ALDI to opt in to the Federal Government’s Food and Grocery Code of Conduct
March 2, 2015

ALDI to opt in to the Federal Government’s Food and Grocery Code of Conduct German-owned supermarket ALDI Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s finalisation of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct and announced that it will be signing up to the Code as a party. The Australian Government has introduced the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, which has been more than two years in the making, saying that the Code will help to “ensure fair and transparent commercial dealings between... ...Read more »

Concerns about trends in Woolworths results
March 2, 2015

Concerns about trends in Woolworths results Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced a drop in Net Profit After Tax of 3.1 per cent, to $1,280.4 million, for the half year ended 4 January 2015. Woolworths reported sales of $32.4 billion, up 1.8 per cent, or 3.4 per cent excluding Petrol, and Earnings Before Interest and Tax of $2,129.2 million, up 4.7 per cent. Woolworths Limited Chief Executive Officer Grant O’Brien said sales momentum in October 2014 and November 2014 “showed improvement,... ...Read more »

Food for Health launches Muesli Pod on-the-go breakfast range
February 23, 2015

Food for Health launches Muesli Pod on-the-go breakfast range Australian health food brand Food for Health has launched a range of on-the-go breakfast Muesli Pods in Australian supermarkets. Food for Health said each Muesli Pod included a shot of milk powder, so consumers only need to add water to eat the product. Food for Health was founded in 2005 by Naturopath Narelle Plapp, and has grown to supply the major supermarkets in Australia, as well as exporting to more than 10 countries. The Company... ...Read more »

Kogan pushes head first into online grocery sector
February 2, 2015

Kogan pushes head first into online grocery sector Australia’s biggest online retailer, Kogan.com, has launched Kogan Pantry, a new online grocery service which it said will offer Australians groceries at cheaper prices. Kogan Pantry is launching with over 600 products from some of the world’s most popular brands available at heavily discounted prices. Kogan said savvy shoppers will be able to save “over 80 per cent” and have their groceries delivered directly to their door. Kogan Pantry... ...Read more »

Kellogg’s launches Pop-Tarts ice cream sandwiches in Australia
January 28, 2015

Kellogg’s launches Pop-Tarts ice cream sandwiches in Australia Global breakfast food manufacturer Kellogg’s has launched Pop-Tart ice cream sandwiches in Australia, in collaboration with a Sydney pastry chef Andy Bowden. Established in 1924, Kellogg’s is one of the world’s largest cereal companies, and its brand portfolio includes Kellogg’s, Be Natural, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Rice Bubbles, Nutri-Grain, Special K, All-Bran, Sultana Bran, Coco Pops and Pringles. Mr Bowden, who is known... ...Read more »

Blackmores announces strong first half
January 27, 2015

Blackmores announces strong first half Dietary supplement manufacturer Blackmores Ltd (Blackmores) has announced a strong close to Group sales of $206 million for the first half ended 31 December 2014, an increase of 22 per cent compared to the previous corresponding period. Australian Food News reported in June 2014 that Blackmores had partnered with celebrity personal trainer Michelle Bridges to launch a range of dietary supplements and protein products, available in Woolworths and Coles supermarkets,... ...Read more »

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 »

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