Griffin's Foods
Snack food makers
Founded in New Zealand in 1864, today they are New Zealand's largest snack foods company. Owned by Kraft for 30 years and Danone for 16. Acquired by Pacific Equity Partners in 2006, who sold the business to Universal Robina Corp in 2014. Products sold in more than 20 countries.

Overall

Owned GER
Rating C
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Company Ownership

Griffin's Foods Ltd
NZL
Uni Snack Holding Co Ltd
owns 100% of Griffin's Foods Ltd
AUS
Snack Foods
Formerly URC Oceania Co. URC bought Griffin's Foods in 2016 and Snack Brands in 2017. Intersnack bought a 40% stake in the company in 2019, and took over full ownership in 2021.
Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG
owns 100% of Uni Snack Holding Co Ltd
GER
Snack makers
German snacks company with operations in over 30 countries across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Owned by German sugar giant Pfeifer & Langen.
Pfeifer & Langen industrial and trade KG
owns 100% of Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG
GER
Sugar and snacks
One of Europe's largest sugar producers, and owner of Intersnack.

Company Assessment

Griffin's Foods Ltd
Information
This company has had two prosecutions for workplace injuries in recent years (2009 and 2011). A worker lost a finger as he tried to clear a cookie dough cutter and another worker injured his fingers when they became stuck in a conveyor.
Some, but not necessarily all, of this company's biscuit products are palm oil free. For more details, follow the link to see Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia's list of products which manufacturers have told them are palm oil free or contain segregated certified sustainable palm oil.
Uni Snack Holding Co Ltd
No assessment data currently available for Uni Snack Holding Co Ltd.
Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. 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 "Excellent" (retrieved 18 Nov 2023).
Source: WAZA (2023)
Criticism
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 4.6%.
Information
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: commit to set a near-term, science-based target.
This company has sustainability claims on its website in the areas of consumer, environmental, social and employee responsibility.
This company is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a not-for-profit, membership organisation that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
Pfeifer & Langen industrial and trade KG
Information
In 2014 German regulators imposed fines amounting to around 280 million euros on the three major German sugar manufacturers, including Pfeifer & Langen, for concluding anticompetitive agreements on sales areas, quotas and prices. The infringements involved the sale of both industrial and consumer sugar. They took place over several years up to the Bundeskartellamt's search in 2009 and in some cases date back to the mid '90s.
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: commit to set a near-term, science-based target; commit to set a net zero, science-based target.
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary
Founded:
1864
Revenue:
281 million NZD (2013)
Employees:
800 (2014)

Contact Details

Address:
Manukau City, New Zealand
Website:
www.griffinsfoodcompany.com

Products / Brands

Griffin's Foods
Griffin's Muesli Bars
Griffin's Biscuits/Crackers
Nice & Natural Muesli Bars
Nice & Natural Health Bars