Knowing that you are able to walk into your local supermarket and buy what you want to feed yourself or your family and stock your pantry is something that we take for granted. Australia is fortunate that we make enough food to feed 75 million people, three times our population and that we have a … Continue reading The essential sector
Simplot, the maker of the iconic Chiko Roll, has saved 75 jobs and created 48 more roles at its Bathurst manufacturing plant.
Red Lea Chickens has been placed into voluntary administration and, as result, more than 500 workers have lost their jobs.
Brewpack and Stockade Brew are restructuring under the newly formed Tribe Breweries umbrella and will expand into a new facility in Goulburn.
Australian smallgoods manufacturer D’Orsogna is creating more than 100 new jobs, including those suitable for former auto workers, through its $61 million expansion in Mickleham.
The Victorian Government is supporting retrenched dairy workers in the Indigo and Campaspe Shires affected by Murray Goulburn’s down-sizing. Following recent discussions with impacted workers, Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford has announced $50,000 for each council to undertake community economic development planning. The Government will also allocate $80,000 to allow the Victorian … Continue reading Assistance for retrenched Murray Goulburn Workers
Fifty workers from Cadbury’s Hobart factory will lose their jobs as the chocolate maker spends $75 million to upgrade the facility.
Japanese beverage company Lion has denied claims that the XXXX Brisbane brewery will be closing, following reports that the facility would be shut due to pay disputes.
A warning has been fired to Australia’s manufacturing industry despite a bump in job numbers over the past financial year. Around 40,000 new manufacturing jobs – recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – were presented in a recently published paper at the Manufacturing Matters conference held at Parliament House, in Canberra, on Wednesday. … Continue reading Calls for caution after 40,000 manufacturing jobs boost in Australia
B&R has expanded its range of automation-ready Panel PCs with a new series of widescreen formats ranging from 7″ WVGA to 24″ Full HD. These Panel PCs are suited for use in harsh environments and are the perfect visualisation devices for Box PCs while at the same time offering easy and flexible mounting options. With a … Continue reading Rugged panel PCs for food makers
According to a story on ABC Online, freeze-dried food could be the solution to saving billions of dollars worth of wasted produce. Australians dispose of $10 billion worth of food every year and according to Foodwise, with $2.76 billion of that is fresh produce. Queensland food processor Freeze Dry Industries has fast become an outlet for … Continue reading Freeze dried food could be the answer to food waste
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched new tools to help prevent the exploitation of workers in contracted labour supply chains. Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said her agency developed the materials as it was still seeing too many cases where vulnerable workers were being ripped-off as complex contracting arrangements allowed dodgy operators to infiltrate labour … Continue reading New supply chain guides to help businesses avoid worker exploitation
Goodman Fielder has delayed the closure of its factory in Western Australia, due to issues with its supply agreement with George Weston Foods.
FMCG giant Woolworths has posted its strongest sales growth in seven years- with sales rising 4.5 per cent in the March quarter, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review (AFR). This figure was well above market forecasts between 3.2 per cent and 3.6 per cent and compared is the strongest quarter for Woolworths … Continue reading It’s full steam ahead for Woolies
In a sign of the impact the falling milk price is having on the food sector, food company Murray Goulburn (MG) said it will be closing down factories and reducing its farmgate milk price in a bid to address its “cost base, improve efficiencies and ultimately increase earnings.” This will include closure of MG’s manufacturing … Continue reading Jobs, factories and profits all go as MG battens down the hatches
A new study has found that despite consumers’ decreased sugar intake, Australian obesity rates are higher than ever. In recent years, scientists have linked excessive sugar consumption with obesity. This has led to a number of initiatives to decrease added or refined sugars in Australia’s food and beverages. The nation has recently experienced the biggest … Continue reading Australian obesity increases despite lower sugar intake
According to a story in stuff.co.nz, Fonterra has introduced new traceability technology allowing shoppers to instantly check the authenticity of infant formula products while they are still on the shelfs. The Quick Read (QR) codes have been initially put on the co-operative’s infant formula brand Anmum in New Zealand stores, said the story. Each baby formula can has a unique QR code when scanned connects the buyer to a … Continue reading Fonterra introduces instantly traceable baby formula info
Agriculture and food minister Alannah MacTiernan has called for road repairs in Western Australia after the region was hit by flooding. She has identified roads in Ravensthorpe, 540km south-east of Perth, as a priority after the collapse of the South Coast Highway has caused stock losses and damage to fences and top soil. According to … Continue reading WA food stocks hit after roads damaged by flooding
Australia’s ready-meal sector will surpass $1 billion in the near future and a shift towards healthier eating is playing a major part, it has been claimed. Paul Hitchcock, CEO of Patties Foods, has said the company is seeking new acquisitions with projections showing the huge growth in the market. Having recently acquired Australian Wholefoods, he … Continue reading Patties CEO says more takeovers on the table
The third biggest wine company in China is planning a $80 million winery based in Australia, which it hope will rival exporters to the Chinese market. Weilong Grape Wine Company is proposing to expand its Grand Dragon brand to Mildura, only several kilometres from the Karadoc winery in north-west Victoria. The move presents “one of … Continue reading Chinese wine company searches for Australian vineyards