Axieo and Shin-Etsu are pleased to announce a new Partnership
We are pleased to announce that we have finalised an agreement to be the exclusive partner for Shin-Etsu across Australia [Food] from 1st February and New Zealand [Food & Pharmaceutical] from 2nd January 2017.
Shin-Etsu is one of the largest and most innovative cellulose derivative producers in the World. Their products are key ingredients that perform unique functionality in a wide range of food and pharmaceutical applications.
At Axieo we aim to connect our customers with global products, ideas, and innovation through our resale and distribution businesses, and our partnership with Shin-Etsu continues our rich history of bringing world class products to our Australian and New Zealand customers.
Axieo Compliant with GHS
We are pleased to announce that Axieo Australia has now formally adopted the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals which was developed and mandated by the United Nations ahead of the statutory deadline for GHS implementation in the majority of Australian jurisdictions.
Axieo now labels its chemicals and supplies Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in accordance with the GHS system of classification and labelling of chemicals. Though chemicals are not classified in the same manner for every jurisdiction, both the SDS and labels now provide our customers more internationally uniform information as to any chemical hazards delivered through the usage of pictograms and the associated precautionary information.
Should there be any questions about the GHS system of classification and labelling of the chemicals we supply our Customers, please contact your respective Axieo representative for further information.
CPK & Axieo; mixology event
On the 22nd of June, together with our Principal Partner CP Kelco, Axieo's Food & Nutrition team hosted an afternoon of Cocktails & Canapés. The event was for our major food & beverage customers and it was held at a high-end cocktail and degustation establishment called the Noble Experiment in inner Melbourne. The objective of the event was to demonstrate the functionality and versatility of the CP Kelco Hydrocolloids in both food and beverage applications, and to hopefully inspire some of our guests to create fantastic foods with a touch of flair and innovation.
Many of the larger food & beverage companies attended our invitation-only event including Schweppes, Mondelez, Parmalat, Bulla, Murray Goulburn, Christian Hansen and Sensient. The creative menu was designed by the Noble team with the assistance of Axieo's Gihan Khalil and CP Kelco's KC Ng. The creative menu design team burnt the midnight oil on many occasions to come up with the pairing of the cocktails and canapes, with the result being some never before seen applications that wowed the audience.
Our first mocktail, Sheldon's Pomegranate Soda, was a real hit. The pomegranate and passionfruit flavoured ice cubes made with CP Kelco's KELCOGEL® F gellan gum mesmerised the audience. How could an ice cube not dilute the drink and not completely dissolve? What was left after finishing the drink was a tasty fruit flavoured gel like substance that you could chew. This was paired with a Cheese Mousseline, which similarly amazed the crowd. It was made with 3 hard cheeses; Gruyere, Parmesan and Pecorino. Normally it would not be possible to achieve a mousse texture with hard cheese, however with the addition of CP Kelco's JD-S type carrageenan it was made possible.
Other drinks and dishes to delight the crowd were the Refined Whiskey Sour, that contained Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, clarified lemon syrup, carbonation and featured KELCOGEL® F gellan gum. This was paired with fresh Coffin Bay oysters with spicy pepper beads and coriander beads featuring KELCOGEL® F gellan gum & KELTROL® Advance Performance xanthan gum.
There were many other cocktail and canape pairings, too many to mention here. But possibly the favourite cocktail of the afternoon was El Chocolate Blanco Lopez, as seen below. It was served with dessert and was a mix of Grand Marnier, Tequila and lemon juice topped with white chocolate citrus foam, featuring KELTROL® Advance Performance xanthan gum. It was a real crowd pleaser. It was paired with a house made brioche dumpling of raspberry jam and strawberry coulis, featuring KELTROL® Advance Performance xanthan gum and GENU® pectin type LM-13 CG.
(L to R: El Chocolate Blanco Lopez Cocktail, The Noble Experiment, Andrew Sullivan (Axieo) and Amy Wong (CP Kelco), and Gihan Khalil (Axieo).
Feedback that our guests provided on the evening indicated they thoroughly enjoyed the event. Many commented on how much they learnt about hydrocolloids and enjoyed the informal and fun environment we had created. We hope to have inspired some genuine creativity with the companies that were present and as always the proof will be in the eating.
Axieo to Acquire SST Australia
Axieo is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire SST Australia, a leading supplier of adjuvants and spray additives for the agricultural and horticultural industries in Australia and New Zealand.
Axieo’s CEO Sam Bastounas said: “This is a major strategic acquisition for Axieo. It provides us with proprietary IP that supplements our existing expertise in surfactants. It also complements our investment in technical innovation through Monash University’s Green Chemical Futures facility.
“SST has an outstanding reputation for personal service and for innovative spray application and adjuvant products that assist in the control of weeds, insects and fungal pests and promote the growth of crops and turf”, he said.
SST’s founder and current Managing Director John Illingworth said: “I’m pleased to find in Axieo a company that understands and values what is great about SST Australia, and has the ambition and capital to drive it further. I feel that I’m leaving our customers and the team we’ve built in excellent hands, and I look forward to following their progress in the coming years.”
Sam Bastounas said that the expanded and improved reach the combined companies offer means that Axieo is ideally placed to meet a broader range of needs across the agricultural and horticultural sectors in the region.
“Agriculture is an enduring industry in both Australia and New Zealand. The innovation and service we provide can help deliver improved efficiency and productivity to farms across Australia and New Zealand. At the same time, Axieo’s scale and financial strength mean we are well placed to expand SST across Australasia and into Asia.
“In the months ahead we will invest in upgraded manufacturing facilities that expand our capabilities further and we will rebrand SST Australia to SST Asia Pacific. “In the meantime, we congratulate Martyn Jones, a Business Director from our Specialties business who will take over as General Manager of the business, and Graeme Pearson who will assume the role of Technical Manager. SST’s founder John Illingworth will provide support to Martyn and the team, and SST’s team and agents will remain in place”, Mr Bastounas said.
Axieo to Acquire Quantum Chemicals
Axieo is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire Quantum Chemicals, a leading supplier of speciality and industrial chemicals and oils. Based in Melbourne, Quantum has operations across Australia including its own state of the art logistics infrastructure in Dandenong and has an excellent reputation for customer service.
Axieo’s CEO Sam Bastounas said: “Axieo is actively looking for strategic acquisitions with the potential to create value for our customers, supply partners, employees and shareholders and add scale and strength to our business.
“This acquisition gives us a bigger portfolio: new brands, products and expertise for us to take to existing and new customers.
“Quantum is a similar business to ours, and they provide us with relationships and expertise in four market segments that are new to us including water treatment, soil remediation, energy and utilities, and pulp and paper.
“Importantly, there is a strong cultural alignment between our companies. Quantum has similar values, they offer excellent products and they are committed to being nimble and customer-focussed”, he said.
“Ultimately we believe Quantum and Axieo will be stronger together and we look forward to welcoming them to Axieo from 1 March 2016”, he said.