Supermarkets entering convenience sector to ride new wave of convenience store growth
October 6, 2014

Supermarkets entering convenience sector to ride new wave of convenience store growth Australia’s two biggest supermarket groups Coles and Woolworths are set to move into the convenience sector, taking on smaller corner stores in capital cities around the country. According to Fairfax Media, the trigger has been the increase in city-based population and the conversion of office blocks to apartments where space is not available for traditional supermarkets. In Sydney, for example, it has been reported... ...Read more »

Bunnings undiminished, but the battle’s on for silver, research
October 6, 2014

Bunnings undiminished, but the battle’s on for silver, research Wesfarmers’ cash cow Bunnings remains the head honcho of hardware, with nearly half of adult Australians, or over nine million Australians aged 14 years and over, shopping at the store within an average four week period in the year to June 2014, according to market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. The real battle is for second place, between Woolworths-owned Masters Hardware and Metcash’s ‘Mighty Helpful’ Mitre 10,... ...Read more »

Woolworths bread price war raises more concerns
September 29, 2014

Woolworths bread price war raises more concerns Just days after cutting the price of a loaf of Homebrand white bread to just 85c, Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced the latest products in its campaign to reduce the cost of living for Australian families by slashing prices on more consumer staples. Over recent weeks Woolworths has introduced new ongoing specials on a range of goods including Devondale Longlife Milk 2 litre down to $2, Homebrand Nappies down to $11, Sanitarium Weet-Bix... ...Read more »

Supermarkets sure to move into pharmacy with recommended changes in competition law
September 29, 2014

Supermarkets sure to move into pharmacy with recommended changes in competition law With the recently-released Harper Competition Review Draft Report recommending that current recommendations on ownership and location of pharmacies is ‘unnecessary’, some industry commentators have suggested the debate about Australia’s major supermarket groups moving into pharmacy could be about to reignite. The Harper Competition Review Draft Report is a comprehensive review of Australia’s competition laws... ...Read more »

Australian online grocery retailing: trend predictions for 2017
September 24, 2014

Australian online grocery retailing: trend predictions for 2017 Australia’s grocery retail sector is evolving rapidly, according to an analyst from market research organisation Nielsen. Shane Scacco, Head of Client Service, Retail Industry Group, Nielsen, said that over the next three years major trends such as retail convergence, the influence of digital and social media, shifting consumer demographics and ethnicities and media fragmentation would “collide to create an Australian retail... ...Read more »

No ACCC opposition to Woolworths proposed acquisition of Hudson Building Supplies
September 22, 2014

No ACCC opposition to Woolworths proposed acquisition of Hudson Building Supplies The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Hudson Building Supplies Pty Limited (Hudson) by Woolworths Limited and Lowe’s Companies Inc (Joint Venture). Hudson operates a chain of stores in New South Wales and Queensland that supply building materials, hardware, and home improvement products. “The ACCC concluded that the proposed acquisition... ...Read more »

Woolworths launches “best value” Australian bread loaf
September 22, 2014

Woolworths launches “best value” Australian bread loaf Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has launched its latest strategy in its “ongoing commitment to help Australians save on their food and grocery bills” by lowering the price of Homebrand white sliced bread to just 85 cents. Woolworths said the move was a response to customer demand for “unbeatable value on everyday staples”. The 85 cent loaf, down from $1, represents Woolworths’ lowest ever price... ...Read more »

ACCC takes action against Woolworths for ‘unsafe’ products
September 17, 2014

One of the products that has been deemed “unsafe” The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Woolworths Ltd (Woolworths) alleging that Woolworths made false or misleading representations about the safety of certain Woolworths products. It is also alleged that Woolworths failed to file mandatory reports as required by the Australian Consumer Law once it had become aware that serious injury or illness may... ...Read more »

McDonald’s Australia to move towards using cage-free eggs by end of 2017
September 17, 2014

McDonald’s Australia to move towards using cage-free eggs by end of 2017 Fast food restaurant giant McDonald’s Australia has announced that it will move towards using cage-free eggs by the end of 2017. McDonald’s Australia said it was working with its suppliers towards the switch to cage-free eggs in its 900 restaurants across the country. “This is part of a broader animal welfare initiative, which we will share more details on in the coming weeks,” McDonald’s Australia announced on its... ...Read more »

US premium iced tea brand launches in Australia
September 17, 2014

US premium iced tea brand launches in Australia Australian food distributor Stuart Alexander, in partnership with beverage business Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), has launched US premium iced tea Snapple Iced Tea in Australia. Snapple, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, was founded in 1972 by three childhood friends in Greenwich Village, New York and is now available throughout the US. Snapple develops, produces and markets a wide variety of premium beverages, including ready-to-drink iced teas,... ...Read more »

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