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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. 


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.

Latest News

Murray Goulburn CEO Ari Mervis to stand down when Saputo deal completed 19 Apr 2018

Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn has announced chief executive Ari Mervis is to leave his role following the company being sold to Canadian peer Saputo.


Murray River Organics names Valentina Tripp to succeed CEO George Haggar 16 Apr 2018

Murray River Organics has appointed Valentina Tripp as chief executive and managing director of the Australia-based dried fruits manufacturer.


Wattle Health, Organic Dairy, Niche Dairy form joint venture 12 Apr 2018

Wattle Health Australia, an infant formula and baby food producer, has formed a joint venture with Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia and Niche Dairy.


Mondelez launches Cocoa Life sustainability programme in Australia, NZ 12 Apr 2018

Australia and New Zealand have become the latest markets in which Mondelez International has launched its Cocoa Life sustainability programme.


Qantas sells catering assets to airline peer Emirates 12 Apr 2018

Australia-based airline Qantas is offloading its catering businesses to an aviation services company that is part of Emirates Group.


Murray Goulburn faces class action claiming it misled investors in profit forecasts 9 Apr 2018

Murray Goulburn is facing a class action claiming the Australian dairy cooperative misled investors over a 2016 profit forecast that law firm Slater and Gordon alleges could never be achieved.


Australia's ACCC approves Saputo's takeover of Murray Goulburn 4 Apr 2018

Australia's competition watchdog has approved the US$1bn purchase of dairy processor Murray Goulburn by Saputo after the Canadian firm agreed to sell the Koroit milk powder plant, removing a barrier that had threatened to block the deal.


Australia issues post-Brexit charm offensive to UK food 3 Apr 2018

Australia has sought to soothe fears within parts of the UK food industry a post-Brexit, free-trade agreement between the two countries could see its agriculture industry target the British market.


Murray River Organics management changes mount as CEO George Haggar to depart 3 Apr 2018

Murray River Organics said chief executive George Haggar will leave the Australian dried fruits producer at the end of the financial year under mutual agreement.


Australian Dairy Farms plans push into organic infant formula 29 Mar 2018

Australian Dairy Farms (ADF) plans to enter the infant-formula business as the listed-company seeks to move up the value chain in speciality products.

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.