Aussies Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Products

Australian shoppers are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products from sustainable companies, according to new findings by Salmat and ACRS. The research found that a third of Australian shoppers (34 per cent) will buy sustainable products, but 31 per cent said they don’t purchase a brand or product that doesn’t adhere to their values, ethics or sustainability practices. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of shoppers rank ethical brand behaviour among their top three priorities in shopping for products.    Source: Remedios Lucio, Inside FMCG Fair trade

Aussie Plant-Based Meat Could be Worth $3b to Economy

Recently released world-first modelling shows Australia’s plant-based meat industry is projected to add up to $3 billion a year into the economy by 2030. It would appear an outrageous proposition given Australia's alternative meat market only contributes 265 jobs and $30 million at present. But the new research suggests otherwise. Under the most favourable scenario, one of three outlined by global firm Deloitte, thousands of jobs would be created and customer expenditure would rise to $4.6 billion per annum. But Food Frontier, an alternative plant protein group which commissioned the report, is warning the nation could miss out on the prospective boom.    Source: Callum Godde, AAP via PerthNow Plant-based meat projections

These Food Movements are Aiming to Change the Way We Eat

Australians of all ages and cultural backgrounds are getting together to change the world - and they're doing it using food. Youth Food Movement Australia (YFMA) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation that engages people aged 18-35 years and educates them about food sustainability issues. The movement, which is mostly online, runs blogs, events and campaigns that focus on the reduction of food waste, creating culturally inclusive food communities, how to use ‘ugly food’ and community eating. Grow Free is a grassroots movement that that aims to share free, healthy food with all members of the community. The organisation’s philosophy is all about ‘growing and giving’. The movement centres around the existence of physical carts, placed in various locations that are shared with members of the public online. These carts display free produce that people can pick up, and vegetable, herb and flower seedlings for people to take and plant in their garden. You can also use the cart to drop off produce and seedlings to give away to others. The global Slow Food movement, which was founded in Italy in the 1980s, is now a 30-year-strong organisation that’s working hard to protect local food cultures and traditions across 160 countries, including Slow Food Australia. The movement focuses on a concept of food that is ‘good, clean and fair’, and aims to bring international and Indigenous gastronomic traditions to the community. There is also the Right to Food Coalition - the nationwide food movement – made up of organisations, practitioners, researchers and community workers – aims to advocate for vulnerable people who don’t have access to healthy food.    Source: Yasmin Noone, SBS Food movements


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RFA Breaking News

Complementary medicines ('Dietary supplements')

  TGA Extends Fee-Free Window for Current Listed Medicines to Update their Permitted Indications The fee-free period for sponsors to transition existing listed medicines to permitted indications has been extended…



  Amendments to Imported Food Regulations Changes to the Imported Food Control Regulations 2019 take effect on 1 October 2019. There are three changes that will potentially impact importers and…


Cosmetics and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

  Accord Enters Into Innovation Partnership with Monash University Accord Australasia is the peak national industry association representing manufacturers and marketers of hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products, their raw materials…


Marketing News:

  Aussies Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Products Australian shoppers are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products from sustainable companies, according to new findings by Salmat and ACRS.…


Complementary Medicines (‘Dietary supplements’):

  TGA Warns Against Use of Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs Performance and image enhancing drugs are a diverse group of drugs that some people use with the aim of…



  Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Communiqué The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation met on 16 August 2019 to consider a range…


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