ALDI to continue expansion
January 21, 2015

ALDI to continue expansion German-owned discount supermarket chain ALDI is planning to continue expanding its presence in Australia with new stores opening in South Australia and Western Australia in the next year, and potential new stores in the eastern states in the next five years. Australian Food News reported in November 2014 that ALDI had announced a structural adjustment to its senior leadership organisation in Australia — a move that it said would support the supermarket group’s ongoing... ...Read more »

Fresh Produce Safety Centre launches two projects
January 19, 2015

Fresh Produce Safety Centre launches two projects University of Sydney-based research centre the Fresh Produce Safety Centre has launched two landmark research projects, which it says are aimed at improving the safety of Australian and New Zealand fresh produce. Australian Food News reported in January 2013 that the research centre, run by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Australia-New Zealand, had been established as... ...Read more »

Supermarket dumping of cage eggs could result in egg shortages
January 14, 2015

Supermarket dumping of cage eggs could result in egg shortages Egg producers have continued to express concerns about the impact on Australia’s egg industry of moves by supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths, and fast food chain McDonald’s Australia, to ditch cage eggs. Australian egg farmer and Chair of the NSW Farmers’ Association Egg Committee Bede Burke told Australian Food News that the 2014 announcement from Woolworths in particular that it would phase out cage eggs completely could... ...Read more »

Food and beverage mergers and acquisitions in Australia in 2014
December 23, 2014

Food and beverage mergers and acquisitions in Australia in 2014 Earlier in December 2014, Australian Food News reported that food manufacturing was one of four manufacturing sub-sectors to expand in November 2014, according to the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI). In June 2014, Australian Food News reported that business advisory firm Grant Thornton had undertaken research that revealed that the Australian food and beverage industry was ripe... ...Read more »

Prediction that electric vehicles are a ‘slow-burning threat’ to supermarkets’ fuel business, IBISWorld
December 23, 2014

Electric vehicles a slow-burning threat to supermarkets’ fuel business, IBISWorld The increase in the availability of electric vehicles has the potential to disrupt the fuel retail operations of supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles, according to market research organisation IBISWorld. Fuel retailers such as Woolworths Limited and Wesfarmers Limited (through its Coles Express brand) have a strong hold on the fuel retailing industry. IBISWorld expects the fuel retailing industry to grow at an... ...Read more »

ACCC cracks down on another egg supplier for free range claims
December 10, 2014

ACCC cracks down on another egg supplier for free range claims The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Derodi Pty Ltd (Derodi) and Holland Farms Pty Ltd (Holland) alleging that their use of ‘free range’ in relation to their Ecoeggs, Field Fresh and Port Stephens egg brands was false and misleading. Derodi and Holland have a business known as Free Range Egg Farms. The business supplies eggs under the label Ecoeggs nationally,... ...Read more »

Woolworths launches ‘The Odd Bunch’, not-quite-perfect looking fruit and vegetables
December 10, 2014

Woolworths launches ‘The Odd Bunch’, not-quite-perfect looking fruit and vegetables Supermarket giant Woolworths has introduced ‘The Odd Bunch’, a collection of fresh fruit and vegetables that might look less than perfect, and are sold at a cheaper price. The Woolworths campaign comes after Sydney grocer Harris Farm launched a similar campaign called ‘Imperfect Picks’, and wholesale food business Spade & Barrow launched home box delivery initiative that also makes use of ‘imperfect’... ...Read more »

Woolworths launches Farmers’ Own milk in Victoria
December 8, 2014

Woolworths launches Farmers’ Own milk in Victoria Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced that it has introduced its Farmers’ Own milk, sourced directly from dairy farms in the Otways region, across its 240 stores in Victoria. Farmers’ Own is fresh Victorian milk from local farms made available to Woolworths customers in Victoria. Woolworths buys Farmers’ Own milk directly from farmers rather than through a processor. Victoria is the third state to roll out the highly successful Farmers’... ...Read more »

Woolworths acquires Chinese liquor group
December 3, 2014

Woolworths acquires Chinese liquor group Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced that it has acquired China-based wine and drinks distributor, Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits (Summergate). Summergate is a leading drinks distributor representing a portfolio of around 80 global brands.  It also includes a small fine wine retail business, Pudao, with two stores in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as a small online and direct retail operation. Summergate has 13 offices and 11 distribution... ...Read more »

Caltex and Woolworths change petrol alliance
December 3, 2014

Caltex and Woolworths change petrol alliance Petrol retailer Caltex and supermarket giant Woolworths have announced changes to elements of their retail alliance. At the end of financial year 2014, the Caltex-Woolworths fuel network comprised 633 sites, including 131 Caltex-operated sites with the remainder operated by Woolworths. Under the revised arrangements, 92 of the Caltex-operated sites will be rebranded as ‘Star Mart’ or ‘Star Shop’ convenience stores while continuing to offer the... ...Read more »

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