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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.

ConTech 2016

ConTech is the Australasian confectionery and food industries premier event. Held annually in Melbourne, ConTech attracts expert speakersto discuss the latest information in confectionery ingredients, processes, global market trends, innovations and projections in a blend of technical and general presentations.

ConTech 2017 - Look here for more information in early 2017.

Confectionery Sector

  • Committees
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector's Confectionery Reference Group (CRG) is made up of industry representatives that provide leadership and guidance on policy issues. The Technical and Regulatory Committee also plays a vital role in the industry's development. It meets regularly to review government policies and regulations and provides input on behalf of the industry. The committee also oversees the development and delivery of training initiatives, including ConTech. With the support of the Technical and Regulatory Committee, the Ai Group provides assistance and feedback to members on technical and labelling matters.
  • Confectionery news
    The Ai Group Confectionery Sector will keep you informed on technical and regulatory updates, market developments and industry news through MediaScan (a weekly brief of local and international media items), web-based information and briefings.
  • Members will also receive
    Ai Group's Member Advices, 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 the Ai Group Workplace Advice Line, our national telephone advisory service for workplace related questions. Call 1300 55 66 77 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.
  • 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.

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

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 Click here (you will need to be logged in).