Woolworths to close more stores, 500 HQ jobs to go now, new 3-5 year turnaround plan

The Woolworths Group has announced it is culling 500 head office jobs and closing seventeen Woolworths supermarkets as part of its revival plans. On top of the seventeen Woolworths supermarkets to close, six of the group’s New Zealand Countdown supermarkets will shut up shop. Four of Woolworths’ Metro Australian convenience stores will also close along with three hotels. It is expected that the... Read more »


Yalumba Wines push into Chinese market

Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba, is expanding its push into China. The South Australia based Yalumba has been producing wine since 1849, but is now taking on the Chinese market. It has recently formed a partnership with leading Chinese distributor, ASC Fine Wines and it will be the... Read more »


Here’s how next-gen robots are changing manufacturing

Robots are no longer the unyielding, one-task giants doing humans’ dull and dangerous work. The new breed can perform more than one task and work alongside humans without being a physical threat. As a result, manufacturers across industries are looking at robots in new ways. Here’s how next-gen... Read more »

Growing bottled water market still needs one thing

Bottled water’s popularity continues to grow globally, particularly in Asia. Last year, China overtook the USA as the world’s No.1 consumer of bottled water, while India sits at 10. As with many foods and beverages, the drawcard is product purity. This year’s China-Australia trade conference heard... Read more »

Review: labelling technologies, which do you need?

Labels are perfect for normal product runs and promotions, where they offer a cost-effective solution for short runs or time periods, without needing new packaging. Labelling offers many different ways to code, mark and identify products. Labels can be used from primary to tertiary levels, on individual... Read more »

Tips for career success at AIFST Young Professionals Breakfast

A panel of some of Australia’s most respectable experts and leaders in the food industry will present at a free networking breakfast for Young Professionals in the industry at the 49th Annual AIFST Convention. Georgie Aley, CEO of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), said... Read more »

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BFree wraps enter Australian supermarkets

BFree are now selling quinoa and chia seed wraps in Woolworths supermarkets. BFree is an Irish health food company currently expanding its Australian product range. It recently introduced sweet potato and multigrain wraps into local supermarkets. The quinoa and chia see wrap includes teff, flax seeds,... Read more »

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ALP supports supermarket duopoly against Turnbull government’s new ‘Effects Test’

Controversy still surrounds the introduction of the ‘Effects test’ with the Labor Party Opposition spokesperson Andrew Leigh criticising the Australian... Read more »

Simplot acquires Symington sauce brands

Simplot Australia has acquired three well-known brands from Symington Australia; ‘Chicken Tonight’, ‘Raguletto’ and ‘Five Brothers’. Simplot... Read more »

Jalna listens to Kosher customer concerns

Jalna has decided to temporarily bring back Kosher certification of its products. The decision comes after the dairy company received a barrage of customer... Read more »

Hanson’s war on Halal leaves bitter aftertaste for Kosher consumers: Jalna decision to lose Jews

UPDATE 22/07/2016: Since publishing this article Jalna has announced it will be continuing for now Kosher certification of its products. Jalna said it... Read more »


Unilever FMCG acquisition uses ‘Club’ subscription model to bypass supermarket channel

A customer club with an ongoing subscription for club members may offer your food brand or manufacturing plant a new way to beat supermarkets to the punch. Establishing... Read more »

Home cooked meals for infants not always better than supermarket bought ones, British Medical Journal

A new UK study has found home cooked baby food is not necessarily superior to store bought options. Published online by the British Medical Journal’s... Read more »

Myanmar’s expanding food palate creates opportunities for Australia

Increasing demand for premium food, an influx of western restaurants and the rapid expansion of the tourism industry are creating growing opportunities... Read more »

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Bounce Bites now available in Woolworths

Bounce Bite snacks are now available in Woolworths supermarkets across Australia. The... Read more »

Smith’s Chips launches Hot Wing chips as Australian tastes evolve

Smith’s Chips is now selling ‘Hot Wings’ flavoured chips through Coles supermarkets. The... Read more »

US’ Gelato Fiasco arrives in Australia

US gelato brand, ‘Gelato Fiasco’, is now available in 7-Eleven convenience stores... Read more »

Wesfarmers introduces liquor home delivery

Wesfarmers’ First Choice Liquor chain has introduced a home delivery service. It... Read more »

Sunny Queen serves up meal solutions for coeliacs

Sunny Queen Meal Solutions, the wholesale supplier arm of Sunny Queen which sells... Read more »

Lenard’s Chicken kicks off expansion plans

Lenard’s Chicken has kicked off its expansion plans, opening eight new redesigned... Read more »

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