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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

Australia's Quadrant Private Equity 'buys majority stake in confectioner Darrell Lea' 16 Jan 2018

Australia's Quadrant Private Equity has reportedly bought a majority stake in confectioner Darrell Lea for AUD200m (US$159m).


Murray River appoints Albert Zago CFO as Matthew O'Brien becomes general manager 15 Jan 2018

Murray River Organics has appointed Albert Zago as chief financial officer to replace Matthew O'Brien who will become the Australian dried fruits producer's commercial and planning general manager.


Fonterra, Aussie dairy firm Bega Cheese in trademark spat 12 Jan 2018

Fonterra, the New Zealand-based dairy giant, has started legal action against Bega Cheese over the Australian group's moves to rebrand some of its products after last year's acquisition of assets from Mondelez International.


Nestle sells "iconic" Violet Crumble brand to Robern Menz  11 Jan 2018

Nestle has entered into an agreement with fellow confectionery business Robern Menz to sell its Australia-based Violet Crumble chocolate bar brand for an undisclosed sum.


Management troubles mount at Australia's Yowie as two directors depart 8 Jan 2018

Management troubles at Australian confectioner Yowie Group mounted after two directors stepped down, only days after a reshuffle at the top.


Yowie slashes sales guidance as CEO Bert Alfonso departs for Mark Schuessler 3 Jan 2018

Australian confectioner Yowie Group has announced the departure of chief executive Bert Alfonso as the company slashed its full-year sales forecast.


Murray Goulburn to pay penalty following milk price probe 15 Dec 2017

Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn has revealed that its agreed settlement in relation to an investigation into milk prices will entail it paying a penalty of AUD650,000 (US$498,459).


A2 Milk's legal spat with Lion settled  7 Dec 2017

A dispute between New Zealand dairy and infant formula business A2 Milk and Australian food and beverage group Lion has been resolved without recourse to further legal action.


Australia's Burra Foods to build infant formula canning plant in Korumburra 5 Dec 2017

Australia's dairy ingredients maker Burra Foods will spend AUD24.5m (US$18.7m) on a new infant formula blending and canning plant in what it says is its biggest expansion project since 2011.


Murray Goulburn sells Edith Creek site to Dutch Mill 29 Nov 2017

Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn's Edith Creek site in Tasmania has received an eleventh hour reprieve.

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.