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Brownes cultivates pouch market

Dairy producer Brownes has become the first local company to manufacture yoghurt pouches as part of an ambitious plan to usurp Yoplait as Western Australia’s highest selling yoghurt maker.

Robb joins Seafarms as adviser

Former federal trade and investment minister Andrew Robb has joined Perth-based aquaculture firm Seafarms Group as it progresses its $1.45 billion Sea Dragon prawn project in the Northern Territory.

Wellard shareholder plans AGM upset

Wellad’s third-largest shareholder says it plans to vote against the live cattle exporter’s remuneration report and has asked shareholders to back the appointment of one of its representatives to the board.

Superfert into liquidation

Failed fertiliser supplier Superfert Dongbu has gone into liquidation, 18 months after it had been put into voluntary administration.

Rinehart lifts Kidman bid to $386.5m

Gina Rinehart and Shanghai CRED’s joint venture has proposed a counter-bid to that of the all-Australian consortium competing for the Kidman cattle empire, and says Hancock Prospecting would wholly acquire the target if foreign investment approvals aren't awarded.

Hancock invests $395m in UK fertiliser business

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has announced a $US300 million ($A395 million) investment in a UK-based fertiliser business chaired by former Fortescue Metals Group deputy CEO Russell Scrimshaw.

Supply chain a key to unlock Asia

Investment in South-East Asia’s grain supply chain will be one way for Western Australian growers to avoid losing market share amid growing demand for wheat in the region, according to the head of a m

Billionaires like beef but will they make money?

ANALYSIS: Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart, who are leading the herd into cattle farming, face a tough market for meat exports.

ACCC accepts CBH undertakings

Grain handling cooperative CBH Group has opened itself up to increased competition in the provision of grain transport services, following a review by the competition watchdog.

New brand to showcase WA agrifood

The state government has announced a new $8.1 million branding campaign to promote local agrifood producers to overseas buyers.

Agribusiness award contenders win from FTAs and export ties

Working on trading relationships has benefited two nominees in the upcoming state exporter awards, while recently negotiated trade agreements will also boost business.

Manjimup hub to grow premium agribusiness

A new $3 million premium food centre that will help regional agricultural and food businesses find new markets was officially opened in Manjimup today.

White flag for AGC's CBH bid

GrainCorp-backed Australian Grains Champion has written to Western Australian growers withdrawing a bid launched in February to corporatise and list cooperative grain handler CBH Group.

Wellard boss sells big stake to Chinese firm

Wellard chief executive Mauro Balzarini has sold a big chunk of his stake in the local agribusiness to a Chinese firm and repaid the company $16.3 million through his private investment vehicle.

WA grain output to be 17mt

Grain producers are set for a bumper crop in Western Australia going into harvest, with the latest production forecasts from the federal government estimating production will reach 17.1 million tonnes, an increase of 17 per cent on last year.

Govt buys Monsanto stake in WA grain breeder

Six years after buying into Bibra Lake-based InterGrain, agricultural biotech company Monsanto has decided to sell its 26 per cent stake in the government-backed grain breeding company.

Identifying workplace safety risks

SPECIAL REPORT: New research and software products are aiming to further reduce workplace fatality rates.

China owns fraction of agricultural land: report

Less than half of 1 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land is owned by Chinese investors, while UK investors make up the largest proportion of overseas interest in Australia, according to a new report.

Ord expansion failing to deliver

The $529 million Ord-East Kimberley expansion project cost more and took substantially longer than originally expected, has not delivered the expected benefits, and left the region with an unclear pathway for future development, auditor general Colin Murphy has found.

TFS in $50m supply deal

Nedlands-based TFS Corporation has signed a $50 million supply deal for its Indian sandalwood oil with US-based Young Living under a five-year agreement.

Timmel steps down as Perth Markets CEO

Perth Markets will begin a fresh search for a chief executive to replace David Timmel, who has stepped down after just six months in the role.

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