The Top 100 Australian Food & Drink Companies 2016 report, produced annually by Food & Drink Business in collaboration with research firm IBISWorld, provides a fascinating insight into the fortunes of Australia's largest food and beverage companies.

These 100 food and beverage companies collectively generate more than $103 billion in revenue in Australia, an increase of around three per cent since last year, and employ more than 135,000 Australians, according to research firm IBISWorld.

2015/16 has offered both challenges and opportunities for the industry, with some key trends playing out. Two of the most successful categories among the Top 100 companies, for instance, were dairy and meat processing.

Rocketing up the list were The a2 Milk Company, which jumped from 100th to 59th spot, Freedom Foods Group, which rose from 97th spot up to 84, and Bellamy’s Organic, which debuted on the Top 100 list at number 76. AACo also made its entrance to the list at number 33, helped along by investments in the supply chain.

We saw two new companies move into the top 10 this year. Treasury Wine Estates moved up from number 13, to replace George Weston Foods in number nine, and Carlton & United Breweries moved up from number 12, to replace Nestlé in number 10.


The top 10 companies

This year's fastest movers

Australia's 2016 Top 100: the big trends

Dairy processors make waves

Meat industry makes gains


Click here to see the full 2016 Top 100 report.


Editorial by Food & Drink Business. All data sourced from IBISWorld.


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