Chain of Responsibility

Strengthening food safety through data and risk assessment

  In consultation with APAL, microbiologist Elizabeth Frankish has put together a short survey about current packhouse practices to inform her research and work developing a microbial risk-assessment model for the apple and pear industry. The survey will help identify which forms of specific control are most effective, and is part of a broader characterisation of [...]

ACCC steps in on standard form horticulture contract

A New South Wales and Victorian apple and pear and other fresh fruit trader recently came under scrutiny of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over its standard Horticulture Produce Agreements (HPAs), required under the Horticulture Code of Conduct (the Code). Specifically, the ACCC identified a term that it considered as likely to be [...]

Coles joins the supply chain revolution

Coles have leveraged their partnership with Microsoft to launch a new ‘cloud platform’ called Azure to host all its applications and data collection processes. This brings it into line with Woolworths, who launched their own supply chain data platform with start-up Escavox earlier this year. Coles strategic aim is to use artificial intelligence to become [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Chain of Responsibility, News, Technology and robotics|

How do I keep up with data?

The APAL Industry Forum that took place in Melbourne on June 24 hosted a number of speakers that canvassed the future of agricultural technology with a mixture of optimism and hard truths. Stefan Hajkowicz opened the day speaking about the changing tide as a literal ocean rip that can be fought in a futile struggle [...]

Fair Farms launches nationally

  Fair Farms, the industry-developed workplace training and certification program for employers in the Australian horticulture industry, was officially launched on Monday June 24 at Hort Connections in Melbourne. Developed by the peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom, Fair Farms is the industry’s proactive response to identified problems around workplace compliance and exploitation within [...]

Know your responsibility under new heavy vehicle laws

Changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October, 2018,  provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. This means businesses who own themselves or contract other heavy vehicle owners or drivers to deliver their produce need [...]