Posts tagged "Alliance Group"

Alliance Group promotes NZ meat as ‘premium fair’

[19 April/NZ Farmer] The meat processor, Alliance Group, was funding international chefs to go on farms to help promote New Zealand meat on the global stage. Chefs from the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand toured South Island farms and visited premium restaurants recently. Alliance General Manager of Marketing, Peter Russell, said it was aiming...

Lamb and wool marketers confident

[16 February/Rural Life] Many farmers have been asking the Alliance Group how long lamb prices could be sustained at the recent Southern Field Days, a question Chairman, Murray Taggart, has been responding to be by noting that they feel market fundamentals around the world give them some confidence. Mr Taggart said he had also received...

Dry conditions put pressure on processing plants

[18 December/NZ Farmer] Meat processing plants across the country are working at capacity to accommodate an influx of stock caused by the dry weather the country has experienced in the last six weeks. Alliance Group said the company has been working through drought scenarios and had got all their plants up and running at full...

Construction set to begin for new Alliance venison plant

[11 December/ NZ Farmer] Alliance Group has begun building its new venison processing plant in Southland. The project to create the $15.2 million modern facility would include improved handling operations, increased slaughtering, a wider boning room and an increased offal area. Alliance Chief Executive, David Surveyor said the new plant was a vote of confidence...

Alliance Group doubles profit to $20m

[24 November/ Stuff] Alliance Group has doubled its operating profit to $20.2 million and more than halved its debt from $41 million to $19 million. The co-operative reported a $28 million net profit before tax and farmer rebates, boosted by a one off sale of land at Makarewa. Alliance Group Chairman, Murray Taggart said the...

Farmlands directors elected

[6 November/Otago Daily times] Winton farmer and former long-standing Alliance Group Director Murray Donald has been elected to the Farmlands board. Mr Donald is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors, councillor and member of the audit and risk committee for the Southern Institute of Technology and a trustee and chairman of the audit...

Alliance shareholders re-elect directors

[30 October/Stuff] Alliance Group directors, Dawn Sangster and Russell Drummond have been re-elected unopposed to the board of the meat processing co-operative. Chairman Murray Taggart said the re-election of Sangster and Drummond unopposed indicated shareholder confidence. Ms Sangster has held a position on the board since 2011 and is also a director of Glenayr. Mr...

Alliance poised with strong balance sheet

[16 October/ New Zealand Herald] Alliance Group Chief Executive David Surveyor said operating profit would be substantially higher than last year. In 2016 Alliance posted a $10.1million pre-tax profit for the year ended September 30, based on a $1.36billion turnover. Mr Surveyor said 2016’s $41 million debt figure would be halved to an estimated $20...

Nine vying for three spots in Farmlands director elections

[9 October/ Otago Daily Times] The 2017 Farmlands director election voting is open, with nine candidates contesting three vacancies. The South Island vacancy will be contested by former Alliance Group Director Murray Donald, former Otago Regional Councillor Gary Kelliher, Accountant Mel Montgomery, former Federated Farmers National Board Member David Rose and current Alliance Group Director...

Meat processor Alliance Group to pay dividend and share offer to farmers

[5 October/ Stuff] Alliance Group Chief Executive David Surveyor told 60 farmers in Fielding that Alliance will offer a share per stock unit killed at its meat plants to current shareholders. The farmers were told a dividend would also be paid, with details announced with the annual profit result next month. Mr Surveyor said the...

Alliance plans capital spending of $54m

[9 October/ Otago Daily Times] Alliance Group is investing $54 million in capital expenditure over the next year. Chief Executive David Surveyor said the business strategy success meant Alliance was in a position to reinvest to continue to build the company’s operational performance. Also, the company would have a bonus share issue and increase farmer...

Alliance Group delivers high-quality meat products from best farmers to consumers

 [22 September/ South China Morning Post] Alliance Group is developing its business in Asia by strengthening its presence in the region’s food service sector. Alliance Group plans to introduce value-added items in table-sized cuts with recipes and create an online sales platform to meet demands for simple meat solutions to suit busy Asian lifestyles. The cooperative also...

