Dr Oetker Queen Australia
Frozen pizza & home baking
Acquired Simplot's Australian and New Zealand frozen pizza business in Jan 2011, including the Papa Giuseppi's brand. Acquired Queen Fine Foods in 2015.

Overall

Owned GER
Rating F
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Dr.Oetker Queen Australia Pty Ltd
AUS
Dr. August Oetker KG
owns 100% of Dr.Oetker Queen Australia Pty Ltd
GER
Food, beverages and shipping
Holding company for Oetker Group, which has interests in food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hotels, shipping and banking/insurance. Founded in Germany in 1891. Now in its 4th generation of family ownership.

Company Assessment

Dr.Oetker Queen Australia Pty Ltd
Praise
This company received a packaging performance level of 3 (Advanced) in its 2024 APCO Annual Report. Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Each year, APCO Members are required to submit an APCO Annual Report and Action Plan, which includes an overall performance level from 1 (Getting Started) to 5 (Beyond Best Practice).
Source: APCO (2024)
Information
Company retails, manufactures or distributes products that are certified organic under the Australian Certified Organic label.
Source: ACO (2022)
Dr. August Oetker KG
Praise
The PalmOil Scan app, produced by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), rates companies on their commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil. Companies are scored on their use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), commitment to sourcing CSPO, on-the-ground conservation action, and membership to the RSPO. Companies can earn a rating of Excellent, Good, Poor or No Commitment. This company is rated "Good" (retrieved 18 Nov 2023).
Source: WAZA (2023)
Criticism
The 2024 Social Benchmark assesses the world's 2,000 most influential companies on their responsibility in meeting society's fundamental expectations towards three measurement areas: respecting human rights, providing decent work, and acting ethically. This company was assessed in 2023 and received a score of 3.5/20. The average score was an alarmingly low 4.6/20 and the highest score was 15.5/20.
The 2023 Food and Agriculture Benchmark assessed 350 keystone companies across the entirety of the food system, from farm to fork. It covers three dimensions where transformation is needed: nutrition, environment and social inclusion. This company ranked #245/350, with a total score of 8.5/100.
Forest 500 identifies the 350 companies and 150 financial institutions with the greatest exposure to tropical deforestation risk, and annually assesses them on the strength and implementation of their deforestation and human rights commitments. This company received a score of 28.1%.
In 2014 Germany's antitrust authority fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros for allegedly fixing the price of beer. Germany's largest brewing consortium, Dr Oetker subsidiary Radeberger received the largest fine, 160 million euros.
Information
In 2017 this company was fined £333,000 after a forklift truck collided with a visiting driver. The company failed to adequately identify risks and implement adequate controls at the site, or to communicate such to visiting drivers.
In March 2011 Kraft Foods, Unilever and Dr. Oetker were fined US$53.2m for illegally sharing 'competition-relevant information' by German competition authorities. [Listed under Information due to age of court finding]
Compassion in World Farming is a UK-based organisation which works with the European food industry to encourage and reward commitment, transparency, performance and innovation in the field of animal welfare. The company was awarded their Good Egg Award in 2009 for having switched to eggs from barn systems only.
The 2024 WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard evaluates the progress and performance of 285 major retailers and manufacturer companies, focusing on actions companies have taken to ensure their own palm oil supply chain is sustainable and free of deforestation, natural ecosystem conversion, and human rights abuse. This company is rated 'middle of the pack' with a score of 14.51 out of a possible total of 24.
Directly involved in the manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol as a core business.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary
Subsidiaries:
Queen Fine Foods Pty Ltd
Vanilla essence and food colours makers
Founded in Brisbane QLD in 1897 and acquired by family owned German company Dr Oetker in 2015.

Contact Details

Address:
1 Joseph Ave, Mentone, VIC, 3194, Australia
Phone:
03 8558 0888
Website:
www.oetker.com.au

Products / Brands

Dr Oetker Queen Australia
Dr.Oetker Cake Decorating
Dr.Oetker Yeast & Baking Agents
Papa Giuseppi's Frozen Meals/Pizza
Ristorante Frozen Meals/Pizza
Queen Fine Foods