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SPC eyes global expansion with Döhler joint venture

Australian food manufacturer SPC has announced a joint venture with natural ingredients business, Döhler of Germany, that aims to support SPC’s global expansion plans and allow Döhler to expand its operation in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Döhler, a global producer of technology-driven natural ingredients and systems, will work with SPC to form Gourmet Ingredients Pty Ltd, which will market and sell natural ingredients products around the world through Döhler’s extensive sales and distribution channels.

“The synergy of our two different companies ensures that we are
bringing our expertise together to deliver products that global customers want to create food products of the future,” SPC chair, Hussein Rifai, said.

“Consumer palettes have become much more sophisticated over time and they expect consistency, high quality, natural and nutritional culinary experience. For today’s consumer, food is now an adventure, and an experience.”

In July 2019, Coca-Cola Amatil completed the sale of SPC to Shepparton Partners Collective for A$40 million. Director for Doehler Australia, Peter Gates, said the company recognised the innovation and change that the new leadership has brought to SPC.

“This partnership will provide us with the opportunity to work together to develop some very unique integrated solutions for the global market. With SPC’s expertise in supply processing and manufacturing and Doehler’s experience in creating innovative ingredients systems, the joint venture is the perfect marriage to promote and create Australian grown agriculture raw materials intellectual property that can be sold to the world,” Gates said.

SPC CEO Robert Giles said the joint venture will help SPC innovate and expand its offering.

“Döhler was a natural fit for us. They have worked with some of the world’s biggest brands including those borne from smaller countries like Australia. Their customers are who’s who in the global food industry. Together we will be able to deliver to global consumers technology driven natural ingredients solutions,” he said.

The joint venture is good news for Australian manufacturing as it will mean greater support for local industry, the ability to develop and market intellectual property globally, and to innovate beyond core produce.

SPC hopes to establish the business as a successful global agribusiness, which supports growers and the local community.

“There is no better way to ensure food manufacturing security than to follow our business strategy which is to become a global player in food production. With the right support and partners like Döhler, if you think globally, you can take our Australian innovation to the world,” Rifai explained.

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