The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Australians continue to get behind War on Waste with huge spikes in reusable cups sales and usage. 2017-06-15T10:11:53Z australians-continue-to-get-behind-war-on-waste-with-huge-spikes-in-reusable-cups-sales-and-usage Three part abcTV series War on Waste that aired a month ago highlighted that our waste is growing at double the rate of our population with 52 mega tonnes generated a year. Australia is ranked 5th highest for generating the most municipal waste in the world.   News for many from this series was the knowledge that most disposable coffee cups (i.e. 98%) are NOT recyclable due to a coating of polyethylene plastic and therefore ending up in landfill even when well meaning consumers recycle them. So with 1.2 of the 3 million coffees sold daily from cafes around Australia being poured into disposable cups, this is equal to close to half a billion disposable cups in landfill every year, in Australia alone.   What is encouraging to see, however, is the speed of action Australians appear to have taken in light of this new information with reuse manufacturers such as frank green in Melbourne noticing huge spikes in purchase of their SmartCupTM and SmartBottleTM directly following the airing of this series.   “The positive momentum this program has created is fantastic” says Ben Young, Founder and CEO at frank green. “We have seen sales for our frank green SmartCupTM increase more than ten fold in the last 2 weeks alone”.   “Furthermore, we are hearing from our café partners that reuse at the point of purchase in café’s is also on the rise as Australians get behind this “war on waste”. Mr Young estimates that typically only around 1.5-2% of all coffees sold are poured into reusable cups v 40% into disposable. Most recent estimates, however, show that reusable figures have risen to anywhere between 5% and 6% of all coffee sales.   Mr Darren Tiang, owner at Tom Thumb café in Melbourne’s CBD says “The impact this tv show has had on our customers behaviours is incredible. We sold out of our stock of frank green SmartCupTM within a week and we are filling all kinds of reusable cups in much higher numbers on a daily basis. It’s great to see our customers react with such positive change”.   When entrepreneur and reuse campaigner Ben Young couldn’t find a reusable coffee cup that had everything he needed – he made one. The frank green brand of reusable products began in 2014 with a desire to drive greater reuse among Australians with better product design, style and functionality. The multi-award winning frank green SmartCupTM and SmartBottleTM are both 100% Australian designed and made with a unique push button spill resistant lid.   “Our key challenge now” Mr Young states, ‘is to ensure this momentum continues through product innovation, by keeping the conversation going, and development of systems (such as CaféPay) that encourage and reward regular usage of reusable cups”   CaféPay, developed in partnership with frank green, is a payment system moving fast into cafes all around Australia.  In partnership with the leading café POS system Kounta, CaféPay reads the chip embedded in the frank green SmartCupTM, SmartBottleTM or SmartBandTM to take your order, make secure cash payments, store value on your cup and reward your loyalty with free coffees and special offers.   “The intention of CaféPay is to keep the need to reuse top of mind, everyday and why not reward reusers for their behaviour.”  Mr Young says.  “And given the rates of growth we are having with CaféPay, our café partners couldn’t agree more”.   The abc’s war on waste 3 part tv series is still available to watch on iview. frank green products are available from  www.frankgreen.com.au and selected cafes and retail outlets nationally. Follow them at (insta) @frankgreen_official (fb) frank green (twitter) @_FrankGreen.   Find out more at #waronwasteau #byocoffeecup  #reuserevolution #responsiblecafes Jim’s Financial Services And Budget One Create A Clever Small Business Finance Product 2017-06-15T04:39:16Z jim-s-financial-services-and-budget-one-create-a-clever-small-business-finance-product Over the past two years, we at Budget One, have been formalising our own business model to better support franchisors in their challenge of creating an enhanced franchising value system that protects their brand and positioning in the market place. Our Start Up Success and Business Success programme is centred on providing franchisees with a 3rd party business planning advisory service that is flexible and responsive to the ever-changing nature of business, as well as to help the owners anticipate customer trends and track performance to build on their success. Together with Jim's Financial Services, we