China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo. Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much…

Pineapple go to waste farmers warn of shortage

North Queensland farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit. Ideal growing conditions across Queensland have led to a bumper season, forcing down the amount of money paid to farmers for their crop. In many cases, it’s not enough to cover the cost…

Chinese warn of consumer-led Australian products boycott over worsening relations

Chinese officials have warned of a consumer-led boycott of ­Aus­tralian products following the breakdown in relations ­between the two countries, ­fuelled by Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign interference laws and pushback against ­Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian understands there have been talks in China about indirectly pulling economic levers — potentially targeting consumer products,…

Farmers in tears after banks take land

At the mercy of the elements Lindsay Dingle thought the life of a farmer was hard enough. Then there was a knock on the door that has brought him 40 months of turmoil. Mr Dingle had a cattle, cropping and fodder property outside of Bundaberg in Queensland for 13 years. In 2011 and 2013 the…

Bindaree Beef wins $30 million court case against Chinese customer

Bindaree Beef’s Chinese government-owned partner in an export deal gone bad has been lashed as “lacking any commercial moral compass” and ordered to pay the Australian company more than $30 million in compensation. The deal between Bindaree and Chinatex, a Chinese state-owned corporation, was sealed in mid-2015 and was supposed to have seen Bindaree kill…

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 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…