One of Australia's largest food processors. Simplot Australia was founded in 1995 when the J R Simplot Company acquired some of Australia's favourite food brand businesses including Edgell, Chiko, Birds Eye, Harvest and Leggo's. Acquired Chicken Tonight, Raguletto and Five Brothers from Symington's Australia in 2016.
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| J R Simplot Company
owns 100% of Simplot Australia (Holdings) Pty Ltd
|Simplot Australia (Holdings) Pty Ltd|
Second highest rating in Greenpeace's Canned Tuna Guide. "John West ranked 2nd this year. It has made big improvements since we started the Guide and is now one of the better choices for responsibly fished tuna. John West is continuing to improve its sustainability practices and has met its commitment to source only FAD-free tuna. John West has a good traceability and sourcing policy and all of its tuna is MSC certified. John West is also engaged in a sustainability project in the Pacific that aims to improve environmental and social outcomes for coastal communities. A positive example of what can be achieved when a company takes sustainability seriously."
Source: Canned Tuna Guide (2017)
This company received a packaging performance level of 4 (Leading) in its 2022 APCO Annual Report. Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Each year, APCO Members are required to submit an APCO Annual Report and Action Plan, which includes an overall performance level from 1 (Getting Started) to 5 (Beyond Best Practice).
Source: APCO (2022)
in 2020 Simplot agreed to change its country of origin labelling on 31 frozen fish products from 'Made in Australia' to 'Packed in Australia', following concerns raised by the ACCC. Following compliance checks across a range of frozen foods, the ACCC was concerned that the products displayed a 'Made in Australia' mark when the imported frozen fish may not have been substantially transformed in Australia.
Source: ACCC (2020)
According to the democracyforsale.net website, this company donated $70,000 to Australia's major political parties between 2012 and 2018, as disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commision (AEC).
Source: Democracy For Sale (2018)
This company manufactures or distributes products that are certified organic under the Australian Certified Organic label.
Source: ACO (2022)
This company sells products which are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Source: MSC (2022)
Some, but not necessarily all, of this company's frozen food products are palm oil free. For more details, follow the link to see Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia's list of products which manufacturers have told them are palm oil free or contain segregated certified sustainable palm oil.
Source: BOS Australia (2020)
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: AFGC (2019)
This company is listed by the Earth Island Institute as an approved dolphin-safe tuna processing company. This company has pledged to abide by the Earth Island international 'Dolphin Safe' tuna standards of no encirclement of dolphins or other marine mammals during an entire fishing trip, no accidental deaths or serious injuries of any dolphins, and no use of drift gill nets.
Source: Earth Island Institute (2020)
The RSPCA Good Egg Awards acknowledge major companies that make the switch to cage-free eggs. This company was awarded a Good Egg Award in 2014 for their commitment to sourcing only cage-free eggs when used as direct ingredients for iconic brands such as Leggo's and Lean Cuisine.
Source: RSPCA Australia (2014)
This company is listed on the RSPCA Australia website as 'cage-free and proud', signifying a commitment to source 100% cage-free eggs. Essentially cage-free means barn laid, which is better than cage eggs, but still much worse than free-range or organic eggs when it comes to animal welfare.
Source: RSPCA Australia (2020)
This company has sustainability claims on its website including the areas of respect for resources, reducing operational impact and community involvement. For link for more info including Sustainability Report from 2012 and 2014.
Source: company website (2016)
In Feb 2012 John West Australia (part of Simplot Australia) announced a new Sustainable Seafood partnership with WWF Australia. The partnership commits John West Australia to WWF's Global Sustainable Seafood Charter and features key milestones for John West to meet. In 2016 John West launched MSC-certified sustainable skipjack tuna, and they are continuing to migrate other branded products to MSC and ASC certified sustainable sources.
Source: WWF-Australia (2016)
This company is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a not-for-profit, membership organisation that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
Source: Sedex (2018)
|J R Simplot Company|
The 2021 Food and Agriculture Benchmark assessed 350 keystone companies across the entirety of the food system, from farm to fork. It covers three dimensions where transformation is needed: nutrition, environment and social inclusion. This company ranked #256/350, with a total score of 8/100.
Source: World Benchmarking Alliance (2021)
Named in Conde Nast Portfolio's 'The Toxic Ten': In 2007, USA's EPA determined that a Simplot factory was the main source of a potentially deadly amount of phosphorus dumped into the Portneuf River.
Source: Environmental Leader (2008)
In 2015 this company was fined a record US$632,370 by Chinese authorities for water pollution. A local Beijing regulator found that Simplot's China processing unit had been discharging contaminated wastewater that exceeded acceptable levels. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
Source: news article (2015)
This company has sustainability claims on its website.
Source: company website (2015)
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
Source: Open Secrets (2020)
|Revenue||1.5 billion AUD (2019)|
|Address||Chifley Business Park, 2 Chifley Drive, Mentone, VIC, 3194, Australia|
|Phone||03 9588 3000|
|Freecall||1800 061 279|
Products / BrandsSimplot Australia
Ally Canned Fish
Bird's Eye some products MSC certified Frozen Fish
Bird's Eye Frozen Vegies/Chips
Birds Eye Frozen Meals/Pizza
Chicken Tonight Cooking Sauce
Chiko Finger Food
Colonial Farm Finger Food
Edgell Canned Vegies/Beans
Edgell Pasta Sauce
Edgell Packet Meals
Five Brothers Pasta Sauce
Five Tastes Asian
Harvest Canned Meat/Meals
I & J Finger Food
I & J Frozen Fish
John West some products certified MSC
John West Savoury Spread
John West Canned Fish (Tuna)
John West Frozen Fish
Leggo's Packet Meals
Leggo's some products certified organic Pasta Sauce
Leggo's Pickles, Chutney & Relish
Leggo's Fresh Pasta
Neptune Frozen Fish
Providore Pasta Sauce
Raguletto Fresh Pasta
Raguletto Pasta Sauce
Seakist Canned Fish (Tuna)