Lion milk success after packaging switch to highlight dairy farmers
October 27, 2014

Lion milk success after packaging switch to highlight dairy farmers Food and beverage manufacturer Lion has announced that, since switching its Dairy Farmers milk packaging in Far North Queensland to ‘Malanda Original Milk’, overall retail sales have increased by 2 per cent.  This represents almost 5,000 litres of additional volume per week, and is a significant sign of support from the local community. Lion said the initiative, launched in July 2014, was designed to recognise the farming families... ...Read more »

Woolworths rejects rumour it will sell Big W
October 22, 2014

Woolworths rejects rumour it will sell Big W Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has rejected reports that it is considering selling its department store chain Big W. The Australian newspaper had reported that Woolworths was in talks with investment banks about options for its discount department store chain, but Woolworths said it has “no plans to sell Big W” and that the report was incorrect. “Our general merchandise businesses, BIG W and EziBuy, are important to delivering our strategy... ...Read more »

Simplot launches new John West Tuna Pasta Salad in Australia
October 22, 2014

Simplot launches new John West Tuna Pasta Salad in Australia Food manufacturer Simplot has announced it will launch a new Tuna Pasta Salad range under its John West brand. The range delivers a blend of tuna and vegetables, combined with pasta served in ready-to-eat packs. Simplot said the range was “a good source of omega-3″ and the packs were the “perfect option for people on the go, conveniently designed so no heating is required”. The ready-to-eat serves of Tuna Pasta Salad... ...Read more »

Supermarket bread price wars won’t impact specialty bakers, Roy Morgan Research
October 20, 2014

Supermarket bread price wars won’t impact specialty bakers, Roy Morgan Research Woolworths Supermarkets’ recent announcement that they were reducing the price of their Homebrand white bread from $1 to 85c a loaf not only attracted widespread media attention, but prompted Coles and ALDI to match the price with their equivalent ‘store’s own’ white loaves. However, the ‘bread wars’ are not likely to impact smaller specialist stores such as Bakers Delight, according to findings from... ...Read more »

ABE’S Bagel Bakery launches Bagel Crisps range in Australia
October 20, 2014

ABE’S Bagel Bakery launches Bagel Crisps range in Australia New Zealand based baked goods manufacturer ABE’S Bagel Bakery has launched a range of bagel crisps in Australia. ABE’S Bagel Bakery said its bagel crisps range “boast 60 per cent less fat than traditional potato chips, contain no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives”, and are “free of cholesterol and MSG”. The bagel crisps range is available in three flavours – Marlborough Sea Salt, Roasted Garlic,... ...Read more »

Sanitarium launches UP&GO Oats2Go
October 15, 2014

Sanitarium launches UP&GO Oats2Go Breakfast food manufacturer Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing (Sanitarium) has launched a new liquid breakfast called Oats2Go in Australia. Sanitarium said the Oats2Go product, which is part of its UP&GO range, “is the only liquid breakfast on the market to contain a source of real wholegrain oats”. Sanitarium said the product also “has the protein, energy and fibre of a bowl of oats and skim milk”, and is “high in fibre as well as protein”, is... ...Read more »

Australia’s Convenience stores showing resilience, latest figures
October 13, 2014

Half yearly results show convenience industry resilience The Australian convenience sector has recorded a strong growth rate of 4 per cent for the first half of 2014, according to a State of the Industry report from industry body the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS). This result follows the 3.7 per cent increase recorded for the full year in 2013. THe AACS said the report demonstrated the “resilience” of the convenience sector and the value proposition that stores... ...Read more »

Woolworths to expand Farmers’ Own milk to Western Australia
October 8, 2014

Woolworths to expand Farmers’ Own milk to Western Australia Australian supermarket group Woolworths has announced that it will introduce its Farmers’ Own milk brand, which will be sourced directly from farmers in the Margaret River region in Western Australia, across its 89 stores in the State. Woolworths buys Farmers’ Own milk directly from farmers rather than through a processor. The Farmers’ Own brand has so far only been available in New South Wales where a highly successful trial with... ...Read more »

Supermarkets entering convenience sector to ride new wave of convenience store growth
October 6, 2014

Supermarkets entering convenience sector to ride new wave of convenience store growth Australia’s two biggest supermarket groups Coles and Woolworths are set to move into the convenience sector, taking on smaller corner stores in capital cities around the country. According to Fairfax Media, the trigger has been the increase in city-based population and the conversion of office blocks to apartments where space is not available for traditional supermarkets. In Sydney, for example, it has been reported... ...Read more »

Bunnings undiminished, but the battle’s on for silver, research
October 6, 2014

Bunnings undiminished, but the battle’s on for silver, research Wesfarmers’ cash cow Bunnings remains the head honcho of hardware, with nearly half of adult Australians, or over nine million Australians aged 14 years and over, shopping at the store within an average four week period in the year to June 2014, according to market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. The real battle is for second place, between Woolworths-owned Masters Hardware and Metcash’s ‘Mighty Helpful’ Mitre 10,... ...Read more »

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