have created a unique financial services product called geTraction. Aimed at the small business finance market, our 2 step program equips owners with the cash, business planning tools and a mentor for 12 months to keep them focused and succeed. Divisional Manager, Tony Gale from Jim’s Financial Services explains, "While other lending or broking firms head down the 24 hr funding turn-around path, Jim’s Financial Services had decided it needed a solution that would back its trusted franchise reputation. Our brand is quintessential with small business success and longevity. Budget One’s Start Up Success program reinforces this philosophy and provides entrepreneurs and the community with the knowledge and resources to steer their way during the often turbulent first-year of a business start-up." Read more on our success story Heads up healthy fitsters. A new season Chia Pod® has dropped! 2017-06-15T00:10:16Z -361 Just in time to warm things up this winter, The Chia Co. have dropped new Chia Pod® Oats+Quinoa, Cranberry+Coconut this month across Australia which is available in 700 Woolworth stores as well as in leading independent supermarkets.   A healthy natural energy breakfast or on-the-go snack, Chia Pod® Oats+Quinoa, Cranberry+Coconut contains positively simple plant based ingredients, including Australian Grown chia and oats, coconut milk, cranberries, almonds and tender coconut flakes.  Each serve contains 4g Fibre and 2g Omega-3 ALA, making it a nutritious breakfast or energy snack that will help keep you satisfied until your next meal. Chia Pod® Oats+Quinoa,Cranberry+Coconut can be enjoyed both hot or cold – just heat for 45 seconds in the microwave.   Founder and CEO of The Chia Co., Australian farmer John Foss is excited to launch these new season Chia Pod® variants, which offers consumers a convenient way to support their health goals.      “Consumers are seeking more plant based foods, want to know more about natural growing methods and are seeking less processed foods. Chia Pods® positively respond to these needs in a convenient pack format that supports a healthy lifestyle”.   The Chia Co. are passionate about positive plant based nutrition and grow chia in the pristine Kimberley region of Western Australia. They bring chia to Australian consumers in its simplest form; pure, clean and sun ripened and carefully combine their chia seeds with wholefoods to create positively simple products consumers can conveniently enjoy every day.  For more details on The Chia Co. range of products visit thechiaco.com   New Chia Pod® Oats+Chia retails in Woolworths for $3.00 and sits in the chilled aisle alongside existing Chia Pod® flavours: Vanilla Bean, Dark Cacao, Coconut and Apple Spice. It will also be ranged in selected independent stores. About the Chia Co.   John Foss, farmer and chairman, founded The Chia Co. to make a positive contribution to the health and wellness of the global community by making the nutrition of chia available to everyone, every day. In just over ten years, The Chia Co. has become the largest producer of sustainably grown chia, working with passionate Australian farmers to grow the highest quality chia and managing a completely transparent supply chain - like a farmer’s market, on a global scale.  Recognizing a gap in the market for nutritious breakfast options, The Chia Co. launched Chia Pod® in 2013, an innovative product combining the nutrition of chia with real fruit and coconut milk or almond milk. The success of this product has been followed with the recent launch of The Chia Co. Salad and Breakfast Boosters.   Media: Find more information at: thechiaco.com, @thechiaco, #eatchia. For additional images, products, samples or to arrange an interview with CEO John Foss contact sarah@goodfitglobal.com, or call 0420 892 450. Slim Secrets Seals China Deal 2017-06-14T23:48:49Z slim-secrets-seals-china-deal Sydney, 15 June 2017: Slim Secrets, one of Australia’s most successful healthy snack brands, will continue its global expansion into China following the signing of a strategic agreement in Shanghai with Chinese company Sunjoy Marketing and Trading. Already available in over 15 countries around the world, the China deal is a milestone for Slim Secrets as it moves into its next major growth and development phase. Slim Secrets Founder and CEO Sharon Thurin sealed the agreement with Sunjoy following the brand’s participation in the Sial Trade Show. Sharon’s son Jamie Thurin was also instrumental in the deal, having led Slim Secrets export growth over the past year. The brand will launch an aggressive China marketing plan this month featuring a collaboration with Avril Lavigne, one of the most influential western personalities in China, who appears in a video on China's Weibo social media