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Food industry M&A eases in April - data

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as c...

Focus: Eyeing Asia, Saputo buys Aussie dairy giant

Dean Best weighs up why Saputo has moved to buy the embattled Australian dairy group....

Murray Goulburn results and review - takeaways

Murray Goulburn has just closed what its CEO has called a "difficult" 12 months. In reality, it has been tough for the Australia-based dairy...

The small can be powerful in Australia - analysis

The growth of Australia's grocery market is slowing but there remains opportunities for smaller brands to exploit. Nicholas Hill, senior acc...

Latest Interviews

Freedom Foods Group charting growth strategy from Australia to China and US – interview 26 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is balancing its ambitions to grow at home and abroad. A supplier of allergen-free products in Australia, Freedom Foods is expanding its domestic presence through a focus on innovation. At the same time, the company is trying to grow its dairy, snack and cereal sales in China and the US. Katy Askew spoke to Freedom's general manager of marketing and innovation, Tom Dusseldorp, to find out more. 

"All of the major dairy companies are aware of us" - A2 Milk Co. chairman David Hearn on the company's rise 24 Feb 2017

Dean Best

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. markets products it says eases the digestive issues some adults and children get from consuming dairy and infant formula - and it is a business growing rapidly, fuelled by demand in China. Dean Best caught up with A2 Milk chairman David Hearn the day after the company booked a set of bumper half-year results.

Latest News

Australia's Patties Foods acquires gourmet pie maker Boscastle 20 Jul 2018

Simon Harvey

Australian-based pie maker Patties Foods has acquired Boscastle, a producer of "gourmet" pies located in the state of Victoria, for an undisclosed sum.

New Zealand dairy Keytone unveils Bernard Kavanagh as chairman after stock exchange bow 19 Jul 2018

Andy Coyne

New Zealand dairy group Keytone Dairy Corp. has revealed former Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory (WCB) corporate development general manager Bernard Kavanagh is its new chairman.

Saputo to sell Koroit dairy plant to Australia's Bega Cheese 18 Jul 2018

Simon Harvey

Saputo has agreed to sell the Koroit plant in Australia to local firm Bega Cheese for around CAD244m (US$184.3m) as part of a condition entered into with competition authorities when the Canadian dairy business acquired Murray Goulburn.

Nestle in New Zealand confectionery asset sale 12 Jul 2018

Simon Harvey

Nestlé plans to sell some of its confectionery brands in New Zealand to RJ's and Darrell Lea confectionery owner Quadrant Private Equity as the Swiss food giant's local arm focuses on its chocolate, baking and medicated lozenge assets.

Australia, New Zealand invite industry input on sugar labelling 11 Jul 2018

Simon Harvey

The governments of Australia and New Zealand are inviting input on a consultation paper on sugar content labelling on packaged food and drinks.

Fonterra to double butter output at Edgecumbe to meet Chinese demand for 'muddy buns' 10 Jul 2018

Simon Harvey

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra plans to double production of butter at its plant in Edgecumbe to meet rising demand in China for what are known locally as 'muddy buns'.

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