Thomas Foods International
Commenced 1988 and rebranded from T&R Pastoral Pty Ltd in March 2013. Australia's largest 100% family-owned meat processing company (lamb, beef, mutton, goat) and third largest red meat processor. Has 4 processing plants and processes meat from the Wanderribby research feedlot. Exports to more than 80 countries.
|Thomas Foods International Consolidated Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
|Thomas Foods International Consolidated Pty Ltd|
This company operates feedlots. A feedlot is an intensive confinement animal feeding operation (CAFO) for cattle, much like a factory for 'battery chickens'. Each animal has 5 to 10 square metres of space in a pen of 50 to 200 cattle. The cattle are forced to stand and sleep in their own dung and urine, and endure extremes of weather (especially heat). Close confinement means a much higher risk of disease so antibiotic drugs are routinely used. Grain feed commonly causes their digestive systems to be acidic. Cattle spend up to a year in feedlots, where they are fattened up before slaughter.
[Source 2020][More on Factory Farming]
This company has been accused of abusing and bullying international workers, amid poor health and hygiene conditions. The senate inquiry continues.
[Source 2015][More on Workers Rights]
In 2015 this company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thailand's CP Group. CP Group has been criticised for having slave labour in its seafood supply chain.
[Source 2015][More on Governance]
T&R implemented a series of environmental improvements at its Murray Bridge abattoir between 2009 and 2011 in response to community complaints about odour, dust and noise from the facility, as well as moth fly infestation, which tended to increase in the summer months. The EPA is monitoring their progress.
[Source 2011][More on Habitats]
|Company Structure||Family-owned private company|
|Revenue||$1.1 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||1656 in 2014 in Australia|
|Address||Lagoon Road, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253, Australia|
|Phone||08 8532 1955|
Products / BrandsThomas Foods International
Thomas Farms Beef