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Uncertainty cracks free-range egg market

Australians are flocking to buy free-range eggs, but uncertainty due to voluntary guidelines continues to cloud the industry, according to the latest IBISWorld report. by Broede Carmody

Why SPC Ardmona should be saved: Liberal MP Sharman Stone has five reasons why

Cabinet will decide on the future of embattled fruit processor SPC Ardmona later today, and things aren’t looking good. by Myriam Robin

Australian meat sales to China worth $1 billion: Who cashes in on cattle?

Australia’s meat export market to China has tripled in the past year, according to figures released by Meat and Livestock Australia. by Broede Carmody

Court fines Pepe's Ducks $400,000, quacks down on free range claims

A duck producer has fallen foul of the law, with the Federal Court imposing a substantial fine for misleading labels and ads. by Cara Waters

Food demand set to boost agricultural equipment industry over the next five years

After a tough five years, the farm equipment industry looks set to prosper once more, with rising global demand for Australian agricultural produce. by Karen Dobie

Megatrend one: More from less

Following the CSIRO’s recent Our Future World 2012 report, it’s worth examining whether we’re headed for a Malthusian nightmare on population, food and water security. by Stefan Hajkowicz

Why the rich don't want to wine

The grape glut has made it hard even for rich list winery owners to make a buck. Some, like Doug Rathbone, have had enough. by James Thomson

Your sector-by-sector guide to 2012

The only certainty is uncertainty: chances are the Australian economy is headed for another topsy-turvy year. by

Seafood sector staying afloat

The fishing and seafood farming sector has had a tough couple of years, but profitability will start to improve. by IBISWorld

Fruit and vegetable giant Costa Group sells 50% stake to US private equity firm, as it eyes overseas expansion

The Costa Group has sold a 50% stake in the business to US private equity Paine & Partners, as the ambitious company looks to double in size. by

Cattle catastrophe will spread to SMEs: Gottliebsen

It looks like we will pay an enormous price for the arrogance the federal government showed towards our nearest neighbour over the live cattle trade. by Robert Gottliebsen

Wholesale distributor Victoria Foods Group collapses

East coast wholesale food distributor Victoria Foods Group has been placed in receivership, with receivers calling for urgent expressions of interest for both the business and its assets. by

Collapsed wine business put up for sale

A winery and restaurant in the Victorian regional centre of Geelong has been put up for sale by receivers, a month after collapsing with debts estimated at $16.5 million. by James Thomson

James Packer sells meat processor, bookie eyes $104 million pay day

The Packer family has finally severed its ties with the agribusiness sector, selling its stake in meat processor Teys Brothers for an undisclosed price. by James Thomson

THE LIGHTER SIDE: The farmers' market

Are you a fan of farmers' markets? by

Food company collapses into receivership

The pressure being placed on Australia’s food companies has resulted in another corporate collapse, with one of Australia’s largest food and vegetable growers placed in receivership. by James Thomson

Milk giant warns price wars could hurt small retailers, as Woolworths blames Coles

Executives from supermarket giant Coles are likely to face a grilling today when they appear before a Senate Committee inquiry into the price wars sparked by Coles’ decision to slash milk prices to $1 a litre. by James Thomson

Australian wine giant Yellow Tail in trademark dispute over wallaby logo

Casella Wines locked in a trademark fight with US wine group over the distinctive wallaby logo that adorns its bottles. by James Thomson

No crying over high-priced milk

Dramatic increases in dairy prices have saved the dairy sector in recent years. But can prices keep rising? by Robert Bryant, IBISWorld

Why clothing prices are set to take off: Maley

Rising raw materials prices are looming as a new problem for struggling retailers. by Karen Maley
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