Visy has opened a new office in Essendon Fields, Victoria, with carpet tiles derived from more than 50,000 recycled plastic bottles.

The office, opened by Visy co-owner Fiona Geminder and COO Mark DeWitt last week, uses Inter EcoSoft carpet tiles composed of material from 54,500 plastic bottles diverted from landfill, as well as recycled wall panels, kitchen stools and chairs made from 80 per cent recycled HDPE plastic.

It will house employees from HR, IT, International Operations, Accounts Payable/Receivable, and Procurement, in what the company bills as an enjoyable, inclusive and efficient working environment that fosters collaboration and promotes diversity.

Video conferencing units and team boards will allow connectivity to sites across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China.


Food & Drink Business

Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO Tanya Barden says research by the Council shows the value food and grocery manufacturing brings to the economy and local communities.

CSIRO scientists have development new technology to detect gluten in any food and show which grain it comes from, helping to track any contamination in the raw ingredient supply chain, as well accuracy in pack labelling around gluten-free claims.

The 155-year-old milk pasteurisation process is being challenged by a new patented technology from The Wholey Milk Co. Doris Prodanovic reports.