Food and beverage company
Founded in Tamworth NSW in 1909. Goodman Fielder was Australasia's largest listed food manufacturing company, however the company was delisted from the ASX in 2015 when it was acquired for $1.3 billion by the world's largest palm oil trading company, Wilmar International, and Hong Kong investment company First Facific. They manufacture their products in almost 60 plants across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Caledonia.
|Goodman Fielder Ltd||AUS||website|
| Wilmar International Ltd
owns 50% of Goodman Fielder Ltd
| Kuok Group
owns 30% of Wilmar International Ltd
| Archer Daniels Midland Company
owns 17% of Wilmar International Ltd
| First Pacific Company Ltd
owns 50% of Goodman Fielder Ltd
|Goodman Fielder Ltd|
This company received a score of 8 out of a possible total of 9 in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers' Scorecard 2016, which rates companies on what they are - and aren't - doing to prevent the negative environmental and social impacts of palm oil production.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including products by this company. The silica and titanium dioxide in all 14 food products tested contained a high proportion of nanoparticles that have not been tested, labelled or approved for consumption in Australia. Furthermore, peer reviewed studies have raised health serious health concerns regarding the use of these nanoparticles in food.
[Source 2015][More on Product Safety]
This 2013 report by The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) investigates the labour and human rights risks in supply chain sourcing. This company is identified on page 21 as a company which sources products from countries with known systemic labour and human rights concerns.
[Source 2013][More on Human Rights]
Friends of the Earth's 2014 report "Tiny Ingredients, Big Risks" names this company as one of over 200 transnational food companies engaged in nanotechnology research and development, and on their way to commercializing products. New studies are adding to a growing body of scientific evidence indicating nanomaterials may be toxic to humans and the environment.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
This company has been criticised by CHOICE for refusing to place health star ratings on their products.
[Source 2015][More on Product Safety]
This company is a member of the Australian chapter 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]
Brands owned by this company were rated 'green' in Greenpeace's 2011 Truefood Guide, signifying a clear policy on excluding GM-derived ingredients, including oils derived from GM crops, and animal products from animals fed on GM crops. However since then the company has had a change of ownership so their current GM status in unknown.
[Source 2011][More on Genetic Engineering]
According to data released by the Australian Tax Office in Dec 2015, this company was one of 579 local and foreign-based companies that paid no tax in Australia in 2013-14. Please note however that companies pay income tax on profits, not revenue (total income). While some companies use tax havens and loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of tax in Australia, other companies that paid no tax have perfectly legitimate reasons.
[Source 2015][More on Finance]
|Wilmar International Ltd|
New research (2014) from Friends of the Earth in Indonesia, Liberia, Uganda and Nigeria, shows how Wilmar International, one of the world's largest palm oil traders, continue their abusive practices of deforestation and land-grabbing, despite promises to stop.
[Source 2014][More on Forests]
This article from German NGO Rainforest Rescue reveals how in Indonesia, people are driven off their land, and the rainforest they depend on to make a living is turned into giant palm oil plantations. Anyone who resists is intimidated, arrested or held at gunpoint. Wilmar's armed security forces have been used repeatedly to silence the people who defend themselves against land grab and violence. Wilmar operates plantations in Sumatra and Borneo that cover up to 600.000 hectares of land, and is notorious for illegal logging and human rights violations.
[Source 2014][More on Human Rights]
A 2016 report by Amnesty International found a range of labour rights abuses on the plantations operated by Wilmar's subsidiaries and suppliers in Indonesia. These abuses include worst forms of child labour, forced labour, discrimination against women workers, people being paid below the minimum wage, and workers suffering injuries from toxic chemicals
[Source 2016][More on Human Rights]
This company received a score of 20.4/100 in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2012, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on their environmental footprint, management (policies, programs, initiatives, controversies) and reporting practices, using data from Trucost and Sustainalytics. This was the lowest score of all 500 companies ranked.
[Source 2012][More on Sustainability Reporting]
A civil society coalition is calling on investors and buyers (including this company) of palm oil producer Felda Global Ventures (FGV) to take robust, transparent action to address ongoing risks. This follows the Wall Street Journal's expose of human trafficking, forced labor, withholding of wages and other abuses of workers on FGV's palm plantations in July 2015.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
Wilmar, the world's biggest trader in palm oil, is illegally logging rainforests, setting forests on fire and violating the rights of local communities in Indonesia, according to a 2007 report published by Friends of the Earth Netherlands. [Listed under information due to age of report]
[Source 2007][More on Forests]
In Dec 2013 Wilmar announced a No Deforestation Policy in response to years of pressure from Greenpeace, NGOs and consumers around the world. The policy has the potential to transform the controversial palm oil industry, says Greenpeace. Greenpeace are closely monitoring how Wilmar puts these words into action, and are calling on the company to immediately stop buying from companies involved in deforestation.
