Woolworths introduces new Kylie Kwong meal range
July 29, 2015

Woolworths has joined with celebrity chef, Kylie Kwong, to introduce a new ready-to-cook meal range. The meals are all Chinese-cuisine inspired and include dishes such as stir fried beef with black bean sauce and chilli sauce, stir fried chicken with cashew nuts, crispy chicken sweet and sour and vegetable fried rice. Kylie Kwong is third-generation Chinese Australian. She has published a number of cookbooks, has hosted her own television cooking show and has appeared on Masterchef Australia. Ready-to-cook,... ...Read more »

CHOICE says Coles on top in country of origin labelling
July 27, 2015

Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE has analysed the country of origin claims for more than 320 packaged supermarket products in Australia. The range of products analysed for Country of Origin statements on their labels  from curries to crumbed fish and yet 60% of the products did not reveal where the ingredients  were actually sourced. On the other hand Coles did better in providing useful Country of Origin label information than the other supermarkets. Further details are set out below. CHOICE’s... ...Read more »

Woolworths promote ‘odd bunch’ vegetables in new advertising campaign
July 27, 2015

Australia’s biggest supermarket chain Woolworths is promoting its ‘Odd Bunch’ vegetable range in a new television advertising campaign. The ‘Odd Bunch’ is what Woolworths is calling the odd-shaped vegetables which the supermarket has begun selling at cheaper prices than its premium produce. The two advertisements say that even though the vegetables might not look as good as others, there is nothing wrong with eating them, especially if you are planning to chop or blend your vegetable. Woolworths... ...Read more »

Woolworths ‘Earn and Learn’ is back
July 22, 2015

The Woolworths ‘Earn and Learn’ program has returned for 2015. Similar to previous years, Woolworths shoppers can earn resources for schools and education centres by spending money with the supermarket. How it works For every $10 customers spend in store or online a sticker will be earnt. The program excludes liquor, tobacco and gift card purchases. Shoppers should then place the stickers on a provided sticker sheet and once completed the sheet can be handed into the primary school, high school... ...Read more »

Arnott’s expands Tim Tams range plus a new edition product celebrates 150 years old
July 15, 2015

Arnott’s Tim Tam has released a new ‘adults-only’ flavour, Three Bean. At the same time as releasing its new Tim Tam, Arnott’s has also introduced a limited-edition tin with biscuits included, to mark 150 years since the establishment of Arnott’s. The Three Bean Tim Tam is a mix of ground coffee, vanilla and cocoa beans dipped in dark chocolate. Arnott’s say it made the new flavour to meet Australia’s growing love for coffee. The biscuits are available now for a limited-time and is... ...Read more »

Aldi opens up on its fantastic profits, without fantasy on tax
July 13, 2015

Aldi has opened up about its profits and taxes in a submission to the Federal Senate inquiry into tax avoidance. In the submission, Aldi outlined how much it earnt and how much tax it paid to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) between 2010 and 2013. Unlike Coles, Woolworths and Metcash, Aldi supermarkets are privately owned and accordingly do not have to reveal profits figures in the public domain. However, the supermarket’s submission comes after Wesfarmers Chief Executive Richard Goyder made... ...Read more »

Coles gain on Woolworths at the deli counter
July 8, 2015

Coles is thinly slicing off an ever bigger share of the $4.7b annual Australian delicatessen market, but Woolworths remains Australia’s number one retailer for fine food delicacies, the latest retail data from Roy Morgan Research shows. Over the last five years, Roy Morgan Research has surveyed over 72,000 Grocery Buyers (14+) half of whom had made a recent purchase from a deli aisle or counter. In the 12 months to March 2015, 6.7 million Australian grocery buyers together spent around $91m on... ...Read more »

Pact Group acquires Jalco
June 22, 2015

One of Australia’s largest plastics manufacturers, Pact Group, has acquired the Jalco Group for approximately $80 million. The Jalco Group is a manufacturer of packaging for everyday goods including well known brands such as Sunsilk and Ajax. “Jalco is an ideal strategic fit as it will allow us to deepen our existing FMCG customer relationships and to enter new areas of growth serving customers in outsourced contract manufacturing and packaging,” said Brian Cridland,  Pact Group CEO. Benjamin... ...Read more »

Campbell’s Australia announces new range of soup bases range
June 17, 2015

Campbell’s has expanded its Australian range announcing a new line of soup bases. Campbell’s has expanded its Australian range announcing a new line of soup bases. The product is a liquid stock designed to help make soups more quickly. Campbell’s says soups can be ready within 30 minutes when using the base. The new soup bases come in three flavours: Asian – The Asian flavour is made from chicken stock with fish sauce, lemongrass, kaffir lime, coriander, chilli, galangal and garlic added.... ...Read more »

Aldi and Woolworths first major supermarkets to officially sign Supermarket Code of Conduct
June 17, 2015

The Food and Grocery Code of Conduct came into effect 16 June 2015 with Woolworths and Aldi the first major players to sign on. The Food and Grocery Code of Conduct came into effect 16 June 2015 with Woolworths and Aldi the first major players to sign on. Aldi had previously announced in March this year that it would sign on. Woolworths announced on 6 June 2015 it would be a signatory provided no changes were made when it passed through the Federal Senate. However, other supermarket groups Coles... ...Read more »

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