ACCC takes action against petrol retailers and Informed Sources for sharing price information
August 20, 2014

ACCC takes action against petrol retailers and Informed Sources for sharing price information The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Informed Sources (Australia) Pty Ltd (Informed Sources) and several petrol retailers alleging that they contravened section 45 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). The ACCC has alleged that the information sharing arrangements between Informed Sources and the petrol... ...Read more »

‘Wake up Maggie I think I got something to say to you, ’ ACCC asks: ‘Where do you come from, my lovely!’
August 20, 2014

Maggie Beer Products acknowledges its labelling may be misleading The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Maggie Beer Products Pty Ltd (Maggie Beer Products) in which the brand, owned by celebrity cook Maggie Beer, acknowledges that its conduct was likely to have been misleading, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The undertaking relates to Maggie Beer Products’ place of origin representations on the labelling of “Maggie... ...Read more »

Woolworths concerned with disappointing Masters financial result
August 13, 2014

Woolworths concerned with disappointing Masters financial result Australia’s major supermarket group Woolworths is looking for new strategies to overcome a poor performance by its Masters home improvements division. Woolworths is battling the strong market dominance of the Wesfarmers-owned Bunnings group. Wesfarmers also owns major supermarket rival Coles. Woolworths has dropped its previous profitability predictions for this financially hemorrhaging part of the Woolworths business but is saying... ...Read more »

Australian Government issues paper seeking submissions on Supermarkets Suppliers Code of Conduct before 12 September 2014
August 11, 2014

Australian Government issues paper seeking submissions on Supermarkets Suppliers Code of Conduct before 12 September 2014 The Australian Government has released a consultation paper, ‘Improving Commercial Relationships in the Food and Grocery Sector‘, and the draft Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (the Grocery Code) for public consultation. In November 2013, Coles, Woolworths and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) provided their jointly developed Grocery Code to the Australian... ...Read more »

WA independent retailers say deregulation of hours will ‘sweep away’ small players
August 4, 2014

WA independent retailers say deregulation of hours will ‘sweep away’ small players Independent grocers have described a report calling for deregulation of retail trading hours as a “catastrophe-in-the-making” for Western Australia’s small retailers. WA Independent Grocers Association President, John Cummings, said a report from the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA), which recommended that retail trading hours be deregulated in Western Australia, “fails to consider the real world implications”... ...Read more »

Woolworths Money to partner with Visa for credit card scheme
July 2, 2014

Woolworths Money to partner with Visa for credit card scheme Australian supermarket group Woolworths has announced a partnership between its Money division and finance business Visa to offer a range of consumer card payment solutions. Under the partnership, Visa will be the exclusive card scheme for Woolworths Money’s recently announced credit card partnership with Macquarie Bank. Woolworths said it would work with Visa and Macquarie Bank to deliver “enhanced consumer credit products”... ...Read more »

Food ministers sign off on new star labelling scheme
June 30, 2014

Food ministers sign off on new star labelling scheme The troubled Health Star Rating system for food labelling has been signed off by food and health ministers from the Australian Federal, State and Territory governments. Australian food and beverage manufacturers were ready for the announcement last Friday, with several food companies quick to announce that they would begin using the Health Star Rating system. For more information about how the Health Star Ratings system could be used advantageously,... ...Read more »

Metcash profits decline as supermarket war creates ‘tough market conditions’
June 25, 2014

Metcash profits decline as supermarket war creates ‘tough market conditions’ Australian wholesaler and distributor of groceries and hardware products Metcash Limited (Metcash) has announced its results for the 2014 financial year, with an underlying $250.1 million profit, a decrease of 10.9 per cent on the prior year. For the 12 months to 30 April 2014, Metcash generated $13.4 billion of sales revenue, an increase of 3.2 per cent on the previous year. Metcash, whose brand portfolio includes IGA,... ...Read more »

Fresh Produce Safety Centre Limited launched in Sydney
June 11, 2014

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre has launched in Sydney The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Limited, a joint project of the University of Sydney and the Produce Marketing Association of Australia and New Zealand (PMAANZ), has launched in Sydney. The Centre’s goals are to: Call for and manage food safety research projects that are highly relevant to industry Provide food safety information, news, education and outreach to the industry Engage with regulatory and other organisations for effective... ...Read more »

Woolworths’ Jamie Oliver campaign funded by extra levy on growers, AusVeg
June 10, 2014

AusVeg says the Jamie Oliver campaign at Woolworths is being funded by growers Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has joined with vegetable growers’ representative body AusVeg to call on the ACCC to investigate the behaviour of Woolworths over its just-announced Jamie Oliver campaign. Senator Xenophon and AusVeg said the campaign, featuring international food icon Jamie Oliver, is being funded by an additional levy on individual growers of 40c per crate. AusVeg said this... ...Read more »

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