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”….

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…

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…

Grazier says mega-mine could ruin water

HAVING lived his whole life on the land, grazier Bruce Currie is determined to leave the country he’s farmed in better shape for future generations. But he’s worried Adani’s planned Carmichael mega-mine will have irreversible effects on the only source of fresh water for much of inland Australia. Mr Currie said it was uncertain what…

Palaszczuk Government resume Emerald farmland for Adani rail link

THE State Government has resumed 3568ha of agricultural land for Adani’s rail line from the planned Carmichael Mine to Abbot Point. The decision was Gazetted last week and has angered a farm group partly backed by the Tim Flannery-led Climate Council. Land resumptions are a normal part of any infrastructure project and Adani said it…

Sydney more Asian than European

CHINA has overtaken England and New Zealand as the most popular country of birth in Sydney, according to the latest Census, released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics today. 4.7 per cent of the Greater Sydney population comes from China, followed by England on 3.1. Nationally, 1.3 million new migrants have come to Australia since…

Chinese dairy company Yili makes substantial offer for Murray Goulburn

A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australia’s biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say. Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer. Confirming last month that it…

Australian owned Weis company sold to international giant Unilever.

WEIS, one of Queensland’s most beloved ice cream companies has been bought up by international giant Unilever. Weis, which began its life when Les Weis started selling his iconic Fruito Bar in 1957, operates from a factory in Toowoomba.Unilever, who already own Streets ice cream, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to…