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Kraft Heinz appoints new CEO in Australia

Kraft Heinz Australia has confirmed Simon Laroche as its new CEO. He is charged with growing the business, strengthening relationships with retailers and supply chain partners as well as extending the company’s local product innovation.

Laroche has in-depth experience in the FMCG sector, with successful senior roles at Canada’s largest brewery company, Labatt Breweries. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales, where he managed 1,000 employees across sales and marketing teams. His areas of responsibility spanned international operations and partnerships, including within the Australian market.

“I am delighted to join the team at Kraft Heinz Australia and lead the company into its next phase of growth,” said Laroche. “It’s an exciting, fast-moving business, boasting iconic brands which Aussies love. Brands which are rich in heritage with products that bring great innovation to their categories.

“Most importantly, what sets Kraft Heinz apart is its people. The business has an outstanding team – all true talents in their fields, bringing energy, passion and creativity to their work each day.”

Since Kraft and Heinz merged in 2015, Kraft Heinz Australia has expanded and now employs more than 900 people across operations, production, sales and marketing. In the past 12 months, the company has also added a number of brands to its portfolio including Gravox, Fountain and SAXA following the acquisition of Cerebos in 2018.

Laroche further commented: “Even though Kraft Heinz is a large global company, the business strategy and operations here in Australia are very localised, from product development and innovation to partnerships. This uniqueness means that most products have been carefully created to meet the needs of Australian palates.

“My immediate focus areas are accelerating the company’s success and growth path through brand investment and innovation. Our new product development is centred on meeting emerging food trends – from the growing demand for plant-based products and multisensory food experiences to snacks that support healthy lifestyles. We have a number of exciting new products in the pipeline,” added Laroche.

Development of the company’s people is also a key priority for Laroche. The business is renowned for giving people every opportunity to succeed and grow at the pace of their talent.

 

Kraft Heinz in Australia has been recognised as one of the country’s leading employers, recently named in The AFR’s Top 100 Graduate Employers 2019 List.

Kraft Heinz appoints chief people officer in Australia

Kraft Heinz, the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world, today confirms its recent appointment of Joanne Chin as the company’s Chief People Officer in Australia. Joanne joins the company’s executive leadership team as the business continues to accelerate its innovation and expansion journey globally and locally.

In the past year, Kraft Heinz Australia has experienced growth including increasing its staff headcount and bringing a number of new products to the market.

Kraft Heinz in Australia employs more than 900 people throughout the country and is renowned for offering strong growth opportunities for its people. In Joanne’s new role, she will be responsible for helping to build a sustainable Australian business through a comprehensive people strategy, including building a thriving culture, developing strong leaders and managing current talent, as well as attracting new talent.

Chin has built her expertise in the human resources (HR) sector working for some of the world’s most innovative companies. She first began her HR career at Sydney-based law firm, Allens, after five years working as a lawyer at the company. Most recently, Chin was Head of People at Waymo (Google’s self-driving car company project) for over two years in San Francisco, and prior to this held HR leadership roles at Google for more than four years in both London and San Francisco.

In these positions, Chin honed her skills in transformational HR, designing and building new business divisions and teams. She developed employee training and development programs, as well as implemented best-practise strategies for driving outstanding workplace cultures.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Kraft Heinz Australia. My passion for business transformation, people, culture and innovative workplaces has led me to this exciting opportunity, and I hope to impart the knowledge I have working in various sectors and geographies,” said Chin.

“While one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, the business here in Australia is very agile and operates with a large amount of local autonomy. Kraft Heinz is known for taking great pride in hand picking outstanding talent and bringing them into the business, as well as nurturing its people with exciting opportunities.

“One of my core focus areas will be helping to develop a future generation of FMCG leaders. Regardless of tenure, everyone is given the opportunity to own and manage major products, enabling them to thrive and grow rapidly. A key element of my role will be building upon the robust personal development programs and opportunities currently in place.”

Kraft Heinz in Australia was recently named in The AFR’s Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018 List. The business works closely with Australian universities to on-board and train high achieving graduates annually. Many of these graduates have progressed into permanent positions and soon after achieved promotions into more senior roles.

 

Kraft Heinz appoint chief people officer in Australia

Kraft Heinz has appointed Joanne Chin as the company’s Chief People Officer in Australia. Chin joins the company’s executive leadership team as the business continues to accelerate its innovation and expansion journey globally and locally.

In the past year, Kraft Heinz Australia has experienced growth including increasing its staff headcount and bringing a number of new products to the market.

