FOOD COLD CHAIN OPTIMISATION: Improving energy productivity using real time food condition monitoring through the chain

Compiled by the AAEP, with funding from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, this 2017 report investigates factors that must be taken into account in any effort to improve cold-chain management in Australia, and explores the deployment of sensor technology, data monitoring and IoT to provide better identification of temperature control issues along the supply chain from packing room to retail shelf – particularly for temperature-sensitive, perishable and high-value goods. Issues of shelf life, spoilage and safety are key concerns. Potential savings are significant. Technology will enable end-to-end traceability and eventually, tools like disposable sensors embedded in product packaging yielding real-time end-to-end temperature readings.

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Pivot: Diversifying Australia’s Trade and Investment Profile

In recent decades, Australia’s exports have been driven by growth in demand from East Asia, particularly China, which has contributed significantly to our national prosperity. However, concentration of Australia’s export markets may reduce our economic resilience and could expose us to political and security risks. While Australia has capitalised on its natural advantages to grow its exports, particularly in the resources and agricultural sectors, a low level of economic diversity in Australia’s exports may create longer-term challenges for economic growth. This report explores export diversity and makes recommendations to government as to how this can be encouraged.

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Namoi Investment Prospectus: North West New South Wales

Agricultural investment opportunities in the Namoi, NSW’s Northern Inland region, abound, thanks to the reliable volume of premium-quality agricultural output available. This provides the scale and continuity of throughput needed to support further processing and value-adding activity. This, in turn, ensures that a larger proportion of economic growth from agriculture can be retained in the region.

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Reports, publications and fact sheets

An array of useful information for growers from the peak industry body for Australia’s horticulture sector, an estimated 30 per cent of which consists of low-, medium- and high-tech commercial protected-cropping operations that range from major growers to boutique operations located across all states and territories. PC operators grow a broad variety of fruits and vegetables including blueberries, strawberries, rubus (raspberries, blackberries), tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, capsicum, salad (including Asian) greens, herbs, chillies, eggplant and more.

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