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Time to make some changes

22 August 2017

It was a season of adversity that drove the partners in Taihape’s Spring Farms business to make significant changes to their farm operation.

The drought of 2007 and 2008 drove Mark and Richard Chrystall and Rob Collier to re-think their whole farm business and make changes that have made their farm system more efficient, resilient and profitable.

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Production and profit gains catalyst for joining programme

14 August 2017

The opportunity to look at their farm system and strive to make production and profit gains was what spurred Alfredton farmers, James and Kate McKay, to become involved in the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP).

RMPP is a seven year Primary Growth Partnership programme aimed at driving sustainable productivity improvements in the sheep and beef sector to deliver higher on-farm profitability.

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Realising the potential - David and Mavis Bennett

7 August 2017

David and Mavis Bennett run ANZCO Food’s Longdown Terminal Sire stud. Spring is harvest time on the Bennett family’s Mid Canterbury farm, meaning management is focused on this period. This includes maintaining the 450 ewes at an optimal body condition score throughout the year and managing pastures so the ewes have plenty of feed available as they hit peak lactation.

The sheep operation is just part of the 367ha business David and Mavis run in partnership with their son Andrew. 

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Leadership Change in ANZCO Foods Limited

23 November 2016

Peter Conley will become the third Chief Executive of ANZCO Foods Limited in the company's 33 year history when Mark Clarkson retires from the role at the end of March, 2017.

Like his predecessors, Peter Conley is well grounded in the workings of the New Zealand meat industry and currently heads the Harvest division of ANZCO Foods. He has had in-depth overseas experience, including five years as President of the Chicago based ANZCO Foods North America from 2005 – 2010.

A B.Com graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington and the Advanced Executive Program of the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University in Chicago, Peter Conley held various sales and marketing roles, including with Crown Marketing Limited when it became part of the ANZCO Group in 1997.

"The ANZCO Board is pleased to have been able to continue our tradition of appointing within," said the company founder and Chairman Graeme Harrison.

"Peter Conley will follow on from Mark Clarkson who has given wonderful service to the company since he joined the ANZCO Group in 1991 as General Manager of Five Star Beef Limited, then as Chief Executive of ANZCO's fully owned subsidiary Canterbury Meat Packers Limited, before becoming Managing Director of the ANZCO Group in 2004," he said.

"During his 13 years in the role, the New Zealand meat industry has experienced intense livestock procurement competition and thin margins. Yet ANZCO Foods achieved annual profits and maintained half year dividends to shareholders in all but one year," he said.

Relying on retained earnings to fund growth and no new capital raising throughout the period, the ANZCO Group has expanded annual sales revenue to over $1.5 billion and employees to more than 3,000.

The investment focus of ANZCO Foods in recent years has been on value-adding activities in largely what is now the company's Food and Solutions division, rather than expanding livestock processing capacity.

In 2015, Itoham Foods Inc. increased its shareholding to a majority position of 65 percent but the balance of the company's shares continue to be held by Nippon Suisan Kaisha Limited and by Graeme Harrison, along with company senior managers.

"Despite ongoing excess livestock slaughter and processing capacity in the New Zealand meat industry, ANZCO Foods intends to remain a major player and grow value-add activities through the company's network of overseas offices and other marketplace investments," said Graeme Harrison.

For further information:

Janet Wright
Communications Manager
Mobile: 027 839 2423

Sir Graeme Harrison
027 573 7521

ANZCO announces shareholding change

Febraury 2015

Itoham Foods, Japan’s second largest meat-based manufacturer and processed foods company, is increasing its shareholding from 48.3% to 65%. This will result in ANZCO’s overseas ownership lifting from 73.5% to 81.8%. The purchase needs to be approved by the Overseas Investment Office.

There will not be any changes to ANZCO’s leadership, management or the way we do business. It’s a case of business as usual.

ANZCO Foods has had a relationship with Itoham, Japan’s second largest meat-based manufacturer and processed foods company, since ANZCO’s inception in 1984. The companies formed a joint venture in 1991 and established the Five Star Beef feedlot which ANZCO now owns outright. Itoham became a shareholder in 1995.

Itoham’s biggest shareholder is Mitsubishi. Increasing Itoham’s shareholding in ANZCO is a vote of confidence in ANZCO’s business and the New Zealand red meat sector.

The meat industry in New Zealand has had some tough times. The increased shareholding by Itoham and by association Mitsubishi gives us increased stability and security. ANZCO will become part of a much bigger global business.

ANZCO Foods is a strong New Zealand company and will continue to be a key player in New Zealand’s important primary sector
•We are New Zealand’s fifth largest exporter, second largest beef company and third largest meat-related business.
•Our nine regional meat processing and manufacturing sites employ nearly 3,000 people.
•We have more than $550m in assets in New Zealand.