Kraft Heinz in Australia employs more than 900 people throughout the country and is renowned for offering strong growth opportunities for its people. In Chin’s new role, she will be responsible for helping to build a sustainable Australian business through a comprehensive people strategy, including building a thriving culture, developing strong leaders and managing current talent, as well as attracting new talent.

Boasting nearly 15 years of people and performance management, Joanne has built her expertise in the human resources (HR) sector working for some of the world’s most innovative companies. She first began her HR career at Sydney-based law firm, Allens, after five years working as a lawyer at the company. Most recently, Joanne was Head of People at Waymo (Google’s self-driving car company project) for over two years in San Francisco, and prior to this held HR leadership roles at Google for more than four years in both London and San Francisco.

In these positions, Joanne honed her skills in transformational HR, designing and building new business divisions and teams. She developed employee training and development programs, as well as implemented best-practise strategies for driving outstanding workplace cultures.

Chin said: “I am thrilled to join the team at Kraft Heinz Australia. My passion for business transformation, people, culture and innovative workplaces has led me to this exciting opportunity, and I hope to impart the knowledge I have working in various sectors and geographies.

“While one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, the business here in Australia is very agile and operates with a large amount of local autonomy. Kraft Heinz is known for taking great pride in hand picking outstanding talent and bringing them into the business, as well as nurturing its people with exciting opportunities.

“One of my core focus areas will be helping to develop a future generation of FMCG leaders. Regardless of tenure, everyone is given the opportunity to own and manage major products, enabling them to thrive and grow rapidly. A key element of my role will be building upon the robust personal development programs and opportunities currently in place.”

 

Kraft Heinz in Australia has been recognised as one of the country’s leading employers, recently named in The AFR’s Top 100 Graduate Employers 2018 List. The business works closely with Australian universities to on-board and train high achieving graduates annually. Many of these graduates have progressed into permanent positions and soon after achieved promotions into more senior roles.

Veolia supplies Kraft Heinz China with in-house wastewater treatment

Kraft Heinz China has selected Veolia Water Technologies to provide the multinational food manufacturer with a wastewater treatment solution for its new soy sauce plant in Guangdong, China. The implementation of Veolia’s technologies at Kraft Heinz’s new plant in Guangdong will enable them to meet the stringent national and provincial discharge standards.

An American food company formed by the merger of Kraft Foods Group and Heinz in 2015, Kraft Heinz is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. The new Kraft Heinz Yangjiang food factory in Guangdong covers an area of over 13 hectares, and will produce about 125,000 tonnes of soy sauce per year.

“This project is a testament to the quality of Veolia’s wastewater treatment solutions and it reaffirms Veolia’s leading position as a water and wastewater solutions provider,” shared James Peng, managing director, Solutions China, Veolia Water Technologies. “By combining our technologies and our knowledge of local discharge limits, Veolia is able to help Kraft Heinz mitigate wastewater challenges in an increasingly environmentally conscious market”.

Veolia will provide its AnoxKaldnes Biological Activated Sludge (BAS) solution in the Kraft Heinz Yangjiang factory. Optimally designed to provide a volumetric loading capacity that is up to three times higher than conventional activated sludge, the BAS biological wastewater treatment solution is a combination of Veolia’s compact AnoxKaldness Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) and activated sludge processes. This will allow Kraft Heinz to cope with an overall higher organic load than conventional activated sludge processes, while requiring a relatively small footprint.

Apart from the AnoxKaldnes BAS solution, the wastewater treatment plant will also be equipped with a Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) clarifier system for total phosphorous removal and biological sludge separation.

“As Veolia continues to expand its presence in Asia, we are confident that our robust solutions and long-term focused customer service will continue to benefit customers across various industries. With a competent and strong professional team providing local support in China, we are excited about future growth opportunities here,” said Peng.

Kraft Heinz opens new digital hub in America

The Kraft Heinz Company has opened a new digital hub as part of the Evolv group.

The group will create digitally powered business models and launch other entrepreneurial ideas to fuel growth for Kraft Heinz.

As part of this new group, Kraft Heinz has established and is rapidly growing tech and entrepreneurial teams in San Francisco and Chicago.

In San Francisco, there will be a team of software engineers, data scientists, product managers, designers, and members of its eCommerce team.

READ: Kraft Heinz launches $100m venture fund focused on tech companies

Kraft Heinz jumpstarted its digital hub through the acquisition of wellio, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) food tech company based in San Francisco.

Global Digital Online Growth president Nina Barton said in wellio, the Kraft Heinz found extraordinary talent that could fuel its digital ambitions and an AI platform that can help create food related solutions for its consumers.

“We wanted to take a holistic look at digital disruption and growth. This is part of a larger growth approach for Kraft Heinz and is in addition to our recently announced $100 million venture fund, Evolv Ventures,” said Barton.

