Unilever CEO Alan Jope announced a strategic review of its global tea business as the company released its full-year 2019 results. Its tea brands include PG Tips, Lipton, Bushells and Australian business T2.

Subscription-based meal kit company Marley Spoon has released in its Q4 2019 results, revealing a 50 per cent revenue growth in its Australian operations, as well as a 41 per cent growth year on year globally.

The Australian manufacturing sector’s performance was down in January. While traditionally the slowest month of the year, it was even slower than usual the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) said.

Savoury and healthy snacks are the preferred choice for Australian snackers, as new research reveals 90 per cent of adults eat packaged snacks in an average week.

The West Australian government will provide $4.55 million in grants to support regional agrifood and processing businesses across the state, following the success of the pilot fund in 2018.

Perfection Fresh CEO Michael Simonetta has been elected chair of the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (APFA). He takes over from the inaugural chair, Harry Debney from Costa Group.

US protein giant Tyson Foods announced the creation of a Coalition for Global Protein to bring industry leaders in the global protein industry together, including people from academia, non-government organisations and financial institutions.

Following a 2019 full of challenges and changes, Fonterra has released its latest sustainability report and how its inaugural Sustainability Advisory Panel is advising the co-op.

Rising temperatures and seasonal changes may mean winemakers in New Zealand could change their grape varieties for production, a new study from Lincoln University has found.

The Woolworths Group has announced the leadership team for Endeavour Group in the lead-up to the proposed demerger of the group. Steve Donohue has been appointed CEO and Colin Storrie COO and CFO.

American berry giant Driscoll’s has taken a small stake in Australia’s fresh food company Costa Group. The two have joint ventures in Australia and China, with Driscoll now acquiring around five per cent of the company.

Treasury Wine Estates has pinned the underperformance in its US sector as a contributing reason to revise its profit forecasts for FY20, despite reporting growth in its Asia, ANZ and EMEA regions.

Kate Whitney has joined meal kit subscription company Marley Spoon as its new chief marketing and growth officer for Australia.

Research from the US has found a composite film could help reduce the amount of foodborne illness outbreaks. The film combines an antimicrobial layer to a clear, polyethylene plastic, commonly used to vacuum-package meat and fish.

The Australian food and beverage manufacturing industry is strong, but 2020 will offer challenges including ever-growing scrutiny from consumers. Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO Tanya Barden writes.

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