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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 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.

Latest News

Italy's Ferrero linked to bid for Campbell's international unit 10 Dec 2018

A Europe-based confectionery business has been linked with a takeover bid for the international arm of US food giant Campbell Soup Co.

Australian poultry firm Inghams to invest in new hatchery 5 Dec 2018

Australian poultry processor Inghams Group plans to build a new hatchery after announcing in June it would consolidate its processing operations.

Fonterra and Beingmate to "unwind" Darnum JV 5 Dec 2018

New Zealand dairy giant and Chinese infant formula business Beingmate have revealed plans for their Darnum joint venture in Australia.

Coca-Cola Amatil to sell food business SPC 30 Nov 2018

Coca-Cola Amatil, the Australia-based food and beverage business, has announced the results of its strategic review of its food arm SPC.

Jobs to be lost at Australia's SunRice following poor rice crop forecast 29 Nov 2018

Australia's SunRice has announced it is taking action because of the "anticipated reduced size of the 2019 rice crop".

Beston Global appoints dairy industry veteran Jonathan Hicks as CEO 28 Nov 2018

Australia's dairy-to-meat group Beston Global Food Co. has named a new chief executive to replace Sean Ebert. 

JBS inks multi-million dollar Australia beef export deal with China's COFCO 26 Nov 2018

The Australian unit of Brazilian meat giant JBS has signed a multi-million dollar deal with COFCO Group.

SPC Ardmona's planned food assets sale falls through 26 Nov 2018

There has been a major development in the planned sale of Australian food manufacturer SPC Ardmona's IXL jam and Taylor's sauces business to Kyabram Conserves.

Loss-making Beston Global looks for revenue boost from China cheese contract win 23 Nov 2018

Australia's dairy-to-meat business Beston Global Food Co. has secured a supply contract with a cheese importer in a key emerging market. 

H&H Group to launch Biostime infant formula in Australia 21 Nov 2018

Hong Kong-listed nutrition specialist H&H Group plans to launch its baby products in Australia in the new year.

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.