Goodman Fielder New Zealand

Goodman Fielder New Zealand

2007 ranking: 93

Senior IS executive: Ian Greenshields, spokesperson for IS Reports to: Managing director

Size of IS shop: 100

PCs: 405

Mobile PCs: 540

Terminals: 1755

Hand-held devices:

Total screens: 2700

Industry: Manufacturing

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

services department.

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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