Patties Foods appoints new chairman
April 24, 2013

Australian frozen food manufacturer Patties Foods Ltd (Patties Foods) has announced the appointment of Mark Smith as a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Board, following the retirement of Christopher Riordan. Mr Smith has extensive global experience in the manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors across Australasia, the US, the UK and the Asia Pacific. He is a Non-executive director of Australian transport and logistics company Toll Holdings Ltd and consumer and industrial... ...Read more »

Natural Confectionary Co launches new campaign
May 16, 2011

Kraft’s popular ‘no artificials’ sweets brand, The Natural Confectionery Co, previously part of Cadbury, last night unveiled a new campaign called ‘Let’s Play’, which encourages parents to reminisce and step into a kid’s world full of imaginative, creative play. Lisa Casey, The Natural Confectionery Co. Senior Brand Manager, said it was a fun, light-hearted campaign that aims to position The Natural Confectionery Co. as a brand that encourages spontaneous and imaginative... ...Read more »

Cadbury’s marketing boss heads to Kraft: report
February 10, 2009

Michael Magee, Cadbury Australia’s Director of Marketing, has reportedly resigned to take on a new challenge in a senior marketing role at Kraft. Kraft Australia’s former Marketing Director, Nikki Anderson, quit in December last year, with Mr Magee expected to take her place as head of marketing. A Cadbury spokesman told advertising and marketing industry news magazine B&T that Mr Magee left the company last Friday and will be able to begin in his new position at Kraft in May. “Michael... ...Read more »

Cadbury signals intention to sell Schweppes
December 17, 2008

Cadbury announced overnight that it plans to sell their beverage division, Schweppes, in Australia. The official announcement was made as the company reconfirmed guidance of strong growth for their year. They noted, however, that Asia Pacific operations had performed well in spite of the “weaker trading in Australia” – which had been expected. Rumours of a sale have been circulating since May following the demerger of Cadbury-Schweppes in the US, which left Australia as the only... ...Read more »

Coca-Cola Amatil profits out of “distraction” to main competitors
October 16, 2008

Coca-Cola Amatil has announced they are on track to meet profit guidance and may have found the right energy drink to compete with V and Red Bull, with sales of Mother surpassing expectations. “Notwithstanding the volatile market conditions, CCA has experienced solid trading in the third quarter,” a statement from the company advised. “The Australian beverages business has cycled very strong volume growth in Q3 2007 and delivered performance in line with expectations. The Australian... ...Read more »

Cadbury to focus on chocolate manufacturing “Centres of Excellence” – 330 jobs to go
August 21, 2008

Cadbury has today announced a $135 million proposal to improve the productivity and efficiency of their chocolate manufacturing sites in Australia and New Zealand. The changes will result in about 160 job losses over two years at their Claremont factory in Tasmania, with a further 145 expected to be lost in Dunedin, New Zealand and 25 in Ringwood, Victoria. Staff were informed at a meeting this afternoon after production was reportedly stopped at 4 this morning. The decision follows Cadbury’s... ...Read more »

Schweppes officially on the market?
August 8, 2008

Cadbury has informed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that they are proposing to sell their beverage business in Australia. Rumours had been circulating for months that a sale was on the cards following the demerger of Cadbury-Schweppes in the US which left Australia as the only country where Cadbury’s confectionery and beverage units were combined. Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) CEO Terry Davis has also fuelled rumours of a Schweppes sale by indicating CCA would be interested... ...Read more »

Kirin plans soft drink expansion but remains coy regarding Schweppes
August 6, 2008

Speculation continues to mount that Japanese-based Kirin Holdings will make a play for the drinks unit of Cadbury Schweppes in Australia. The Japanese beverage giant already has significant operations in Australia following last year’s $2b purchase of dairy company National Foods. They also have a 46% stake in Lion Nathan Australia and a purchase of Schweppes would mean they would be a major player in the dairy, beer and soft drink sectors. Cadbury announced a review of their beverage operations... ...Read more »

Cadbury Schweppes to re-launch Cool Ridge
June 16, 2008

Australia is slowly developing a love affair for bottled water, with sales figures indicating it is Australia’s fastest growing beverage. Over the past six years consumption has increased, on average, by 10% per annum and, despite recent negative press, the current 12L consumed by each Australian consumer is set to escalate. The opportunity for growth of Australia’s bottled water industry is staggering if you consider that Italians, the world’s leading consumers of bottled water,... ...Read more »