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French fries in China – big opportunities and high hurdles

17 Feb 2020

The market for French fries in China is growing rapidly but barriers to entry exist for foreign providers, as Peter Peverelli explains.

South Africa's AVI sells stake in Aussie seafood JV

13 Nov 2019

South African consumer goods group AVI has sold its 40% stake in an Australian seafood and snacks joint venture.

Dairy co-op Foremost Farms USA names ex J.R. Simplot exec new CEO

5 Nov 2019

Dairy cooperative Foremost Farms USA has appointed a former J.R. Simplot and Lamb Weston executive as its new CEO.

Simplot begins CFO search as Joel Barker retires

8 Aug 2019

Simplot is on the search for a new finance chief as Joel Barker is set to retire after 30 years service.

Simplot Australia in management buy-out of meat processor Top Cut Foods

30 Aug 2018

Simplot Australia is poised to make a management buy-out of local meat processor Top Cut Foods.

Simplot decision sees Nestlé seeking new Lean Cuisine partner in Australia

23 Aug 2018

Nestle has said it is "considering alternative options" for its Lean Cuisine healthy living brand in Australia after Simplot, which manufactures and markets the product there, announced it is exiting the frozen meals category.

J.R. Simplot names Garrett Lofto as CEO to replace Bill Whitacre

17 May 2018

US agri-food group J.R. Simplot has named Garrett Lofto as its new president and chief executive.

J.R. Simplot CEO Bill Whitacre to retire

15 May 2018

Bill Whitacre, the chief executive of US-based agri-food giant J.R. Simplot, is to retire in August.

Simplot invests $460m to expand plant in Canada's Manitoba

20 Feb 2018

Simplot is investing US$460m in its plant in Manitoba, Canada, as the US-based agri-food business seeks to more than double capacity.

Simplot eyes international markets for Aussie brand Chiko

10 Oct 2017

Simplot, the US-based agri-food group, is looking to launch Australian snacks brand Chiko into other markets.

Simplot-Coles deal boost for Australian veg producers

24 Oct 2016

Farmers in three Australian states are set to grow "millions of extra vegetables" to meet increased demand under a new supply agreement between the country's second largest grocer, Coles, and US-based agri-food business Simplot.

Coca-Cola Amatil 'to sell veg group SPC Ardmona'

24 Oct 2016

Coca-Cola Amatil is reportedly preparing to sell its Australian fruit and vegetable unit, SPC Ardmona, next year. 

Simplot buys three sauce brands in Australia

8 Aug 2016

Simplot, the US-based agri-food group, has acquired three cooking sauce brands in Australia held under licence by UK food business Symington's from Unilever.

Simplot's John West touts MSC tuna certification in Australia

5 Feb 2016

John West Australia, the tuna group owned by US-based agrifood business JR Simplot, has secured Marine Stewardship Council certification for the bulk of the ingredients it markets in the country.

Simplot launches Birds Eye Li'l Fishies

24 Jun 2015

Australian food maker Simplot is expanding its line up of frozen fish products under the Birds Eye brand with the launch of Li'l Fishies.

Simplot rolls out Lean Cuisine steamed whole grains range

10 Jun 2015

Simplot has launched a pre-prepared frozen meals range - Steam Whole Grains - under the Lean Cuisine brand in Australia.

Simplot launches John West lunch offering

7 Apr 2015

J.R. Simplot has launched a range of tuna-based meals under the John West brand in Australia to target lunchtime consumers.

Simplot launches John West ancient grain tuna meals

4 Mar 2015

Simplot-owned tuna brand John West is launching a new range of ready to eat tuna meals, Tuna Brown Rice & Quinoa, in Australia.

Simplot launches Birds Eye premium range in Australia

17 Feb 2015

Simplot has launched a "premium" frozen fish range in Australia under the Birds Eye banner.

Simplot launches tuna pasta salad

20 Oct 2014

Simplot is expanding the John West tuna brand in Australia with the launch of a tuna pasta salad range.

AUSTRALIA: Simplot launches Quorn meat-free pie range

7 Aug 2014

Quorn Foods has added to its range of products available in Australia through its tie-up with J.R. Simplot's local subsidiary.

AUSTRALIA: Simplot launches Lean Cuisine Soups range

3 Jun 2014

Simplot has launched a new range of soups under the Lean Cuisine banner in Australia.

AUS: Simplot launches steamed veg-and-cheese sauce offering

17 Apr 2014

US group JR Simplot is launching a flavoured steam-cook vegetable under its Birds Eye brand in Australia.

The just-food interview - Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan - part two

17 Jan 2014

Quorn Foods, the UK-based meat-free group, is enjoying a period of robust sales growth in the UK - but the business, owned by Exponent Private Equity, has international ambitions. In part two of the latest just-food interview, CEO Kevin Brennan discusses the company's overseas performance and prospects.

AUS: Simplot keeps veg plants - but issues warning

24 Oct 2013

US food group Simplot has decided to hang on to two plants in Australia it had said could close but warned costs would have to fall to keep them open in three years' time.

AUS: Under-pressure Simplot secures Coles contract

26 Sep 2013

US-based food group Simplot, which has said two plants in Australia could close, has been offered a new contract to supply more frozen veg to local retail giant Coles.

AUS: Simplot targets Asian meals segment with Five Tastes

18 Jun 2013

US-based food group Simplot has launched a range of Asian meal kits in Australia in a bid to grab consumers' attention in a fragmented category.

AUS: Simplot warns two Australian plants could close

5 Jun 2013

The Australian arm of US-based food group Simplot has warned two factories could close, putting around 325 jobs at risk.

AUS: Simplot launches Birds Eye Steam Fresh Rice

5 Jun 2013

US-based food group Simplot has claimed a "market first" in Australia with the launch of rice line to its Birds Eye Steam Fresh range.

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