‘Free-from’ foods move into the mainstream globally
April 16, 2014

Big brands are launching "free-from" ranges globally The ‘free-from’ foods market is booming in many parts of the world, widening into new categories and increasingly moving into the mainstream with introductions from major food manufacturers and brands, according to market research organisation Innova Market Insights. Innova Market Insights said leading supermarket multiples are also dedicating more shelf-space and improving in-store signage, as well as offering their own brand ranges... ...Read more »

Simplot launches new Birds Eye brand ‘steamfresh’ vegetables and cheese sauce
April 16, 2014

Simplot launches new Birds Eye brand ‘steamfresh’ vegetables and cheese sauce Food manufacturer Simplot Australia has launched a new Birds Eye SteamFresh Vegetables and Cheese Sauce range in Australia. The Company said the latest offering from the Birds Eye brand was targeted at those with busy lifestyles, particularly consumers who were looking to add more vegetables into their diet in a quick and easy way. “This range is perfect for consumers who are constantly on-the-go and looking for simple,... ...Read more »

Chobani Australia starts exporting to Singapore
April 14, 2014

Chobani Australia is set to export to Singapore Maker of Greek-style strained yoghurt Chobani Australia has shipped its first palette of product to Singapore, 16 months after the opening of its $30 million yoghurt factory at Dandenong South in Victoria. Chobani Australia’s first shipment to Singapore is the result of a distribution agreement with Frost Foods Singapore, which will see Australian-made Chobani yoghurt available at one of the biggest grocery retailers in Sinngapore, Cold Storage.... ...Read more »

A2 Corporation changes its name to The A2 Milk Company
April 9, 2014

The A2 Corporation has changed its name to The A2 Milk Company The Board of dairy manufacturer A2 Corporation has resolved to change the name of the company to The A2 Milk Company Limited, effective from 8 April 2014. The Company will continue to trade on the NZX with the existing ticker code ‘ATM’. In addition to this change, the Company said the key operating subsidiaries across all markets would also change such that all trading would be unified under one common trading name. “This may appear... ...Read more »

Bulla Dairy gets a Cadbury ice cream licence
April 9, 2014

Bulla Dairy has a license to produce Cadbury brand ice creams At a time when consumers are refining their tastes and demanding products designed specifically for them, brands are focussed on delivering innovation and creativity across categories to drive sales back down the aisles. Demonstrating this approach, Bulla Dairy Foods, Australia’s oldest owned and operated family diary company, has announced its license to produce a frozen range of Mondelez Australia’s hugely successful confectionary... ...Read more »

Coles gives undertaking to ACCC for misleading YouTube video on Coles Brand Milk
April 7, 2014

Coles has given an undertaking to the ACCC about its Coles Brand Milk YouTube video The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Australian supermarket group Coles following an investigation into a video and cartoon called ‘Our Coles Brand Milk Story’, which was published on social media. The ACCC had investigated complaints from dairy farmer organisations about representations made in 2013 in the cartoon and video about the impact... ...Read more »

Woolworths announces 10-year milk deals, but Lion is the loser in Victoria and WA
April 7, 2014

Woolworths has announced new long-term milk supply contracts Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced two new 10-year milk contracts across Australia that it says “will give dairy farmers and processors more certainty to invest and innovate”. The new arrangements see food and beverage company Lion lose its contracts to supply milk to Woolworths in Victoria and Western  Australia. Woolworths has reached agreement with milk processors in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria... ...Read more »

Harvey Fresh sold to Italian dairy group Parmalat
April 2, 2014

Harvey Fresh has been sold to Parmalat Major Western Australian dairy processor and fruit juice manufacturer Harvey Fresh has been sold to Italian dairy group Parmalat for about $117 million. Parmalat’s Australian subsidiary is one of Australia’s major manufacturers of dairy products, including milk, yoghurt and other fresh dairy products. Its brand portfolio includes Pauls, Vaalia, Ice Break, Oak, Breaka, Soy Life, and Rush. Parmalat Australia said the acquisition of Harvey Fresh was aimed at... ...Read more »

Infant formula marketing debate as doctors respond to government moves
April 2, 2014

Debate about infant formula marketing monitoring continues Paediatricians from Australasia’s largest specialist college, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) have urged the Federal Parliament to legislate to restrict the marketing of infant formulas in Australia so that more new mothers are encouraged to breastfeed. The call from RACP follows an earlier Federal Government announcement that it would abolish the advisory panel that previously monitored infant formula marketing as part... ...Read more »

Fonterra starts construction on new milk powder blending and packing plant in Indonesia
March 31, 2014

Fonterra has started construction on a new plant in Indonesia New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra has commenced construction on its first blending and packing plant in Indonesia, which it said will support the growth of its consumer brands Anlene, Anmum and Anchor Boneeto. Located in West Java, the plant is Fonterra’s first manufacturing facility in the country and its largest investment in a new manufacturing facility in the ASEAN region in the last 10 years. The plant is expected to be operational... ...Read more »

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