Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company
|Founded||Melbourne, Victoria 1898|
|Headquarters||Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
|Key people||Kevin Jackson, CEO|
Sanitarium New Zealand
The Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company is the trading name of two sister food companies (Australian Health and Nutrition Association Ltd and New Zealand Health Association Ltd). Both are wholly owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Founded in Melbourne, Victoria in 1898, Sanitarium has factories in a number of locations across Australia and New Zealand, producing a large range of breakfast cereals and vegetarian products. Its flagship product is Weet-Bix, a top-seller in the Australian and New Zealand breakfast cereal market.
The company also operated health food shops in a number of cities, closing them in the 1980s.
During her time in Australia, pioneer Adventist Ellen G. White's son Willie convinced Seventh-day Adventist Edward Halsey, a baker at John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium, to immigrate to Australia.
Halsey arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, on 8 November 1897. He rented a small bakery in Melbourne, and produced Granola (made of wheats, oats, maize and rye) and Granose (the unsweetened forerunner to Weet-Bix). He and his team sold it from door to door as an alternative to fat-laden or poor nutritious foods popular at the time.
In 1900, Halsey transferred to New Zealand where he began making the first batches of Granola, New Zealand's first breakfast cereal, Caramel Cereals (a coffee substitute) and wholemeal bread in a small wooden shed in the Christchurch suburb of Papanui.
Sanitarium New Zealand and Sanitarium Australia are now separate companies, but work together.
Sanitarium has factories in a number of locations across Australia and New Zealand, including Berkeley Vale and Cooranbong in New South Wales; Carmel in Perth, Western Australia; Brisbane, Queensland; Christchurch; and Auckland. Weet-Bix was originally manufactured, from 1928, at 659 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt where until recent times Sanitarium signage could still be seen. This factory predates the purchase of Weet-Bix by Sanitarium in 1930. A factory was operating in Palmerston North in New Zealand, but closed in the late 1990s. The Hackney factory in Adelaide, South Australia was closed in October 2010.
Neither the Australia nor the New Zealand Sanitarium companies pay company tax on their profits, due to their ownership by a religious organisation. On their official website Sanitarium defend their tax exemption with several points, stating they operate exclusively for charitable purposes, and that income tax exemptions are available to all companies and individuals in New Zealand who limit themselves to charitable purposes.
- Weet-Bix, and its family of products:
- Weet-Bix Bites Wildberry
- Weet-Bix Bites Crunch Honey
- Weet-Bix Bites Apricot
- Weet Bix Bites Energize
- Weet Bix Multi-Grain
- Weet-Bix Oat Bran
- Weet-Bix Hi-Bran
- Weet-Bix Energize Hi-Protein
- Up & Go Liquid Breakfast
- Up & Go Yoghurt
- Granola Clusters
- Puffed wheat
- Honey Weets
- Skippy Corn flakes
- Skippy Ricies
- Muesli range (toasted, natural)
- Cluster Crisp Range (Toasted Oat Cereal)
- Weeties (relaunched 2008, previously kornies)
- Double Crunch Apple and Cinnamon (NZ)
- Double Crunch Apricot (NZ)
- GHF Vita Brits (NZ only)
- GHF Toasted Muesli (NZ)
- Fibre life Range
- Bran Bix
- Honey Puffs
Some older names, no longer produced:
- Gravy Quick
- NrG Cereal (NZ)
- Good Morning (NZ)
- Stamina (NZ)
- Lite Bix (NZ)
- Banana Ricies
- Favoured Water
- Deli Luncheon
- Breakfast&Lunch Today
- Sanitarium Peanut Butter
- Peanuts Peanut Butter (USA)
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Marmite (NZ & Aus)
- Vitamite (Aus)
- So Good and its family of products:
- So Good Ice Cream
- So Good Lite
- So Good Almond Milk
- Flavoured So-Good
- Organics Simply Soy
- Rice Milk
- Vegie Delights range, which includes four kinds of vegan sausages
- Savoury Lentils
- Tender Pieces
- Casserole Mince
- Country Hotpot
- Vegetarian Sausages
- Sanitarium brand nuts and confectionery
- "Australian Health and Nutrition Association Ltd", Bloomberg
- "...New Zealand Health Association Limited trading as Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company...", sanitarium.co.nz
- "Sanitarium Health Food Company". Adventist.org.
- "Peddling Health". Adventistreview.org. 6 June 2002.
- "Vegetarianism in Australia, A History" (PDF). Ivu.org.
- "Moments that made us". Sanitarium.com.au.
- "Edward Halsey's Sanitarium Red Shed". Ketechristchurch.peoplesnetworknz.info. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "History". Sanitarium.co.nz.
- "Spreads and breakfast cereals publisher=Teara.govt.nz".
- "Sanitarium gives its profits for charitable purposes". Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- Wallace, Max (8 August 2008). "Render unto Caesar". The Australian. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- Gomez, Frank (18 April 2011). "Rich men in the tax-free kingdom of God". thepunch.com.au. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- Blundell, Sally (2 February 2008). "The God dividend". listener.co.nz. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
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