Founded in Melbourne in 1983 by CEO, Arnold May. The largest contract manufacturer of muesli based cereals and snack bars in Australia. Acquired by Freedom Foods in 2015.
|Popina (Vic) Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
| Freedom Foods Group Ltd
owns 100% of Popina (Vic) Pty Ltd
| Arrovest Pty Ltd
owns 60% of Freedom Foods Group Ltd
|Popina (Vic) Pty Ltd|
|No assessment data currently available for Popina (Vic) Pty Ltd|
|Freedom Foods Group Ltd|
While most of this company's products are GM free according to Greenpeace, their Norganic mayonnaise comes in organic and non-organic varieties. The non-organic mayonnaise is made in the USA and contains 78% soyabean oil, which is most likely made from GM soybeans. About 90% of soy grown in the USA is genetically modified.
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This company has products that have been verified as compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard, North America's only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
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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.
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This company manufactures or distributes products that are certified organic under the Australian Certified Organic label.
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This company is a signatory to the Manufacturers and Importers Agreement 1992 (MAIF), a voluntary self-regulatory code of conduct between the manufacturers and importers of infant formula in Australia. The MAIF Agreement aims to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants, by the protection and promotion of breastfeeding and by ensuring the proper use of breast milk substitutes, when they are necessary, on the basis of adequate information through appropriate marketing and distribution.
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China's biggest private agricultural company, New Hope, will invest up to $500 million in Australian dairy farms and processing plants as part of a deal with Freedom Foods in what could be the first of many deals fuelled by the China-Australia free-trade agreement.
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According to data released by the Australian Tax Office in Dec 2018, this company was one of 2,159 local and foreign-based companies that paid no tax in Australia in 2016-17. 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.
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|Arrovest Pty Ltd|
|Company Structure||Family-owned private company|
|# Employees||100 in 2015|
|Address||73 Monash Drive, Dandenong South, VIC, 3175, Australia|
|Phone||03 8795 8900|
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Freedom bulks up muesli credentials with $35m acquisition
23rd Oct 2015 — Popina Foods, a market leader in oat-based cereals and snacks, is poised to be bought by ASX-listed good-for-you food company Freedom Foods for $35 million.
Demand for oats rising in Australia and Asia, according to Freedom Foods, and Popina is a recognised leader in cluster format cereals and snacks in Australia.
The company operates out of a 10,500 sqm facility in Dandenong, Victoria. It makes a quarter of its sales from its own brands, Arnold's Farms and Goodness Superfoods, and the rest from its contract manufacturing operations.
The company was founded by Arnold May in 1983. Operating out of a shop front in inner Melbourne, he initially toasted muesli in small oven, blended it in a cement mixer and sold it to a few health stores. Thirty two years later, and Popina now holds more than a third of the Australian muesli market.
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