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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

Kirin confirms plan to sell off Lion's dairy arm 19 Oct 2018

Japan's Kirin Holdings is to sell the dairy division of Lion, its Australia-based food and beverage subsidiary.

Australia's Inghams Group to bring in US food veteran Jim Leighton as CEO 19 Oct 2018

Australian poultry supplier Inghams Group has named its new CEO.

Bega Cheese raises stake in Capilano Honey 10 Oct 2018

Australia's Bega Cheese has more than doubled its stake in local business Capilano Honey.

Beston Global to exit Ferguson Australia 28 Sep 2018

Australia's Beston Global Food Co. plans to dispose of its holdings in seafood firm Ferguson Australia after the owners put the business up for sale.

Nestle-owned Australian confectionery brand Allen's ceases production of Marella Jubes 26 Sep 2018

Allen's, the Australian confectionery brand owned by Swiss food giant Nestlé, has ceased making fruit-flavoured Marella Jubes pastilles after consumers switched to other varieties within the company's sweets offerings.

Australia's SPC Ardmona sells IXL Jam, Taylor's sauces assets to Kyabram Conserves 24 Sep 2018

Australian food manufacturer SPC Ardmona has completed the sale of its IXL Jam and Taylor's sauces business to Kyabram Conserves for an undisclosed amount.

Goodman Fielder co-shareholder 'mulling exit' 17 Sep 2018

First Pacific, the Hong Kong investment fund, is reportedly looking to sell its 50% in Australia-based food manufacturer Goodman Fielder.

China's Kemen Noodle confirms interest in Australia's Allied Pinnacle 13 Sep 2018

Kemen Noodle Manufacturing Co., the China-based noodles supplier, has expressed interest in buying Australian bakery business Allied Pinnacle.

Bega Cheese launches share issue, "watching brief" on Capilano Honey 11 Sep 2018

Bega Cheese is to raise more money with an eye on possible future deal-making but the Australian food manufacturer's executive chairman has insisted it has made "no decision" on Capilano Honey, the local supplier in which it last week became a shareholder.

Australia's Lion could sell dairy arm 11 Sep 2018

Japan's Kirin Holdings may sell the dairy division of Lion, its Australia-based food and beverage subsidiary.

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.