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Winners Announced at Royal Melbourne Show’s FINE FOOD AWARDS

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

The 2011 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards have been announced by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) at an Awards Presentation Luncheon staged at Melbourne Showgrounds today.

With record entries, up 25 per cent on 2010 figures, 15 trophies were awarded to exhibits from Victoria, including the Victorian Government trophy for the best Victorian product, awarded to Rich Glen Olives for its Rich Glen Lemon and Lime Agrumato.

Congratulations to the following Victorian winners:

The Victorian Government Trophy for the Best Victorian Product:

Rich Glen Lemon and Lime Agrumato, Rich Glen Olives (Vic)

Ice cream, Gelato and Sorbet Awards

ICE CREAM: Wendy’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Innovation Ice Cream (Vic)
GELATO: Baci Kisses Gelato, Fritz Gelato (Vic)
SORBET: Gelati Sky Passionfruit Sorbet, Gelati Sky Pty Ltd (Vic)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavoured Oil and Table Olive Awards

COMMERCIAL OIL: Lighthouse Olive Oil, Picual Lighthouse Olive Oil (Vic)
SINGLE ESTATE GROWN: Kyneton Olive Oil Family Selection, Kyneton Olive Oil (Vic)
FLAVOURED OIL: Rich Glen Lemon and Lime Agrumato, Rich Glen Olives (Vic)
TABLE OLIVE: Manzanillo Grove Kalamata, Manzanillo Grove (Vic)

Dairy Awards

MOULD SURFACE RIPENED CHEESE: Jindi Reserve Brie, Jindi Cheese Pty Ltd (Vic)
CHEDDAR STYLE: Waxed Vintage Cheddar, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Vic)
HARD CHEESE: Pecorino Pepato, The Provedore Group Puglia Cheese (Vic)
CREAM: Coles Double Cream Coles Supermarkets (Vic)
MILK: Pura New Milk, National Foods – Chelsea (Vic)

Buffalo, Sheep and Goat Cheese Awards

Drysdale Cheese Pure Goat Milk, Drysdale Cheeses (Vic)

Packaging Awards

Myrtleford Cultured & Unsalted Butter, The Butter Factory Myrtleford (Vic)

Click here to view the list of winners and read the full article on the Australian Food News website.


Gillard Government investing in tomorrow’s workforce

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations:

The Australian Government’s investment in Vocational Education and Training (VET) increased by almost 47 per cent more between 2007 and 2010, a report released today confirms.

The Financial information 2010 report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows a 46.9 per cent increase in Australian Government funding and a 14.5 per cent increase by State and Territory governments.

Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, said the report was clear evidence of the Australian Government’s commitment to the sector.

“There are profound changes taking place in the Australian economy, and much of the responsibility for responding to these changes will rest with the national training system”, Senator Evans said.

“This is why the Australian Government announced a $3 billion investment in new skills measures as part of this year’s Budget.

“We need to make sure our training system is positioned to deliver the skilled workers we need now and into the future.

“The Gillard Government is committed to equipping Australians with skills to seize the opportunities available in the 21st century.”

Click here to read the full article on the Department of Education, Employment of Workplace Relations website.


Skills Connect – connecting skills to jobs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

From the Department of Eduction, Employment and Workplace Relations website:

A new workforce agency will target pressure points in Australia’s patchwork economy by training and retraining workers for new jobs in growing industries and higher skilled roles.

Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, today announced the Government will bring forward the work of the National Workforce and Productivity Agency to advise on how best to meet the continuing demand for skilled workers and support industries and workers affected by structural adjustment.

Click here to read the full article on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.


CHOICE launches ‘Shame the Claim’ campaign against “misleading labels”

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

Australia’s main consumer advocacy group CHOICE has launched a nation-wide campaign against food product labels which carry misleading nutrition claims.
It has called on Australian consumers to identify products with claims about ‘reduced fat,’ ‘low carb’ and ‘high in fibre’.

CHOICE is calling for consumers to become actively involved in ‘Shame the Claim’ searches. This is the latest move in CHOICE’s on-going campaign against nutrition claims on food product labels in Australia that CHOICE feels are being over-used in a selective way that does not reveal the full picture about the less healthy nutrients in the same product.

To illustrate these types of nutrition claims, CHOICE picked a selection of supermarket products which carry some of the more common nutrition claims and analysed them against Traffic Light nutritional criteria.

Click here to read the full article on the Australian Food News website.


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