Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stood firm on his decision to reject SPC Ardmona’s plea for assistance, stating that the decision is final and will not be swayed by efforts from liberal MP Sharman Stone, who called upon cabinet to reconsider.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has confirmed that nearly all of SPC Ardmona’s plant staff are entitled to lucrative redundancy payouts of up to two years’ wages.
Fruit processor SPC Ardmona is setting the record straight in regards to its workers’ allowances and conditions, arguing that recent claims made by the federal government are untrue.
Daniel Andrews, the leader of the Opposition in Victoria, has pledged $30 million to struggling fruit processor SPC Ardmona if it’s successful in the November election.
Since Australia’s food and health ministers confirmed their commitment to the health star rating system, there’s been a steady trickle of food industry media aimed at undermining the scheme. And it appears to be working.
The political lobbying accompanying the government’s decision to withhold financial support from SPC Ardmona has overshadowed the big structural issues facing Australia’s preserved food industry.
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.
The federal government, the Greens and the National Farmers Federation are all unsure that giving the ACCC the power to set farm gate prices is the best solution to unsustainable discounting.
It seems unlikely that fruit processor SPC Ardmona will receive government aid with prime minister Tony Abbott encouraging the brand to get its own house in order.
Animal protection organisation, Humane Society International, has responded to claims that a bird flu outbreak on a free range egg farm in Young is threatening the supply of cage-free eggs, arguing the farm isn’t free range at all.
Geoffrey Annison, deputy chief executive of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, provides an update on the progress surrounding front of pack nutrition labelling, arguing there’s still more work to be done.
Trade minister Andrew Robb and others within the federal government are showing their opposition to industry assistance, expressing concern that help to SPC Ardmona could send the wrong message to struggling companies.
As a means of protecting the state’s reputation as a clean food producer, Tasmania has extended indefinitely its moratorium on genetically modified crops and animals.
Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone has spoken against economic dries in Cabinet opposed to SPC Ardmona’s request for a $25 million co-investment.
Andrew Crane, managing director of Australia’s biggest grain exporter, CBH Group, has said Australia can’t assume it will be Asia’s food bowl in the future, with questionable infrastructure threatening the country’s ability to take advantage of valuable export opportunities.
The NZ Ministry for Primary Industries released a report today assessing trends relating to antibiotic use to enable the monitoring of any potential antibiotic resistance in food-producing animals and companion animals.
Peak trade association, The Produce Marketing Association Australia and New Zealand has welcomed the New Zealand government’s in-principle acceptance to establish a centre of food safety science and research in New Zealand following a recommendation in the Dairy Food Safety Regulatory system report released earlier this week.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce has announced that Australian table grape producers should soon be able to export to the Korean market following the finalisation of associated trade conditions.
The Abbott government is allegedly close to rejecting food processor SPC Ardmona’s plea for funding amid fears that it could spark a ‘dangerous precedent’ for other companies in financial trouble.
A Waikato (New Zealand) Inghams Chicken employee has been awarded $4000 in compensation for unfair dismissal.