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 »

Woolworths ditches Homebrand for new private label range
March 29, 2016

Woolworths supermarket group is saying goodbye to its Homebrand private label range and replacing it with another of its private label brand. Homebrand was established by Woolworths in 1983 and developed an early reputation for offering the cheapest option within each product category. A Woolworths spokesperson said Homebrand will be merged into private label range known by the name ‘Essentials’. “We have been reviewing the products in all of our own brand ranges to ensure we deliver even... ...Read more »

Nutri-Grain and Ice Break milk join forces in combined product promotion
March 29, 2016

Kellogg’s and Ice Break milk have partnered to create a coffee flavoured version of Nutri-Grain cereal. The cereal will only be sold for a limited-time but Marketing Director at Kellogg’s Australia, Tamara Howe said the aim is to target Australians who have little time for eating in the mornings. “Many time-poor 18-29 year old Aussies struggle in the mornings, wanting to sleep in rather than eat breakfast and get their coffee fix before they have to run out the door to live their unstoppable... ...Read more »

Woolworths now selling FroPro ice cream
March 7, 2016

Woolworths supermarkets is now selling Fro Pro high-protein ice cream.   FroPro is produced by an independent business established in Australia three years by former rugby union player Ed O’Donoghue.   The ice cream is labelled low in fat, 99 per cent sugar free, gluten free and a low GI food.   FroPro was first sold just in IGA supermarkets across Australia but is now available in Woolworths supermarkets in 520ml tubs. Flavours include chocolate, peanut butter chocolate and green... ...Read more »

Moody’s drops Woolworths’ credit rating
March 2, 2016

Moody’s Investor Services has today dropped Woolworths’ credit rating.   Woolworths’ credit rating has been reduced from Baa2 to Baa1 with Moody’s Vice President Ian Chitterer saying the decision reflects the challenges the group is facing.   “The trend in comparable-store sales growth at its core Australian Food and Liquor business has been negative for the past three quarters and Woolworths does not expect a significant improvement in the 2H2016,” Chitterer said.   “The... ...Read more »

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