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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. 


Australia's Some Foods on rise of low-FODMAP market and plans for growth - the bitesize interview 21 Oct 2016

Australia is seen as one of the markets where low-FODMAP foods have gained the most traction. Dean Best speaks to Martine and Ronnie Banks, the founders of local business Some Foods about why they set up the company, the prospects for low-FODMAP foods in Australia and their ambitions overseas.


Australia at forefront of low-FODMAP development - analysis 11 Oct 2016

It was a university in Australia that developed the low-FODMAP diet just over a decade ago and it is that country that is in the vanguard of markets where the diet is taking off and where foods are being specifically launched to fit the regime. Simon Creasey analyses the development of the market for low-FODMAP foods in Australia and weighs up the prospects for the products.

Latest News

Murray Goulburn confirms approaches from suitors 21 Sep 2017

Up-for-sale Australian dairy processor Murray Goulburn has confirmed it has had approaches from a number of suitors interested in either buying some assets or taking over the whole co-operative.


Arla rejects talk of 'interest' in Murray Goulburn 18 Sep 2017

Arla Foods has dismissed a report in Australia the European dairy giant was set to enter the bidding for local co-op Murray Goulburn.


Chinese companies linked with Murray Goulburn bid 11 Sep 2017

Chinese companies Inner Mongolia Fuyang Farming and China Resources have been linked with making bids for Australian dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn.


A2 Milk 'eyes Murray Goulburn' 7 Sep 2017

New Zealand-based dairy and infant formula business A2 Milk Co. has been reported to be interested in buying assets from Australian co-op Murray Goulburn.


US yogurt maker Chobani launches food incubator in Australia 6 Sep 2017

Chobani, the US yogurt maker, has launched a second food incubator - this one in Australia.


Goodman Fielder, Bega Cheese, Parmalat 'eye Murray Goulburn assets' 6 Sep 2017

Dairy companies including Australia’s Goodman Fielder and Bega Cheese, as well as Italian giant Parmalat, are reported to be eyeing under-pressure Aussie cooperative Murray Goulburn.


Australia's Bindaree Beef sells 51% stake to Hong Kong investor 5 Sep 2017

Australian processor Bindaree Beef has struck a deal to sell 51% of the company to the Hong Kong-based Hui family and connected investment firm Archstone Investment.


Danone, Murray Goulburn launch YoPRO yogurt in Australia 5 Sep 2017

Danone and Murray Goulburn have launched YoPRO high-protein yogurt in Australia, a product with no added sugar, no artificial flavours and less than 0.5% fat, as the company targets on-the-go consumers.


Australia's Freedom Foods' sales rise but profit dented by expenses 31 Aug 2017

Australia's Freedom Foods Group reported a 54% increase in full-year revenue but net profits slid, partly due to acquisition costs, foreign-exchange losses and restructuring expenses.


Losses increase at Australia's Beston Global Food Company 31 Aug 2017

Australian food group Beston Global Food Company (BFC) recorded an AUD7.7m loss in its full-year results to June 30.

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.