platform. “We have had an incredible response to our brand in China,” said Sharon Thurin. “The agreement with Sunjoy gives us access to a full range of sales channels with national distribution, not just in traditional consumer channels but the health sector as well. “We have also had the likes of China 7Eleven, Costco and many others potentially interested in working with us over there as a result of the Sial trade show. “Our investment into our marketing - and especially with our influencers and soon to start Chinese campaign - was the attractive tipping point for many of these interested companies.” Within Australia and internationally, Slim Secrets – which began as a small, family-run FMCG company operating from Melbourne – is acclaimed for its wide distribution and brand recognition. Slim Secrets strategic partnership with Sunjoy Distributors will officially commence in July 2017 following a close collaboration with The Export Group, who led the growth of Weet-Bix in China, now one of the most successful Australian food brands in the market. Sunjoy Marketing and Trading Co Ltd, based in Shanghai, is focused on sales of high-end, imported food and nutritional products covering retail channels, and the hospitality, restaurant and catering sectors through its national distribution network. With centres in eight major Chinese cities servicing some 340 cities across all sales channels, Sunjoy has unparalleled expansion opportunities. About Slim Secrets Founded in 2005 by entrepreneur and wellness coach Sharon Thurin, Slim Secrets has a range of 21 healthy snacks available including protein bars, cookies, low carb fit balls, RTD protein indulgence shakes, and a Protein Puds with chia dessert range. Each product is carefully formulated to include the right balance of fats, carbohydrates, protein and fibre without compromising on taste so that customers can enjoy a guilt free snack whist supporting their wellness goals. For stockist and country details visit www.slimsecrets.com.au Join the conversation with Slim Secrets at @slimsecrets on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SlimSecrets/   ACS Releases New Course- Food Processing & Technology 2017-06-14T05:30:57Z acs-releases-new-course-food-processing-amp-technology ACS Releases New Course- Food Processing & Technology ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new course- Food Processing and Technology. The food industry is a vital part of the world’s economy. Food products are necessary to life, and advancements in food technology can improve nutrient density and delivery, lower cost, and provide nourishment to communities all over the world. Food is generally divided into two categories – processed or preserved, and fresh. While there are development processes for fresh food, such as the development of new fruit strains, a significant amount of new food development is in the processed and packaged space. Sometimes, this is as simple as repackaging a fresh food, such as offering green beans in a ready-to-cook format. More often, though, it’s developing a more complex processed or packaged product that meets a consumer need. New product development is an important part of any food business, from a small family business through to large corporations. Without products – and new products – to bring to market, business growth is more likely to stagnate. Most companies use a staged approach to product development. Being informed and knowledgeable about how to produce new products is just as crucial as is creating products that have market value. This course provides a foundation for developing those new products better, and minimising all types of risks along the way from product quality risks to health and business risks. This course covers the following lessons: Overview -Scope and Nature of Food Processing Industry The Role of Nutrition in New Product Development Chemical Processing, Preservatives and Additives Thermal Food Processing, Pasteurisation and Microwave Cooking Managing Health Claims and Other Statements Developing New Food Products (including Marketing) Packaging, Labelling and Storage Legal, Policy and Management Developing a New Product - Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project For more information on the Food Processing and Technology course, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/food-processing-and-technology-721.aspx Peristaltic Pumps Dominate Market for Precise Applications 2017-06-09T04:42:22Z peristaltic-pumps-dominate-market-for-precise-applications Perth, WA, 09 June 2017 - When it comes to high purity applications, peristaltic pumps are usually the pump of choice. The main reason for this is because the material being pumped never touches any part of the pump except the tube through which it flows.   