Suncoast Gold launches Macadamia Milk range in Australia
November 26, 2014

Suncoast Gold launches Macadamia Milk range in Australia Macadamia nut product producer Patons Macadamia has launched its own range of Macadamia Milk under the Suncoast Gold brand. The Macadamia Milk comes in two flavours: Original and Unsweetened. The Suncoast Gold brand also has a range of Macadamia products from flavoured macadamias to macadamia oil. According to findings from market research organisation IBISWorld, Australia is the world’s largest macadamia nut producer, with the climate in... ...Read more »

Fairfax Media claims supermarket growth focus on ‘Junk’ food and cigarettes – confidential data leaked
November 24, 2014

Fairfax Media claims supermarket growth focus on ‘Junk’ food and cigarettes – confidential data leaked Fairfax Media’s  Sydney Morning Herald and The Sunday Age over the weekend have published their analysis of leaked confidential supermarket industry data. According to the Fairfax report of the data, Australians spend 10 per  cent of the annual grocery bill on cigarettes, and one in every five  dollars spent at supermarkets goes towards cigarettes or junk’ food. Tobacco and... ...Read more »

New partnership to grow Fairtrade markets in Australia to aid farmers in Indo-Pacific
November 17, 2014

New partnership to grow Fairtrade markets in Australia to aid farmers in Indo-Pacific A new $4.5 million partnership between the Australian Government and Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is set to build support for Fairtrade products in Australia. Fairtrade ANZ said the partnership would also link smallholder producers in developing Indo-Pacific countries to international and regional markets. The partnership, ‘Fairtrade for Aid in the Indo-Pacific’ was recently announced by the Minister... ...Read more »

Barilla launches family-sized sauce range in Australia
November 17, 2014

Barilla launches family-sized sauce range in Australia Following three years of significant growth in the pasta sauce category, the world’s largest pasta producer Barilla has launched a new family-sized sauce range specifically for the Australian market. Barilla is a fourth generation family-owned company, founded in 1877 and based in Parma, Italy. It is the number one pasta brand in the world, employing over 8,000 people worldwide and exporting to more than 100 countries. Designed to be a convenient... ...Read more »

The effect of liquor licensing laws on alcohol purchases in Australia, Roy Morgan Research
November 10, 2014

The effect of liquor licensing laws on alcohol purchases in Australia, Roy Morgan Research The rate of alcohol purchasing is much lower in Australia than in New Zealand—a difference that market research organisation Roy Morgan Research said may be a result of the two countries’ liquor licensing laws. In the year to June 2014, 49.6 per cent of Australians bought alcohol in a four-week period, compared with 59.4 per cent of Kiwis. Seven in ten Australian adults said they usually drink alcohol in... ...Read more »

Boycott ‘caged eggs products’ national campaign hits traders and consumers at prominent Melbourne market
November 5, 2014

South Melbourne Market’s cage egg ban has been met with criticism An announcement from South Melbourne Market that it will ban the sale of all caged eggs by introducing a “We Care about the Chicken and the Egg” campaign, has been met with widespread criticism from farmers and industry commentators. The South Melbourne Market has announced that from 1 December 2014, traders are banned from selling products that have been sourced from hens housed in cages. This will include any eggs used... ...Read more »

Woolworths sees ‘lower than expected’ first quarter growth
November 3, 2014

Woolworths sees ‘lower than expected’ first quarter growth Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has reported first quarter sales of $16.2 billion for the 2015 financial year, an increase of 3 per cent on the previous year or 4.1 per cent excluding Petrol. “While first quarter sales were lower than expected, we are confident that our trading plans will improve momentum in the second quarter which includes the key Christmas period,” Mr O’Brien said. Australian Food and Liquor Chief Executive... ...Read more »

Australia’s Big-end retailers up the ante against Government’s Competition Law reform proposal
October 29, 2014

Australia’s Big-end retailers up the ante against Government’s Competition Law reform proposal A paper commissioned by the Australian National Retailers’ Association (ANRA) and submitted to government ministers in face-to-face meetings by the big retailer representatives is claiming that proposed reforms in the Federal government’s Draft Competition Policy Review Report may have a “chilling effect on competition”. ANRA appears to be concerned with government policy-makers... ...Read more »

Lion milk success after packaging switch to highlight dairy farmers
October 27, 2014

Lion milk success after packaging switch to highlight dairy farmers Food and beverage manufacturer Lion has announced that, since switching its Dairy Farmers milk packaging in Far North Queensland to ‘Malanda Original Milk’, overall retail sales have increased by 2 per cent.  This represents almost 5,000 litres of additional volume per week, and is a significant sign of support from the local community. Lion said the initiative, launched in July 2014, was designed to recognise the farming families... ...Read more »

Woolworths rejects rumour it will sell Big W
October 22, 2014

Woolworths rejects rumour it will sell Big W Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has rejected reports that it is considering selling its department store chain Big W. The Australian newspaper had reported that Woolworths was in talks with investment banks about options for its discount department store chain, but Woolworths said it has “no plans to sell Big W” and that the report was incorrect. “Our general merchandise businesses, BIG W and EziBuy, are important to delivering our strategy... ...Read more »

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