Australian Wholefoods
Ready meals
Established in 1990. Operates a manufacturing facility in South Australia. Patties Foods acquired 50% of the company in 2017.

Overall

Owned HKG
Rating C
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Company Ownership

Australian Wholefoods Pty Ltd
AUS
Patties Foods Pty Ltd
owns 50% of Australian Wholefoods Pty Ltd
AUS
Pastry manufacturing
Founded in Lakes Entrance (VIC) in 1966. Products manufactured at their facility in Bairnsdale, VIC. Acquired by Hong Kong private equity firm PAG in 2022.
PAG
owns 100% of Patties Foods Pty Ltd
HKG
Investment firm
Founded as Pacific Alliance Group in 2002. Investment partner operating in Asia with US$50 billion of assets under management. Australian investments include Craveable Brands (Red Rooster and Oporto), Patties Foods, Vesco Foods, Cordina Farms, Australian Venue Co and Rex.

Company Assessment

Australian Wholefoods Pty Ltd
Information
This company has a number of sustainability claims on its website under the headings Supporting Local, Sustainable Practice and Giving Back.
Patties Foods Pty Ltd
Praise
This company received a packaging performance level of 4 (Leading) 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)
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)
Information
This company has been criticised for offensive advertising. In 2016 the Advertising Standards Bureau upheld complaints about an ad by this company on the grounds that it breached advertising codes. The ad was subsequently discontinued or modified.
This company is a signatory to the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI), which is managed by the Australian Food & Grocery Council and covers products found in retail outlets. Companies that have signed up to the initiative commit to: only advertising healthier choices to children and encouraging a healthy lifestyle through good diet and physical activity; not paying for or seeking product placement television programs, editorial content or interactive games aimed at children, unless the product is a healthier choice; not advertising and marketing to children in Australian schools unless they are asked to by those schools.
Source: AANA (2023)
Patties Foods use chicken from Australian RSPCA Approved farms for their range of Herbest Adams gourmet chicken pies. These farms raise their birds in an enriched barn environment. Chickens enjoy space to move, good lighting and can perch, dustbathe and forage.
This company is listed on the RSPCA Australia website as 'cage-free and proud', signifying a commitment to source 100% cage-free eggs. Essentially cage-free means barn laid, which is better than cage eggs, but still much worse than free-range or organic eggs when it comes to animal welfare.
This company has a publicly available Ethical Sourcing Policy on its website, with a focus on the areas of sustainable palm oil and packaging.
In February 2015 twelve people contracted hepatitis A due to the consumption of "Nanna's frozen berries" sourced from China and sold by this company. A number of frozen berry products were recalled, and Patties has since exited the frozen berries sector.
PAG
Criticism
This company is part owned and backed by Blackstone, which has an overall Shop Ethical rating of 'F'.
Information
UNPRI is a set of six principles direct institutional investors may adopt to consider environmental, social and corporate governance issues when investing. UNPRI is a voluntary agreement.
This company has environment, social and governance claims on its website under the headings investment principles, approach and transparency & reporting.

Company Details

Type:
Private company
Employees:
168 (2017)

Contact Details

Address:
2 Turin Place, Salisbury, SA, 5106, Australia
Phone:
08 8250 7094
Freecall:
1800 702 705
Website:
www.australianwholefoods.com.au

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