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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries. The businesses which we represent employ more than 1 million people.

The Ai Group Confectionery Sector delivers confectionery advocacy, news and information and assistance with technical confectionery matters

Membership with the Ai Group Confectionery Sector makes good business sense.


ConTech2015

Australasia's confectionery and food industry technical conference

When:
13 May 2015
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Click here to visit the ConTech2015 website

  • Your industry sector
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector has a Confectionery Committee made up of industry representatives to provide input and guidance on policy issues. The Technical and Regulatory Committee plays a vital role in the industry's development.
  • Confectionery news
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector will keep you informed on technical and regulatory updates, market developments and industry news through MediaScan, Confectionery Industry News, web-based information and briefings.
  • Members will also receive
    Ai Group's BIZassistUpdates, providing alerts on changes to awards, pay scales and allowances, rulings by Fair Work Australia and other business related issues.
  • Practical advice and assistance
    Members receive Ai Group's BIZassistManual full of practical information on legislative changes; tips on managing staff; OHS; training and skills development; and environment and energy.
  • The Australasian Confectionery Industry Directory
    The printed directory includes contact details and a comprehensive description of commodities manufactured by our member companies which is useful when buyers are sourcing products from the Australian and New Zealand industry. The directory also has details on companies who supply ingredients, packaging, machinery and services to the industry, as well as distributors of the product. The directory is mailed to all member companies, confectionery/seasonal buyers across the retail/wholesale sector, selected trade offices worldwide and state and regional government departments.
  • Technical support
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector offers technical and regulatory support, including assistance with labelling compliance.
  • Workplace relations
    Ai Group members have unlimited access to BIZassistInfoline, our national telephone advisory service for workplace related questions. Call BIZassistInfoline 1300 78 38 44, during business hours, Monday to Friday.
  • International and Business Advisory Services
    Covering everything from Certificates of Origin to market visits and trade missions, the Ai Group trade and export team can provide advice and consulting services to expand your business overseas. We offer the free TradeStart advisory program to eligible companies in Melbourne. We can also provide registration to companies wanting to apply for the APEC Business Travel Card.
  • Environment and Energy
    Ai Group provides members with expert advice and assistance on environment and energy matters including energy audits and assessments, energy tariff reviews, environment compliance and risk assessments and training. You also have access to the Sustainable Business Help Desk as well as a range of FREE Government assistance programs delivered by the team.
  • Safety and Workers Compensation services
    Ai Group has a representative on Safe Work Australia and provides practical tools to help you identify risks in your workplace to create a safe working environment for your business. A full range of accredited training courses are available.
  • Expanding member networks
    ConTech, the confectionery industry's premier event is held annually in Melbourne along with a range of other Ai Group member networking opportunities in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and New Zealand.
  • BIZassistBriefings are a time efficient means of getting up to speed on the current issues and assessing their likely impact on your business, as well as providing the practical tips and tools necessary for managing the issues back in the workplace.

    Our BIZassistBriefings are brought to you via webinar 3 times a year. During the scheduled webinars, you are able to ask questions of our experienced advisers who are online to answer your queries. Plus you can watch all BIZassistBriefing webinars at any time.
  • Training and Apprentices
    You can benefit from the large and diverse pool of apprentices and trainees available under Ai Group Training Services (AiGTS), a registered training organisation delivering Australian accredited on-the-job training for traineeships, and fee for service courses across a range of sectors including food and retail.

BE TREATWISE®

Be treatwise® is an important industry initiative to help explain to consumers through on pack and off pack messaging, the place confectionery has, as a treat food, and how it may be included as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

The licence was first launched in Australia in November 2006. The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) now holds the Be treatwise® trade mark on behalf of the confectionery industry in Australia, in trust, and licences it to industry free of charge.  In New Zealand the trade mark is held by the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council -- enquiries and applications can be made through the following link www.fgc.org.nz.

Be treatwise® is available on application to the licence owner’s trustee, Confectionery BTW Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ai Group).  The trade mark licence is subject to compliance with the Be treatwise® Style Guide.

