ACCC launches major investigation on raw milk even after bath milk recall
December 15, 2014

Raw milk controversy continues even after bath milk recall The debate around raw milk continues after dairy company Mountain View Farm recalled its Organic Bath Milk product. The recall came after the product was implicated in the death of a three-year-old child, who had consumed it. ACCC to investigate possible ACL breaches The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Friday that it was leading a national investigation of consumer law regulators into possible breaches of... ...Read more »

Australian food manufacturing expands in latest period, PMI stats
December 10, 2014

Australian food manufacturing expands in latest period, PMI stats Food manufacturing was one of four manufacturing sub-sectors to expand in November 2014, according to the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI). Food manufacturing expansion Among the eight manufacturing sub-sectors, four expanded in November 2014. The large food, beverages & tobacco (up 2.4 points to 59.1 points) and the smaller wood & paper products (up 2.1 points to 61.6... ...Read more »

Australia’s appetite for organic foods at record levels
December 10, 2014

Australia’s appetite for organic foods at record levels New categories in the organic sector in Australia have driven record growth in the $1.72 billion industry, according to a biennial industry report from organic certifying group Australian Organic. The Australian Organic Market Report is a biennial publication commissioned by Australian Organic that track trends in the Australian organic marketplace. This year’s Report incorporates independent research by Swinburne University of Technology,... ...Read more »

Woolworths launches Farmers’ Own milk in Victoria
December 8, 2014

Woolworths launches Farmers’ Own milk in Victoria Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced that it has introduced its Farmers’ Own milk, sourced directly from dairy farms in the Otways region, across its 240 stores in Victoria. Farmers’ Own is fresh Victorian milk from local farms made available to Woolworths customers in Victoria. Woolworths buys Farmers’ Own milk directly from farmers rather than through a processor. Victoria is the third state to roll out the highly successful Farmers’... ...Read more »

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter announces leadership changes following Saputo takeover
December 8, 2014

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter announces leadership changes following Saputo takeover Australian-based dairy company Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited (WCB) has announced that Mr Kai Bockmann, currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Saputo Inc.’s Dairy Division (International), will assume the leadership role in WCB as WCB’s President and Chief Operating Officer, effective on 1 April 2015. The company had previously announced that WCB’s... ...Read more »

Gelatissimo launches ‘low sugar’ range and Eat In Desserts range
November 24, 2014

Gelatissimo launches ‘low sugar’ range and Eat In Desserts range Gelato brand Gelatissimo has announced that a core range of its flavours will be available in ‘low-sugar’ options this summer. The three handcrafted flavours include Chocolate (“96 per cent sugar free”), Strawberry (“98 per cent Sugar Free”) and Vanilla (“95 per cent Sugar Free”) and will be rolled out nationally over the coming weeks. Gelatissimo said the range has “a maximum of just 135 calories per serve”. The... ...Read more »

Dairy and meat industry boost from new China FTA deal
November 19, 2014

Dairy and meat industry boost from new China FTA deal A new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been finalised between Australia and China, with the Australian dairy and meat industries expected to benefit. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott finalised the “landmark” agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday afternoon.  The Government said the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) would “unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come”. Trade and Investment... ...Read more »

Freedom Foods signs dairy deal with China’s New Hope Group
November 19, 2014

Freedom Foods signs dairy deal with China’s New Hope Group Australian food manufacturer Freedom Foods and its major shareholder the Perich Group have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s agricultural industry giant the New Hope Group. The Memorandum was signed during the official ceremonies in Canberra while China’s President Xi Jinping and Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. This visit also coincided with... ...Read more »

Government concern over anti-Halal ‘bullying’ of food exporters
November 12, 2014

Government concern over anti-Halal ‘bullying’ of food exporters The South Australian Government is urging food exporters in the State to continue engaging with the multi-million dollar Middle Eastern market and to resist misinformed consumer bullying, after several companies received negative comments on social media because their products were Halal certified. The South Australian Minister for Investment and Trade, Martin Hamilton-Smith said he was disappointed to hear that The Fleurieu Milk... ...Read more »

Bulla Australia’s most popular ice cream brand, Roy Morgan Research
November 5, 2014

Bulla Australia’s most popular ice cream brand, Roy Morgan Research Ice cream remains hugely popular in Australia, despite ups and downs in recent years, with Bulla the most popular brand, according to new findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. The dairy treat remains a staple on many Australian grocery lists, with 73 per cent of Australian grocery buyers purchasing a tub or carton of ice cream at least once in the last 12 months, according to Roy Morgan Research. While... ...Read more »

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