The Australian macadamia industry has had a big win in the fight against its most damaging disease, with the announcement today that a biological control for husk spot has been commercialised.
Evidence that challenges common misconceptions about nuts and weight was presented by an international nutrition expert at the recent Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA) 32nd National Conference in Perth (13-16 May 2015).
High quality scientific evidence confirms regular nut consumption is associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and a reduction in heart disease risk factors, according to a new Australian review of more than 100 studies spanning 20 years.(1)
With Alzheimer's disease affecting over 26 million people worldwide(i) and now the second biggest killer of women in Australia(ii), advice on how to maintain brain health is worth heeding.
Cruise down the spreads aisle of your local supermarket and you'll likely notice one thing: it just got really interesting. This is a category in the grip of an innovation explosion, a million miles from the four-way choice of Vegemite (for Australians), jam, peanut butter or honey that so many of us grew up with.
Today's consumer has an insatiable appetite for the stories behind the products they buy. They're demanding transparency from manufacturers, in order to make informed buying decisions and gain peace-of-mind that what they are eating and using is safe. This desire for knowledge has been fuelled by several high-profile incidents, the most recent being the contamination of frozen berries imported into Australia from China and in Taiwan, concerns about food products imported from nuclear-affected regions of Japan, with falsified statement of origin claims on pack.
Our recent research study examining the potential for Australian macadamias in China revealed a host of exciting opportunities for our industry, with huge scope to demonstrate new uses and consumption occasions and to introduce messaging around origin, quality, versatility, taste, health and nutrition.
In late 2014 we were excited to share the findings of a new research study into the way consumers in Germany think about macadamias. It was both fascinating and encouraging, revealing that German consumers love macadamias and consider them to be the most versatile, premium and indulgent of all nuts.
From cows to camels, coconuts to quinoa, there are more types of milk commercially available worldwide than ever before. Dairy, non-dairy, plant-based, grain-based; whichever way you look at it, the milk category has exploded with new product development in recent years.
In 2014 we shared key insights from our landmark Australian Consumer Profiles research. This study enabled us to take a look inside the minds of Australian macadamia consumers and painted a vivid picture of how they perceive their native nut and what drives their consumption patterns. This knowledge has highlighted fertile territory for new product development and marketing and provided hard evidence that macadamias are perceived as a premium product, with applications that reach beyond basic snacking into myriad product categories.
The Australian Macadamia Society (AMS), the peak industry body for the Australian macadamia industry, has welcomed a new free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea that will see the tariff on macadamia exports reduced from 30 per cent to just 18 per cent by 1 January 2015 and tariff-free by January 2018.
The Australian macadamia industry is set to reap the benefits of the unfortunate Korean Airlines nut saga, with the resulting increased demand for Australian macadamias great news for our 650 growers.