Food Processing

SPC Ardmona dismisses unionised workers to bring in contract labour

SPC Ardmona dismisses unionised workers to bring in contract labourOn Friday, food producer SPC Ardmona told 73 unionised workers they will be replaced next year with contract labour, as the company is struggling to modernise its operations, harness its costs and increase productivity. SPC Ardmona has been processing fruit and vegetables for more than 90-years in Australia.

Winning spree for Meat reformers

Winning spree for Meat reformersDon Morrison, the former Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) reform group director was elected to the board of the Alliance Group, along with Murray Taggart, while shareholders voted for John Monaghan Fonterra's director to be appointed as an independent director.

Meat industry reformers have scored a pair of wins in elections to the board of the major meat processor.

Dividend Cut by Fonterra though Milk price unchanged

FonterraOn Wednesday, Fonterra New Zealand's dairy giant predicted a fall of up to 50 percent in full-year earnings and cut down its dividend.

The co-operative, that controls almost one third of the world dairy trade, forecast earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the year to July 2014 of NZ$500 million-NZ$600 million ($415 million-$500 million), from NZ$1.02 billion in
2013.

McDonald's get ready to answer customers

McDonald's get ready to answer customersThe fast-food chain McDonald's now has a new section on its website, called "Our Food, Your Questions". Patrick Wilson, the food giant's New Zealand boss mentioned that the company is hoping to throw light on a few of the myths and preconceptions about the meals on its menu.

Fonterra determined to pay forecast payout

Fonterra determined to pay forecast payoutThe world's biggest dairy exporter New Zealand's Fonterra , hung on to its record-high forecast payout to farmers for the existing season while repeating that the company's margins would take a punch from volatile dairy prices.

Meat exporter to reassess operations following huge Loss

Meat exporter to reassess operations following huge LossThe country's largest meat processor Silver Fern Farms will undertake a review of its business after suffering a mammoth $28.6 million loss for the year to September. It has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to undertake the review.

The loss has been largely blamed on the company's sheep meat operations, with market consumption and pricing regularly  dropping during  the first half the year.

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