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 »

Woolworths and Jamie Oliver launch sticker range to educate children about fresh food
June 4, 2014

Jamie Oliver and Woolworths have partnered up to educate Australian children about fresh food Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has launched a range of products with UK-based celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, which it said are designed to educate children on the benefits of fresh food. The partnership launches the Jamie’s Garden Collectibles range, a world-first collection of new sensory stickers and sticker albums that aim to educate kids about the origins and benefits of fresh food. Woolworths... ...Read more »

Targeted expansion into Asian dairy market by Murray Goulburn and Lion
May 26, 2014

Murray Goulburn and Lion reveal targeted strategies to expand into Asian markets Australia’s dairy processors are continuing to chase Asian dairy markets, with dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn boosting its infant formula export capacity, while Japanese-owned Lion is shifting its focus to consumer products such as iced coffee and gourmet cheese. Murray Goulburn invests to boost export capacity Murray Goulburn has continued to roll out its $127 million capital investment plan, announced by... ...Read more »

Australian online shoppers go for alcohol over groceries
May 19, 2014

Australians who bought groceries or alcohol online More Australians buy alcohol online than groceries, with still less than 1 in 50 people clicking products into a virtual supermarket trolley each month, according to Australian market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Roy Morgan Research found that in 2013, just 1.9 per cent of Australians (around 357,000) did some supermarket shopping online in an average four week period, up from 1.6 per cent (294,000) in 2012. However, 2.2 per cent of... ...Read more »

Woolworths reports ‘momentum’ and growth in third quarter
May 5, 2014

Woolworths has announced continuing momentum for the third quarterAustralian supermarket group Woolworths has announced sales from continuing operations of $15.2 billion for the third quarter of the 2014 financial year — an increase of 5.3 per cent on the previous year or 5.9 per cent after adjusting for the impact of Easter. Woolworths said Easter falling into the fourth quarter this year had created significant timing and trading differences when compared to the third quarter of the 2013... ...Read more »

Liquor retailing dominated by supermarkets, sheltered from price wars, IBISWorld
April 30, 2014

Liquor retailing is growing, and sheltered from supermarket price wars Much has been reported on the battle for consumers’ hearts, minds and money by Australia’s two biggest supermarket groups, and liquor retailing may yet play a key role for the two giants in their battle for market-share supremacy, according to market research organisation IBISWorld. IBISWorld said it expected revenue from the liquor retailing segment to increase by an annualised 3.3 per cent over the five years through 2013-14,... ...Read more »

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