A peristaltic pump never touches any of the material being pumped. This keeps the material pure. In addition, the material never touches the pump, keeping the material from ever contaminating the pump.   Consequently, peristaltic pumps are most often used situations that not only involve high purity, but also dispensing, metering and general transfer of precise amounts of materials. This makes them indispensable for the chemical, petrochemical, food and pharmaceutical industries. They are a mainstay for dosing and for precise transfer of chemicals.   Advantages of Peristaltic Pumps One of the main advantages of peristaltic pumps is mentioned earlier in this article: the media being pumped touch only the tube and not any other part of the pump. This makes it impossible for the media to be contaminated. Because the design is so simple, peristaltic pumps do not require a high degree of maintenance. They also have minimal downtime compared to other pumps.   Peristaltic pumps also pump a wide variety of fluids due to their design, including fluids that are too acid or too alkaline for other varieties of pumps. They are also a very gentle pump, making it possible for them to pump fluids that must be handled carefully.   Why Peristaltic Pumps are So Precise Peristaltic pumps are precise because of their design. They use a tube for the fluid being pumped and rollers which pinch the tube from the sides, imitating peristalsis: the motion that helps humans and animals swallow. The speed of the rollers, the size of the tube and the amount of fluid being pumped all determine the amount of materials moved and the speed at which they are moved.   This is why the amount of fluid can be measured and dispensed so accurately. Peristaltic pumps are available in a number of configurations. These can range from a simple design which works at only one speed to a pump that has numerous speeds, controlled by computer.     Precise Applications for Peristaltic Pumps There are many uses and applications for peristaltic pumps. As mentioned above, most involve precision and purity. Food manufacturing and kitchen applications include dispensing of juices and pizza sauce. They can also be used to inject vitamins A and D into various foods and in the fermentation process to circulate cell suspensions. They can be used with tissue cultures for aspiration and for harvesting cells. They are used for providing cultures with nutrients and for dispensing cosmetics.   Some other precise applications: sterilised media, spray coatings, fuels, lubricants and corrosive chemicals.   Basically, if it needs to be precise and pure, peristaltic pumps are probably the pumps of choice.  Pump Solutions Australasia imports the finest pumps from around the world into Australia. They specialise in providing solutions, not just selling pumps. They offer peristaltic pumps, submersible pumps, vacuum pumps, gear pumps and too many other varieties to list here. Their customer service staff is known as the best in the business. To learn more or to enquire about any pumps, call 1300 793 418 today or visit their website: http://www.pumpsolutions.com.au/. Australian entrepreneurs launch Palm Oil Free hazelnut spread and it’s the first 5 star health rating spread of its kind 2017-06-08T04:10:30Z australian-entrepreneurs-launch-palm-oil-free-hazelnut-spread-and-it-s-the-first-5-star-health-rating-spread-of-its-kind Australian entrepreneurs launch Palm Oil Free hazelnut spread and it’s the first 5 star health rating spread of its kind It has been reported that 50% of all store-packaged foods contain palm oil and it is often disguised under different names that make it hard for consumers to identify. According to WWF, more than 50% of orangutans are found outside of protected areas and experience habitat loss due to deforestation and palm oil plantations. Orangutans end up feeling confused, burn to death due to the fires from deforestation and also lose their families.   NATVIA LAUNCHES NUTTVIA Founders of world-renowned natural sweetener brand, Natvia are excited to announce the launch of a product so good, even the organgutans love it. We’re talking about Nuttvia, a tasty hazelnut spread with No Palm Oil and 97% less sugar. Nuttvia is the only 5 star health rating hazelnut spread and it’s not only good for you, but good for the orangutans and the rainforests too.    “We wanted to create a great tasting product that would offer consumers the opportunity to consume responsibly and create a positive impact on the environment.“ Mark Hanna, co-founder of Nuttvia.   Nuttvia has been certified with the Orangutan Alliance No Palm Oil Seal.   