Senior IS executive: Ian Greenshields, spokesperson for IS Reports to: Managing director
Size of IS shop: 100
Mobile PCs: 540
Total screens: 2700
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; IBM
Server environment: IBM Intel-based; IBM
DBMS: Lotus, Oracle, SAP
Address: 65 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
GOODMAN FIELDER IS one of New Zealand’s largest producers of
fast moving consumer goods, operating around 20 production sites
and employing almost 3000 staff. Goodman Fielder comprises four
operating units: Goodman Fielder Home Ingredients; Goodman Fielder
Fresh Baking; Goodman Fielder Fresh Dairy and Goodman Fielder
It reported a solid financial result for the first half of its
2008 financial year, with revenue up by 8.3 per cent to A$1316.8 million
and net profi t up by 7.2 per cent to A$108.7 million.
Company chairman Max Ould says the first half of the year saw
strong performances of the Fresh Baking and Home Ingredients
businesses and the effectiveness of the company’s management of
unprecedented high commodity costs. The company is continuing to
rationalise its manufacturing base with operations being consolidated
into the more efficient plants.
Erin Melhop recently resigned as chief information officer of
Goodman Fielder New Zealand, and this profile was partly compiled
with information from Ian Greenshields, spokesperson for the information
According to the Australian Financial Review, a sister publication
of CIO New Zealand, Goodman Fielder is hunting for more biscuit
acquisitions, paying around $79 million for Paradise Food Industries.
Goodman Fielder chief executive Peter Margin says the biscuit industry
is ripe for consolidation. The same AFR report notes Goodman
Fielder is “battling” to contain a $A210 million increase in raw material
costs due to the price of wheat, palm oil and other ingredients. Soaring
milk payments to farmers are also restraining the New Zealand dairy
Margin says the company had been able to blunt this impact by
cutting costs and increasing prices, but costs rises would happen as
wheat prices jumped.
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