food has prompted Mt Maunganui-based pet food company Ziwi to expand into the South Island this month, with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Christchurch.
A global leader in air-dried technology and the largest New Zealand exporter of premium pet food, Ziwi is a rapidly growing $40m export-focused business and its first South Island operation will be based at Burnham.
Managing director Richard Lawrence says the new facility will double the company’s capacity within the next year, and employ more than 30 new people.
Ziwi’s slow and gently air-dried, quality New Zealand free-range meat and seafood has struck a chord with pet owners around the world wanting nurtrient-dense and digestible food for their pets, he says.
“With increasing pet ownership and a growing awareness of pet nutrition, consumers are demanding quality, nutritious meals for their pets and this has resulted in massive growth for Ziwi and the New Zealand petfood industry as a whole,” Lawrence says. “This investment in Christchurch comes on the back of three years of double-digit growth and signals another exciting chapter for the business.”
Along with the South Island expansion, Ziwi has partnered with ANZCO Foods to form a new joint venture operation producing pet treats and oral health products.
The New Zealand Natural Chews and Treats Company will also operate out of the Burnham site, producing a range of natural, premium products for export markets.
“This is ANZCO’s first foray into the pet food segment and it will be providing Ziwi with access to large quantities of premium quality, grass-fed products. The development of these treats and chews will enable the establishment of new international markets,” Lawrence says. “There is huge potential for growth and we can do it all with New Zealand-based, family-owned manufacturing operations and the very best of New Zealand suppliers.”
Ziwi exports to more than 20 countries, with its main markets in the USA, Australia and a rapidly growing China.
New Zealand pet food exports are valued at more than $120m, and have been growing at more than 10% compound annual growth rate for the past five years.
Ziwi is well-positioned to be a global leader in the industry, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise chief executive Peter Chrisp says. “Pet owners all over the planet are increasingly focusing on their pet’s health and nutrition, and New Zealand’s sustainable and authentic supply chains can deliver these benefits,” he says. “So this expansion by Ziwi is not only good for New Zealand, but is good for the world.”
Some of Ziwi’s biggest independent pet food retailers from North America as well as China’s largest pet e-commerce site operator have already visited the new facilities.
ZIWI’S PRODUCTS FOR DOGS AND CATS:
- Are made of 100% meat, seafood and green mussels sourced from New Zealand
- Are air-dried, with each piece boasting 98% fresh meat, organs, bone and seafood
- Provides a minimum of 263 calories per scoop
- Have no grains, corn, soy, wheat or rice, no rendered meat, no GMOs, antibiotics or growth promotants.
Originally evolving from the industrial weighing sector, Diverseco has built on its capabilities to become one of Australasia’s leading measurement and automation solutions providers to the food manufacturing industry. Diverseco’s primary objective is to deliver our customers superior value by combining an intimate understanding of customer needs with our problem-solving expertise and innovative weighing/dosing, product inspection (metal detectors, checkweighers and x-rays), palletising, and robotics automation technologies, including collaborative robots. The experts at Diverseco possess the expertise, industry understandings and high quality equipment to meet and exceed your requirements.
6 Clayton Street