Australian GM report sparks canola controversy
17-May-2007 By Neil Merrett
Australia can adopt commercialised genetically modified (GM) canola
production without compromising its organic agriculture, say new
findings from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and
Resource Economics (ABARE).
Australian processors urged to drop the salt
15-May-2007 By Neil Merrett
Australian food processors and formulators are set to come under
further pressure to reformulate their products as the country's
latest "Drop The Salt!" campaign kicks off in Sydney
Association blasts New Zealand inspection plan
30-Apr-2007 By Neil Merrett
Plans by the New Zealand government to streamline meat inspections
services to a single provider were branded as
"misguided" late last week by one of the country's leading
Asia vital to future of Australian food exports
Special edition: Global food trade
25-Apr-2007 By Neil Merrett
Australia's food and beverage sectors dominate the
country's export market, but with global and regional trade
becoming increasingly competitive, their continued health is far
Raise Australian drinking age to 20, says senator
17-Apr-2007 By Neil Merrett
An Australian political group has called for the lifting of the
country's legal drinking age to 20, as part of plans to encourage
greater responsibility amongst the country's drinkers.
Australian organic standards group yet to be finalised
02-Apr-2007 By Neil Merrett
An Australian standards body working to establish a committee to
rule on organic certification for domestic and imported food
products has denied media reports suggesting that it has finalised
representatives for the group.
New Zealand proposes interim regulation on food-type supplements
05-Mar-2007 By Jess Halliday
New Zealand is proposing to update its dietary supplement
regulations to take into account new food-like delivery formats
that have emerged in the 20 years since they were drawn up.
Australia welcomes wine label reforms
30-Jan-2007 By Neil Merrett
New labelling requirements for exporting wines could save
Australian producers as much as €14m, according to a government
Australian pear, apple crops to suffer from drought
11-Jan-2007 By Dominique Patton
Drought and late frosts are expected to see Australia's production
of apples and pears at itslowest in a decade, suggests a new
Australian dairy sector faces major drop in export income
04-Jan-2007 By Dominique Patton
Australia's dairy industry will see export earnings drop by more
than 24 per cent to under A$2 billion (€1.2bn) in 2006-07 as a
result of the sharp reduction in output because of the drought,
government research predicts.
Globalisation boosting Australian food industry
02-Jan-2007 By Dominique Patton
Globalisation is creating a challenging environment for Australia's
food industry but has also opened up new markets with strong
potential, finds a new report.
McDonald's New Zealand changes to healthier oil
14-Dec-2006 By Dominique Patton
McDonald's New Zealand said yesterday that it would replace its
frying oil with a blend that is lower in saturated fat and
virtually trans-fat free.
Australian food firms urged to avoid GM canola
05-Dec-2006 By Dominique Patton
Environment campaigner Greenpeace is urging Australian food makers
to resist use of genetically modified canola, which has entered the
market in the wake of a sharp drop in domestic output.
Cadbury to expand chocolate crumb production in NZ
30-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
Chocolate giant Cadbury will spend NZ$20 million (€10.3m) to expand
production of chocolate crumb in New Zealand, allowing it to meet
forecast growth in demand from the Asia-Pacific region, it
Australian canola prices to stay bullish
23-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australian foodmakers, already facing higher wheat prices, can
expect to pay higher prices for canola oil for several months, as
drought leaves the country in short supply.
New markets fuel NZ dairy but rising costs to slow growth
21-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
New consumers of dairy products in the Middle East are taking a
greater share of New Zealand exports, and will continue to be one
of its major growth markets, predicts a new report.
New sterol-fortified foods permitted in Australia
14-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
Cholesterol-lowering margarines are set to be joined by
cholesterol-lowering milks, yoghurts and cereals as Australia and
New Zealand's food authority finally approves the new categories.
Australian juice processors face higher orange prices
09-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australian orange growers have warned that supplies of the fruit
will be tight this year as frost followed by a severe drought has
caused a sharp drop in the Valencia orange crop.
Food miles issue no worry to Fonterra
07-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
Food miles, the trendy catchphrase alluding to pollution caused by
food exports, is 'a red herring' that detracts from serious
environmental issues to be faced by food producers, says Fonterra's
trade strategy manager,...
New food labels in Australia 'confusing'
02-Nov-2006 By Dominique Patton
A new system of labelling foods unveiled by a group of Australian
food makers yesterday is confusing, say the country's health
Australia launches plan to cut trans fats
26-Oct-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australia's government will work with industry to reduce trans
fatty acids in Australian food, it announced this week, despite
figures that suggest intake of the fats among the population is
within safe limits.
Drought swells production costs for Australian poultry farmers
26-Oct-2006 By Dominique Patton
Poultry processors in Australia are expected to implement
'significant price increases' for chicken meat, as drought leads to
surging grain prices, a major production cost for the country's
Australian drought could impact dairy prices
23-Oct-2006 By Dominique Patton
Buyers of Australian dairy products are facing uncertainty over
future supplies and pricing as the country's farmers weigh up the
impact of a prolonged drought on their output.
