Fonterra Brands Australia
Fonterra's three separate brands businesses - formerly known as Bonland, PB Foods and Murrumbidgee Dairy Products (MDP) - were brought under the same name, Fonterra Brands Australia, in 2005.
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| Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd
owns 100% of Fonterra Brands Australia Pty Ltd
|Fonterra Brands Australia Pty Ltd|
In April 2016 Fonterra followed Murray Goulburn's lead and reduced its farm-gate price for raw milk from an average of $5.60 to $4.75-$5. This is below the cost of production, and threatens to push farmers off the land, cull herds for meat, or switch completely to beef farming.
[Source 2016][More on Finance]
Brands owned by this company were rated 'red' in Greenpeace's 2011 Truefood Guide, signifying they may include GM-derived ingredients in their products. This includes brands that either: contain GM derived ingredients; have no clear policy on GM-derived ingredients; and/or have ignored or refused Greenpeace's request for information regarding their policies on GM-derived ingredients.
[Source 2011][More on Genetic Engineering]
This company has been criticised for misleading advertising. In 2015 the Advertising Standards Bureau upheld complaints about a tv ad by this company on the grounds that they breached advertising codes. The ads were subsequently discontinued or modified.
[Source 2015][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
On 17 October 2011, Fonterra Australia was fined $300,000 in Melbourne County Court for failing to provide a safe workplace after an employee was crushed to death by two tonnes of salt.
[Source 2011][More on Workers Rights]
This company is a signatory to the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI), which is managed by the Australian Food & Grocery Council and covers products found in retail outlets. Companies that have signed up to the initiative commit to: only advertising healthier choices to children and encouraging a healthy lifestyle through good diet and physical activity; not paying for or seeking product placement television programs, editorial content or interactive games aimed at children, unless the product is a healthier choice; not advertising and marketing to children in Australian schools unless they are asked to by those schools.
[Source 2015][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
|Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd|
This company received a score of 2.5/100 (retrieved 13-Oct-2016) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
[Source 2016][More on Habitats]
In this 2011 report Greenpeace criticised dairy giant Fonterra for using palm-based animal feed from cleared forests in Indonesia and Malaysia, making a significant contribution to the carbon footprint of its milk products.
[Source 2011][More on Animal Rights]
This company appeared sixth on RepRisk's top ten "Most Controversial Companies of 2013". Companies on the list were severely criticised during 2013 by the world's media, governments and NGOs. Criticisms of Fonterra included contaminated milk products, anti-competitive activities, and pollution in New Zealand.
[Source 2013][More on Governance]
In April 2014 Fonterra was fined $A280,000, in charges over the 2013 whey protein contamination scare, which impacted New Zealand's reputation as a safe food exporter. At the time it was thought that 38 tonnes of whey protein concentrate had been contaminated with a botulism, which triggered a global recall. Testing later confirmed the scare was a false alarm. In June 2014 Fonterra was fined a further NZ$150,000 in related charges. Fonterra still face a $500 million claim from French food giant Danone, which is suing Fonterra for losses on infant formula made from the whey protein.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
This company is named and shamed in IBFAN's 2014 report, 'Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2014', a weighty collection of evidence showing non-compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA resolutions. The Report covers 27 companies with 813 violations in 81 countries.
[Source 2014][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
In July 2012 the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority forced Fonterra to amend its website after complaints about five "misleading" health claims for its dairy products.
[Source 2012][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Fonterra and Nestle started a dairy products joint venture called Dairy Partners Americas in 2003, which operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia. Nestle is the target of a long-standing boycott call.
[Source][More on Governance]
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The 2016 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report ranks global food companies on how they are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices. This company appeared in tier 4, "Making Progress on Implementation", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.
[Source 2017][More on Animal Rights]
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|Address||327 Ferntree Gully Rd, Mount Waverley, Vic, Australia|
|Phone||03 8541 1588|
|Fax||03 8541 1911|
|Freecall||1800 816 773|
Products / BrandsFonterra Brands Australia
Allowrie Cooking Fat
Country Gold Butter
Diploma Milk Powder
Munchables Custard & Desserts
Perfect Italiano Cheese
Supa Shake Flavoured Milk
Weight Watchers Cheese
Weight Watchers Milk
Western Star Butter
Western Star Cooking Fat
Fonterra offloads Tamar Valley to Parmalat
17th Dec 2015 — The world's biggest dairy exporter, Fonterra, has sold its Australian yoghurt and dessert business for an undisclosed sum to shore up the profitability of its local operations and improve returns for farmers.
Fonterra will offload the yoghurt business, which includes the Tamar Valley and Ski brands, to Italian dairy giant Parmalat, which moves these products up the Shop Ethical ratings from an F to a C
Read more about Parmalat on their Shop Ethical! company page.[source]