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Sydney: Infant Formula and the China Market

21 August 2014

Level 13, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney 2000

The Australia China Business Council (ACBC) in partnership with the Infant and Nutrition Council of Australia and New Zealand (INC) is excited to host a morning tea seminar and Q&A on exporting Australian produced infant formula into China.

Last year Australia exported nearly 4,000 tonnes of infant formula to China, worth $76 million AUD. With these numbers set to continue rising in 2014, Australia is well placed to deliver a clean, premium product to the Chinese market. Maintaining this clean and safe reputation, meeting a rapidly growing demand and understanding changing regulations for exporting to China are some of the challenges that face the infant nutrition sector.

Hear case studies from INC CEO Jan Carey and infant formula researchers Dr Xueqin Du and Annie Guo of Michiko Dairy Australia. Join in on the panel discussion and Q&A with these industry leaders and learn how Australian producers are successfully exporting infant formula to China.

About the Speakers

Jan Carey, CEO, Infant Nutrition Council of Australia and New Zealand

Jan Carey is the CEO of the Infant Nutrition Council and was previously the Executive Director of both IFMAA and NZIFMA for the past 2 years, prior to their amalgamation. She is the industry on the Ministry of Health’s Compliance Panel in New Zealand. In 2013 Jan was appointed to the Executive of the Governing Board for the International Special Dietary Food Industries Association (ISDI).  ISDI is based in Brussels, represents the industry globally at Codex, World Health Assembly meetings and WHO Executive Board meetings. More 

Prior to her appointment Jan was responsible for driving the work of SIDS and Kids, Australia. She was influential in expanding the SIDS organisations’ research and family services both nationally and internationally into the perinatal area to include stillbirth and neonatal death.

Jan  has been nominated for and received a number of awards for her work with SIDS and Kids including:

  • 2002 – Finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year, Hudson Community and Government Award

  • 2006 – International Women’s Day Award for outstanding contribution to saving babies lives

  • 2006 – SIDS and Kids Award for outstanding contribution in driving the advocacy strategy to reduce perinatal, infant and young child mortality.

Dr Xueqin Du, Lead Researcher, Michiko Formula Australia Pty Ltd.
Dr Xueqin Du has worked in food and nutrition R&D across China and Australia  for over twenty years. She has extensive experience in developing products, food safety programs and quality control systems to meet both Australian and Chinese standards. Dr Du has been published in over 20 international peer reviewed journals over the last two decades. She brings to the discussion a unique combination of food and nutrition knowledge, scientfic expertise, marketing and brand development experience and a comrehensive understanding of the current Chinese consumables market.  
She specialises in; 
  • Nutrition and health with a focus on milk and it impact on development in children and adolescents 
  • R&D and dairy in products/functional dairy products and health food 
  • Infant formula production and quality control 
  • Consulting in food (dairy) business and policy development


Annie Guo, Director, Michiko Formula Australia Pty Ltd


Annie Guo is a Director of Michiko Formula Australia Pty Ltd, which operates across Australia, Hong Kong and China. Annie is currently in charge of the business activities, R&D, finance and sales and marketing of Michiko in Australia and Asia. With over five years’ experience as an accountant for both Australia and Chinese companies, Annie has a strong understanding of the practicalities of working within both regulatory frameworks.


Sam Tainsh, Group General Manager, GrainCorp Oils
Sam Tainsh was appointed Group General Manager GrainCorp Oils in October 2012. GrainCorp Oils is an oilseed crushing, refining, feeds, collections and terminals business with operations across Australia, New Zealand and China serving customers in those territories and SE Asia, particularly infant formula.
Mr Tainsh has more than 20 years experience in Agri-commodity marketing, supply chain management and customer management in Australia and the US. After studying Agricultural Economics, Mr Tainsh commenced his career at ABARE and spent seven years as a commodity trader at Louis Dreyfus Corporation.  He joined GrainCorp in 2001 and from 2002 managed the growth of GrainCorp’s Grain Marketing business through the deregulation of all major grain markets in Australia. He was responsible for the building the business from a $5 million EBITDA business to consistently delivering in excess of $30million EBITDA.
He also developed and executed the successful expansion of the grain marketing business to Europe and North America. 

About the Infant Nutrition Council

The Infant Nutrition Council Ltd (INC) is the association for the infant formula industry in Australia and New Zealand. INC has over 30 member companies including manufacturers, marketers and brand owners, and represents over 95% of the volume of infant formula manufactured, marketed and exported in Australia and New Zealand.

INC advocates for optimal nutrition for all infants: breastfeeding first, and, when needed, infant formula as the only suitable alternative.

INC plays a key role in ensuring compliance and safety in the industry. All members abide by a Code of Conduct that provides direction on industry issues including the support of breastfeeding, food regulations and standards, food safety issues, and company representatives’ conduct and activities. 


Event Details

Date:  Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time: 09:00 – 11:00 (a light morning tea will be served)

Cost: Members: $33 (GST incl.)

           Non-members: $55 (GST incl.)

Address: Level 13, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000