Chinese police seize 14,000 bottles of counterfeit Penfolds wine

THOUSANDS of bottles purporting to be Penfolds’ top-shelf wine have been seized in an anti-counterfeit operation in China. Chinese police seized 14,000 bottles of counterfeit wine following a complaint by Penfolds’ parent company Treasury Wine Estates about three months ago. The fake premium products were sold through Chinese giant Alibaba’s consumer-to-consumer website Taobao with sales…

130-year-old Brownes Dairy sold to Chinese firm.

One of Western Australia’s most recognised household dairy names — the 130-year-old Brownes Dairy — has been sold to a Chinese firm. Brownes chief executive Tony Girgis announced today the private equity group Archer Capital had sold the company to Shanghai Ground Food Tech, who they described as “experienced dairy operators who understand the industry”….

China’s rise a threat to Australia’s security

‘Overhaul nation’s defence strategy’ to handle China’s rise, experts warn Australia needs a new defence strategy to deter, and if necessary, defend itself against an increasingly powerful, aggressive China, two of the nation’s most experienced strategists have warned. Former senior Defence officials Paul Dibb and Richard ­Brabin-Smith say the nation faces an increased prospect of…

China lifts import ban on Australian beef

CHINA has lifted a three-month ban on beef and lamb processed by a group of Australian abattoirs. In July, suspensions were made on exports from JBS’s Toowoomba and Scone plants, Thomas Food International’s facility at Murray Bridge in South Australia and Northern Co-operative Meat Company’s Casino processor, as well as plants run by Kilcoy Pastoral…

First Wellard cattle shipment to China: Australia China FTA

CATTLE exporter Wellard has made its first shipment of beef cattle to China for processing, under the Australia China Free Trade Agreement. Wellard says 2,000 Angus and Angus-cross steers sourced from Victoria and South Australia have left Portland in Victoria bound for Shidao in China’s Shandong province. The Chinese group Fulida had become the majority…

Foreigners in charge of Australia’s dairy destiny: Murray Goulburn sale

THE Australian dairy industry is no longer in charge of its own destiny. ANALYSIS: And the days of the large dairy co-operative are over. If Canada’s Saputo, with an annual turnover of $US8.4 billion last year, is successful in buying Murray Goulburn it would control up to three billion litres of milk in the Australian…

China’s huge demand for dairy is driving up butter prices

CHINA’S endless demand for Australian dairy and baby formula is behind the butter price rises — and it will soon force bakeries to switch from using butter to margarine to survive. Many sausage rolls, Swiss rolls, biscuits and croissants will start tasting different as bakeries deal with a 30 per cent increases in the cost…

Murray Goulburn sold to Canadian – owned Saputo for $1.3 billion

CANADIAN family dairy company Saputo Inc has won the battle for Victorian-based dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn. Murray Goulburn has announced it has entered into a binding agreement to sell to Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd, the Australian arm of the Canadian dairy giant, for $1.3 billion. The deal is subject to approval from the Foreign…

China buys QLD’s The Real Pet Food Company for $1bn

A Chinese-led consortium has struck a billion-dollar deal to buy a Queensland-based pet food giant to exploit the growth of “pet humanisation” in the United States and ultimately China. The majority owner of The Real Pet Food Company (TRPC), Quadrant Private Equity, has sold its interests to the Beijing-based Hosen Capital, China’s largest agribusiness company…

Chinese developers buy one-third of Australia’s sites in 2016

Chinese developers bought almost 40 per cent of the total $5 billion spent on Australia’s residential development sites in 2016, with a clear trend towards buying up land in far-flung Sydney and Melbourne suburbs, new research shows. Knight Frank’s report, The Rise of Chinese Developers in Australia, found Chinese developers bought $2.4 billion of residential development sites in…