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Food Industry (particularly dairy) analysis and development

Microbiological and chemical quality management

Supply Chain, Market and Business Development

Agribusiness markets and feasibility studies

Food Engineering

Networking in the Australian food industry

Some graphs that show the State of the Australian Dairy Industry.

By Andrew Weinert

    Demand in Australia is INCREASING – mainly due to population growth.  Australia’s population will grow by between 350,000 and 400,000 people this year.   Milk Supply dropping – It is estimated that Australia’s production will drop another 5% this year – that is a drop of 450 MILLION litres – which is a…

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A View of the Swiss dairy industry – home of the largest dairy and food company in the world

By Andrew Weinert

As Australian farmers on the east coast fight drought, with no visible support from the government – this article clearly shows that there are other systems available. https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/6397483/free-trade-is-hardly-free/?cs=4698 I believe Australia’s internal Competition policies are part of our food industries problems – they have not and do not allow our industries to grow to world…

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Welcome to Cheese Market News

By Andrew Weinert

Welcome to Cheese Market News — Read on www.cheesemarketnews.com/markets/dailymarkets.html Something unusual is happening in The USA cheese market that is. The price Of 40 lb (18 kg) blocks is rising rapidly. This report shows the price being US $2.0525 per pound. (USD 4.50 per kg) That translates to Australian Dollars – $6.58 per kg !!…

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Great insights from Prof Hughes – Supermarkets in your Pocket

By Andrew Weinert

Purchasing methods are changing. Ordering systems are changing Similar to this post – Last year in Australia – according to their annual report, Domino’s received something like almost 2 million digital orders in one week in Australia. Supermarket distribution is about to get more complex. https://supermarketsinyourpocket.com/2019/06/26/accelerated-change-in-the-food-industry-remember-the-boiled-frog/

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Highly Skilled farmers leaving due to drought and no support. Can they & we, eat coal?

By Andrew Weinert

www.facebook.com/groups/396174801236459/permalink/427598711427401 The Story of this Facebook post is heart wrenching. It is being repeated many times in the irrigation areas. I am to remote to understand completely – but the rules of engagement and separation of water from land seems to be a SERIOUS ISSUE. This year, Australia becomes a net importer of dairy. By…

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No Revolution by Minister McKenzie

By Andrew Weinert

I hope this means that the Minister will stop the wheels spinning in industries that are sliding down the slippery slopes of deregulation and rationalisation. The Ministers links to NZ dairy and the fact (as reported) that the Ministers Father owned a milk supply business – which probably was made redundant by deregulation in 2000…

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NZ reviews the Dairy Industry Review Act (DIRA)

By Andrew Weinert

In my opinion, this is the policy difference between Australia / whose industry has contracted and NZ where the industry has grown. All Australians interested in the industry and its structure and future should read this. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/primary-production/dairy-industry-restructuring-act/dairy-industry-restructuring-act-2001-review/

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Keith Woodford’s update on dairy Industry structure in NZ

By Andrew Weinert

https://keithwoodford.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/dira-review-nibbles-at-the-status-quo-and-avoids-the-big-questions/#more-2034 In this article Keith describes what was hoped for with the formation of Fonterra, how it has affected growth in NZ and how competitors have been allowed to develop. There are some issues and complaints – things are never perfect. But from My Australian viewpoint – the formation of the 2nd largest co-op (by…

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Surprised to find USA cream cheese in Woolworths branded pack

By Andrew Weinert

It’s been a while since I have bought Cream cheese. Those who know me, know that 20 or more years ago, I built a Cream cheese factory in FNQ for my then employer – Malanda Dairy Foods – now part of the Lion group. At that time there were serious competitors in the South –…

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Australia not self-sufficient in milk, but let’s farmers go broke in drought!

By Andrew Weinert

Australia needs more milk – it is no longer self sufficient!! Milk volume needed to produce all dairy products consumed in Australia = 9.125 Billion litres 2019 milk production ~ 8.6 Billion The latest production statistics can be found here   As Australia’s population grows, the volume of food needed increases. A 1.5% population increase…

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Market Failure in the Western Australian Diary Industry

A long time ago in the year 2000, the dairy industry in Australia deregulated.

This affected the seven previously separate regional industries – Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Southern Queensland, Far North Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia – in a number of ways.

A discussion on what can be termed a A market failure in the Western Australian Dairy Industry can be found here.