Impressed Juices expands its range
May 23, 2016

Impressed Juices is expanding its product range to include new flavours and larger product sizes. The expansion comes one year after Impressed Juices first launched in Australia. The new flavours and size varieties include: Easy Greens: Cucumber, apple, celery, pineapple and kale available in a new one litre sized bottle Date Night: A blend of dates, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla Sunny Side Up: Orange, coconut water, pineapple and passion fruit, also available in the new one litre sized bottle Impressed... ...Read more »

Are supermarket customers a means to an end, or the end?
May 16, 2016

Woolworths has delivered in spades to shareholders in the last 20 years, but the rot had set in a decade ago.  The seeds of the rot were assisted in my view by a lack of credible competition, and management losing touch with the subtle changes happening in consumer attitudes and behaviour that added together began making a noticeable performance difference 5 or 6 of years ago. Can it be reversed, we will know in another 3-5 years. New CEO Brad Banducci appears to be making sweeping changes at Woolies,... ...Read more »

Food and retail companies ‘Reputation Index’ rankings released
May 11, 2016

The reputation ranking of Australia’s biggest food companies were yesterday revealed in AMR’s 2016 Corporate Reputation Index. AMR is an Australian based research consultancy. Its annual Corporate Reputation index is based on surveys conducted with Australians aged 18 – 64 years. Here are the highlights: Woolworths Woolworths this year experienced the biggest fall in overall reputation. The supermarket group fell to 40th position from 17th in 2015. AMR Managing Director, Oliver Freedman, said... ...Read more »

Woolworths’ credit rating downgrade follows latest poor results
May 4, 2016

Australia’s largest supermarket group Woolworths has had its credit rating downgraded after the release of financial results yesterday disclosed another drop in sales in the latest quarterly results. The Woolworths’ group credit rating by Standard and Poor’s, a financial services company, is now BBB, down one notch from BBB+, two levels above “junk” rating. The Woolworths group yesterday reported an overall drop in sales of 0.3 per cent for the third quarter of the financial year ending... ...Read more »

Woolworths HQ testing street foods and hot meals
May 2, 2016

Pizza and other hot foods might be available at your local Woolworths one day. Woolworths is testing out new food service concepts including street foods fresh from the grill and hot meals. In a new move, the supermarket has established a café and a Metro formatted store at its headquarters in Bella Vista, Sydney, using its own employees as taste testers. According to a Woolworths category manager who revealed the news online late last week, the two stores will include a sushi kiosk, mini bakery... ...Read more »

Woolworths accused of breaking ANZAC Day trading restrictions
April 26, 2016

Woolworths supermarkets are being accused of breaking ANZAC Day trading restrictions after some employees entered stores early to prepare for opening. According to Fairfax, Woolworths team members entered their stores as early as 10am to prepare BBQ chickens, sushi and baked goods for the allowable 1pm opening. If Woolworths is found guilty of breaking trading restrictions it can be fined up to AUS $11, 000 for each store involved. Woolworths is however confident that it did not do anything wrong.... ...Read more »

Aldi Australia’s $15 billion sales prediction, Morgan Stanley
April 20, 2016

  Aldi Australia has the potential to be bringing in AUD $15 billion in annual sales by 2020 says a new Morgan Stanley report. Released yesterday, the report analysed that shoppers are now spending an average of AUD$100 per month at Aldi, a massive increase on the AUD$60 being spent at Aldi in 2007. As Aldi is a privately owned company it is not required to publicly report its profits, however Morgan Stanley estimated its Australian sales equalled AUD $6.4 billion in the 12 months ending 30... ...Read more »

Where will the retail gorillas make profits tomorrow?
April 18, 2016

Coles and Woolies are locked in a battle for share of the customers wallets and throats that becomes more complicated every day. The competitive landscape has changed. The old model of them against each other and independent wholesaler supplied groups, has been spiced up by Aldi, Cosco, and the tide of competitive business models evolving both in store formats such as the convenience small stores around commuter points, and digitally enabled sales. Those sales I call ‘Beyond Checkout’... ...Read more »

Are Woolworths new “Essentials” really essential?
April 11, 2016

  Woolworths have announced a change of their ‘Homebrand’ range of housebrands to ‘Woolworths Essentials’ a more ‘upmarket’ housebrand. If that is all that is happening, will this just be putting lipstick on a pig? The strategic and competitive challenges facing Woolies run way deeper than the packaging on a housebrand offering. However, if it is a signal that the changes are cultural, and the changes are to impact the way the organisation operates, it may... ...Read more »

The Food Revolution Group strikes major deals with Coles and Woolworths
April 11, 2016

The Food Revolution Group has signed what it describes as “significant distribution deals” with Woolworths and Coles to expand its juice brands. Both deals are expected to be worth a total of AUD $15 million in sales annually and will see 21 new juice products hit Australian supermarket shelves in mid-April 2016. The Food Revolution Group was formerly the LangTech company which was a producer of nutrient extraction technology established over 25 years ago. The company was listed on the Australian... ...Read more »

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