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Food industry M&A eases in April versus Q1 - data 4 May 2018

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.


Eyeing Asia, Saputo moves for Murray Goulburn - editor's viewpoint 30 Oct 2017

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


Murray Goulburn's FY results, outlook and strategic review - four things to learn 24 Aug 2017

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 foods and ingredients group for longer than that. In April 2016, the Devondale brand owner announced a cut to the price it paid suppliers for milk, issued a profit warning and the departures of its CEO and CFO. Current chief Ari Mervis joined Murray Goulburn in February this year and has seen the supply of milk into the business continue to fall, denting sales. Under Mervis, Murray Goulburn has embarked on a strategic review and this week, the company, alongside its 2016/17 results and 2017/18 outlook, spoke at length about the reappraisal of its business. Dean Best reports.


The small can be powerful in Australia - analysis 25 May 2017

The growth of Australia's grocery market is slowing but there remains opportunities for smaller brands to exploit. Nicholas Hill, senior account manager at IRI, looks at where those pockets are.


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

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. 

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Australian seafood firm Tassal Group circling local aquacultural business 15 Aug 2018

Tassal Group, the Australian seafood business, is looking to acquire an unnamed local aquaculture business that is one of its suppliers.


Australia's Freedom Foods Group acquires nutrition products maker Crankt Protein 13 Aug 2018

Australia's Freedom Foods Group is to acquire nutrition products manufacturer Crankt Protein in a deal valued in gross terms at AUD3.5m (US$2.5m).


Australia's Capilano Honey attracts takeover bid 13 Aug 2018

Capilano Honey, the Australian honey producer, has received a joint takeover bid from China-focused investment fund Wattle Hill RHC and Asia Pacific private-equity specialist Roc Partners.


New Products: Hormel Foods unveils Skippy P.B. Fruit Bites; Kind makes sports nutrition debut with protein bars launch; Pioneer Food Group's Lizi's moves into breakfast drinks; Chobani targets savoury with squeezy Greek yogurt product 9 Aug 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Australia watchdog 'calls for fine against Kraft Heinz for misleading health claims on kids snacks' 1 Aug 2018

Australia's consumer watchdog is reportedly calling for the local unit of Kraft Heinz to be fined for misleading customers over the health benefits of its Little Kids Shredz products. 


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

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


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

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.


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

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


ABF, Goodman Fielder 'eyeing Australian baker Allied Pinnacle' 6 Jul 2018

Associated British Foods and Goodman Fielder are reported to be ready to make bids for Australia-based bakery business Allied Pinnacle.


Australian poultry supplier Inghams to cease production at Queensland plant 28 Jun 2018

Inghams Group, the Australia-based poultry supplier, has told the country's stock exchange that it plans to "consolidate" its processing network form four facilities to three.

Latest blogs

Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business 28 Jun 2017

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting businesses including shipping group Maersk and, in our industry, Mondelez International.


Woolworths pushes healthy eating with free fruit for kids 30 Nov 2015

As global focus centres on childhood obesity and food-related illnesses, Australian retailer Woolworths Ltd has devised one way to get children to reach for a healthier snack over junk: give it to them for free.


Country-of-origin calls in Australia shine light on habits 9 Apr 2015

While there are calls in Australia for country-of-origin labelling after the Hepatitis A outbreak, linked to imported berries from China, there has, in the last year, been a small increase in the number of people likely to buy China-made food.