[Source 2013][More on Forests]
This company has sustainability claims on its website including responsible plantation management.
[Source 2014][More on Sustainability Reporting]
The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soya, beef, leather, timber, and pulp and paper). This company received a score of 3/5.
[Source 2016][More on Forests]
In 2016 KnowTheChain benchmarked 60 large global companies in the ICT, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear sectors on their efforts to address forced labour and human trafficking in their supply chains. This company received a score of 40/100.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
This company is listed on the Facing Finance website as a company that manufactures weapons or profits from violations of human rights, pollution, corruption, or international law. Follow link for further details.
|First Pacific Company Ltd|
First Pacific owns 31% of Philex Mining Coporation, a Philippine-listed company engaged in the exploration and mining of mineral resources and, through a listed subsidiary Philex Petroleum Corporation, in oil and gas exploration. First Pacific also holds investments in a gas-fired power plant in Singapore, and a bioethanol producer in the Philippines.
[Source 2014][More on Habitats]
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||$2.2 billion in 2014|
|Company Ranking||178 in top 2000 Australian companies|
|Subsidiaries||La Famiglia Fine Foods Pty Ltd
Meadow Fresh NZ Ltd
|Address||T2, 39 Delhi Rd, North Ryde, NSW, 2113, Australia|
|Phone||02 8899 7000|
|Fax||02 8026 4200|
Products / BrandsGoodman Fielder
Atlantic Bakery Bread
Chefol Cooking Oil
Country Life Bread
Country Split Bread
Crisco Cooking Oil
Defiance Flour & Bread Mix
Defiance Pudding & Custard
Donna Hay Cake Mix
Early Harvest Bread
ETA Cooking Oil
ETA Salad Dressing/Mayonnaise
ETA Tomato/BBQ Sauce
Frymasta Cooking Fat
Gold'nCanola Cooking Oil
Helgas Flat Bread
Kream Flour & Bread Mix
La Famiglia Bread
La Famiglia Garlic Bread
Meadow Lea Margarine
Mighty Soft Bread
Nature's Fresh Bread
Olive Grove Margarine
Olive Grove Australian Extra Virgin certified Olive Oil
Pampas Frozen Desserts/Fruit
Pampas Frozen Pastry
Paul Newman's Own Pasta Sauce
Paul Newman's Own Salad Dressing/Mayonnaise
Pavlova Magic Cake Mix
Pavlova Magic Pudding & Custard
Praise Salad Dressing/Mayonnaise
Supafry Cooking Fat
Weight Watchers Bread
Weight Watchers Margarine
Weight Watchers Chilled Meals
White Wings some products certified organic Flour & Bread Mix
White Wings Pudding & Custard
White Wings Cake Mix
White Wings Gravy
Wonder White Bread
Wonder Wholemeal Bread
Wonder Wraps Flat Bread
Goodman Fielder now fully foreign owned
5th Mar 2015 — Australia's biggest food manufacturer, Goodman Fielder was delisted from the ASX in March 2015 when it was acquired for $1.3 billion by Asian agribusiness giant Wilmar International and Hong Kong investment company First Facific. Wilmar controls over half of Australia's sugar industry and is the world's largest palm oil trading company. [source]
Goodman Fielder sells Paradise Foods to Green's
11th Jan 2014 — Green's General Foods is to become the largest Australian-owned biscuit manufacturer, after buying Goodman Fielder's biscuit business for $17 million in Jan 2014. Goodman Fielder paid $80 million for Paradise Foods in Mar 2008. [source]
Goodman Fielder buys Paradise Food
7th Mar 2008 — The largest Australian-owned biscuit manufacturer, Paradise Food Industries also make the entire Dick Smith range of biscuits. Paradise was bought by Australia's largest food company, Goodman Fielder, for about $80 million in Mar 2008. [source]
Goodman Fielder buys three bread brands
13th Jul 2006 — Goodman Fielder bought Hawlee Nominees, makers of bread brands Country Life Bakery, Flinders and Early Harvest [source]