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RPFC acquires pet supplement startup

Real Pet Food Company (RPFC) has announced the acquisition of pet supplement business People for Pets, which was founded in 2021 and “built by a team of former Blackmores and P&G executives.” RPFC is investing alongside founder/shareholder/employee Gabriel Perera, who said, “This is an exciting partnership for People for Pets because we can combine the entrepreneurial style and natural animal health expertise that has made us successful to date, with RPF’s experience, resources, capabilities and international reach as a values-led, Australian global pet care leader.” People for Pets recently released Nectar of the Dogs, which it says is the first range of Australian-made, plant-based, medicinal water treats.

BlueScope Distribution to launch new Hub during May Maritime show

BlueScope announced on Monday that it will officially launch its BlueScope Distribution National Product, Processing and Solutions Hub (or The Hub) on May 12, in conjunction with the final day of the IndoPacific Maritime Exposition 2022. According to the steel company, the facility represented a $6.9 million investment in capability, and would deliver centrally managed steel plate processing and project management services for customers supporting large-scale projects in defence, infrastructure, renewable energy, transport, mining, oil & gas, and agricultural industries. All IndoPacific or Sydney Build 2022 expo attendees can register for a site tour.

Australian companies prepare for World Hydrogen Summit

In other May expo-related news, Australian hydrogen companies and project owners are preparing to travel to the World Hydrogen Summit, to be held in Rotterdam on May 9th to 11th. Austrade has partnered up with the Australian Hydrogen Council for the event, which the AHC called the first big opportunity to engage with Europe in more than two years. CEO Dr Fiona Simon said the Australian contingent represents many companies at the forefront of the hydrogen sector, with the nation “not only putting its best foot forward at Rotterdam, to demonstrate global leadership in a fast-evolving space… [but] also about doing the groundwork to create a viable future export market for hydrogen and its derivatives.”2022 Technology and Innovation Summit

Geelong prepares for 2022 Technology and Innovation Summit

Emerging technologies and opportunities will be a focal point of the 2022 Technology and Innovation Summit in Geelong, according to the Geelong Manufacturing Council. The April 21 event will be held at GMHBA Stadium, with a line-up of speakers including from manufacturers Carbon Revolution, Quickstep, HeiQ, FormFlow, and PPK Group. Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin will chair a session on the barriers and enablers to SME engagement with universities, and Viva Energy chairman Robert Hill will chair another on the energy transition to Net Zero (including the role of hydrogen.) Geelong Manufacturing Council CEO Jenn Conley said the one-day summit “aims to bring together industry leaders, investors, research institutions and entrepreneurs to foster collaboration and share insights to help navigate this world of opportunity.” More information is available here and tickets can be booked at this link.

Kinder chocolate products recalled due to potential salmonella contamination

Ferrero Australia is conducting a recall of eight Kinder Surprise products manufactured in Belgium. Food Standards Australia New Zealand includes 120 gram Kinder Easter Basket, 100 gram Kinder Mini Eggs Hazelnut, and 100 gram Kinder Surprise Maxi among the recalled products (see here for the full list.) The recall is due to potential microbial (Salmonella) contamination, said FSANZ, and products should be returned to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Facilitator service offered for dairy producers and processors

Australian dairy producers and processors can now get personalised one-on-one help to start exporting, said Austrade in a statement on Monday regarding the Dairy Export Facilitator Service. The service is available from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, helps companies take the first steps to get export-ready, and had helped several processors on the way to their first exports, said Austrade. A departmental Export Facilitator, Clint Mossman, said, “The one-on-one assistance we provide helps businesses cut down the time from application to registration.”

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