FMG board revamp

[18 August/Rural News] Rural mutual-insurer, FMG, has elected three experienced rural sector leaders to its board at its annual meeting in Hanmer Springs. Shareholders elected Geoff Copstick (the former CFO of Gallagher Group and current Director of that company), Murray Taggart (Chair of Alliance Group) and Steve Allen (Chair of Tatua Dairy Co-operative) to the...

$4.5m loyalty payment to farmers

[8 August/ Rural News Group] Alliance Group has distributed $4.5 million to its farmer-shareholders as part of an initiative to reward loyalty. The cooperative’s platinum and gold farmer shareholders are paid a loyalty payment for each stock species they supply to Alliance. The cooperative has distributed over $13.8 million including GST in loyalty payments to...

Alliance targets food service

[13 July/ Otago Daily Times] Alliance Group is targeting the high end of the food service market for red meat in the United Kingdom as part of a food service pilot programme. The pilot programme is part of the company’s strategy to extract greater market value, and after completing work on food service in the...

Mid-2018 opening for Lorneville venison plant

 [29 June/ NZ Herald] Alliance Group’s new $15.2 million venison processing facility at Lorneville is expected to be operational in mid-2018. The facility is in a refurbished beef building and is funded with proceeds from selling Makarewa land. Alliance Chief Executive David Surveyor said a new plan included improved handling facilities, better configuration, increased slaughter...

First consignment of chilled meat for China flies out from Auckland

 [30 June/ Stuff] The first export consignments of chilled meat to China airfreighted this week. The consignment is part of a trial between New Zealand and China to assess market acceptance of chilled meat for six months before large-scale exports. Before this agreement, frozen meat only has been sent to China, which has built up...

Paddock to plate: chefs taste omega lamb

 [7 February/ Otago Daily Times] It may be early days for the Omega lamb Primary Growth Partnership between Alliance Group, Headwaters Group and the Ministry for Primary Industries, but programme manager Mike Tate says the response to the lamb has been overwhelming.  The project is looking to grow lambs with naturally higher polyunsaturated fatty acids,...

Taggart, Morrison re-elected to Alliance board

 [17 December/ Otago Daily Times] Alliance Group Directors, Murray Taggart and Don Morrison have been re-elected to the co-operatives board. Mr Taggart won the election with 25.2 million votes, while Mr Morrison came in second with 21.6 million votes. Leon Black was unsuccessful with his bid to become director, coming in third with 19.3 million...

Fatty lamb back in fashion

[28 November/ Radio NZ] The Omega Lamb Project aims to assist farmers in conditioning ewes and lambs to have a particular level of the healthy, taste enhancing fat. The project was part of a primary growth partnership between Alliance Group, Headwaters Group and the Government. Omega Lamb Project General Manager, Mike Tate said a decade...

Mataura meatworks gets new x-ray technology

 [28 November/ Business Day] Alliance Group has invested $2 million in new x-ray technology at its Mataura plant in Oamaru to measure fat content of beef. Alliance Group Processing General Manager, Kerry Stevens said customers buying beef would get a better product as the new machines were able to measure fat levels at a much...

Alliance CEO: Value creation acts as buffer

 [11 November/ Rural News] Alliance Group Chief Executive, David Surveyor said the co-operative’s focus over the past year was on ensuring the business strategy gained traction. Mr Surveyor explained that the weakening of market prices and global volatility over the past year reduced the group’s revenues, but the value created from strategic projects meant the...

Alliance Group appoints new general manager

[6 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Alliance Group has appointed Heather Stacy to the new role of livestock and shareholder services general manager. Ms Stacy previously held roles as general manager of international farming for Fonterra New Zealand and general manager of milk supply for Fonterra Australia. Alliance Group Chief Executive, David Surveyor said Ms...

Venison trial tantalises European tastebuds over summer

 [14 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Alliance Group has just completed a trial with Metro Cash & Carry, selling venison to the Belgium retailer from April to August. The campaign was designed to encourage Europeans to eat venison in the summer, and showed that there was potential to sell more high quality product at a...