WA jobs axed in Fonterra ice cream sale

Around 140 jobs could be lost at Fonterra Co-operative Group's Balcatta operation after the New Zealand dairy exporter agreed to sell its Australian ice cream business to Nestle and Bulla Dairy Foods.


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Having been a Peters buyer for decades, I am disappointed by this announcement; what brand will I buy now or will I make my own? Can we trust the Peters brand now? Or will it be rebranded as Nestle? Interesting that a company having a reputation for not being good corporate citizens in Third World countries is still buying up companies in Australia: will we be subject to that poor "citizenship" in Australia/Western Australia?

Nestlé is the largest Food manufacturer in the World, so I think they can be trusted. The Peters brand in Australia has been owned by Nestle for over a decade but in WA it was owned by another overseas company in Fonterra, and I am confident that you will see it branded as Nestle Peters just as it is on the East Coast. I suggest that if you are concerned and dissapointed by the announcement and feel you need to resort to making things yourself, then there won't be much you can buy from supermarkets, as most items are produced by companies that have overseas ownership.

Since Fontera took over Peters they have run it into the ground. They introduced a new computer system when they weren't ready - but upper management insisted, causing everything to shut down, production to halt and losing a mult-million dollar contract to export icecreams to Japan. This is one of many very bad management decisions by the company that has destroyed this iconic WA brand. The icecream factory is only 1 of 3 icecream producers in Australia - how can you lose money?

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