Woolworths management personnel quit
September 30, 2015

Woolworths has announced that two of its directors will not be seeking re-election at the company’s 2015 Annual General Meeting.   Ms Christine Cross and Mr David MacKay both joined the Woolworths Limited board in January 2012 as independent non-executive directors.   Newly appointed Woolworths Chairman Gordon Cairns said both had decided it was time to step aside and allow for further board renewal. He stated that the pair had heavy commitments to attend to outside of the company.   “Both... ...Read more »

Aldi vs. IGA; when does loyalty count?
September 9, 2015

A new study from Roy Morgan Research has revealed that most Australian shoppers are not loyal to one supermarket.   Research found that three-quarters or 77 per cent of Australian shoppers visit at least two supermarkets over any-given four week period.   IGA shoppers are the most loyal with 30 per cent of people who mainly shop at IGA, only shopping at IGA across any four weeks.   Those who mostly shop at Aldi are the least loyal with only 7 per cent exclusively purchasing from... ...Read more »

Why Woolworths can only improve
September 9, 2015

The recent disappointing financial results of Woolworths might not appear encouraging, but that is not the view of some expert analysts.   There are numerous factors that may well fall into place. First…   New leadership   Woolworths has seen a number of senior management personnel changes. There was of course the June 2015 announcement that CEO Grant O’Brien will be leaving and a replacement is being sought.     To the outsider, the O’Brien announcement conveyed... ...Read more »

Wicked Sister introduces new rice pudding products
August 31, 2015

Australian dessert brand Wicked Sister has launched two new rice pudding products into supermarkets.   The new puddings will join Wicked Sister’s pre-existing fridge desserts which include Madagascan Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Madagascan Vanilla Bean Creme Caramel and Gippsland Dairy Madagascan Vanilla Bean Custard and other rice pudding options.   Wicked Sister’s new puddings are made using Madagascan vanilla bean and come in two flavours, Strawberry and Rhubarb and Apple and Cinnamon.... ...Read more »

Mars launches banana flavoured M&M’s into Australia
August 31, 2015

Mars has launched banana flavoured M&M’s into the Australian market.   The new M&M variation features yellow and brown coloured M&M’s along with banana flavouring.   M&M’s Banana flavour will join pre-existing varieties available in Australian supermarkets including milk chocolate, peanut and crispy.   Since M&M’s first entered the Australian market in the 1980s Mars have introduced a number of unique and often limited-time varieties including Pink &... ...Read more »

Woolworths expands its private label ice cream offerings
August 26, 2015

Woolworths has expanded its private label ice cream product range.   Australian Woolworths supermarkets are now selling the following new ice creams:   Apple Tumble  500ml tub – apple flavoured ice cream with a sweet apple sauce swirled throughout and biscuit crumble Aussie Caramite 500ml tub – caramel ice cream with a small amount of vegemite flavour Nuts About You  500ml tub – caramel chocolate ice cream with roasted peanuts and caramel Popcorn Date Night 500ml... ...Read more »

Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s recognised for catalogue marketing excellence
August 26, 2015

The ACA Board at the awards ceremony. Woolworths Supermarkets and its Dan Murphy’s liquor division have been recognised for their success in catalogue marketing at the Australasian Catalogue Association (ACA) 24th annual awards.   The 2015 awards were held on the 21st August 2015 in Melbourne and saw Woolworths win the heavily contended Supermarkets award for ‘Meadowbrook’s Fresh Food People’ campaign produced by Leo Burnett. To win the award, Woolworths competed against: Coles with... ...Read more »

Fountain Sauce launches AFL jersey-coloured packaging
August 19, 2015

Fountain Sauce have changed up their tomato sauce bottles to feature the footy team jersey’s of all 18 AFL teams.   Coinciding with the Australian Football League annual finals season that comes around in the month of September, shoppers will be able to buy a sauce bottle ‘wearing’ their team’s jersey.   The jerseys only feature on Fountain’s plastic bottles and has been done in partnership with the AFL.   “Watching the AFL at home with a pie and sauce is practically... ...Read more »

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 »

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