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Sweet and savoury food supplier and manufacturer Priestley’s Gourmet Delights has appointed Xanny Christophersen as MD and CEO. Christophersen joined the company in 2011. 

Confectionery brand Life Savers has renewed a three-year partnership with Surf Life Saving Australia, pledging to donate $300,000 over the next three years to help provide education on water safety and surf rescue services.

The volume and types of plant-based meats in Australia have changed significantly over the past three years, with a new food category emerging from one or two niche players and growing into an industry. Food Frontier CEO, Dr Simon Eassom, looks at the state of play.

Foodbank Australia says the cost of living crisis is pushing Australians’ need for food relief to unprecedented levels. In 2023, the organisation sourced 51 million kilograms of food and groceries, the equivalent of 92 million meals, for households experiencing food insecurity.

Australia’s largest integrated protein producer, Inghams Group, recorded a solid 1H FY24 with a 268 per cent increase in net profit after tax (NPAT) to $63.4 million on the prior corresponding period, largely due to price increases in FY23 and early FY24.

The Australian almond industry is on track to enjoy a “much better year in 2024”, Rabobank reports in its latest global Five-year Almond Market Outlook. The rebound will help fuel Australia’s almond exports, which account for 80 per cent of Australian production.

Wide Open Agriculture confirmed that selling its retail brand Dirty Clean Food is one of the options it is considering to drive shareholder value. The ASX-listed regenerative ag and food company made the statement following media reports it had hired PKF Australia to find a buyer.

It's National Tim Tam Day! And this year, Australia’s internationally renowned chocolate biscuit is also turning 60. Since Tim Tam’s first appearance on supermarket shelves in 1964, they can now be found in almost three million Australian households. 

The Hive Awards is pleased to announce The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) as its Platinum sponsor. The awards program is an initiative of Food & Drink Business, Australia’s leading trade media platform for the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

When you are launching an industry awards program for the first time, it can be a leap for a potential sponsor to visualise what you can see so clearly in your head. Say hello to the inaugural sponsors of The Hive Awards.

Synlait Milk expects its first half of FY24 to deliver a loss in the range of $17-$21 million due to increased costs and margin changes. Its HY23 net profit after tax (NPAT) was $4.8 million.

It took 70 different formulations before Ben & Jerry’s ice cream team agreed on the new oat base for its non-dairy range. With the 20 flavours in the range accounting for 25 per cent of Ben & Jerry’s global product portfolio, the decision was not made lightly.

A $2 million project delivered by Hort Innovation will use computer vision and machine learning technologies to create a commercially available robotic solution for banana ‘de-handing’, a core process in all banana packing sheds.

Finalists for the 2024 Australian Organic Industry Awards have been revealed, celebrating Australia’s finest certified organic producers, processors and operators across seven categories.

Saputo Inc recorded a $141.3 million (C$124 million) loss in the third quarter of FY24, as the dairy giant logged a $196.8 million (C$265 million) non-cash goodwill impairment against its Australia dairy division.

In its latest Australian Dairy Sector Outlook, Rabobank reports that the industry is facing its third consecutive year of production decline, while the import and export mix is “slowly trading places” – with export volumes falling sharply, and imports spiking.