Maria Abadilla from the Orangutan Alliance comments: “We are very pleased that Nuttvia chose to go palm oil free, the brand has such great values and the world needs a product like this. Our aim is to empower consumers to decide with their buy and to promote Palm Oil Free products, and Nuttvia fits in perfectly.“   Nuttvia is now available in Coles Australia wide, and internationally at leading supermarkets in New Zealand, UK, UE, Hong Kong and Korea as well as in several countries in Europe. Nuttvia want to take the Spread Good movement globally and offer consumers the chance to do good by consuming a product that has no negative impact on the orangutans and the rainforests.   For more information contact: Miriam Indries                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marketing Manager                                                                                         miriam.indries@natvia.com                                                                                                                                             -END-   About Nuttvia Nuttvia is the only hazelnut spread with a 5 star health rating. It is Palm Oil Free and has 97% less sugar. The full range includes the 600g jar, the 350g jar and the breadsticks snack-pack.   5 Reasons To Sell Your Home In Winter 2017-06-07T23:02:04Z 5-reasons-to-sell-your-home-in-winter While many vendors hold off selling their homes until the peak spring selling season, what many don’t know is that winter is actually a prime time to sell. With less competition from other vendors, you’ll be able to take advantage of the benefits and you could secure a real win! Justin Ferguson, Founder and Principal of Ferguson Property Agents, says, “Over the years, there has always been a big misconception that selling your property in winter is a bad decision, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In my experience, there are actually so many benefits to selling now, rather than waiting until spring. It’s time vendors finally realise the true potential of winter sales.” Justin explains 5 key reasons why winter is a great season to sell your home: Attract Genuine Buyers: With low supply and therefore minimal competition, you will be able to attract real, genuine buyers. As there are fewer options for buyers out there, your property will appear more desirable. You’ll be able to capture the full attention of serious buyers who mean real business – cutting the nonsense and timewasters out of the equation for good! Psychology of Home: Buyers are attracted to a cosy, comforting haven, so take advantage of the chilly days and dress your home to show it off as warm and welcoming. This can be a very powerful time to sell and to sell quickly and everyone wants to feel comfortable, warm and safe in their own home; winter draws on these psychological underpinnings of the meaning of home. Sell For More: You can actually list your property at a slightly higher price point during winter. Reduced inventory, typically lower mortgage rates and being tired of the property hunt through the cold winter days acts as a strong motivator for winter buyers to take the leap and “impulse buy” if they have positive feelings about your property. Unveil True Potential: Buyers can see the true potential of your property, despite the gloom of winter! If they like your property when the weather is not so pleasant, they’re bound to fall in love when the sunshine and warmth returns. Get Ahead: Take a step ahead of the crowd by getting in early and placing your property on the market before spring selling season. This way, buyers will notice your home first and your property will stand out before the market becomes more crowded. There is no reason to change your plans and force yourself to wait! For more information about Ferguson Property Agents: www.fergusonproperty.com.au For further information or to speak with Justin Ferguson, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 Root Vegetables Ebook 2017-06-07T04:47:05Z root-vegetables-ebook ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new ebook- Root Vegetables. Root vegetables from potatoes to taro and yams, are one of the most important food crops in many parts of the world. This book may surprise you as it explores not only the root vegetables you are probably familiar with, but also ones you might not have even encountered before. This is a valuable and unique reference for anyone with an interest in vegetable growing, from the commercial grower and serious horticulture student to the home gardener seeking to try things in their home vegetable garden that they had not previously tried. This ebook covers the following chapters: Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Chapter 2 POTATOES Chapter 3 CARROTS AND RELATED ROOT VEGETABLES Chapter 4 TURNIPS AND RELATIVES Chapter 5 BEETS Chapter 6 OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES   For more information on the Root Vegetables Ebook or to download, please visit our website: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-root-vegetables-ebook-6025.aspx NZer with experience helping agribusiness manage issues in China to speak at this month's Food Integrity Conference 2017-06-06T23:54:23Z nzer-with-experience-helping-agribusiness-manage-issues-in-china-to-speak-at-this-month-s-food-integrity-conference A New Zealand communications expert who has been at the forefront of assisting food producers manage issues in China will share knowledge of managing crisis’s in Asia at FOOD INTEGRITY 2017, the conference exploring how to keep New Zealand’s food exports safe and maximise brand profits. The conference on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 28 June in Auckland brings together international and national experts to help local companies navigate the complex international food export market place, assisting decision makers to understand the risks and mitigate against them. As an Independent Consultant and owner of J.C. Small Global Limited, Jordan Small is sharing his learnings on managing issues for food businesses in China and Asia. Jordan Small was part of the 20-strong team consulting to an American meat processing company after covert video of practices in its Shanghai plant were viewed by millions across China. He says it took the meat producer two years to recover and was a reminder of the dangers when lack of readiness, the Chinese political system, and customer pressures converge. Mr Small also managed the US Dairy Export Council’s crisis readiness programme in China and Asia for four years building their capability to respond should the worst happen. He continues to advise them on a range of projects including on the development of an industry protocol designed to encourage supply chain cooperation in advance crisis planning. Mr Small says ‘our New Zealand exporters are fortunate that they can rely heavily on the New Zealand Government and Embassy network to step in during a crisis. However, one downside is that our exporters don’t necessarily invest in their own readiness and potentially give away a high level of control at a time when their interests need to be protected. Responsible exporters prepare for the worst and view crisis readiness as just a part of working internationally.’    Organiser Dr Helen Darling says the conference is an opportunity for New Zealand food exporters to gain an understanding of the measures other countries are taking to protect their food chains and make sure that their systems operate in a complementary manner. Food Integrity 2017 Is being followed by a one day Professional Intentional Food Adulteration Course. The course, run by Food Protection & Defense Institute, a United States of America Homeland Security Centre of Excellence, will help producers develop strategies to guard against acts intended to ruin brand reputation.   The 2017 Food Integrity Conference is presented in association with AJ Park, one of Australasia’s leading intellectual property law firms. WHAT                         2017 Food Integrity Conference WHEN                        Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June 2017, Crown Plaza, Auckland PRICE                         $700 for Conference Registration. Intentional Adulteration Course $2,100. Conference and Intentional Adulteration Course $2,700 Keep Looking When Cooking campaign in bid to prevent deadly house fires 2017-06-05T04:43:09Z keep-looking-when-cooking-campaign-in-bid-to-prevent-deadly-house-fires Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging people to take extra precautions in the kitchen to protect themselves from deadly house fires, which have already claimed five lives this year. FRNSW Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Jeremy Fewtrell said kitchen fires accounted for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW. “Flames or heat sources being left unattended are the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires,” he said. “Because of these telling statistics, we have launched this Keep Looking When Cooking campaign to remind people that they must never leave cooking unattended in the kitchen.” Superintendent Fewtrell said each year, FRNSW firefighters respond to an average of 3,865 house fires. “On average, about 21 people die in house fires annually and some 500 people are injured,” he said. “Sadly, already five people have died in 2017 as a result of accidental fires in their homes in NSW. “It takes just minutes for a household fire to spread but just seconds to avoid these incidents. “To avoid kitchen fire catastrophes, we urge people to “keep looking when cooking”.  