Australian wheat crop could hit all-time low
10-Oct-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australian wheat production may reach less than 10 million metric
tons this year, less than half of normal, due to drought and
late-season freezes, according to industry experts.
FSANZ reviews enzymes in food processing
05-Oct-2006 By James Knowles
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for comment
on proposed changes in the food code.
New science strategy from FSANZ upholds safety in food processing
03-Oct-2006 By James Knowles
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has unveiled its new
'Science Strategy' 2006 to maintain safety standards in the food
supply for food processors.
Falling sugar prices hit Australia's CSR
12-Sep-2006 By Dominique Patton
CSR, Australia's largest sugar producer, downgraded its profit
forecast last week, blaming falling global prices and adverse
weather for an anticipated downturn.
Australian dairies invest $15m in innovation
07-Sep-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australian dairies will drum up A$15 million in funding over the
next three years to support a new innovation centre that will be
tasked with finding ways to better compete with a challenging
Australia, NZ bakers face further fortification
22-Aug-2006 By Dominique Patton
Bakeries in Australia and New Zealand may be required to use only
iodised salt in the future, if a proposal from the countries' food
regulator is approved.
Goodman Fielder adds gourmet breads to portfolio
18-Jul-2006 By Dominique Patton
Leading Australian food firm Goodman Fielder has bought up three
gourmet bread brands, in its first acquisition since its public
listing in December.
Australian baker disputes folic acid proposal
18-Jul-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australian baker George Weston Foods says government plans to
require all bread to be fortified with folic acid are based on
inadequate science and should not be brought into law.
Australian organic producers can look to export markets
06-Jul-2006 By Dominique Patton
Organic food producers in Australia should look to exports to boost
their sales, advises a new government report.
Australian biscuit maker snapped up by private equity
04-Jul-2006 By Dominique Patton
Australian biscuit maker Paradise Food Industries has been acquired
by Sydney-based private equity firm Archer Capital for an
Frost damages Australian citrus harvest
Australia's citrus growers have lowered export forecasts in the
wake of one of the worst frosts to hit the country.
Grain output cut as drought bites
Australia's grain crop could fall by four million tonnes, as
further droughts impact the start of the season.
Australians too busy for lunch
09-May-2006 By Dominique Patton
Almost two thirds of Australians eat takeaway food for lunch every
week and one in three skip the meal altogether, finds a new survey.
Australia launches guide to new labelling law
14-Mar-2006 By staff reporter
A guide to help the food industry understand new country of origin
labelling rules, set to be launched in Australia this June, has
been unveiled by the country's health minister.
Value-added food and beverage exports from NZ on the rise
The proportion of value-added food and beverage products exported
from New Zealand has continued to rise steadily against commodity
products, with the value-added sector enjoying growth of nearly 10
per cent in the past five years.
Lion Nathan challenges Coopers' statements
Australian brewer Lion Nathan has responded to last week's
objections by Coopers, the subject of a hostile takeover by the
firm, with similar claims of foul play.
Foster's sale highlights wine consolidation trend
05-Sep-2005 By Chris Mercer
Foster's has taken a streamlined approach to 'brand Australia' on
the world wine market, announcing two wineries will be sold off as
the firm tries to realise cost-savings from its Southcorp buyout.
Better prediction of sugarcane crops will help growers and sugar suppliers
26-Aug-2005 By Hridyesh Pandey
More productive sugarcane varieties can be delivered two to three
years earlier, say Australian scientists, helping the sugar
industry maintain its productivity and sustainability.
PepsiCo's Smith's acquires Australian rice snack maker
12-Aug-2005 By Lorraine Heller
Leading Australian snack maker Smith's this week announced that it
has acquired Sakata Rice Snacks Australia, for an undisclosed sum.
Australian prawn farmers slam labelling reforms
Australian prawn farmers have reacted angrily to the government's
proposed labelling reforms, which could provide the country's food
producers with increased competition from imports, Tom Armitage
FSANZ tries to please industry and consumers
The Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council
met in Adelaide today to discuss the standards and regulations that
govern the countries' food industries.
Southcorp fights downturn
Australia's biggest wine producer, Southcorp, has announced an
extensive restructuring designed to counteract the affects of a
downturn in the US economy and a weakened Australian dollar. The
AUS93 million (€53.7m) package involves...
Australia benefiting from Asian ban on US beef
An Australian beef industry leader has indicated that the
Australian beef sector is riding a short-term boom following a
series of bans on US beef exports to major Asian markets.
Thai fruit to hit Australia
Thai fruit farmers have won a long battle to get their lychees and
longans onto the Australian market place, breaking a long ban by
Australian authorities which deemed the fruit as a potential
pest-carrying hazard to agricultural...
Red meat on the up in Australia
Red meat sales in Australia are firmly back on the road to
recovery, according to statistics released today from Meat &
Livestock Australia. The figures show a second year of strong
recovery following dwindling sales in the 80s...