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Research centre aims to secure food for the future through photosynthesis

29 October, 2014

A research centre has been established to explore new technologies for improving crop yields, by improving the way that plants capture the sun's energy through photosynthesis.

Wurst news: AU$488 million for sausage price fixing

21 July, 2014

In Germany, the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling approx 338 million euros (AU$488 million) on 21 sausage manufacturers as well as 33 individuals for conducting illegal price-fixing agreements.

RIRDC to miss out on $11m funding under new budget

19 May, 2014

RIRDC says it anticipates cuts of $11 million over four years in base funding as a result of the 2014 Budget.

Food sector to benefit from infrastructure funding, says AFGC

15 May, 2014

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has welcomed the government's Budget focus on infrastructure and deficit reduction.

Chobani secures US$750m investment

28 April, 2014

Yoghurt company Chobani has secured a US$750 million investment from TPG Capital to fund future growth, expansion and innovation. As part of the agreement, TPG will be represented on Chobani's Board of Directors.

$3.5m funding to expand fish processing and packaging operations

14 April, 2014

Huon Aquaculture is set to receive $3.5 million in government funding to expand its Parramatta Creek factory in Tasmania. The expansion is expected to boost employment in the region, creating 90 ongoing jobs and an estimated 100 jobs during construction.

Cooling water systems upgrade attracts funding

07 April, 2014

In October 2012, Cormack Packaging commenced a systematic replacement of its manufacturing plant process cooling water systems. The new system was calculated to generate sufficient energy savings to obtain a Clean Technology Investment Program grant.

Funding for sustainable fisheries

07 March, 2014

OceanWatch has been recognised as a natural resource management (NRM) organisation and will receive $439,836 as part of the National Landcare Program to promote best-practice harvest practices and help increase long-term returns for Australian fishers.

CCA denies rumours of SPC Ardmona closure

19 February, 2014

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has issued a statement clarifying its position on SPC Ardmona following reports that it may close the processor. The company says these reports are "mistaken".

NZ 'cavemen' crowd fund paleo company

18 February, 2014

Mitchell McClenaghan and Ryan Kamins are hoping to raise $100,000 in funding for their Clean Paleo brand through the site.

$100 million over three years for SPC Ardmona

13 February, 2014 by Janette Woodhouse

When SPC was asking the federal government for $25 million and the Victorian government for the same, it was reported that the mothership, Coca-Cola Amatil, was willing to put $90 million into the mix. With the ASX announcement of a new $100 million investment plan to assist the future of SPC Ardmona and the Goulburn Valley, I am wondering why has CCA dropped its contribution to $78 million?

Not bad news for all fruit processors

11 February, 2014 by Janette Woodhouse

The plight of SPC has been front page news for a while; the media bemoans the fate of Australia's last fruit cannery and the viability of the entire Goulburn Valley. But not all first-world fruit processors are in such dire straits.

No help for SPC Ardmona is a "marker" for industry policy, Abbott says

03 February, 2014 by Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The federal government has rejected the bid by the embattled food processing company SPC Ardmona for $25 million, in a victory for the Liberal economic "dries" and "a marker" for industry policy.

Nice try SPC

03 February, 2014 by Janette Woodhouse

You know, I don't blame CCA/SPC for trying to score $25 million in federal funding plus a further $25 mil from the Victorian government. After all, what company wouldn't like an extra $50 million? Cadbury in Hobart has been promised $16 million and the car industry has received billions - this makes $25 million for SPC Ardmona's appeal sound cheap.

SPC Ardmona's $25m assistance package canned

31 January, 2014

The federal government's rejection of SPC Ardmona's request for a $25 million assistance package has left many uncertain about the future of the company and food manufacturing in Australia. Up to 5000 jobs could be affected if the company folds.

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