The Kraft Heinz Company’s brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Plasmon.

The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our company.

Wellio is an AI food tech company based in San Francisco with a mission to help people eat better.

Its technology provides elements of a personal nutritionist, chef and shopper.

The company was incubated by The Production Board – a food and agriculture technology focused venture foundry and investment holding company.

Kraft Heinz launches $100m venture fund focused on tech companies

Kraft Heinz has committed up to $100 million to Evolv Ventures, which is a fund that will invest in emerging tech companies transforming the food industry.

The company’s CEO Bernardo Hees said new technological innovations in the food industry create endless new opportunities to strengthen business models.

“Through Evolv Ventures, we will work with tomorrow’s most innovative founders and companies in the space, and use the full resources of Kraft Heinz to help them succeed,” said Hees.

Kraft Heinz has brought on venture investor Bill Pescatello to lead the fund.

READ: Kraft Heinz provides thousands of meals to Rise Against Hunger

Pescatello brings more than a decade of successful venture investing experience at two leading venture funds to Kraft Heinz.

Most recently, he was a Partner at Lightbank, the Chicago venture capital fund founded by serial entrepreneurs Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.

He was also a founding member of the Peacock Equity Fund, a $250 million global capital fund of GE Capital and NBCUniversal.

While Kraft Heinz has a long history of developing iconic brands including Philadelphia, Heinz and Oscar Mayer, the new fund will accelerate the company’s exposure to emerging technologies and businesses, and better leverage its position in the industry.

“At Evolv Ventures, we will move beyond brands to have a committed first look at our industry’s most promising and disruptive tech-enabled companies,” said Pescatello.

“With the insights, data and access available at Kraft Heinz, we look to take full advantage of our unique position and be the foremost value-added investor in the space,” he said.

Evolv Ventures will be based in Chicago.

Kraft Heinz is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world.

The Company’s brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables and Velveeta.

The announcement of the venture fund was made in early October, 2018.

Kraft Heinz provides thousands of meals to Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger has partnered with Kraft Heinz to pack 50,000 meals for disadvantaged communities.

Victorians are helping achieve Kraft Heinz’s global pledge to donate 1 billion meals to people in need by 2021.

Rise Against Hunger, an international non-profit hunger relief organisation, received 50,000 meals packed by Kraft Heinz employees in August.

Kraft Heinz wanted to provide hunger relief to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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The volunteer packing day saw Kraft Heinz employees pack and box micronutrient meals, which are now being delivered to schools, clinics and vocational centres all over the world.

Kraft Heinz’s Australian CEO, Bruno Lino, said the initiative has helped contribute to Kraft Heinz’s global pledge to donate 1 billion nutritious meals to people in need by 2021 as part of its partnership with the philanthropic organisation, Rise Against Hunger.

“Staff at Kraft Heinz were thrilled to be involved in helping provide hunger relief to disadvantaged communities” said Lino.

One in three people worldwide are currently affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, according to Kraft Heinz.

Micronutrient meals, which include rice, dried vegetables and more than 23 essential vitamins, help provide essential nourishment.

The program also works to support communities to make the difficult journey out of poverty by providing additional skills training and services.

“Our employees are extremely proud to be able to help some of the many people currently impacted by hunger all over the world. It shows that no matter where you are, there is always an opportunity to make a positive impact,” said Lino.

Rise Against Hunger delivers food and aid to disadvantaged communities with the goal of making a global impact on hunger by building resilience and self-sufficiency amongst vulnerable populations.

Kraft Heinz products are sold in nearly 200 countries with dedicated employee teams in more than 40 countries.

Kraft Heinz is also committed to the sustainable health of consumers, the planet, and the company.

The company has an existing platform in Australia and New Zealand with a stable of well-known brands including Heinz, Kraft, Golden Circle, and Wattie’s in categories including beans and spaghetti, sauces & dressings, soups, infant food, fruit and vegetables, juices, and many others.

Kraft Heinz withdraws bid to merge with Unilever

Kraft Heinz has withdrawn its US$143bn offer to buy Unilever because it judged by Unilever as too low.

In a joint statement, the companies said: “Unilever and Kraft Heinz hereby announce that Kraft Heinz has amicably agreed to withdraw its proposal for a combination of the two companies.

“Unilever and Kraft Heinz hold each other in high regard. Kraft Heinz has the utmost respect for the culture, strategy and leadership of Unilever.”

As the Independent reports, if the deal had been successful the resources of Kraft Heinz and Unilver combined would have been enough to rival the world’s biggest packaged food maker, Nestle.

 

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