Be treatwise® is also a globally recognised trade mark due to the network of licences and registrations that promote the trade mark and its message.  The trade mark is registered under different ownership in several countries. 

Over the past few years, consumers have become familiar with the Be treatwise® logo which increasingly has been featured on Australian confectionery packaging. 

The Ai Group and the Confectionery Trust believe that self-regulation and taking responsible steps through participating in programs such as this, with the Health Star Rating (HSR) System or the Daily Intake Guide, will benefit both the industry and the consumer.

Confectionery is a recognised treat and we believe that working with a wide range of stakeholders, collectively we will ensure that our industry continues to innovate and prosper.

Be treatwise® is evolving with industry updating its visual ‘on pack’ messaging with its new visual cue, including a new tagline ‘Enjoy a balanced diet’. This means that over the next few years the original style with ‘Get to know your %DI’ and new style may both appear in the retail market.

The Ai Group and the Confectionery Trust encourages the confectionery industry to support this program.

Further information

For further consumer and industry information on how Be treatwise works, how to use it and applying for a trade mark license see www.betreatwise.info
To obtain a Be treatwise® licence apply here www.betreatwise.info/industry.php.
Or email inquiries to: confectionery@aigroup.com.au
For trade mark details in New Zealand see www.fgc.org.nz or email admin@fgc.org.nz

How the Ai Group member licensee will be supported

Additional Ai Group member licence support materials are available.  As an Ai Group member, a signed up licensee of Be treatwise® and user of the HSR System, further support materials are available, including Be treatwise® Toolkit and Guide for the implementation of the voluntary Health Star Rating System for the Australian confectionery industry.

For Ai Group member licensee support go to http://www.aigroup.com.au/industrysectors/confectionery/licensee-support

Halloween® and Trick or Treat®

There are two further licensing options available at no cost to confectionery industry stakeholders, and local confectionery companies are invited to consider becoming a licensee of any or all of the three options - Be treatwise®, Halloween® and its’ pairing with the Trick or Treat® message.

In recent years there has been a strong increase in interest by consumers who seek to celebrate Halloween®.   Special family parties and themed events are increasingly familiar, supported by gifting occasions.  Confectionery manufacturers have responded to this messaging with new and highly visible products that capture the spirit of this unique occasion. 

The Ai Group’s Confectionery Sector has responded to manufacturer’ needs by offering these licence opportunities that indicate that these specially themed products are easily recognisable and stimulate interest at this unique time.

The Ai Group, through the Confectionery Trust, also holds the Halloween® and Trick or Treat®trade marks on behalf of the confectionery industry in Australia and licences them to industry free of charge.  

Apply here
Application and licencing is simple and follows the same procedure as for a Be treatwise® licence.  To obtain a Halloween® or Trick or Treat®licence apply here www.betreatwise.info/industry.php


 

Be treatwise®

Be treatwise® is an important industry initiative to provide consumers with information to help explain the place confectionery has, as a treat food, and how it may be included as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

For further information go to www.betreatwise.info

For Ai Group member licensee support go to http://www.aigroup.com.au/industrysectors/confectionery/licensee-support

Or email inquiries to confectionery@aigroup.com.au

Member of the World Cocoa Foundation

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) Confectionery Sector is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) with the support of its SME members.   Our 2014 WCF membership is supported by:

Betta Foods Australia
Fyna Foods Australia
Haigh’s Chocolates
J H Whittaker & Sons
Koko Black
Vitality Brands
Zokoko – Eszencia International

The WCF is a membership organisation of over 100 companies from around the world, unique in its proven ability to benefit and empower cocoa farmers through holistic, partnership-driven programs focused on farm-level training and applied research.  WCF supports programs that benefit farmers in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

For further information:  www.worldcocoa.org

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Ai Group Confectionery and Food Sector Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities 2015 brochure which includes information on ConTech2015 including the Trade Exhibition, will be available soon.

Contact us
  • Jennifer Thompson
    Technical and Regulatory Manager - 03 9867 0181 
  • Julie Gerrard
    Member Relationship Executive - 03 9867 0147