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Australian beef growers worried by White Paper power shift threat
The Australian Red Meat Industry is embroiled in a power struggle over moves to centralise its broad industry sectors into one amalgamated body. Cattle growers fear losing a full say in the spending priorities of their industry despite paying a very substantial percentage of government mandated industry levies. The Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture is […]
Woolworths escapes liability in Federal Court decision for biodegradability claim
The Federal court of Australia has dismissed the case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against supermarket giant Woolworths for alleged false or misleading claims about the biodegradability of its ‘Select Eco’ disposable plates, bowls and cutlery. In a judgement handed down on Friday 5 July 2019, Federal Court Justice Debra Mortimer […]
Woolworths merger of liquor and hospitality ready for next year’s spinoff
On 3 July 2019, Woolworths Group (Australia) announced the combination of its Endeavour Drinks retail business (including BWS and Dan Murphy’s retail outlets) and its ALH hotels, pokie machines and other hospitality assets. The merged businesses will operate as the “Endeavour Group”. In 2020, this combined business is expected to be completely separated and spun […]
The chopstick resurgence
Specially crafted and sourced chopsticks are becoming a must have item for those who love food and beautiful things. The History of Chopsticks is fascinating! They were invented in Neolithic China before the Shang dynasty, most likely 9000 years ago. The first chopsticks were used for cooking, stirring the fire, serving or seizing bits of food, not as […]
The impacts of US-China trade dispute on Australian food exports
Author: Brent Moore, Australian trade commissioner and consul at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai. first published as a LinkedIn post By Brent Moore on 17th June 2019. Publicly available trade statistics paint a picture of the impact on Australian food exports to China stemming from the ongoing trade dispute between Beijing and Washington. A relatively small number […]
Kellogg Announce Kellogg’s Better Days Global Commitment
Kellogg Company unveiled its ambitious next generation commitment to address global food security aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) and launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Creating Better Days. In a keynote address at Sustainable Brands ’19 in Detroit, Chairman and CEO, Steve Cahillane, announced that the company is taking […]
CCA announces successful sale of SPC business for $40 million
Coca-Cola Amatil today announced that the SPC fruit and vegetable processing business (SPC) would be sold to Shepparton Partners Collective Pty Ltd and its group of companies (Shepparton Partners Collective) for consideration of $40 million payable at completion. Taking into account forecasted working capital balances, working capital adjustments to the sale price and costs of […]
The number of Australians drinking alcohol has declined from 2014, according to Roy Morgan Research
In an average four week period, 67.5% of the Australian population aged 18 and over consume at least one type of alcoholic drink. This represents a gradual decline over the last five years from 70.1% recorded in 2014. All major categories of alcoholic drinks showed declines in incidence over this period, apart from cider which […]
Fonterra shuts its Warrnambool factory
Fonterra has made the decision to close its Dennington site in South West Victoria, with the site to cease operations by the end of November 2019. The sudden decision of Fonterra to shut its Dennington dairy processing plant ( near Warrnambool in south-western Victoria  ) is another unwanted blow for regional Australia.  The Dennington factory, […]