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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. 

Latest News

Maple Leaf-owned Field Roast signs Australasian distribution deal 21 Jun 2018

Seattle-based Field Roast Grain Meat Co. owned by Canada's Maple Leaf Foods, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Australian company Essen Foods.

Bellamy's acts amid rising demand for organic infant formula 21 Jun 2018

Bellamy's Australia has signed three deals to try to tap into growing demand for organic infant formula.

Bubs Australia plans AUD40m capital raising as business deals stack up 14 Jun 2018

Bubs Australia reportedly plans to raise an additional AUD40m (US$30.2m) from investors through a share placement with the infant formula and baby food manufacturer requesting a temporary trading suspension.

Inghams CEO Mick McMahon to step down 8 Jun 2018

Inghams Group, the Australia-based poultry supplier, has announced CEO Mick McMahon is to leave the role in August.

Meal-kit start-up Marley Spoon plans AUD70m IPO in Australia 8 Jun 2018

Meal-kit start-up Marley Spoon plans a public offering in Australia to raise as much as AUD70m (US$53m) to support its continued growth.

China-focused Jatenergy buys into Australian peer Green Forest 24 May 2018

Australian consumer goods business Jatenergy is buying a controlling interest in local wholesaler, distributor and exporter Green Forest International.

Bioxyne secures dairy formula distribution deal in Asia Pacific 21 May 2018

Australia-based Bioxyne has secured a two-year distribution agreement in south-east Asia for its dairy formula products.

NPD Tracker - PepsiCo takes US snack brand Poppables across pond; Kellogg adds to Nutri-Grain range in Australia; Arla launches Lurpak Softest spreadable butter straight from the fridge; Yildiz-owned Pladis launches Flipz in the UK 17 May 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.

Murray River Organics shares plunge on latest profit warning 8 May 2018

Murray River Organics has revised its sales and profit outlook lower just weeks after new chief executive Valentina Tripp announced a turnaround plan for the loss-making, Australian dried fruits producer.

Australian Dairy Farms' Camperdown Dairy gets new contract 24 Apr 2018

Australian Dairy Farms Group has outlined a "significant new contract" for its Camperdown Dairy Company to supply an unnamed "international food company".

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.