It’s a simple way to avoid losing your home or even worse, your loved ones or your own life.” To help share this important message, FRNSW will be distributing mini-mags through local community hubs. The mini-mags feature five recipes from FRNSW firefighters, spanning multiple cuisines. Additionally, the public are encouraged to share their own recipes on social media, using the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking – FRNSW will be sharing some of the best through their own channels. FRNSW recommends the following simple safety checklist for home cooks:   •       Never leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove. •       It takes just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one. •       Don’t put anything metallic in the microwave. •       Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. •       Store flammable items (aerosols, cleaning agents and cooking oil etc) away from heat. •       Don’t cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs. •       Keep loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels and curtains away from the stove. •       Turn pot handles inwards to avoid being knocked or grabbed by children. •       Keep your oven and rangehood clean. Excess grease and fat can ignite in a fire. •       Don’t use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors. •       Never overload power points or power boards in the kitchen. •       Make sure you have a working smoke alarm. If your pan catches fire, remember: •       Never use water to put out a fat or oil fire •       Turn off the stove and use the lid to cover the flame •       Get out, stay out and call Triple Zero ‘000’. Further information can be found at http://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=9228 Deakin Estate’s new River to Vine labels launched 2017-06-05T00:44:08Z deakin-estate-s-new-river-to-vine-labels-launched Deakin Estate’s family owned vineyards lie near Mildura in north west Victoria, Australia. Here, the mighty Murray River weaves across the land, bringing life to the region.  As one of the world’s longest navigable rivers, the Murray stretches for 2,500 kilometres, bordered by a tapestry of quintessential Australian flora, including magnificent gum trees.  For over 40,000 years, this river sustained the region’s traditional owners, the Latje Latje people, whose deep connection to the land centres around the timeless Murray – now central to Deakin Estate’s unique terroir. Deakin’s new River to Vine labels pay homage to the magnificent Murray and the role it plays in delivering exceptional, estate grown fruit to our winemakers.  Deakin Estate enjoys full control over every aspect of production, from proprietary vineyards through to final wines -  giving consistency, vintage after vintage.    For consumers looking for a wine they can always trust for quality and affordability, these fresh labels, designed by Melbourne’s Beetle Creative, evoke a sense of place. The Murray River’s irrigation system was set up in 1887 by the Chaffey Brothers.  Water availability accelerated agricultural expansion around the Murray Darling region, in which Deakin Estate was established in 1967.  Today, Deakin’s viticulturist Craig Thornton is highly regarded for his meticulous irrigation trials in conjunction with research bodies such as the CSIRO, ensuring Deakin is at the forefront of regional viticulture.   Craig says, “My approach is to create a balanced vine canopy.  Irrigation is our main tool in achieving this, as it is something we can manage each year to complement our warm, dry climate.  We create the right vine architecture to manage cropping levels, while capturing the best possible flavours.” Deakin Estate wines are available Australia wide and in major export markets, as are other leading brands nurtured by the Murray, such as William Downie and Chalmers.  One of the world’s leading wine writers, Jancis Robinson MW recently commented that collectively, such operators are “busy proving that good wines can come out of the irrigated inland wine regions that depend for their existence on the lazy Murray River.” (www.jancisrobinson.com - 28/4/2017). Three new release Deakin Estate wines, all presented in environmentally friendly Lean+Green® bottles and proudly wearing the new ‘River to Vine’ labels, have just been released. Deakin Estate Shiraz 2016.  