Australian organic children’s snack company Whole Kids to launch in China

AUSTRALIA - Whole Kids, Australia’s largest certified organic snacks manufacturer for children said it plans to launch in China as it seeks to boost on global sales. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife James and Monica Meldrum, the company produces certified organic, additive free and allergen friendly snacks with a goal to provide a…

Agrana acquires 49% of Elafruits extending its presence in Africa

AUSTRALIA - Austrian ingredients producer Agrana has extended its presence in Africa by acquiring 49% of Elafruits, an Algerian producer of fruit preparations. Located in Akbou, around 200 km east of Algiers, Elafruits has a workforce of around 100 and generated revenues of approximately US$8.16 million in its 2017 financial year. The company reported that…

CBH reduces storage and handling fees for a more efficient supply chain

AUSTRALIA- The grain growers’ cooperative CBH Group, has announced it will be cutting storage and handling fees by US$4 for every tonne in the coming harvesting season 2018/19. These are continued efforts in providing lower cost, efficient grain supply chain for Western Australian growers. According to Jimmy Wilson, chief executive officer of CBH, the fee…

Coca-Cola South Pacific and Amatil commit to 20% sugar content reduction by 2020

AUSTRALIA - Coca-Cola South Pacific and Coca-Cola Amatil will reduce the sugar content in their non-alcoholic portfolio of beverages by 20% by 2025, as part of an industry-wide pledge revealed by the Australian Beverages Council (ABCL) in Canberra. According to FoodBev, the announcement was made by ABCL chief executive officer Geoff Parker and Australia health…

Former CBH CEO to join Australia’s consumer brand, SunRice

AUSTRALIA - Sun-Rice, the Australian consumer brand and trading name of Ricegrowers Limited is set to receive Andy Crane, former chief executive officer of CBH as additional external director. She will be elected to the board during SunRice’s annual general meeting (AGM) on September 20 According to WorldGrain, Crane has more than 30 years’ experience…

Australia’s GrainCorp opens branch in Ukraine

UKRAINE - GrainCorp, the Australian grain and related commodities handler has opened a new company in Ukraine to provide its customers with agricultural raw materials, grains, seeds and animal feeds. In reference to data from the Ukrainian state registry, Reuters reported that the new firm, GrainCorp Ukraine Ltd, was registered on May 14 within the…

Mars Australia signs 20-year deal to source 100% solar energy within two years

AUSTRALIA - Mars Australia, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the beverage, confections and petcare industries, has signed a 20-year deal in the country to source 100% of its electricity from solar energy. According to FoodBev, the company which owns brands such as M&M’s chocolate and Extra chewing gum, has partnered with Total Eren,…

tna launches fully integrated data management tool to improve production processes

AUSTRALIA – tna, a leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, has introduced the tna intelli-sys iPS 3, a fully integrated, high-performance data collection and reporting tool. According to the company, the new tool will provide manufacturers with unprecedented insights into all their production processes. The new tna intelli-sys iPS 3 software will also ensure food manufacturers are able to use…

tna appoints Tom McPhee as global technical support manager

AUSTRALIA - Global integrated food processing and packaging solutions provider, tna solutions Pty Ltd, has appointed Tom McPhee to a newly-created position of Group Technical Support Manager. He will be based in its Dallas, US office and his roles include coordinating and developing tna’s growing global technical support teams, including the company’s expansive after-market service…

Australia releases its oilseeds and products annual report

AUSTRALIA - Australia produces over 5 million metric tonnes (MMT) of oilseed crops each year, with canola and cotton seed accounting over 90% of total production. According to a USDA report, there are forecasts of 2018/19 canola production to expand to 4 MMT, up 8% from the previous year because of improved climatic conditions. In…