Ernest Hillier goes on the selling block
January 19, 2015

Ernest Hillier goes on the selling block Australia’s oldest chocolate business, the iconic Ernest Hillier has been placed into voluntary administration, and a meeting with creditors will take place on Tuesday 20 January 2014. Hillier’s administrator, Bruno Secatore of advisory firm Cor Cordis, told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that while administrators were conducting financial assessments it would be “business as usual” at Hillier’s. Interested parties should contact the Hillier’s... ...Read more »

SodaStream launches citrus flavour range
March 17, 2014

SodaStream has launched a citrus range Home soda-making company SodaStream has launched a citrus flavoured range, called Orchard Fresh, in Australia. The range features three flavours: Orchard Fresh Lemonade, Lime, and Orange. SodaStream International Ltd is the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water in seconds. The SodaStream range includes more than... ...Read more »

Family-owned Inghams sold to global private equity giant
March 12, 2013

Global private-equity firm TPG has bought Australia’s largest poultry producer, Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd. for about $850 million. TPG outbid rivals including Blackstone, Affinity and Chinese agribusiness company New Hope. Inghams, which also operates in New Zealand, was founded in 1918 in bushland in Sydney’s South-west by Walter Ingham, who bought six hens and a rooster for his son. Ingham’s son, also called Walter, grew the business, and it passed to his sons, Jack and Bob, when he died... ...Read more »

LaBella Drinking Chocolate recalled for undeclared milk ingredient
June 20, 2012

Valcorp Fine Foods has recalled LaBella Cioccolata 1963 Drinking Chocolate from Myer, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys nationally due to an undeclared allergen (milk). Consumers who have a milk allergy or intolerance should not consume this product and may have a reaction if the product is consumed. The product is LaBella Cioccolata 1963 Drinking Chocolate, packaged in 10x20g sachets in a 200g cardboard box. Its date markings are 21/02/2013, 22/02/2013 and 23/02/2013, and country of origin is Australia. Due... ...Read more »

Former Myer manager takes up Woolworths director role
September 12, 2011

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has announced that Penny Winn will be rejoining the company as Director Multi-Channel. The role involves driving Woolworths’ sales through online and mobile devices. In this new role Penny will consolidate Woolworths’ fastgrowing multi-channel strategies and help drive our online offers across all trading divisions. She will also take responsibility for customer engagement and analytics, including the supermarket chain’s Everyday Rewards program. Deputy... ...Read more »

Paid maternity leave to cripple SME retailers: ARA
June 6, 2008

In its submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into paid maternity, paternity and parental leave, peak industry body the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has maintained the issue should be an enterprise-by-enterprise decision unless it’s supported fully by Government funding. ARA Executive Director Richard Evans believes the compliance costs associated with industry-wide maternity, paternity and parental leave scheme would be crippling for SME (small to medium) retailers... ...Read more »