RRP $10 Harvested: Early-March 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 13.5% pH: 3.54 Acidity: 5.6g/l RS: 2.0g/L Vinification: Fermented at moderate temperatures with pump overs programmed for a desired soft tannin effect. Pressing and malolactic fermentation were followed by clarification and maturation on small amounts of premium French oak chips. Enjoy now or will cellar up to three years. Deakin Estate Cabernet 2016. RRP $10 Harvested: Mid-March 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 13.5% pH: 3.46 Acidity: 5.87g/l RS: 2.0g/L Vinification: Fermented in sweeping arm Potter fermenters for 10 days with automated pump over. Pressing and clarification onto premium French oak, followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation to add complexity and structure before final blending. Enjoy now or cellar up to five years. Deakin Estate Moscato 2016.  RRP $10 Harvested: Mid – Late February 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 7.0% pH: 3.30 Acidity: 6.6g/l RS: 95g/L Vinification: Muscat Gordo Blanco grapes were picked when firm and juicy with explosive Muscat flavours. Only half the grape sugar was fermented, resulting in a low alcohol, light bodied wine. An aromatic yeast was used to accentuate the fruit character, and very gentle processing followed to preserve as much of the natural spritz as possible.  Best enjoyed young, well chilled. Availability Leading independents and First Choice stores Australia wide (except NT). Distribution Australian distributors Red+White. Tel. 1300 763 377. International distributors https://www.wingara.com.au/Distributors For further information contact Web - www.deakinestate.com.au                            Facebook, Twitter and You Tube – @DeakinEstate   Deakin Estate Fast Facts Location: Red Cliffs near Mildura, Victoria. Wine Region: Murray Darling, Victoria. Size: 217 hectares of vineyards and orchards. Winery Capacity: 400,000 cases. Winemakers: Frank Newman, Aidan Menzies. Viticulturist: Craig Thornton. Soils: Rich, fertile calcareous earth, ranging from brown to red sandy loam. Climate: Mediterranean.  Warm and sunny.           Max. average temperature: 23.6 degrees Celsius. Latitude: 34°10’S   Altitude: 50-70 metres (180-229 feet) Mean number of clear days per year: 143.2  Mean annual Rainfall: 268.1mm       One step closer to marriage equality - The Evermore Pledge confirm first ‘Marriage’ 2017-06-01T02:37:10Z one-step-closer-to-marriage-equality-the-evermore-pledge-confirm-first-marriage The Australian Marriage Service officially introduces the 'Evermore Pledge', a groundbreaking social enterprise, providing an independent and legal alternative for same-sex couples who wish to wed. The first ‘Marriage’ conducted using the Evermore Pledge will be held in 1 July 2017 on the Gold Coast. Michelle Anderson, Founder and Celebrant from The Australian Marriage Service says, “We are thrilled to offer a legal alternative to traditional ‘marriage’. The Evermore Pledge consolidates an array of legal and financial components which, when affirmed at a ‘wedding’ ceremony, provides couples with a love contract that replicates traditional marriage as closely as possible. “Until marriage equality is embraced by the Australian Government, this is THE way for couples to gain equal rights,” said Michelle. The Evermore Pledge was established with three main objectives: To provide an interim solution for LGBTIQ couples that wish to marry but cannot, by giving them a legal, educated and ethical alternative. To expediate the government to amend the Marriage Act 1961, encompassing equal marriage for all; an overdue social change needed to grant basic human rights that are currently denied to a significant number of Australians. Profits generated by the Evermore Pledge will be donated to associated charities and organisations with aligned goals. The ‘Evermore Pledge’ blends romance with a legally binding contract that addresses the components that fall under the Australian Marriage Act 1961 such as wills, beneficiaries, power of attorney, next of kin, superannuation, finances, estate planning etc. Michelle, a leading Queensland civil marriage celebrant, is already an innovator in the industry, with her no-frills express wedding business, run like the registry office, but at a beach side location. The Evermore Pledge initiative, however, stands aside from her core business as a social enterprise with profits going to associated charities. Alee Fogarty and Carly Naughton are set to be the first couple to be ‘Married’ under the Evermore Pledge on 1 July 2017. Alee says, “We are beyond excited and already know of many couples like us who have registered their interest to finally be able to demonstrate our love for each other as a couple in a legally binding way!” About The Evermore Pledge: The M2.1 Independent Legal Evermore Pledge has been formed with the cooperation of Melbourne-based law firm Nevile and Co., and will become available Australia wide as celebrants from around the country become familiar with the concept and incorporate it into their existing commitment ceremonies. For futher information go to: www.newwaytowed.com.au