Dairy product manufacturing
This Australian dairy company became foreign owned in 1998 when Italian dairy giant Parmalat bought Pauls Ltd. Parmalat was acquired by French dairy giant Lactalis in 2011. Acquired WA dairy and fruit juice company Harvey Fresh in Apr 2014 for $120m.
|Parmalat Australia Ltd||AUS||website|
| Parmalat Finanziaria SpA
owns 100% of Parmalat Australia Ltd
| Groupe Lactalis
owns 88% of Parmalat Finanziaria SpA
|Parmalat Australia Ltd|
In Aug 2015 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued two $8000 fines to this company after offensive odours were detected coming from its dairy processing plant at Lidcombe. The EPA's odour surveys detected offensive odours beyond the boundary of the premises on 12 March and 15 April 2015. The odours on both occasions were caused by wastewater stored in a 500,000 Litre tank on the site becoming depleted in oxygen and producing hydrogen sulphide, that is rotten egg gas.
[Source 2015][More on Habitats]
This company was one of five major dairy processors that agreed to amend its milk supply agreements after The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found them to be unfair. The ACCC said it had raised concerns with some processors about lengthy notice periods for farmers to terminate their contracts, one-sided termination rights, broad indemnities, and terms that restrict a farmer's ability to lease a farm or sell their cattle.
[Source 2018][More on Governance]
Some of this company's products are certified organic by NASAA.
[Source 2018][More on Eco-Certification]
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]
|Parmalat Finanziaria SpA|
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 0/5.
[Source 2018][More on Forests]
The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) is a global initiative that evaluates the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers on their policies, practices and performance related to undernutrition and obesity. Of the 22 companies ranked this company came last.
[Source 2018][More on Product Safety]
The 2017 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 6, "No Evidence that on the Business Agenda", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.
[Source 2018][More on Animal Rights]
This company received a score of 2 out of a possible total of 24 in the WWF Soy Scorecard 2016, which rates companies on their use of responsible soy, grown without damaging the environment and harming people.
[Source 2016][More on Forests]
This company scores Ethical Consumer's worst rating for their use of palm oil, signifying they are using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments.
[Source 2019][More on Palm Oil]
This company is named and shamed in IBFAN's 2017 report, 'Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2017', evidence of violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, compiled from June 2014 to June 2017. The report covers 792 Code violations from 79 countries and by 28 companies.
[Source 2017][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2019 assesses 173 companies on the commitments they have made, and the actions they have taken, to ensure that there is no destruction of nature including no deforestation along their supply chains; and support a responsible and sustainable palm oil industry beyond their own supply chain. This company failed to respond to WWF's requests for information.
[Source 2019][More on Palm Oil]
In 2010 US-based Lactalis subsidiary Sorrento Lactalis paid the United States a $315,000 penalty for excess discharges in violation of its wastewater permit levels. The company discharged the excess pollutants into Mason Creek from its factory operations in Nampa, Idaho, in violation of the Clean Water Act. The company repeatedly violated its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit over a period of three years from December 2005 to September 2008.
[Source 2010][More on Habitats]
Lactalis and Nestle created a dairy products joint venture in 2006 called Lactalis Nestle Chilled Dairy, which operates in nine European countries. Nestle is the target of a boycott call.
[Source][More on Governance]
This company has a number of sustainability claims on its website including improvements in the areas of water and energy consumption, waste management and packaging reductions.
[Source 2013][More on Sustainability Reporting]
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||$1.66 billion in 2015|
|# Employees||2,197 in 2015|
|Company Ranking||254 in top 2000 Australian companies|
|Subsidiaries||Harvey Fresh (1994) Pty Ltd
Tamar Valley Dairy Pty Ltd
|Address||Level 2, 35 Boundary St, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101, Australia|
|Phone||07 3840 0100|
|Fax||07 3844 4105|
|Freecall||1800 676 961|
Products / BrandsParmalat Australia
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]
Parmalat buys Harvey Fresh
2nd Apr 2014 — Family-owned Western Australian fruit juice and dairy processor Harvey Fresh was sold to Italian dairy group, Parmalat for $120m in April 2014. Parmalat is 83% owned by French dairy giant Lactalis, who bought Australia's Jindi Cheese last year. [source]
Woolworths switches own-label milk from NF to Parmalat
20th Jun 2011 — Woolworths has announced plans to source all its own-label fresh milk products from Parmalat in NSW, a move the company said is not related to its 'milk war' with Coles. [source]