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Trichomia chief marketing officer Georgia Branch touts health and sustainability benefits of hemp-based foods - the bitesize interview 14 Mar 2019

Simon Harvey speaks with hemp-food maker Trichomia's chief marketing officer, Georgia Branch, on the Sydney-based company's plans for the year ahead. 


Slendier MD Erica Hughes on how konjac foods supplier tapping into consumer demand for healthier products - the bitesize interview 30 Oct 2018

Slendier, a "healthy pasta substitute" from Australia, has become a brand available in 20 countries, touting its better-for-you credentials. Andy Coyne speaks to MD and owner Erica Hughes.


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

just-food's index of M&A in the 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.

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New products - Upfield moves Flora spreads range to 100% plant-based; Natural Balance Foods expands Trek range with Protein Nut Bar; PepsiCo's Off the Eaten Path snacks roll out in Australia; Conagra Brands expands Bird Eye range with Oven Roasters 26 Mar 2019

This week's batch of new products includes PepsiCo's plant-based snacks brand Off the Eaten Path making its Australia debut and Conagra Brands extending its Birds Eye range.


Freedom Foods declares itself out of Lion Drinks and Dairy race 25 Mar 2019

Australia's Freedom Foods has made an announcement following speculation it might make a bid for Kirin's locally-based food and beverage unit Lion Drinks and Dairy (LDD).


Coca-Cola Amatil shuts down Lion Dairy speculation 18 Mar 2019

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has commented on speculation linking it to the purchase of Kirin's Australia-based food and beverage unit.


Australia's Yowie Group subject of takeover offer from Keybridge Capital 13 Mar 2019

Loss-making Australia-based confectioner Yowie Group has become the subject of a takeover bid by an investment firm.


Wilmar International to buy out Goodman Fielder co-investor First Pacific 11 Mar 2019

Goodman Fielder, the Australia-based food manufacturer behind brands including Helga's bread and Meadow Fresh milk, is set to see a change in its ownership.


McCain Foods targets higher capacity at Australian plant 8 Mar 2019

Canada's McCain Foods is seeking to increase capacity by investing in one of its facilities in Australia.


Bubs Australia exits Uphamgo joint venture after sealing Bega-linked deal 28 Feb 2019

Bubs Australia is exiting its dairy joint venture with Uphamgo Australia after sealing a deal this week with a subsidiary of a major dairy player.


Australian bakery group Allied Pinnacle sold to Japan’s Nisshin Seifun 28 Feb 2019

The race to buy Australia-based consumer bakery and ingredients business Allied Pinnacle has reached its conclusion.


Jatenergy forms joint venture manufacturing operation 28 Feb 2019

Australia-based infant-formula exporter Jatenergy has made inroads in its aspirations to manufacture its own products with the formation of a joint venture.


Bubs Australia teams up with Bega Cheese for goat's milk formula 27 Feb 2019

Bubs Australia and Bega Cheese are claiming an Australian dairy industry first as they team up to produce infant formula.

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UK online grocer Ocado forms another overseas partnership 26 Mar 2019

Ocado, the UK-based pure-play online grocer, is to team up with another major overseas food retailer.


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.