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…

Packaging manufacturer Schur Flexibles appoints new CEO

AUSTRALIA - Schur Flexibles Group, one of the leading providers of flexible packaging solutions in Austria and Europe has appointed Thorsten Kühn as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment came after serving as the vice-president of the company’s European PET business and as the regional head of the company’s Asia division while at the…

Court rules Heinz ‘healthy’ claims on toddler snacks misled consumers

AUSTRALIA- The Federal Court of Australia has ruled out that Heinz made misleading health claim on Little Kids Shredz products for toddlers adding that the US firm should have been aware the claims were deceptive. The court said that Kraft Heinz subsidiary H. J. Heinz Company Australia, had made false health claims that the products…

Bidcorp reaps most of its profits from Australia and New Zealand

SOUTH AFRICA - Bid Corporation (Bidcorp), an international food distributor, has earned most of its revenue in Europe, but most of its profit from Australia and New Zealand. The geographically diverse food conglomerate which unbundled from Bidvest in 2016, has reported that its revenue for the six months to End-December grew 8% to US$5.25 billion. At…

tna upgrades its m3000 starch mogul to improve operational efficiency

AUSTRALIA - tna solutions has upgraded its m3000 starch mogul in order to improve operational efficiency and ensure the equipment adheres to the highest hygiene and safety standards. The investment enhances starch development process and equips NID’s starch moulding technology with a range of new features that further increase operational reliability, enhance quality control and…